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"And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?" In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he's coerced into attending his ex-husband's wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he's left with only one option. Hire a stranger. He's expecting the weekend to be a disaster, "And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?" In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he's coerced into attending his ex-husband's wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he's left with only one option. Hire a stranger. He's expecting the weekend to be a disaster, he's expecting everyone to see through him, he's expecting them all to know the truth- that he could never get someone as gorgeous as that to fall for a person like him. What he isn't expecting is Archer, the charming man who can play the part of astrophysicist with an endless love for the wonders of space, and gentle words that could sweep anyone off their feet. Even Julian, who vowed never to let another man close to his heart, ever again. It would be a romance made in the heavens....if only Archer wasn't keeping a secret of his own. The Edge Of Heaven is a stand alone romance with no cheating and a happily ever after.


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"And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?" In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he's coerced into attending his ex-husband's wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he's left with only one option. Hire a stranger. He's expecting the weekend to be a disaster, "And really, what kind of fool goes and falls for their escort?" In a fit of panic, reclusive English teacher, Julian Pedalino, lies about a boyfriend when he's coerced into attending his ex-husband's wedding. And when he realizes he has to follow through and actually bring someone, he's left with only one option. Hire a stranger. He's expecting the weekend to be a disaster, he's expecting everyone to see through him, he's expecting them all to know the truth- that he could never get someone as gorgeous as that to fall for a person like him. What he isn't expecting is Archer, the charming man who can play the part of astrophysicist with an endless love for the wonders of space, and gentle words that could sweep anyone off their feet. Even Julian, who vowed never to let another man close to his heart, ever again. It would be a romance made in the heavens....if only Archer wasn't keeping a secret of his own. The Edge Of Heaven is a stand alone romance with no cheating and a happily ever after.

30 review for The Edge of Heaven

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gemini Chronicle

    2.5 stars. I tried. I really did. This rating is really generous for me because the writing was...fine (with the occasional grammatical error, but meh). I liked both MC’s fine. But they interacted with everyone around them more than they interacted with each other. I’m in the minority here. Everyone seems to love this book, and I can understand why. It was full of promise. I loved that (what’s his name?) was an English teacher who had an affinity for Shakespeare. I loved that Archer was an astr 2.5 stars. I tried. I really did. This rating is really generous for me because the writing was...fine (with the occasional grammatical error, but meh). I liked both MC’s fine. But they interacted with everyone around them more than they interacted with each other. I’m in the minority here. Everyone seems to love this book, and I can understand why. It was full of promise. I loved that (what’s his name?) was an English teacher who had an affinity for Shakespeare. I loved that Archer was an astrophysicist. I loved each of their best friends, who, in my opinion, were more interesting than the MC’s themselves. This didn’t feel romantic to me. Like, at all. Yes, it’s a romance, and yes, it has all the troupes that press my buttons. But when they spend most of their time interacting with what’s-his-names horribly cruel and awful family, I got annoyed. You know those books you skim through just to see the MC’s together? All the nonsense information and background stories about everyone around them takes away from the real juicy stuff: chemistry. Romance. Sweeping each other off their feet. And the ongoing lie that he was an “escort” made no sense to me. How hard is it to say “Actually, I’m not an escort. I don’t want to get paid for this.” What ever happened to communication? I don’t like unnecessary drama like that. I also don’t like that what’s-his-name (can’t for the life of me remember his name) needed Archer to stand up for him. So romantic, right? No one else ever has before! They tease him for his hearing loss and scar under his nose (like, okay??) they degrade him and humiliate him. And he just TAKES IT. There’s no reason for this. I don’t want to say he didn’t have a backbone, because I get emotionally abusive family dynamics, but come on man! Speak up! Take a damn stand! Don’t wait for some guy to do it for you! JULIEN! THAT’S WHAT’S-HIS-FACES NAME! Also, the steamy scenes left me hanging. No one in this book felt authentic at all. The dialogue was...meh? It was alright. I really wanted to like this. But I didn’t love it. It gave me none of the ooey gooey feelings I crave in a romance novel. It fell really short for me. I did like the father a lot. But why in the HECK did the father and Archer talk more about his issues than with his own son? Seems odd to me... It’s a reluctant no from me, Simon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gustaf

