Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman
Standalone. Love story, but not a Traditional Romance.
Wow. Julie Richman blew me away with this completely unique story that’s like nothing you have ever read before. I was looking for something totally different, and Love On The Edge Of Time totally delivered. It features a rock star and a plus sized heroine, but it’s so much more!
The couple meets because they go to the same therapist. The Doctor performs regression therapy, and they each travel to past lives at different points in history. These are small historical stories within the main story that takes place in present day.
“You’re a gift, Kylie. Like an angel who came into my life. I’d be a fool not to see that. And I’m not sure I deserve you, but I’ll be damned if I let go.”
Going through this type of regression is hard on a person. They feel everything the person felt in a past life, love, hate, fear…then wake up. The rock star/addict, and the ex-pageant queen who ate her way off the circuit gravitated towards one another because they both understood what the other was going through in that regard.
Taking away the entire regression part for now, I loved the couple. At first Kylie rubbed me the wrong way a little because she hated her therapist but kept going back, but she won me over, and there was an amazing message about self image in this story.
“I know that’s odd, considering I spent years on a stage or a runway, but people treat you different when you’re heavier. You kinda become invisible. They’re like ‘pretty face,’ but they’re not all over you. Fewer people want something from you. And there’s a part of me that kinda likes being invisible.”
Becoming fit but still plus sized, enjoying life and having a rock star boyfriend, Kylie was a great role model.
“Maybe out there, some young girl ready to stick her finger down her throat or binge and take laxatives would not destroy their body and their self-esteem, because she, at size fourteen, was truly happy, and deeply loved by a man who was on a poster on their bedroom wall.”
And Jesse….sigh, I loved Jesse. He was a perfect book boyfriend. <3
Now, adding the regressions in, you realize that it’s a much bigger story. Of course you have to suspend reality a bit and just go with it. And Julie made it easy to go with it by keeping it all realistic rather than fairy-tale like. If anything, it was kind of tragic. Still, I loved the individual stories. I cried a few times, especially at the end—Julie completely captured my heart and had me totally invested in this couple.
If you are sensitive to any slight thing being a spoiler, you may not want to read on, because what I am about to say will change the way you read the book from the start, but help you appreciate it more in the end I think.
Slight Spoiler Alert, don’t read anymore if you don’t want that.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I was warned in advance that this is a different type of book. It’s absolutely a love story. It’s about eternal love, in fact. But it may not have the traditional HEA you are looking for that wraps up in a perfect little bow. But it totally worked for the story. You just have to look at the big picture. Knowing ahead of time changed the read for me a bit, but I think I was able to appreciate the story and ending more knowing this from the start, rather than being disappointed in having a bit of a twist in the end.
- I loved the message about self esteem and loving yourself the way you are.
- I love that she was plus sized.
- A few cameos from Julie’s other books.
- Completely unique.
- The historical stories within the story.
- I love that they sent each other a photo every day.
- Some super-hot scenes!
- Some excitement and suspense.
- A bit of a slow start.
- While I understand why it ended the way it did, it still was not the way I wanted it to end. I almost wish she’d write a novella with an alternate or future ending.
- The nickname ’Toots’ kind of got on my nerves.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 stars. 4 Heat