Author: Charli Webb
Genre: Contemporary, romance, thriller
Audience: New Adult
Publication Date: 1st December 2013
Source: Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Blurb: Skylar’s family was forced into the witness protection program when she was only seventeen. After her mother died years later, Sky moved back in with the only family she had left. She knew she’d run into her high school sweetheart but she didn’t expect the changes she found in Rowdy. He wasn’t the sweet boy she left so many years ago. He’d turned into a womanizing jerk but that didn’t stop her heart from wanting him.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Wow! This is a beautiful book which rolls everything you could ever want into one. Packed full of action, suspense, drama and let’s not forget plenty of romance. Naked Edge has filled a gap in the New Adult genre we didn’t even know existed. As much as I enjoyed this book particularly the ending I did find it a little slow in the middle which made it difficult for the reader to connect to the story. Despite the slow middle section the author quickly regained the readers attention as we begin to discover the characters backgrounds. This is a fantastic book filled with drama and heartache that does exactly what it’s says on the tin. Sadly I couldn’t give this novel a full five star rating due to a few things which frustrated me during the course of the book. Although these small things lowered my rating I really enjoyed this book specifically the unique plot the author has seamlessly woven together.
Just when her life seems perfect Skylar was abruptly uplifted from her life and forced into witness protection causing her to leave behind the only man she has ever loved. Finally arriving home to be with the man she loves will be a lot harder than Skylar originally thought. Rowdy is not the same sweet boy she left behind but Skylar is determined to break down the walls he has built around his heart. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel I did feel it was slightly slow in the middle and it was difficult to concentrate when reading. Despite this once they read past these few chapters the reader is in for an exciting, heart racing ride and will very quickly find themselves hooked to this fantastic book. The main reason I was unable to give this book 5 stars is due liked to have gained more details on the characters lives when Skylar left. For example during the novel the reader finds out the gruelling circumstances behind Rowdy’s mothers death. Although this added to the plot as soon as the reader discovers the cause of the mothers death it was straight away forgotten about. As the reader I would have liked more details about Rowdy’s mothers death as I felt it may have added to the story and helped build the readers sympathy for Rowdy. Regardless of this the brilliant ending of this novel made up for all the small issues during the book. Charli Webb has an amazing gift of making a story come together. She kept the reader on the edge of their seats as the drama began to take its part in this brilliant book. The unexpected problems that arise for Skylar and Rowdy just when they seem to be getting their relationship back on track keeps the reader hooked right up until the explosive, suspense filled conclusion.
As well as creating a fantastic plot the author has also managed to develop unforgettable characters. Even though Skylar comes across as a bit naive in the first chapter she grows on you as the reader when you begin to discover her story and the large amount of love she holds for Rowdy. Once you learn more about her it is very easy to understand her and also to connect with her. Rowdy is another brilliant, well developed character. He is far from the caring boy Skylar remembers. Struggling to cope with both the loss of his mum and the love of his life, Rowdy turns to women and alcohol to cope, building walls around himself and keeping people at a distance. Rowdy was an extremely likeable character as when Skylar slowly breaks down his defences the reader begins to see his caring side and the all consuming love he feels for Skylar. He will do anything to protect Skylar which made it very clear how much he loved her. He was caring, protective, sweet and let’s not forget sexy which overall made for a great character in a great book.
Overall ‘Naked Edge’ was a brilliant book which keeps the reader up all night desperate to see what will happen. Charli Webb is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to see what she does next. I would definitely recommend people give this book a try especially if you are looking for a bit of romance.
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