Title: Finding the Light
Series: Edge Book 2
Author: H.M. Sholander
Genre: New Adult
Published: January 16, 2017
Adventure. Chaos. Love. Despair.
Life can change in an instant. From a beautiful oblivion to utter destruction. I never saw it coming. I never believed this could happen. Reality brought us back down to the ground, ripping away a peace we never believed was possible. Our lives are far too complicated for us to live in a fairytale. Fairytales don't come true. Fairytales aren't real. Happiness is an elusive dream in our world. A thing we strive for but never quite reach.
One phone call destroyed us. Broke us into a million shattered pieces. Both of us falling, falling until nothing is left.
Somehow, someway, we'll make it through. Together we’re stronger than we ever could be on our own. This hideously, beautiful life won't tear us apart. It won’t break us down. We won’t let it. Because together this life is the adventure we always wanted but never dreamed of having.
“Oh, come on. Don't you want to get out of this place?” There’s nothing I want more than to escape. To find something in this life that gives me more passion than I ever thought possible. “I don’t know, Avery.” Ryan plops onto his couch, resting his arm over the back of it. “What about our jobs? We can’t just up and leave,” he retorts. “Why not? Neither of us loves our jobs. So, what’s the point? Why be miserable when you have a chance at happiness? Take a leap of faith, and come with me. Experience the world outside of this place.” What I really want to say is, Help me find something more. More than the life I’m leading. Help me escape a place full of bad memories at every turn and replace them with ones I’ll never want to forget. Yeah, it’s a lot to ask, but I need to know that there’s something just for me in this life. Something good that will make my heart beat wildly in my chest. Something that can put a smile on my face. Ryan does all those things. He makes me happier than I’ve ever been, but I never want to be the girl who depends on a man for happiness, to be the epicenter of my life. “Avery,” he sighs, running his hand through his brown hair. I kneel on the floor in front of him with puppy-dog eyes. “Come on an adventure with me.” I can see the second he gives in. Let’s face it, give any guy sad eyes, and he’ll be putty in your hands. Maybe it’s bad that I abuse it, but, hey, it’s all for the greater good. I’d never abuse my powers in a bad way. We both need to get out of this place that is draining and full of responsibility, so we can let go even if just for a moment in our lives. All of his resistance washes away with a smirk and a shake of his head. “You win.”
"Kissing Avery is like having every dream come true. Together, we’re a force to be reckoned with. Together, we’re unstoppable."
It was nice reading more about Ryan and Avery's story. I was sad when Escaping the Edge ended because their relationship was just getting started, and I really wanted to see how their story ended. It's crazy how different the roles between both characters were this time around. In book one, Ryan was there for Avery when she was struggling with her addiction and getting the help she needed. This time around, it's Avery that is there for Ryan while he continues to struggle with his dad's drinking problem. I loved seeing both characters step up and be there for each other the way they were. I liked that even though they both had their individual battles, they always gave 100% to each other and didn't let their issues get in the way of one another. I felt so bad for Ryan because of everything he had to deal with while growing up and everything he continued to deal with as an adult. I'm so happy that he got his happy ending. If anyone deserves to be loved and appreciated, I would say it's definitely Ryan! Finding The Light is the perfect conclusion to the Edge Series!
- Review by Juls
H.M. Sholander has been an author since 2016 releasing her first book titled Escaping the Edge. She has an amazing supportive husband and two lazy cats that she loves more than anything. She loves reading, writing, and traveling. She wants to see the world and explore new things. This world has so much to offer, and our time here is limited. She encourages everyone to pursue their dreams. Your dreams are the only thing that can make you happy, don’t waste your time on things that make you miserable. Take a leap and pursue anything that makes your heart sore.