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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes, death can feel like the only escape.

It's been a year since Alex stopped living. He exists. He breathes. He pretends to be like everyone else. But, he doesn't live. Burdened by memories, he dreams of the day when he can finally be free. Until that time comes, he keeps everybody at bay. It's been easy so far. But he never factored in meeting a man like Austin.

Hard-working mechanic Austin has always gone for men as muscular as himself. So, it's a mystery why he's so bewitched by the slim, quiet man with the soulful brown eyes who works in the library. The magnetic attraction is one thing, but the protective instincts are harder to fathom. Austin's sure though, that if he can only earn Alex's trust, then the two of them could be perfect together.

A tentative relationship begins. But Alex's secrets run deep. Far deeper than Austin could ever envisage. Time is ticking. Events are coming to a head, and love is never a magic cure. Oblivious to the extent of Alex's pain, can Austin discover the truth? Or is he destined to be left alone, only able to piece together the fragments of his boyfriend's history, once its already too late? 

Trigger warning: Please be aware that this story deals with suicidal ideation and other dark themes. If this is a subject you find uncomfortable with, then this book is not recommended. Despite this, there is a guaranteed HEA.

©2018 H.L. Day (P)2020 H.L. Day

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  • whatcha.listening.to
  • 2020-04-14

Edge of Living

I didn’t know what I was getting into when I bought this book. I knew it was MM, but that was honestly it. I fell in love with the cover and the title.

It was slow going, but I was intrigued by Alex. I just had this feeling something happened. Not to say there has to be something to happen for people to feel as he did. I just got the impression it was something big.

I was blow away as the story unfolds my heart felt so sad. Austin is the shining light, the way he accepts Alex for who he is. I would have had wayyy too many questions and never could have kept my mouth shut.

I was emotional by the time the ending happens. I just fell in love with these characters.

The narration was great; I do wish sometimes we could have had a little bit of separation between the characters. Sometimes I got confused it if was Alex or if it was Austin but other than that, I loved the narrators voice.

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  • Dreamer2710
  • 2021-12-22

Sweet story

Overall good story and not something I’ve seen or read before. I liked the new storyline. Liked the narrator also.

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  • Shannon Vess
  • 2020-03-05

liked this so much

i liked this very much i found it to be an engaging story filled with well written characters and a great plot.

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  • Susan R. Miller
  • 2021-08-19

Hurt comfort and more hurt

The writing and narration were good. But the story was just sad. If you want “all the feels” you’ll only get a few of the more somber ones.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-26

Heartbreaking and beautiful

This story stayed with me and haunted my dreams. I read it twice and cried over these characters. What a beautiful and lasting storyline. Highly recommend.

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  • casrock
  • 2021-07-06

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This was a beautiful, beautiful book. Alex is so broken and sufferings from a trauma he endured from his previous love interest. He is broken and it is difficult to read how dark his thoughts get and how much he has endured and is still enduring. Austin just wants to get to the know the beautiful worker at the library, but he becomes so much more. Alex is not Austin's usual type, but he is drawn to him, and wants to get to know him, the problem is there is not getting to know someone who is a shell of who they used to be and is only living to finish up something important to them. Trigger warning regarding suicidal ideologies. It is a tough read, but it is a beautiful story and one I believe you should read. You will fall in love with both Austin and Alex and want them to get there HEA, which they do in the end. I loved this book and the only reason it is short a star is due to the prompt ending. I wanted more. I wanted to see what they went through or see what was to come in the future. Narration was performed by Chris Humphreys and he did an amazing job.

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  • Dmauritzen
  • 2021-06-06

Wonderful

I enjoyed this story. It was emotional and exciting. The storyline was great full of adventure. The characters are perfect together. With Alex's pain can Austin make everything all right! In the end they get there Great ending. I listened to this story on audible and th narration was great.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 2020-10-09

soul searing

What an emotional heart rending story
I don't know how Al survived after the devastation he suffered. I was so glad he found Austin and they melded so nicely. Lots of happy and sad tears and empathy. Great ending. I'd love more of Austin's brother and his friend!! I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-09-01

DNF

I very rarely do not finish a book. Even when they aren't great, I am invested in the outcome. I kind of do want to know what happens with this one, but nope. I am calling time on this one. The skeevy neighbor is ridiculous. I'm sorry but even IF the police won't do anything, I would still go. And no joke I would complain long and loud to the building management. So I don't want to even finish listening to this. I know depression is hard (I've had it) but you aren't automatically a spineless victim.

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  • L.D.
  • 2020-06-29

Beautiful and Poignant

Edge of Living is a beautiful and tragic book with a happy ending. It does deal with some difficult and horrific subject matters, so please read the trigger warning in the blurb.

I was at first unsure about this book. The prologue was incredibly melancholy and I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but by the time I had finished chapter one I was hooked on this story. Alex is a man who’s been shattered. His entire world has been destroyed and he has no idea nor desire to fix it. Until the day he meets Austin and everything begins to change slowly. Soon romance blooms between Alex and Austin, and the hope for a future slowly begins to bloom.

I don’t want to delve too deeply into the plot and give away any spoilers. H.L. Day does such a wonderful job with revealing all the puzzle pieces of Alex’s broken life that I just can’t ruin it. It’s such an enthralling and gorgeous book that had me both tearing up and laughing from sheer relief at the outcome of certain events. Throughout the book there’s such a strong sense of love and tenderness that outweighs all the sorrow, and it’s that love that leads this book to it’s wonderful happy ever after.

The audiobook was narrated by Aldric March who has a lovely voice. Aldric voiced all the characters perfectly, and made each character sound distinct so it was easy to tell who was who throughout the narration. He also poured so much emotion into his performance that I felt every feeling that characters went through. It was incredibly well done.

I highly recommend this book. It’s beautiful and touching with a lovely romance, steamy sex, and two characters who are able to overcome unimaginable obstacles.