Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream-to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.
Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.
My Thoughts ❤
Guest Review by Chelly
Emily Butler didn’t always plan to skate pairs, but due to her increasing performance anxiety, she soon realized that having someone with her on the ice wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Now, with her partner Chris Grayden, she dreams of being the first American team to achieve Olympic Gold. As she spends more and more time with her coach, Sergei, both on and off the ice, can she stay focused and reach her goal? Or will the forbidden romance cost both of their careers?
I have read a lot of romances about athletes, but I do believe this is the first where the main athlete is female, and I loved it! I didn’t know a lot about the figure skating world before picking up this book, but thanks to the author’s extreme knowledge in the sport, I feel like I understand it so much better. Clearly, the author knew her stuff. She did a great job of explaining the trials and tribulations the skater’s went through, and you couldn’t help but share in the joy when they landed their jumps or finished clean routines. You really get a sense of what it’s like to be a champion skater and how hard you have to work, the pain you have to suffer through, to achieve the dream.
Even with all of the technical aspects of the sport explained, it didn’t get in the way of the romance. Emily and Chris’ coach, Sergei, is a young former World champion from Russia, whose skating career ended mysteriously, and he refuses to talk about why. He already spends a lot of time with Emily and Chris coaching them, but when he asks Emily to help him coach a younger couple, they start spending more and more time together both on the ice and off. As they start realizing their attraction to one another, they know the romance is off limits and could cost them their careers, but the attraction is undeniable. Is love worth the risk? If they do give it a go, what happens if anyone finds out?
Life On the Edge is a very sweet, clean, and wholesome story of young love, working hard to achieve your dreams, and standing tall for what you believe in. I would recommend it to both young and old readers looking for a light read with just enough angst to keep you wanting more.
About the Author:
Jennifer Comeaux earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and is a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working in the corporate world, she sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in her head for years. That story became Life on the Edge, her first published novel.
When not working or writing, she is an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow her to see a different side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for her writing. Jennifer is blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a published author.
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