Alaskan Adventure & Romance! Edge by Tiffinie Helmer

Posted March 4, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Alaskan Adventure & Romance! Edge by Tiffinie HelmerEdge by Tiffinie Helmer
Series: Romance on the Edge #1
Narrator: Mia Chiaromonte
Published by Audible on December 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

He's lost his edge....
Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He's just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a "Where Is She Now" Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career 20 years earlier, he packs his bags.
She lives on the Edge....
Mel Bennett's carefully maintained control unravels the moment she meets Cache Calder. Attraction flares for the man who seems to really "know" her. No one at the Edge of Reason Lodge is aware she was the young teenager who'd survived one of the most publicized kidnappings in recent history, and she wants it to stay that way. But she starts to question her heart and her sanity when unexplained incidents begin to happen and a deadly threat returns to finish what he'd started so long ago.


Quick summary

Amelia (Mel) Bennett was abducted by a cult when she was 12-years old. Her suffering was further exacerbated by the media. Cache Calder was the photographer for the article that exploited her story, creating an indelible image of her that no one’s forgotten. It’s 20 years later and he and his editor are off to Alaska for a follow up interview with the reclusive subject. Cache believes he has her consent…not.

What I enjoyed

Alaska is one of those places that is both fascinating and terrifying to me. This story elevates both my fascination and fear as Helmer does a great job of bringing to life the awesome beauty and the rawness of the state. It added to the suspense and the romance. Mel’s story slowly unfolded throughout the story, which normally doesn’t work for me but the setup of the prologue laid the foundation perfectly. Her romance with Cache seemed to develop a bit quickly but it took a hard hit later, forcing them to take a step back that made it even better.

The mystery and suspense was very well done. I honestly didn’t figure out who was after Mel until it was revealed.

The narration

While the narrator enunciated and paced the story flawlessly, her tone wasn’t the best for the suspenseful aspects. She was a bit too sweet and upbeat for the tense moments. Otherwise, she was fine.

The bottom line

I enjoyed this story, especially it’s Alaskan setting. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.


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About Tiffinie Helmer

Raised in Alaska, I spent many long, dark winters as a teenager escaping the forty below temperatures by penning romantic adventures. I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I met a man who swept me off my mukluks and promptly married him. The 90’s were spent playing mommy to four children, and on the glorious day my youngest entered kindergarten, I set up camp at the keyboard.

I write mystery/suspense (just can’t keep the bad guys out) and contemporary romance (for when I need to lighten things up). Part of my year is spent landlocked in Utah and the other part commercial fishing on Alaska’s Bering Sea (read HOOKED). During my landlock months, I create wheel-thrown pottery (read SHIVER), moonlight for Barnes & Noble, and race around with my top down on my convertible (read TOPLESS).

Some of my favorite things are muscle cars, sun worshiping, kayaking, fishing, and Green Tea Frappuccinos!

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4 responses to “Alaskan Adventure & Romance! Edge by Tiffinie Helmer

  1. Audible studios is putting out some really good stuff lately (good stuff to I got keep this one in mind, it’s sounds interesting enough to add to my list. Maybe I won’t mind the narrator’s flaws as much. If the story is really good I can sometime overlook them 🙂
    Thank you Jonetta, great job as always!

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Thanks, Loupe! I agree with you about Audible Studios. And, this is a very good story.

  2. It’s only recently that I’m able to appreciate and discover Alaska via TV of course. I’m like you, I find it curious but I don’t feel ill fit in because I’m not that outdoorsy. It’s a cool backdrop for this though, sounds like it was atmospheric even.