    2ish stars or something like that. I'm not really sure. E.M. Lindsey is a favorite author of mine. I have loved and enjoyed many of her books, so I had huge expectations on this one. On top of that it's a fake boyfriend book, my favorite trope. My expectations got even higher. When it also came highly recommended on The Big Gay Fiction Podcast - my expectations was huge. And the letdown even bigger. The characters were all extremely unlikeable. And flat. Did I say unlikeable? I did. But since I' 2ish stars or something like that. I'm not really sure. E.M. Lindsey is a favorite author of mine. I have loved and enjoyed many of her books, so I had huge expectations on this one. On top of that it's a fake boyfriend book, my favorite trope. My expectations got even higher. When it also came highly recommended on The Big Gay Fiction Podcast - my expectations was huge. And the letdown even bigger. The characters were all extremely unlikeable. And flat. Did I say unlikeable? I did. But since I've said it twice now it just shows how unlikeable they actually were. There were so many bad guys in this book. And they were all... just bad. None of them had a single redeeming quality. I was tired after the few first pages, holding out hope that maybe they would get better. But no. And the good guys... well they were too good. Too wise. It felt unreal. Julian and Archer are the main characters. I had to look up Julians name because I'd already forgotten it. He was also hard to like. Not because of him being a bad guy. Just a martyr. I needed him to grow some balls. Preferably before the book hit the 90% mark. Archer on the other hand, he was what made this book worth finishing. He was sweet, and loving and didn't accept much of the stuff Julian's family threw his way. He was adorable and nerdy. And honestly, he deserved better than Julian. The two stars are for Archer and Archer only. But don't listen too much to me. I'm grumpy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    French_fry

    This did not work for me. This book needed an edit. There are frequent typos, grammatical errors and the occasional use of just the plain wrong word. At one point, they are at a “pre-fixe” dinner at a banquet hall. At another, lobbying is used when lobbing is meant. It just kept pulling me out of the story. And then there are our two MCs. Julian is pitiable. He’s a 36 year-old man who has no ability to stand up for himself in any fashion. It was just hard to read about someone so willing to be m This did not work for me. This book needed an edit. There are frequent typos, grammatical errors and the occasional use of just the plain wrong word. At one point, they are at a “pre-fixe” dinner at a banquet hall. At another, lobbying is used when lobbing is meant. It just kept pulling me out of the story. And then there are our two MCs. Julian is pitiable. He’s a 36 year-old man who has no ability to stand up for himself in any fashion. It was just hard to read about someone so willing to be mocked, humiliated and belittled. I just found it hard to believe and it was definitely unpleasant to read. And he’s so swept away at the idea that someone would defend him. Dude, you do not have to put up with this. If he’d been 23, this story would have made a lot more sense. Archer might be an astrophysicist but he isn’t smart. He spends all of his time deciding exactly how other people are going to feel so why on earth would he bother actually talking to them? He doesn’t talk to Julian. He doesn’t talk to his brother. Sigh. Why is it impossible for him to say, “BTW, I’m not actually a sex worker”? I just didn’t get the ongoing dishonesty. It felt purely like a plot choice so that the book could drag on longer. And the villains of this piece are truly villainous. The mom is a hard C in every scene and the ex is only missing a moustache to twirl. Nobody in this book feels like an actual human being. Not for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rosabel

    An ex getting married to a cousin? Check. A fucked up family? Check. A desperate guy trying to survive this ordeal? Check. An escort to save the day/week? Check. ... Aaaaaand there goes Rosie diving right in because it has my favorite tropes! 😍🤩 The books that I have manage to read from Lindsay have always had a very good looking, less of a mess character and a total disaster, with low selfsteem and fucked up life other character. They have always been very different extremes and that's why to me so An ex getting married to a cousin? Check. A fucked up family? Check. A desperate guy trying to survive this ordeal? Check. An escort to save the day/week? Check. ... Aaaaaand there goes Rosie diving right in because it has my favorite tropes! 😍🤩 The books that I have manage to read from Lindsay have always had a very good looking, less of a mess character and a total disaster, with low selfsteem and fucked up life other character. They have always been very different extremes and that's why to me sometimes the writing is not appealing, one only can manage a certain amount of self hate per book. But since this has a story that got my attention I decided to read it and thank god I did! This is a sweet one, where two very lonely characters find each other in a very unique way, uplifting each other and finding true love. Julian is "the fucked up character", and sometimes I wanted to slap his face, but I've never been abused that way, so who am I to judge? Then we have Archer/Will who is the less fucked up, but is fucked up nonetheless, I think that's why I liked it, there was a balance. The beginning was slow, but when the main plot was put into action it picked up wonderfully, we got Julian and Archer stories and personalities real fast and good and the chemistry was always on fire. I appreciate that when Julian got on the program, his selfsteem wasn't a issue he let manipulate the situation and I also REALLY appreciate that some revelations were treated smoothly, without drama. I felt a lot about this people, it was sugar sweet with just a touch of bitterness to make it perfect. Loved it really! And I'm dying for the next one with our lovely silver fox! 🥰❤

