Release Date: May 18th, 2022
CW: mentions of cancer, parental death, mentions of kidney transplant (off page), homophobia
Once upon a time I had it all: an Olympic gold medal, a career as a professional ski racer, and a happily ever after so close I could almost touch it. Then my perfect life imploded in one tragic weekend.
Five years later I’ve rebuilt my life with the best girlfriends, the perfect new boyfriend, and a new career. Now my ex—the one who wrecked everything five years earlier—is back as the newest member of the National Ski Team and I’m forced to be his physical therapist.
My days are filled with him. He’s constantly shirtless and sweaty and sexy as sin, and trying to make me fall in love with him again.
But I built these walls around my heart for a reason—and his presence is threatening to undo everything I’ve created without him. With the stakes this high and the sexual tension this hot, this could all go so very wrong.
Or, maybe we’re on the edge of getting everything we ever wanted.
I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but 2022 is turning out to be such an amazing year for debuts. Julia Connors’ second chance sports romance is a fantastic debut and one that I am so glad I got to read early! It was an angsty slow burn, with lots of things that I love about romance all rolled into one. Plus, what really made this stand out was the sport that it covered—skiing. Hockey is one of the most popular ‘winter sports’ in romance, but to see a different sport was awesome.
Jackson is a well established physical therapist for athletes and she’s made a name for herself in the right ways. She’s serious about her job, delivers every single time and helps make the best winter athletes even better. Her biggest weakness is her ex. The very same man who is suddenly added to the racing team she’s working with, which puts them in the same place all the time and it’s basically the most frustrating thing for her. Nate, much like Jackson, is a legend in the sport. He might have been on the sidelines for a good part of his career, but with some daredevil stunts that have put him back on the map, he’s now part of the national team and Jackson just so happens to be his PT. Imagine all of the sexual tension, frustration and distrust brewing and you have the basis of On The Edge.
“If you really want me out of your life for good, Jax, you’re going to have to stop looking at me like you want to fuck me.”
I loved these characters, though. I loved how deeply rooted Jackson’s dislike for Nate is and how much she loves him at the same time. They were together for 7 years before he vanished without a trace and left her heartbroken. Since then she’s started dating another athlete putting their relationship in the spotlight. But Nate’s never not loved Jackson. Guys, he waited for her. Just…read the book and you’ll know what I mean. This man has grumpy, swoony and dreamy written all over him and let’s not forget the ‘touch her and I’ll kill you’ vibes that rolls off of Nate all the time. But they’re both determined, strong willed and stubborn, both of them are really good at what they do, so that obviously means they’re going to butt heads the whole time.
The enemies to lovers angle is very one sided, because Jackson is angry with Nate and he’s just trying to find all the ways to get her back. I loved the little trips down memory lane, the unresolved feelings that keep surfacing when they least expect it and the way Jackson keeps pushing Nate away. And I love me a good slow burn, which is exactly what Jackson and Nate’s relationship is and Julia does such a good job keeping me hooked and interested in their romance right from the start.
“I promised you a long time ago that even though you weren’t my first, you’d be my last.”
On The Edge is a bit forbidden, because it’s in the workplace, and it’s a whole lot of forced proximity that really ups the ante on the sexual tension. I’m not kidding when I say your Kindle will be on fire with how desperately they want each other, but don’t cross that line. And yet, when they do. *fans self* I loved every minute of their physical relationship, I enjoyed the way both of them unravel from all the holding it together for so long stress. Their relationship is full of emotional angst. There were so many moments when I screamed JUST KISS, but the slow burn was totally worth it, because holy hell they got pretty hot together.
There were a whole bunch of secrets that needed to be sorted through, lots of conversations to be had and peeling back of layers because of the years they’ve been apart. I definitely give Jackson’s dad all the points for calling both of out on their lack of communication. Made me giggle.
Knowing who we’re getting next has me even more excited, because I am ready to live in Julia Connors’ world of sports romance for as long as possible! Congratulations to Julia on an amazing debut and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!
Thanks to Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the advance copy. I’m voluntarily leaving an honest review.