In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiance, and his mother--who has joined the fight via conference call.
Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no relationships. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.
In six weeks Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is, the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicised failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realises where her heart lies, will it be too late?
This is the first book I've read from author Suzanne Carroll, and I gotta say I loved every minute of it. It takes place in Australia which I love. The author describes the country beautifully and I definitely would love the opportunity to visit if ever given the chance :D
Zoe Harper has had enough of her crazy controlling almost mother-in-law. The lady is psycho, high jacking Zoe's simple wedding plans and turning the event in to a circus. 6 weeks before she's about to walk down the isle and say I do to boyfriend of 2 years Dan Costi, she flips and finally begins to stand up for what she wants, especially after the monster-in-law goes and buys them an apartment without consulting Zoe or Dan first. Dan is ecstatic that they'll have a place to live rent free, even if it is in his parents upscale apartment complex. Zoe on the other hand had her heart set on a small, quaint house that she could see herself living in for years to come, and there's NO WAY she'll live that close to his parents. Ms. Carroll does a great job of showing her readers how ill suited these two really are. Dan looks good on paper, but when you see how selfish and arrogant, and plain immature he really is, it isn't pretty. I was rooting for Zoe to get away, and she couldn't do it fast enough.
Zoe's life changes dramatically overnight after she calls off the wedding, she now has to find herself again after allowing Dan to become her identity, and on top of that, she's homeless. At least things at work seem to be going alright. Or it was until the CEO decided to stop in unannounced.
Angus is the CEO of the company Zoe works for. He's built his empire from the ground up, becoming wealthy in his own right, spanning the company across many different countries. Because of this, he's hardly in the Australian office, and Zoe has never met the man before. When he comes back after a two year absence, the office is in an uproar. Rumors are flying around, and no one can get any work done.
This story is hilarious, and I was laughing the whole time. When Zoe and Angus meet...let's just say that is one of the funniest meetings I've read about in a long time. I also really appreciate that the author took the time to cultivate realistic twists in the story. Everything had a purpose, and it wasn't contrived just to move the story along. The cause and effect felt nature, making this novel very enjoyable for me. The romance is very sweet and tender, taking it's time to blossom. The passion is there, and it's very tangible, but it's not crass. I loved that about this story. This is a sweet story, and I was not left wanting, but it's not x-rated. You aren't going to find sex in this one, so it can be shared between generations, but I found that refreshing. Sex doesn't equal love, and Ms. Carroll does an amazing job of showing true love at it's finest. Over the Edge really is one of my favorite books of the year, and it's one that I haven't been able to forget weeks after finishing. I even emailed the author and begged for a deleted scene, because I wanted more of the this Zany bunch. I wasn't ready to let Angus and Zoe go just yet.
I loved the side cast Ms. Carroll created. Each character has their own personality, and they each offer something to the story to help move it along. The writing was fantastic, the romance and love very real, and this is just one of those stories with a life lesson thrown in for good measure that I think we can all learn from. I 100% believe that all women should give this book a chance, and I'm giving it the Golden Olive for being simply awesome :D It's one of those I'll cherish forever.