Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Farthest Edge (Honey #2) by Kristen Ashley ~ Review

The Farthest Edge (Honey, #2)Source: Purchased.

The Farthest Edge (Honey #2) by Kristen Ashley

Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…

Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.

After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.

I've been on a huge Kristen Ashley binge lately, both by doing some re-reading and picking up books of hers that I hadn't gotten around to reading yet. Since The Farthest Edge just released in June, this was my first reading of it -- but I am absolutely certain that it will not be my last because I loved this book even more than The Deep End.

This second installment in the Honey series follows Branch and Evangeline. Branch has a bloody, tragic past that he lives in the shadow of every day. Evangeline is keeping her head up after a terrible break in trust in her previous relationship. They are both well-written, thoroughly fleshed-out characters that I adored getting the POVs of -- both in their individual arcs and their growth together.

Like usual with KA's books, this one drew me in quickly. Like, from the very beginning. Once I got started, the book was on my mind until I reached the end even if I didn't always have time to devote to sitting down and reading it. This is a quality I LOVE about Kristen Ashley's books, since I can be pretty fickle with choosing what to read. It's nice to have go-to books that I know will capture me every time.

As for how I enjoyed The Farthest Edge more than The Deep End -- and I've been thinking about this, because it's difficult not to compare, right? I really liked The Deep End. But. The Farthest Edge was better (to me, personally) because it was very focused on advancing Evangeline and Branch as a couple, whereas The Deep End was Amelie and Olly getting together AND Olly coming to terms with his sexual preferences. So instead of the romance getting dragged backward by that, Branch and Evangeline were instead working through their own hang ups in order to be together.

And that said, that's another shining gem about this book: It is two people with baggage (admittedly, one of them has more to sort out than the other) who take a crack at being together anyway. They aren't perfect. They can't predict the future, so they are together for now to see where it goes. And I greatly appreciate how they're just together for so much of the novel. And I appreciate how they don't have unnecessary drama marring the way. Then again, Branch and Evangeline aren't unnecessary drama type people.

Lastly, I will never ever get over how endlessly adorable Branch and Evangeline are as a couple. I'm not going to go into detail (because I want y'all to experience the sweetness yourself without me taking away from it), but I smiled so hard at these two. It was magnificent.

Overall, The Farthest Edge is a spectacular addition to Kristen Ashley's erotic Honey series. It's hot and sweet and deep and absolutely a new favorite!

5 stars - A spectacular installment in the Honey series -- and a new favorite!

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