Title: Edge of Forever
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: May 31st 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 298 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When you stand on the edge, you might just find yourself falling.
Teaching Russians how to be cowboys? Levi thinks his father is joking when told that’s what he’ll be doing for the next six months. However, working at the edge of nowhere will allow him to earn enough money to buy a new barn, and keep him from sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars for threesomes with strangers.
Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote farm in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing but a couple of suitcases, his camera and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. He’s screwed and not in a good way.
With a couple of months left on his contract, Levi’s counting down the days till he can return to the States and his Saturday night hook-ups. Then Pasha arrives at the ranch wearing eyeliner and designer clothes, retching every time he walks into a barn. Levi is amused, irritated – and attracted. When a vicious attack on Pasha throws them into close quarters, both men are forced to re-evaluate not just who the other is, but whether they truly want to return to the lives they left behind.
When you stand on the edge, you just might find yourself falling in love.
Edge of Forever was so much more than I expected and the characters took me on an exciting adventure that I definitely recommend reading. I really don’t want to spoil anything since I think it makes for a better reading this way. I can say that the book is a reading experience I’m glad I had, the protagonists drew me in, always leaving me wanting more, waiting for what would happen next.
I found it to be a plot with great potential. The book evoked a whole spectrum of emotions and although there were serious issues which could leave deep scars with any person, it also held amusement and laughter.
I loved Pasha’s character, definitely not what I expected as my initial impression of him was of a spoiled city boy. Pasha gave me quite a few laughs and I would love to have a friend like him in real life. I admire how hard he worked, his inner strength and refusal to let others push him down.
I appreciated how Pasha and Levi didn’t instantly click and that Pasha had to work for it.
Levi knew there were no chance for an American cowboy and a Russian model hence he tried to stay a way from Pasha. I think they complimented each other well and were what they both needed. If Pasha made me laugh, Levi meant safety and someone to lean on. The only issue I had was the way Levi thought the Russian helpers’ lack of taking initiative when they worked was a cultural thing. The author did well in fleshing out the characters and the interaction between them spot on.
The story offered a few twists and without Pasha’s sassy character this story wouldn’t have been half as entertaining. The epilogue however I felt wasn’t really needed but was tooth achingly sweet.