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 stars Ok you guys, you know that feeling when you pick up a book and then realize the day has passed and you read it straight through because you can’t put it down? Yeah, that is what happened to me here, complete with the massive book hangover when I was done. I love E.M. Lindsey’s writing, but this book may be my very favorite of theirs so far. I love that Lindsey can take such a popular trope and give it a spin that takes it in new directions. The set up may be fami A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 stars Ok you guys, you know that feeling when you pick up a book and then realize the day has passed and you read it straight through because you can’t put it down? Yeah, that is what happened to me here, complete with the massive book hangover when I was done. I love E.M. Lindsey’s writing, but this book may be my very favorite of theirs so far. I love that Lindsey can take such a popular trope and give it a spin that takes it in new directions. The set up may be familiar, but the way Lindsey brings it to life feels unique. As always with Lindsey’s writing, the character development is so rich and well done. I fell hard for both Julian and Archer right away. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ❧ *´¸. A BookishBerkeleyGirl ❧ ‘•´¸.* ❧ Gwendolyn

    4 Stars✨ for the sweetest GEEKIEST romance ever! Archer was without a doubt my most fav character. And Julian and his Shakespeare I loved. Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love. -W. Shakespeare I love the book. Dual POV...always a bonus. I really appreciate the writers research and the attention to detail with disability. I also feel the cause and affect of passive aggressive verbal assault was well done. I had some personal pe 4 Stars✨ for the sweetest GEEKIEST romance ever! Archer was without a doubt my most fav character. And Julian and his Shakespeare I loved. Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love. -W. Shakespeare I love the book. Dual POV...always a bonus. I really appreciate the writers research and the attention to detail with disability. I also feel the cause and affect of passive aggressive verbal assault was well done. I had some personal pet peeve niggles...But, the romance was pure. And, I loved that. This was my first EM Lindsey, and it won’t be my last. I look forward to more of her, and I am wishing for Frederic and Rex, Ilan and Shen. 🍃 Next chapter ; https://claims.prolificworks.com/free...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book was a chore to get through. Not enough mc interaction and way too much family bs. Julien and archer don’t have enough time together for you to feel the chemistry. The writing is good so I’m Giving it two stars even though I didn’t enjoy it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    (Temporarily free when I got it 02-26-21) I'm a fan of the fake to real boyfriend trope, when I like the characters, and here I enjoyed both these men. Julian, in a panic about being emotionally blackmailed into a week-long celebration of his ex-husband's marriage to his cousin, invents a boyfriend. And then, rather than admit to his cold and demanding mother that he lied, allows a friend to set him up with an escort willing to play "Will" for the week. But he didn't bargain on the escort being (Temporarily free when I got it 02-26-21) I'm a fan of the fake to real boyfriend trope, when I like the characters, and here I enjoyed both these men. Julian, in a panic about being emotionally blackmailed into a week-long celebration of his ex-husband's marriage to his cousin, invents a boyfriend. And then, rather than admit to his cold and demanding mother that he lied, allows a friend to set him up with an escort willing to play "Will" for the week. But he didn't bargain on the escort being kind and more protective of him than anyone has been for a long, long time. Or being that hot... Archer and his best friend were drunk and stressed when the text came in asking some wrong-number escort to play boyfriend and rescue a handsome man with sad, dark eyes from family complications. Archer is facing family stress of his own, as his politician brother wants to make him the LGBTQ poster child for his campaign. Under the influence, saying yes to the fake boyfriend proposal seems like a chance to both do good for someone, and to escape his own dilemmas for a while. But for an astrophysicist with a warm heart, it's hard not to get sucked in and tripped up, as he watches Julian interact with his family. There's a bit of improbability in the set-up, and the secondary characters lean toward the good and bad ends of the spectrum, but this story had charm and some heart, and main characters I wanted the best for. Two fundamentally lonely men find comfort in each other, and a refuge from the stresses around them. It worked as a warm comfort-read for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Too Many Clichés This story seems to contain every possible cliché for lost