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Life on the Edge

(Edge #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  709 ratings  ·  143 reviews

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 Winter Games. But when forbidden f
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Astraea Press
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Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Life On The Edge is an intense, dramatic, passionate novel about a young, talented figure skater with a dream to participate in the Olympics. Through hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance Emily and her partner are well on their way to achieving that goal. However, there is one thing that is standing in their way - Emily's heart. Jennifer Comeaux has done a fantastically beautiful job constructing a story I shall never forget. I'm truly impressed this is Comeaux's first novel. Remember her name ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request

I have to say right from the start that books, be they fiction or non-fiction, about sport, are not generally my cup of tea, although I am a big fan of figure skating and ice dancing, purely as an armchair critic!
When I discovered that the author Jennifer Comeaux was a big fan of figure skating, I did wonder if her enthusiasm for the sport would overshadow any romantic storyline that was to run alongside and intertwine with it.
I quickly realised however, that Jennifer's obvi
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I was really excited about reading this book, since (as far as I remember) I've never read a book about sports, and ice skating has always had an appeal to me, it's not only very demanding, but also incredibly beautiful.

And who didn't grow up watching movies like Ice Princess starring Michelle Trachtenberg?

Emily and Chris always made me feel like I was right there with them, feeling nervous just before every competition
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Skating is Emily's life. Unless she can be on the ice every day, she isn't happy. Pairs skating is just a new way of skating and achieving her dream of being in the Olympics. More than that, both she and her partner Chris want to get gold while they're there. Their coach is Sergei, much younger than average and with a past he's not inclined to share. With his help Emily and Chris have the gold medal in sight, but then a problem starts to develop: the feelings between Sergei and Emily. Somehow th ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

WOW! I have always said that I am not into sports books and now I need to reconsider it seriously. At least when it comes to sports romance books I have changed my mind. Especially when it comes to ice skating romance books! Life On the Edge was an experience to me in so many different ways. Firstly, one of the few sports I am following and watching in TV is ice-skating. I grew up with it and I knew all the big names in ice skating, also the ones mentioned in Life On the Edge! Ice skating
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read

This started out really strong for me! I loved the romance and the ice skating background. I am addicted to watching any sport that is somehow dance related or pretty. I can't help it, I love it. So reading all the descriptions of Emily and Chris's routines made me want to binge Olympics videos.

What really sabotaged my enjoyment of this was that the relationship drama started to get old. I can enjoy a forbidden romance trope, but this was drawn out for too long and I wasn't very happy with
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I'm fascinated by figure skating especially pairs skating so when I found this book and read the blurb about a pairs skater falling for her coach and their "forbidden" love (another of my favorite themes in romance books), I knew I had to read it.

I was surprised because I thought the age difference between Sergei and Emily was going to be more than his 25 to her 19. Told strictly from Emily's POV (which had me wishing for Sergei's POV~especially in some scenes), I found that I wasn't immediatel
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Yes! Life on the Edge is a sweet, thought provoking, funny, sports story. Emily Butler has been skating her whole life, yet horrible competition anxiety has kept her from being successful. So, she agrees to try pairs skating and meets with an up and coming young pairs coach, Sergei Petrov. They agree to work together and a star is made. Sergei is wonderful at helping Emily overcome her nerves. As is her partner, Chris. I thoroughly enjoyed the daily grind, hours of practice, and tremendous effor ...more
Ruth Hill
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2013-reads
It seems that lately I have struggled with rating books, and this is another one. This book has a lot going for it. A nice older young adult romance, ice skating, and it's completely clean! This is the most exciting part of the book for me. No profanity, and no sex scenes! Your teenager can read this, and your mother-in-law can, too. I have to say that Sergei and Emily are great together, and you can sense the chemistry from the start. Not only that, Sergei is a fine coach, and he is a real man. ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know absolutely zero about ice skating but this book had me on the ice soaring thru the air doing all kids of fancy spins and lifts. I found this little gem of a story by picking up a novella free on my kindle called Reaching the Edge. After reading the 12 page short story I had to pick up this one to find out more about the story of Emily and Sergio. The story that develops is addicting and now I have to keep reading. I am now a fan of this author and will continue to read her books.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of clean romance
I expected a lot more. I don't want to be the only (mean) person who gives this book the lowest rating but I can't lie and say it was amazing when I thought it was just an average story. Sorry,I really,really wanted to love it since I am a huge fan of forbidden romances. However,I did manage to get butterflies in my stomach at "certain" scenes. *wink* *wink*
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Top-notch YA reading for anyone who likes the sport of figure-skating!

For a complete review, visit Afaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online, March/April 2012 issue.
Chelly Peeler
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ab
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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I can honestly say that I've never read a book like this before. When I read the synopsis, I was so excited. Ice skating? Cool (no pun intended), I use to love watching the winter olympics for that sole reason and the summary reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies The Cutting Edge. I knew if anything, this book would bring me something different and it completely did just that.

I found myself rooting for Em and Chris like th
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Life On The Edge is a wonderful story about Emily. She loves to skate and along with her partner Chris and new coach Sergei, they dream of Olympic gold. Emily and Chris have not been skating together that long. Their coach Sergei is young, having left Russia to coach in America. They have many obstacles in their path including Emily's stage fright. She can't seem to calm her nerves when she is on the ice. Emily has always thought that Sergei is too young to coach but he never talks about why he ...more
Katlin Musial
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I highly enjoyed reading about the skating competitions and they way the partners feels about each other during skating.

This is one of those guilty pleasure books where the Coach falls in the love with the trainee but it's a big no-no! Love these type of romances! It's risky to be together so they have to watch themselves and hide from everybody. It was a great book with not too much drama and it was very realistic.

