Sunday, June 17, 2018

Random Review: Edge of Forever by Barbara Elsborg #Review #Giveaway

Author: Barbara Elsborg
Title: Edge of Forever
Self Published
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
Length: 279 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


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 he tells him that’s what he wants him to do for the next six months. Working in the frozen desolation of southwest Russia he’ll earn enough to buy a new barn for their Montana ranch. But there’s a deeper agenda for sending him to the edge of nowhere. It will stop him sloping off on Saturday nights to gay bars and clubs for threesomes with strangers.

Pasha finally pushes his father too far and is banished to a remote ranch in the middle of a snowy Russian winter. Stripped of all the trappings of his privileged Moscow lifestyle, he has nothing at his disposal but a suitcase of designer clothes and a whole lot of sass. Pasha hates the countryside, hates physical work, hates the cold and hates cows. But de-prived of money, phone, and access to anyone who might help him, he’s screwed and not in a good way.

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, retching every time he walks into a barn, and Levi is amused, irritated—and attracted. After 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.

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I have yet to read a Barbara Elsborg book I haven't loved. Each book is written so amazingly and Edge Of Forever may be her best yet. For me, it was easily one of the best books I've read in 2018 so far.

Pasha is outstanding. I adored him so much because he was who he was. He accepted no substitutes and what he is forced to endure proved how strong he was as well. After his father banished him to southwest Russia to work on a cowboy ranch Pasha is tested to the max. He is out of his element. Far away from money and all the luxuries he always lived with. He's cold, doesn't know what he's doing, and unashamedly gay in a place where all the other men (well most) don't look kindly on homosexuals.

Levi is from Montana and wants to start his own farm. To do so he needs money. He wasn't thrilled when his father sent him to teach Russians how to be cowboys in what felt like the coldest region in the world. It's there he meets Pasha and has to decide if letting the world know he's gay is worth it just to fall in love with this outstanding man.

The story takes a lot of directions and where it goes is exciting, brilliant, and so beyond entertaining. It's books like this that remind me why I love reading. You find love, wonderful plot, terrific characters, never a dull moment, and so much emotion.

I can't recommend this book enough.


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