souls that exists. They include: Personal handicap Tragic death of parents Cheating lover Misunderstood childhood Suffering quietly Overbearing sibling Loving sibling Overbearing parent Loving parent Know-it-all close friend Money (every one is wealthy) Evil ex- Simpering relatives Personal secrets Deliberate miscommunications The list is very long and exhaustive. Add to that the lack of editing and the many grammatical errors, such as t Too Many Clichés This story seems to contain every possible cliché for lost souls that exists. They include: Personal handicap Tragic death of parents Cheating lover Misunderstood childhood Suffering quietly Overbearing sibling Loving sibling Overbearing parent Loving parent Know-it-all close friend Money (every one is wealthy) Evil ex- Simpering relatives Personal secrets Deliberate miscommunications The list is very long and exhaustive. Add to that the lack of editing and the many grammatical errors, such as this one “-the most common planet we’ve found beyond the Kuiper belt are mini-Neputnes.” I understand the homonyms, those at least are spelled correctly and while wrong, sound the same. This is just a massive case of I-don’t-care. My advice is leave this book on the shelf.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    This was book 1 in the "Love Beyond Measure" series. Julian Pedalino is a deaf high school English teacher who fines out that his ex husband is marrying his cousin and he is expected to attend the wedding so he lies about having a boyfriend so he hires a stranger to play the part. Archer is taken by Julian but so he goes along with it but he is living a lie. Archer grew up feeling isolated from his peers and while he threw himself into his work he never planned to find romantic love of his o This was book 1 in the "Love Beyond Measure" series. Julian Pedalino is a deaf high school English teacher who fines out that his ex husband is marrying his cousin and he is expected to attend the wedding so he lies about having a boyfriend so he hires a stranger to play the part. Archer is taken by Julian but so he goes along with it but he is living a lie. Archer grew up feeling isolated from his peers and while he threw himself into his work he never planned to find romantic love of his own. Archer was raised by his brother after his parents died. I liked both of these characters they are both sweet and nerdy and both just want to be loved. Julian has a difficult relationship with his mother who I found to be overbearing because he was born deaf and with a cleft lip he has a scar on his face. His ex who I didn't like left him for his cousin. This was my first time reading this author. This book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    3.5 stars I liked it but I couldn’t really connect with the story or characters..? Well no, I liked the beginning, the first half. Then for some reason the last 30% didn’t hold my attention much. Also, it all kinda unraveled and then tied up neatly with a bow in such a short span of time it didn’t feel satisfying, in a sense? Either way, I love EM Lindsey. Will jump right into the next book in this series 😬

  12. 4 out of 5

    the kevin

    This was prime "it was a book" 3 star territory for me. It wasn't a chore to read, though it also wasn't captivating. It had some errors in word choice/spelling, and misplaced names that threw me off a couple times. It took a long time (25%?) to get the characters to even meet, prior to that it was building up the characters individually. I can see that the author was looking to develop the characters background and motivations, but it felt slow, and a little infodumpy at times due to the separa This was prime "it was a book" 3 star territory for me. It wasn't a chore to read, though it also wasn't captivating. It had some errors in word choice/spelling, and misplaced names that threw me off a couple times. It took a long time (25%?) to get the characters to even meet, prior to that it was building up the characters individually. I can see that the author was looking to develop the characters background and motivations, but it felt slow, and a little infodumpy at times due to the separation of the characters. Archer never actually tells Julian the truth at all, unless someone else has already revealed it, which I found a little annoying. It happens in two parts - the true identity reveal, and then the true occupation reveal....they felt a little lacking. The Evil Ex was remarkably evil. Like no redeeming features whatsoever, which I get but also made him a not terribly interesting character. For such an evil dickhead, I guess I expected a bit more drama from him. Steam level wasn't too high, would consider sex scenes to be blurred when not fade to black. I did skim a lot of the super-cheese astronomy-love paragraphs, I can see how they're sweet but they're not my speed so I skipped them. Story remains the same. Cute story, nice to see Archer stand up for Julian against his shit family and help him learn to function a bit as a person.

