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Edge of Glory: Friendship, Texas #1 by [Vernon, Magan]
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"Welcome to Conti's. I'm Lia and I'll nguhhhhhhhhhhhhh."

I froze. Directly facing me was Olympic swimmer, Jay Morningstar…and I just made an idiot of myself.

The rest of the table looked up to see me standing there with my mouth practically gaping. His coach, who I recognized from TV interviews, and even two other swimmers from the Olympic team. They didn't say anything, they didn't even blink.

"Uh…I mean…"

I couldn't even put together my words and Jay Morningstar was just staring at me with that Wheaties box smile and those icy blue eyes.

What was I supposed to say? Sorry I just made a weird noise, it's just that I have a poster of you on my wall where you are wearing nothing more than your gold medals, a smile, and a pair of man panties?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988963361
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  • Language: English
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Edge of Glory was a sweet read which I enjoyed. The relationship between Jay and Lia develops basically straightaway and although I'm not one for conflict, I was expecting a lot moreover it here, especially given her strict parents. I also would've liked to have seen more at the end. (Intentional vagueness so as not to give spoilers!)
Jay is a well developed character, we know all about him, but what we don't know a lot about is Lia. I was surprised when she mentioned her intended college major, I felt like it came out of the blue.
I also found the support characters a little annoying. I know this adds tension but I think it would've been better coming from the couple themselves.
Overall edge of glory is a decent read I would recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD START TO A NEW SERIES! 16 July 2016
By Moms Cooking The Books - Published on
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This is a contemporary, new adult, sports romance. It is definitely written with new/young adults in mind and it is a quick, enjoyable summer read. It is a sweet love story with a little heat. It had humor with a snarky awkward heroine and a handsome, famous, or is it infamous, Olympic swimmer! Ryan Lochte is the muse for this story and with the 2016 Olympics coming up next month made this read all the more fun for me.

Jay Morningstar came from an affluent southern California family. His sister is a reality star, hot mess actress and his ex-girlfriend is an equally hot mess reality star and friend of his sister. Jay worked hard to get where he is in the swimming world, although his fame after winning eight gold medals at the last Olympics went to his head and he partied hard and got into trouble. He had to work very hard to get back in the good graces of the swimming community again. He was in Friendship, Texas training with his coach and a few teammates, when he met Lia. There were supposed to be no distractions here in Texas, but her couldn’t get Lia out his head.

Rosalia (Lia) Conti is the youngest child and only daughter to a very overprotective, immigrant Sicilian family. Her parents owned the only Italian restaurant in her small town, and the entire family worked there. Her family was a riot; loud and in your face and business all the time. Lia didn’t date much because she didn’t want to have to deal with her family. She is a student working on the last few classes before obtaining her Associates Degree and then she wanted to transfer to her dream university, USC to study music management. Her family wanted her to stay and go to a university in Texas. She had a huge crush on Jay Morningstar for years and even had a huge poster of him in his speedos on her bedroom wall. So when she came face to face with this beautiful man, she was speechless.

The story line follows the courtship of Lia and Jay. Jay pursued Lia and she just didn’t understand how he wanted to be with her, she had insecurities that caused problems with their relationship. They have quite a few hurdles to jump through, or swim through. Lia has walls that she puts up to protect her heart. She uses sarcasm and humor to diffuse situations. She is a virgin and doesn’t want to just give herself to someone unless she is ready to give her heart. There are a few sexy scenes towards the end of the book, so if you are looking for a steamy read, then this isn’t the book for you.

This is such a sweet love story with some drama involving both families and the pressures of dealing with the press, obnoxious mean girls and Lia’s crazy family, which includes her Nona and her Nona’s pet goat that acts more like a dog. There is a lot of laugh out loud moments with her crazy family and friends.

If you want a sweet heat sports romance, give this one a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Fans of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, etc. 22 April 2017
By Megan Pegasus - Published on
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Imagine if you actually got to meet your idol. The person you have posters on your wall of. The person that you follow religiously on social media and can recite their favorite color, every award they’ve ever won, and maybe even the size of their shoe when they were thirteen, if you’re a super stalker—I mean fan, that is. Well that’s exactly what happens in Edge of Glory. We follow twenty-year-old Lia Conti, the only daughter in a very protective Italian family. And like a lot of young adults, Lia has a fandom: she’s obsessed with the Olympic team of men swimmers, and one swimmer in particular Jay Morningstar. With Morningstar recently getting into a lot of trouble that has affected his career, his coach brings him and his teammates to a tiny Texan town to refocus them; a neighboring town to Lia’s own. When Lia actually comes face to face with her idol in her father’s Italian restaurant, she feels like she has died and gone to heaven, especially when Jay actually shows interest in her. As Jay’s and Lia’s relationship develops, Lia is faced with much more than she anticipated in dating her idol including being thrown into reality TV, dealing with his famous ex-girlfriend, and feeling out-of-place in his rich, polished family compared to her crazy, over-protective one. With all the drama that comes with dating the gorgeous, talented swimmer, Lia has to decide if her heart can keep up or if she will have to go her own way.

