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Straddling The Edge (Against The Wall) Paperback – April 27, 2013
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Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she's not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers. Julie has written five young adult books which are all available now: The Double Threat Series -So I'm A Double Threat -Double Threat My Bleep -Double Time -Double Threats Forever You Act So White Julie has also written three adult romance novels: More Than A Friend Request Against The Wall -Between The Sheets (Against The Wall #2) -Straddling The Edge (Against The Wall #3 coming April 29, 2013) -Playing Chase (Against The Wall #4 coming summer 2013) Visit Julie on Twitter (@juliepbooks), Facebook.com/juliepbooks (search for Double Threat Novels or Julie Prestsater --send her a friend request), and check out her website (juliepbooks.com).
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Once Summer allows herself to be vulnerable and let in the presumed evil twins, Shelly and Melissa, both teachers at her school and Shelly being the previous fiance to Chase, Summer begins to find that she is beautiful and can have a group of friends and be a bit more open to what the world has to offer a woman like her.
The wood shop teacher, Gideon has a lot to do with her change of heart too.Summer, Melissa and Shelly have lots of vindictive plans for Chase in Playing Chase,novel 4 of the series.
You could read these each as a stand alone novel...but you will have a much more fun if you read each one in order. Melissa's story is Straddling The Edge with Tyler, Shelly's big brother being her romance.
These are hilariously fun!
I'll just come out with it, when I'm wrong I say I'm wrong and I was wrong about Summer. There's no doubt that her self confidence has been shattered by the jerkwads she's dated in the past. I hate that she felt she had to "change" herself to be accepted. Unfortunately so many girls (and women) do this and I find it sad they feel they have to in order to fit in. I love that she reads romance and has a library full of books, that she's a huge baseball fan (despite her lousy taste in teams), and that she's most comfortable dressed down. I admire the fact that she was able to put aside the ugly and hurtful things Melissa had spewed at her in the past and confide in her and Shelly. She won me over completely when she apologizes to Shelly and explains the full story of how she and Chase got together. I find it endearing that she gets easy fluster around the opposite sex and that Dean really throws her for a loop.
I have no idea where to start with Dean other than to say I wish I could clone him for my single girlfriends. I really do. I love that he's immediately protective of Summer without being creepy about it. That fact that he listens to her and files things away is amazing to me and shows how invested he is from the beginning. I love that he plans "surprises" for Summer and that he does things he knows she will love even if it isn't something he would normally do. He does it to make her happy, how can you not love this guy? While he makes an error in judgment, I can kind of see why he does it and just the fact that he owns up to it and apologizes is huge.
From their first random encounter, there is no denying these two are going to need fire extinguishers nearby when they finally succumb to their desires. I like that they don't jump into bed together immediately, they spend time getting to know each other, driving each other a little crazy, making out like teenagers so when they do finally give in...It is hot, it's spectacular, and it's real.
As much as I loved getting to know Summer and Dean and seeing their burgeoning relationship blossom, I can't finish this review without mentioning the other characters. We spend a lot of time with Shelly and Matty from Against The Wall as well as Melanie and Ty from Between The Sheets. It's a pleasure to see how marriage and parenthood has changed these couples and how despite that, they are still the fun loving people from the past books. I love that they are there for Summer and Dean when they need them. The offer advice, they give support, and they are a shoulder when they need one. In addition, we are treated to visits with both Summer and Dean's parents and damn I laughed so hard when both of these couples put in an appearance. I don't know what was funnier, the often inappropriate comments coming out of their mouths or the embarrassment they caused their adult children. Either way, they are the parents I strive to be!
As much as I loved the first two books in this series, Straddling The Edge really hit home with me. In addition to it being a sexy love story, I like the messages it sends out. Until you know someone and their situation, we truly have no right to judge. The other is be true to yourself because until you love the person you are, it's hard for someone else to love you. I don't want you to think that because of this Straddling The Edge is preachy, heavy reading, it's not. I can guarantee this book will make you laugh until your sides ache, it will most likely have you spewing your drink onto your e-reader screen, it will make you cry, it will definitely make your remember falling in love, and most of all it will make you thankful for the true friends you have in your life. Julie, you've done it again and I can't thank you enough for another fantastic story with a hero that is hard to beat!