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: Susan
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.
Levi is a 25 year old American cowboy with an American father and a Russian mother living on a ranch in Montana with his father and his brother. When his father tells Levi he needs Levi to go to Russia for 6 months to teach Russians how to cowboy, Levi agrees since he doesn’t want to stay on the ranch with his homophobic brother anyway.
It is there that he meets Pasha, a 23 year old Russian model. Pasha has been ordered by his father to spend 6 months on the remote ranch. Pasha really didn’t have a choice since his father took his phone, took his apartment keys, his car, and had him escorted to the ranch. This all because apparently Pasha ruined a business deal for his father. Except Pasha is sure he didn’t tell anyone about the deal..
Pasha doesn’t want people to shun him, but he’s not hiding the fact that he is gay, so he continues to wear his eyeliner and be his fabulous self. But all that earns him is a beating from one of the Russian cowboys. But that won’t stop Pasha from doing the best he can at ranching in the freezing cold. Even when he does retch about 10 times a day.
Levi is determined not to like Pasha, but he can’t help himself when he sees that Pasha works hard, is kind to the animals, and never stops smiling. But Levi is not a relationship kind of guy. And Pasha doesn’t want casual sex. And even if they do end up together, there is no future for an American cowboy and a Russian model…
I loved Pasha. He was such an amazing character. He was funny, sweet, and nothing could get him down. I loved how he just kept smiling even when there were people out to get him. No matter how many beatings he received, he kept his spirits up and made the best out of the situation. I didn’t expect that when I started this book. I expected to read about a spoiled rich kid, but Pasha was anything but.
Levi was a bit harder to like at first. Especially since he was trying his best not to like Pasha and ignored him a lot of times. But once Levi started to thaw I did start to like him.
We had some wonderful hurt/comfort scenes in this. It was mostly Pasha who was hurting and who needed the comfort, but I was also happy with them sharing stories about their lives and comforting each other.
We did have a ton of angst in this. And while I love me some inner angst, I’m not always a fan of this type of angst. You could see the separation coming a mile away. I think that put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm of this book because for the first 60% there’s this constant feeling of foreboding because both Levi and Pasha knew there was no future for them. Levi didn’t want to admit he really did love Pasha, and Pasha just wanted Levi to take a chance. But at least the couple didn’t fight. There was no push and pull in this, which I always hate something fierce. So I could definitely say the angst was doable, even though it could be a bit frustrating at times with all the things going wrong.
The epilogue was wonderful, if not a bit too wonderful. It was hearts and flowers and rainbows and puppies and cookies. But at least we got a good solid HEA. So no complaints from me.