  13. 4 out of 5

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DNF 53% Listen — I love me some fake boyfriends. But these were pretty sad fake boyfriends. At 53% of the book I don’t have any proof of their chemistry. They’re supposed to find one another attractive but it sometimes just feels like Archer finds Julian a bit pitiful (no shade, man — I too find him sad and pitiful) and that’s why he’s giving Julian so much of his time. Doesn’t do anything to help me believe that they have passion for each other. Also — my personal peeve — I’m not really a fan of DNF 53% Listen — I love me some fake boyfriends. But these were pretty sad fake boyfriends. At 53% of the book I don’t have any proof of their chemistry. They’re supposed to find one another attractive but it sometimes just feels like Archer finds Julian a bit pitiful (no shade, man — I too find him sad and pitiful) and that’s why he’s giving Julian so much of his time. Doesn’t do anything to help me believe that they have passion for each other. Also — my personal peeve — I’m not really a fan of the age gap when the author makes it clear that Archer is going to be on the ~bottom. BORING. I’m kind of annoyed that the author even needed to bring up their age. I don’t care if Archer is 26 but I’d prefer if they hadn’t brought it up so I could go on thinking Archer was 31. It’s part of the whole trend with most (all??) of the books I’ve read. It’s either two 20-somethings falling in love or a 20-something falling in love with a 30- or 40- something. Apparently, 30- or 40-somethings falling in love with each other is not romantic or sexy. Life apparently stops after you turn 30, unless you find a 20-something to fall in love with. The fuck?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It wasn’t the worst book ever but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was full of cheesy lines, stupid misunderstanding after stupid misunderstanding that could have been easily solved, bland MC’s, a constantly depressed and self pitying MC that, in turn, depressed me. Also wtf happened to the Ex?? We never hear or see them again??? That left me empty since I wanted some vengeance, or confrontation... anything really, for what he did to what’s-his-face? But we get nothing at all. Th It wasn’t the worst book ever but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It was full of cheesy lines, stupid misunderstanding after stupid misunderstanding that could have been easily solved, bland MC’s, a constantly depressed and self pitying MC that, in turn, depressed me. Also wtf happened to the Ex?? We never hear or see them again??? That left me empty since I wanted some vengeance, or confrontation... anything really, for what he did to what’s-his-face? But we get nothing at all. The wedding happened and... that’s it. Goodbye Ex-husband, it was nice to meet you. Go enjoy your life full of millions. BUT I can’t wait for the dad and best friend book. ;~; Also the best friend and the brother. PS: This book gives us the obligatory Evil Women, of course, in the form of the MC’s mothers and The Bitchy Sister. The other women are just there who cares.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    So I really wanted to love this book but unfortunately it was a DNF for me. I wanted to love these characters, both broken and so desperately in need of love. And I am usually pretty much ok with anything a story throws at me in order to get the main characters to find each other - it's not real life so I am willing to suspend my disbelief for most things. But an astrophysicist who is also the governor's brother accidentally be contacted and agreeing to be an escort for another man to attend his So I really wanted to love this book but unfortunately it was a DNF for me. I wanted to love these characters, both broken and so desperately in need of love. And I am usually pretty much ok with anything a story throws at me in order to get the main characters to find each other - it's not real life so I am willing to suspend my disbelief for most things. But an astrophysicist who is also the governor's brother accidentally be contacted and agreeing to be an escort for another man to attend his ex-husband's wedding to his cousin? That was just a bridge too far for me. That being said, I did like the 2 main characters and really hope they ended up with a HEA, I just couldn't be there to witness it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Absolutely lovely. I loved everything about this book. From self conscious, Shakespeare quoting Julian, to nerdy, star-loving, astrophysicist Archer. Lindsey writes in such a way that’s heartbreakingly beautiful and makes you ache for the HEA. And you will ache with this one, there are a lot of really terrible side characters, but there are also some that make me you want their books more than anything. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, but I enjoyed every single minute of it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

    This book was really rough on me to rate. I thought the prose was very beautiful, poetic, and flowery, but it was almost too much and I was ready to move forward. If I'd been reading it, I'm sure I'd have skimmed a lot. I didn't start getting into the story until about halfway in, and was only engaged during the actual wedding planning and events. I really enjoyed both Julian and Archer, as well as Julian's father so so much. This book was really rough on me to rate. I thought the prose was very beautiful, poetic, and flowery, but it was almost too much and I was ready to move forward. If I'd been reading it, I'm sure I'd have skimmed a lot. I didn't start getting into the story until about halfway in, and was only engaged during the actual wedding planning and events. I really enjoyed both Julian and Archer, as well as Julian's father so so much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Picky. Judgey. Critical. Proceed with Caution