The romance is not heated at all so if you're looking for a contemporary romanc
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy watching ice skating movies and the Olympics. Life on the Edge is a compelling novel that takes you into the lives of a pairs figure skating and we get an insider knowledge of the highs and lows of the sport. Emily and Sergei have some choices to make on the relationship the have and where they want it to go. It was fun to see this unfold. Sergei has some secrets that come back to haunt him. Emily has a lot to take in and can she forgive Sergei? I like the close relationship Emily shares ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I. Could. NOT. Put. Life On the Edge down!!!

I shirked my Saturday duties yesterday afternoon because as soon as I picked up Life on the Edge I was hooked! Hardly braking to make lunch and dinner and take potty breaks! I had to know who won the competitions and did the romance work!?

Emily, Chris and Sergei's story is an intriguing novel that involves one of my favorite Olympic events. You really discover just how much heart, energy, muscle, emotion, and mental determination goes into this sport.
Lucy Baldock
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book me FOUR MONTHS to finish which must be a record for me. It definitely put me in a reading slump, a lot of the books I've read since are course books. Honestly I hate to be the harsh reviewer here because it had some great reviews and I'm a writer myself I understand the work and effort put into this. However, I'm not going to lie this was hard to get through.

The main problem I had with this book was the pacing. It was so off and random. At times it would speed up skipping weeks at a ti
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Emily Butler is a nineteen year old figure skater with a dream to make it to the Olympics. Once a singles skater, she has made the transition into pairs skating. She and partner Chris Grayden dream of competing at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and winning the Olympic gold medal. With their young Russian coach Sergei, a former junior world champion who left Russia after his career ended suddenly and mysteriously, they have a good chance of going all the way to achieving their dream.

The sto
Tabby -  Shattered Hearts Reviews
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I took several different things away from this book. The main one being a better understanding of a sport that I love to watch. :) I also took away a story that leaves you rooting for someone even when you don't realize that you are!

At just 18 years old, Emily is quickly becoming part of something huge. She is half of a world figure skating team, that if all goes right, is headed straight for the Olympics. Every girls dream right!?

Can we say perfectnes
Nasty Lady MJ
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
To see full binge review click here.

Yeah, Emily is a bit of a dull one. Though to be fair, she did have a couple of moments.

To be honest, I just wanted to shake her a lot of the time and say grow up. Especially on the parent front. But I did enjoy her relationship with Sergei. They did have chemistry. And I like that their relationship wasn’t all instantly hot and heavy. In a weird way, I like the fact that they waited. Comeaux didn’t make it seem overly preachy and religious. It was just a simp
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Life On the Edge is an absolute joy to read from the first page to the final chapter. There are so many things about this book that are so admirable and I truly appreciate Jennifer Comeaux for! She has made my list of all time favorite authors with her very first Novel! That in itself should speak volumes!

Emily Butler is a twenty year old figure skater with a dream to make it to the Olympics. Once a single skater, ... she made a difficult transition into couples skating. Not only does she have
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Emily Butler is a pairs figure skater with Olympic aspirations. It’s a life that revolves around the rink. Training all day every day to become the best of the best. With so little time to spend socially with anyone outside of the skating world, it is natural that her circle of friends consists of only other skaters. When Emily starts to spend time outside the rink with her coach, a young Russian man who used to be a champion pairs skater in his own right, she finds she has a lot more in common ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I find it interesting when you have a book sitting on your Ipad to read for so long and then you forget about it till something prompts you to finally read it. For me , that was Jennifer's book "Life on the Edge" as I have had it since it was released on my Kindle but for some reason I just hadn't got around to finishing it and then I was prompted by the tour to read and review it. So I dug out my Kindle App and searched for the book and got stuck into it. Reading it , it reminded me of a movie ...more
Chantel Rhondeau
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have to admit, this book surprised me. It's the first contemporary romance I've ever read, and I was a bit worried about the MC only being nineteen and whether or not I'd be able to relate to her. However, the premise intrigued me, so I bought it.

I shouldn't have worried. I couldn't put this book down! I read it in two days and loved every minute of it.

While the main plot of the story is Emily and her pairs skating partner, Chris, trying to fight their way to the 2002 Olympics, the love story
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I was amazed at Comeaux's ability to draw a reader into Emily's world from the first page. I was immediately engrossed in the story and did not want to put the book down! Why? First, this book is about an ice skater, and I have loved ice skating since I was young. Second, the story was magnetic and Comeaux's story flowed easily. I continually thought, "Just one chapter more." But one more chapter was never enough! There was something distinct in every chapter that gave me that desire to keep re ...more
Lyra Gill
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read the complete review here.

I don't know about any of you guys, but YA books that spotlight the lives of female athletes have always piqued my interest (case and point - Catching Jordan, the Pretty Tough series, etc.). One day, I chanced upon a list on goodreads that listed these kinds of books, and this was how I came to find out about Life on the Edge. Upon reading the blurb, I was at once intrigued - I immediately wondered how Comeaux will go about the forbidden relationship, and whether s
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a much more enjoyable read than I had expected. Although there is a lot of technical jargon relating to the sport and it covers a lot of time, the author does it skillfully and keeps you interested and excited. Every time I thought the story might be resolving, a new twist was thrown in to give it new life. Sergei was a good character, though fallible and very human. Emily is a strong character with easy to relate feelings and reactions. Their romance is sweet and fun and a roller coast ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, new-adult
An enjoyable novel about a pairs figure skater, Emily, who falls in love with her coach on her way to Olympic gold. I'll read anything about figure skating (or ballet), and I loved the insider snippets of skater life that held equal weight with the love story. It's refreshing to see a main character who's a good role model - determined, goal-oriented, caring, and strong in her morals - while also being multi-dimensional and likable. I also appreciated that Sergei and his love were for real, sinc ...more
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Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she's not writing, t ...more

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