The Willing Edge

Fiction - Suspense
254 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2024
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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

In The Willing Edge by Lauren Anne Davis, after losing everything they possessed, Angela and her family relocated to Bolton, Kansas, to start again. Angela applied at Reynolds Bar-B-Q as a waitress to become self-sufficient and earn her own money. Angela waited on a large group of individuals from an energy corporation, Stantrop Oil and Gas, while working at Reynolds Bar-B-Q. Chase gave Angela his card and said she should call him if she wanted to try her hand at another profession in a different town. Angela was invited to a college party by her boss's nephew, but she stabbed a stranger who promised to take retribution. Angela had no choice but to phone Chase to escape, and she soon finds herself traveling to Dead Horse, Alaska.

The Willing Edge by Lauren Anne Davis is a riveting thriller that grabbed me from beginning to end with a complex web of mysteries and suspense. I found the book to be quite engaging and effortless to read, and I was unable to put it down until I had finished. It seemed as though I was there, given how expertly the surroundings and culture were described. There were many different characters with backgrounds that were the backbone of the story. The interactions between some of the characters were very realistic. By going for her goals, Angela demonstrated bravery and self-reliance, and she did not doubt her ability to pursue her dreams. I was enthralled by this tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of justice intertwined. A remarkable story.

Pikasho Deka

The Willing Edge is an action-packed contemporary romance novel by Lauren Anne Davis. After a steep descent into poverty, Angela Lemere's family tragically broke up, leading her to live on her own in Bolton, Kansas. A prank gone wrong at a frat house party ends up with Angela stabbing a young man in the rear and fleeing the premises. Then, a tempting job offer takes Angela to Dead Horse, Alaska, where she is determined to start anew. The young man, Parker Stantrop, is both infatuated with Angela and seeking to get back at her for his humiliation. When fate brings the two together in Alaska, Angela is furious with Parker's antics. To make amends, Parker sets off to renovate Angela's family home. Will misunderstandings continue to hinder Angela and Parker's feelings for each other?

The Willing Edge is a riveting tale of romance sprinkled with a healthy dose of suspense and action. This is a story about two people from entirely different backgrounds crossing each other's paths fortuitously, which changes their lives forever. Angela and Parker have a very entertaining dynamic. The foundation of their relationship is based on mutual attraction mixed with a passionate desire to seek revenge and gain the upper hand on the other. Lauren Anne Davis does a brilliant job with the characters. Even the secondary characters feel well-developed and have their own engaging story arcs. I particularly enjoyed the redemption arc of Miralda. Angela's knife-throwing skills add another dimension to the narrative and make for a few thrilling action scenes. This book is tailor-made for lovers of contemporary romance and readers who enjoy stories with multi-faceted characters.

K.C. Finn

The Willing Edge is a work of fiction in the romantic suspense, interpersonal drama, and intrigue subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to some mature themes, language, and moderate violence. Penned by author Lauren Anne Davis, we are introduced to Angela, a skilled knife-thrower, whose precision saves lives until a chance encounter at a frat party forces her to defend herself with her blade. Parker, driven by justice and captivated by Angela's skills and enigmatic nature, seeks to win her heart by reuniting her estranged family and helping them find a home. But danger lurks, testing Angela's heroism when a deadly encounter threatens innocent lives. With blades by her side, she faces the challenge head-on, leaving a trail of action and suspense. Amidst it all, love blossoms between them against all odds, defying expectations in a tale of passion, redemption, and family bonds.

Author Lauren Anne Davis has crafted a narrative that blends suspense, romance, and family drama, offering an exhilarating experience filled with pulse-pounding action and heartfelt moments. The author has a clear strength for character development and emotional presentation, with great attention to detail in the narrative to give us deeper insight into how our protagonist is feeling. As a result, Angela's character is compelling and multifaceted, and her journey to reconcile with her past while navigating present dangers is gripping. The chemistry between Angela and Parker was palpable, and I adored the dialogue style and their shifting dynamic as they faced challenges together and got to know one another more. The pacing of the novel is also excellent, with each scene building tension and drawing readers deeper into the story as the stakes get higher. Overall, The Willing Edge is a captivating read that delivers thrills, romance, and a powerful message about the importance of family and love, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.