Surprisingly I really liked this. Don’t get me wrong, this is full of cheese. But I anticipate a certain level of cheesiness with every new adult romance novel. I normally need to be in a certain mindset to enjoy them and I certainly was when reading this book.

I think I enjoyed this so much because of Lia. She was so incredibly relatable to me, regardless of the fact that I am not Italian in any way. I really enjoy reading about large families, like the ones you get to see in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the like. Perhaps it’s because they are so vastly different from my own but I really, really loved Lia’s family dynamic and felt it brought a lot of fun and character to the book. Lia herself has so many aspects that I feel a lot of readers will be able to relate to. She’s wanting to go to college out of state but her parents want her to stay home; she’s constantly using humor as a defense mechanism; she often doesn’t see her own worth or beauty and puts herself down more often than not. Some of these things may be annoying for some if they are more mature than the average new adult reader, but for someone like me, I found a lot of common ground with Lia. Jay was okay as a love interest. He’s definitely not going down in any book boyfriend list of mine but he was at least real and not one of those ridiculously perfect love interests. I did find the characterization of his Olympic swimmer friends a little cringey to be honest. They’re both so clearly a girl’s attempt at writing typical guy behavior that I got secondhand embarrassment from it.

The plot was okay. Most of what happened was fairly predictable and a little overdramatic. I do wish that we would’ve gotten to see Jay in a competition sooner than we did and with more detail than what was given since his being a swimmer was such a giant part of the book. It was fast-paced enough to keep my interest however and it was a quick read for me. This is definitely more of a character-driven book than plot-driven if that is something that you like in books.

Overall this was just a fun, easy new adult read for me. I did find it a bit cringey knowing that this basically glorified fan fiction, but I did appreciate the author’s note in the beginning and it was nice to know where the story originated from. I probably will not pick up the other companion novels in this series but I’m glad I finally got around to reading this.

*I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review*
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book. 13 July 2016
By Dom Reviews Books - Published on
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I wanted so badly to like this book. I pre-ordered it and read it as soon as it was on my Kindle. Based on the blurb I was sure it was going to be this amazing, mature read. It wasn't. It was almost child-like. It felt more preteen than YA or NA even. The first few chapters didn't really hold my attention. I mean, I knew what was coming with each page. The story, the things shared between the characters, and the conversations they had were cliche and predictable the whole way through. Still I read. I hoped it would get better. It didn't. It was a quick read and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy it, especially based on all of the five star reviews. I, unfortunately, wasn't one of those people. With that being said, it wasn't a terrible read, it just could have been much better. The story had a lot of potential.

I'd also like to note that I would have rated this two stars had it not been for the author's note at the beginning of the book. It helped her, and that's what writing should do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Small town meets Swim Star 2 September 2016
By LFhere - Published on
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I liked it a lot. I'm a sucker for a good sports romance so this book was perfect for me. Magan gives us a small town girl with a big crush confronted by the object of her desires in her everyday life. That's enough to throw anybody off their game. Rosalia "Lia" does a great job of keeping her head in my opinion. :). The Olympic swim team is in town training, and they enjoy the Italian food served up in Lia's families restaurant. Jay Morningstar is a famous guy and he thinks Lia is quite a cutie. Normal looks pretty good to him.

This story takes on how different stars lives are from the rest of us. How can two people with vastly different lives manage to come together. It's sweet and steamy at the same time. I enjoy Magan Vernons storytelling. I'm looking forward to more books by this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Magan did an excellent job of portraying Texas and not using all of ... 6 August 2016
By Joy Novel Thoughts - Published on
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Magan did an excellent job of portraying Texas and not using all of the cliches everyone expects to be in there! I am from a Dallas suburb like Rosalia Conti and I could relate with her on so many levels. This book is something that I have imagined many times in my life, except Hanson instead of a swimmer. Over all I really enjoyed this story, although it did feel a tad predictable at times. If you are a small town girl fantasizing about your celebrity crush showing up in your town and falling in love with you, then grab this book and make your dreams come true!

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