    One of the best fake boyfriends Had a few of the usual cliches but the characters were so unique and original. I loved the Shakespeare and the stars. Very enjoyable from an excellent author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Saba

    Couldn't really connect with Julian. Couldn't really connect with Julian.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Manfred

    The story of Julian who desperately needs a pretend boyfriend for the wedding of his Ex is fun and a little different from the regular "fake boyfriend" trope. Archer, little brother of the governor and just returned to the states from France answers the text message, although it was not meant for him but some escort. Nevertheless he decides to help out Julian, without telling him who he really is. The way the story evolved was rather slow, but interesting to read, even if it takes time for the gu The story of Julian who desperately needs a pretend boyfriend for the wedding of his Ex is fun and a little different from the regular "fake boyfriend" trope. Archer, little brother of the governor and just returned to the states from France answers the text message, although it was not meant for him but some escort. Nevertheless he decides to help out Julian, without telling him who he really is. The way the story evolved was rather slow, but interesting to read, even if it takes time for the guys to connect. Julian's family, especially his mother is unbelievable, rich snobs, or a... holes to call a spade a spade. This whole family business got a little much from time to time and made it difficult to understand why Julian didn't just stay away from the whole wedding - his Ex marrying one of his cousins, really why would he attend at all? The other thing I didn't like to much was the big "misunderstanding" or drama looming over those guys. When Archer revealed he was not an escort after all, Julian completely freaked out and ran, this was just ridiculous and it bothered me even after they got back together for their very sweet HEA. All in all a good read, but probably not suitable for everyone. 3.5 stars for me

  21. 5 out of 5

    gimmethosebooks

    Who knew science was romantic...probably scientists like Archer, let’s be honest. Julian and Archer were lovely and slow in their romance even tho they didn’t know each other very long. I especially loved how Archer wanted people to see Julian as the amazing person he is and how he immediately stiff up for Julian from the beginning. Julian’s family was extremely difficult...except for his father. I absolutely would devour a story about his father - who deserves every single happy moment ahead of Who knew science was romantic...probably scientists like Archer, let’s be honest. Julian and Archer were lovely and slow in their romance even tho they didn’t know each other very long. I especially loved how Archer wanted people to see Julian as the amazing person he is and how he immediately stiff up for Julian from the beginning. Julian’s family was extremely difficult...except for his father. I absolutely would devour a story about his father - who deserves every single happy moment ahead of him. Please give Frederic all the joy - even if he doesn’t get a story, I hope we hear how happy he is now. Recommended and left wanting stories for more than one side character - so that’s a win for me

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This rates at the low end of 3 stars for me. I liked it, but it was a little bland. The relationship got pretty serious, pretty fast. I feel like there was a lot of things that E.M. Lindsey tried to focus on here... Julian, his relationship with his parents, his parent's relationship, Bryce, Archer, Archer's relationship with his brother, and each of our MCs relationships with their BFFs... in the end, it all ends up feeling a little half-hearted. I kept waiting for the dramatic moment with Juli This rates at the low end of 3 stars for me. I liked it, but it was a little bland. The relationship got pretty serious, pretty fast. I feel like there was a lot of things that E.M. Lindsey tried to focus on here... Julian, his relationship with his parents, his parent's relationship, Bryce, Archer, Archer's relationship with his brother, and each of our MCs relationships with their BFFs... in the end, it all ends up feeling a little half-hearted. I kept waiting for the dramatic moment with Julian and his ex, we were told it was going to come, and it never did.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hernandez

