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Thursday, January 18, 2018

On The Edge by Dani Collins - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Glory's mother was a successful romance author. Unfortunately she passed away and left everything to Glory's father. Glory is managing her mother's legacy, but her father is the one who can spend the money and he does that by buying a lodge. The lodge needs a lot of work, so Glory has no choice but to join her not very responsible father to make sure the project is being managed well. Glory wants to write instead and has no interest in running the place at all.

When Glory's father introduces his daughter to his business partner Rolf there's friction straight away. They're attracted to each other, but Rolf is an arrogant man who just wants to reach his goals and has no regards for anyone's feelings, Glory's especially. Glory's only escape is her laptop where she can continue working on her novella. Will she and Rolf eventually be able to be civil to each other and what will happen when they get to know one another?

On the Edge is an original romantic story. I was intrigued by both Glory and Rolf. Glory is unhappy. She feels like she can't live her own life and is always looking after her parents, first her ill mother, which she lovingly did, and now her irresponsible father, which she reluctantly does. She's frustrated and the same goes for Rolf. Rolf is moody and his constant dark frame of mind doesn't brighten Glory's days. However, there's something between them that's worth exploring and their mutual reluctance made their connection incredibly interesting. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen when they'd both give in to their feelings instead of suppressing everything that's going on inside them. It was definitely explosive, which was something I loved.

Dani Collins has written a fascinating love story combined with an equally captivating novella. I liked that she's included the story Glory is writing and gladly read this extra treat. It's a fun way to describe the life of an author. I enjoyed reading about Glory's quest to find undisturbed writing time and the recognizable insecurities that a lot of writers are dealing with. I also admired the strong bond she and her mother formed through romantic stories, that's a great basis for a book. On the Edge isn't a standard sweet true love story, it's different and there's plenty of tension. I really liked this sexy and sharp book.

Advice

If you love romantic stories about brooding main characters On the Edge would be an excellent choice.

About Dani Collins


Award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life.

Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing.

She lives in Christina Lake, BC, Canada with her husband of thirty years who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children.

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Guest post

Glory & Rolf – On The Edge
Book One, Blue Spruce Lodge

By Dani Collins

Hi Anniek and Suze, thank you so much for inviting me to offer a little insight into how I came up with the characters for On The Edge, my latest contemporary romance that kicks off my new series, Blue Spruce Lodge.

How a writer comes up with story people is often a story in itself. In fact, I offer an example of this process within the pages of On The Edge.

When I began developing this series, I knew I wanted a lodge in the mountains, which led me to my first hero, Rolf, being an alpine champion, very focused and single-minded. More on him in a sec, because character development is a back and forth process, especially with a hero and heroine.

At the time, my husband and I were redoing our will. My writing career was established and I had to appoint someone to look after that side of things if I were hit by a bus.

That started me thinking that my heroine, Glory, administers her mom’s literary estate. I decided her mother was an iconic romance author like Nora Roberts, beloved by millions. She left Glory’s father such a fortune, he’s able to sink it into the run-down Blue Spruce Lodge in the Montana Rockies.

Glory’s mom had a long battle with cancer. Glory started out stuffing bookmarks in envelopes, but by the end, she’s heavily editing books from her mother’s backlist.

Glory always wanted to write. In fact, in Grade Nine, she scribbled scenes into a note book. Love scenes. Ones that starred a boy she had a crush on.

That was when that jock-pig, Garrett Waters, grabbed it and read it to the entire class. It was beyond humiliating.

Glory continued to dream up stories, but they didn’t make it onto paper. She couldn’t risk it. She didn’t write again until she began editing her mom’s books, writing lengthy passages, sometimes whole chapters. She never took credit, though. Too scary. Then her mom died and writer’s block hit.

Now her father is renovating Blue Spruce Lodge. He needs the cash that would come with a new release, but Glory’s mom is gone. Glory starts writing with the intention of publishing the book as an ‘undiscovered’ title of her mother’s and her inspiration for her hero is Rolf.

Rolf looks like every woman’s fantasy, but he’s a throwback to the romances I read when I was young—a remote alpha who is very self-interested and arrogant. He and Glory clash to the point Glory actually hates him, but as she watches how Rolf refuses to let anything get in his way, and recognizes that she allows everyone and everything to get in her way, she is inspired by him in another way—to go after her own dreams.

Rolf isn’t used to hitting obstacles he can’t overcome, but discovers he can’t have Glory. Not unless he learns to bend and compromise and take a supporting role. I love to see a man like him fall hard for his heroine, don’t you?

As for how Glory turns Rolf into her hero, Brock, you can watch that process unfold as you read On The Edge. The book that Glory writes is called Blessed Winter and you’ll read it within the pages of On The Edge. It’s a book-within-a-book. I hope you enjoy both stories.

Fun Fact: Blessed Winter is the long-awaited sequel to Cruel Summer, the short ebook romance you receive when you sign up for my newsletter. Don’t have it? Join here: http://danicollins.com/subscribe/

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Prince’s Son of Scandal by Dani Collins.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it.

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  2. On The Edge sounds like a complex yet compelling story.

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  3. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance :-)

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  4. What an intriguing story line this is.

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  5. I'm excited to read this book.

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  6. love the storyline - it sounds absorbing!

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  7. Edge and Glory are fantastic name. Love a great love story.

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  8. I love Dani's stories and I'm so excited to read this one as well.

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  9. IT IS A MUST READ FOR ME, LOVE YOU WRITING.

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  10. This sounds like a great read for me, I love contemporary romances!

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  11. Sounds like a good read and I love the cover art as well!

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  12. It's interesting that Glory's story she's been writing is included as well.

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  13. Thanks for the lovely book prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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