“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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Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.
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I truly adore this book. How could I say no to Jay the hot swimmer and Rosalia (Lia) the awkward and so endearing girl?
The Edge of Glory was a beautiful story filled with a lot of laughter and coming of age story.
Since the first moment, I couldn’t put it down!
I was expecting something more lighthearted but Magan Vernon surprised me by this blend of sweetness, sensibility and with ability to make you feel, to be in Jay and Lia’s shoes, through their insecurities, to be in the spotlight.
I had this goofy and dreamy smile while reading this book. When the “invisible” and nerdy girl get noticed by the famous swimmer Jay, someone she just fangirled on, (and mostly with a poster of this guy in her walls), I knew there was going to be magic and sparkling! And it was.
I really loved how the author created this fantastic universe, with Lia’s protective, loud and noisy family, working in the characters depths. Her fragility, and efforts to take a chance on Jay was endearing. Being kind of invisible or regular girl.
Jay, I think I got a crush on him! This character was kinda special to me, you want to peel all the layers. He was really interesting.
I like awkward encounters and Jay and Lia’s were no exception. Thinking about this scene, the magic was already operating and I was a goner for this couple to be. I was definitely rooting for team Jay and waiting how far these two were going to be!
I really liked the mood and tune of the story, full of enthusiasm, good vibes, with colorful characters and with this great way to talk about the characters’ issues you could easily identity. There was drama of course, between Jay’s fame and Lia’s ability to put walls to protect herself, but they made it work. It was managed in a clever way, pushing sometimes the feelings at the edge, passionate and at times heartbreaking.
I just go with the flow, when each time Lia was feeling drowning, Jay was here to catch her. I enjoyed being in the edge with them, and watching them bloom.
There’s something special in the air in Friendship TX …