    This is by far the swooniest, most beautiful love story I've read from this author. I didn't think it was possible for me to be swept off my feet by Shakespeare and astrophysics, but Julian and Archer had this way of speaking, like they were pouring out their entire hearts and souls for each other, and I was lost to it all. What could have been a lighthearted story about an accidental escort turned into an epic journey of acceptance and love.  Sweet Julian never really lived up to his mother's ex This is by far the swooniest, most beautiful love story I've read from this author. I didn't think it was possible for me to be swept off my feet by Shakespeare and astrophysics, but Julian and Archer had this way of speaking, like they were pouring out their entire hearts and souls for each other, and I was lost to it all. What could have been a lighthearted story about an accidental escort turned into an epic journey of acceptance and love.  Sweet Julian never really lived up to his mother's expectations, and his hurt over being deemed expendable was only made worse after his scummy ex-husband cheated on him. Archer grew up feeling isolated from his peers, and while he threw himself into his research with a fiery passion, he never planned to find romantic love of his own. At a glance, it seems ridiculous that these two would somehow end up falling for each other, but what a perfect fit they ended up being. I certainly wouldn't have guessed it after their first awkward car ride, but during the days leading up to the wedding these two drifted from a contractual obligation to something warm and genuine.  As the family drama escalated for Julian, Archer remained supportive and fiercely protective without being overbearing. What sold me on his character more than anything was the loving way he treated Papa. Julian, in turn, had the freedom to be himself without worrying that he wasn't enough exactly the way he is. Every time Archer earnestly insisted that Julian was worthy and important and amazing I found myself melting a little more. By the time Julian and Archer turned their emotional connection to the bedroom, I was breathless with longing. Their magnetic chemistry lit me on fire, and I felt like I was coming undone right alongside both of them.  In a story full of such eloquent words, even the harsh and unexpected breaking point between Archer and Julian was almost poetic. I felt their sorrow and pain in the deepest parts of my heart, and while I had faith that Elaine would write them back together again, it didn't stop me from being devastated every day they were apart. Their reunion was every bit as romantic as I could have hoped for, and that glorious epilogue only made me more sure that these men have forever to spend together. **I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.   

  24. 5 out of 5

    MacTíre

    DNF 56% It started well. I like clever MC´s. And I love a "pretend-boyfriend" trope. The story began with the solid introduction of the characters, so the reader did not feel that the characters had no background. But then it went to hell. Julian's family members were so despicable that they became a parody of villainy - on the level of Cruella de Vil. And Julian was portrayed as such a complete doormat that I couldn't even cheer for him. I am afraid that someone like that doesn't need a boyfriend, DNF 56% It started well. I like clever MC´s. And I love a "pretend-boyfriend" trope. The story began with the solid introduction of the characters, so the reader did not feel that the characters had no background. But then it went to hell. Julian's family members were so despicable that they became a parody of villainy - on the level of Cruella de Vil. And Julian was portrayed as such a complete doormat that I couldn't even cheer for him. I am afraid that someone like that doesn't need a boyfriend, real or pretended, but rather good (and very thorough) psychotherapy. And all the whole "fake escort" subplot was essentially just a forced misunderstanding. I don’t like unnecessary and cheap drama like that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Huong

    DNF 75%, too much filler. Archer was a sweetheart, and Julian was a surly asshole who was NOT redeemed. Archer and Julian barely interacted in the book. Archer was either swept up with talking to Julian's dad or Archer was smiting Bryce. Hence, I wrote that there was too much filler. Julian was downright unlikable. I firmly believe that having an excuse to be an unlikable character does not warrant that character to be interesting enough to be written. Sure, he had a hard childhood with his cont DNF 75%, too much filler. Archer was a sweetheart, and Julian was a surly asshole who was NOT redeemed. Archer and Julian barely interacted in the book. Archer was either swept up with talking to Julian's dad or Archer was smiting Bryce. Hence, I wrote that there was too much filler. Julian was downright unlikable. I firmly believe that having an excuse to be an unlikable character does not warrant that character to be interesting enough to be written. Sure, he had a hard childhood with his controlling mom and his face deformity, but he also grew up rich, and had all the privileges that came with it. I'm not interested in a boring, surly, withdrawn, anxious, snappy (and not even like snarky/witty, the fun version of snappy) main character that honestly, didn't really earn the right to be with someone as sweet and kind and hot as Archer. The entire relationship just spelled disaster. In real life, if my hot, intelligent, funny, kind friend were dating someone like Archer, who only received all those good things without reciprocating anything back, I would tell my friend to dump them. The writing also fell flat, and the book needs editing. Haven't seen the you're / your mistake in a while in published works, among other things. If you want complex characters with disability / deformities / better personalities / interesting plot, check out Brute by Kim Fielding, Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan, Thrown off the Ice by Taylor Fitzpatrick.

  26. 5 out of 5

    HM

    Had to DNF ~70% because I was bored out of my mind up to 25% and after 50%... But I'm definitely feeling some Ilan and Fredric vibes so if there's a book 2 and it's about them.... Age-gap/ best-friend's-divorced-dad? sign me up for that shit 🤤 Had to DNF ~70% because I was bored out of my mind up to 25% and after 50%... But I'm definitely feeling some Ilan and Fredric vibes so if there's a book 2 and it's about them.... Age-gap/ best-friend's-divorced-dad? sign me up for that shit 🤤

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    2.5 stars rounding up - I really enjoyed the main relationship, but the circumstances that led to their fake relationship required more suspension of disbelief than I had on hand. Luckily, the lie of omission was rumbled and explained, but it put a ding in my rating.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    *4.5* The Edge of Heaven is a wonderfully told story of Julian who is being forced to go to his ex husband's wedding celebrations and in a state of panic mentions bringing his boyfriend, who doesn't exist. His best friend comes to his rescue and hires Archie to go with him. Archie, however, has his own secrets. The attraction between the two men from the start is quite intense even if a little uncomfortable as they both adjust to this situation neither has been in before. What makes things worse i *4.5* The Edge of Heaven is a wonderfully told story of Julian who is being forced to go to his ex husband's wedding celebrations and in a state of panic mentions bringing his boyfriend, who doesn't exist. His best friend comes to his rescue and hires Archie to go with him. Archie, however, has his own secrets. The attraction between the two men from the start is quite intense even if a little uncomfortable as they both adjust to this situation neither has been in before. What makes things worse is Julian's mother and his ex, both of whom he has no time for but to bring the balance is his wonderful father. Definitely my favourite family member! This is a story high in emotion and things develop quickly between the MC's but it felt natural between them and considering the intense situation they were in. I was surprised with how often Julian left Archie alone considering he didn't know anyone there but I adored how staunchly protective Archie was of Julian right from the start. It's sweet between them, even during the angsty moments as things are revealed and feelings are hurt. It's all worth it in the end, though, for their HEA. This is my first time hearing Oliver Guinn as a narrator and he does a really great job. Character voices are good and hold well throughout and the emotions carry well in all situations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Serra ᵔ·͈༝·͈ᵔ

    I just love it when an author brings a fresh take to a classic trope! Fake dating can be too formulaic when cliche, but here it was genuinely interesting. Astrophysicist Archer finds himself playing the role of self-conscious english teacher Julian’s boyfriend for his ex-husbands wedding. Except there’s a slight twist, a little but of mistaken identity that someone goes along with lets say. I’m always weak for one character believing he’s not worth it while the other thinks he’s worth everything. I just love it when an author brings a fresh take to a classic trope! Fake dating can be too formulaic when cliche, but here it was genuinely interesting. Astrophysicist Archer finds himself playing the role of self-conscious english teacher Julian’s boyfriend for his ex-husbands wedding. Except there’s a slight twist, a little but of mistaken identity that someone goes along with lets say. I’m always weak for one character believing he’s not worth it while the other thinks he’s worth everything. That dynamic always gets me in my feelings and damn, I hated how small people around Julian made him feel. He just bloomed with Archer’s affection and care, it was beautiful. I also loved the way they used their own passion for their fields as their love language, so sweet! Julian’s building confidence was also quite satisfying. Archer said to Julian, “It makes me feel good to see you taking away their power to hurt you”. I couldn’t agree more. I felt like the “reveal” dragged just a little bit, but I appreciated that nothing happened between them under total false pretense that it was just a transaction. I’m also really really interested in the next book about the hinted secondary characters!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I'm kind of on a roll with the whole fake relationship trope lately, but hey, whyever not. This turned out to be one of those rare cases where I liked the characters so much that I didn't even mind the fairly contrived plot and inevitable predictable drama all that much. Apparently there's a second book featuring Fredric and Ilan as protagonists, and that prospect has me sufficiently intrigued that I guess I'll need to read that, too. I'm kind of on a roll with the whole fake relationship trope lately, but hey, whyever not. This turned out to be one of those rare cases where I liked the characters so much that I didn't even mind the fairly contrived plot and inevitable predictable drama all that much. Apparently there's a second book featuring Fredric and Ilan as protagonists, and that prospect has me sufficiently intrigued that I guess I'll need to read that, too.

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