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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Reprint edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373622430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373622436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Afterburn/Aftershock by Sylvia Day is the long awaited print release of two novellas previously released as ebooks. Fans already familiar with Sylvia Day's previous novels and new readers alike will love the exciting storyline and the sexual tension between Gia and Jax. With a hot Alpha male and an independent heroine, this one will leave readers wanting more. Day has once again created a new couple to keep readers guessing!" - RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 27 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit Sylvia at sylviaday.com, Facebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay and on Twitter @SylDay.

Customer Reviews

It is easy to see just why Jackson wants Gia back.
Jennifer A. Ray
There is plenty of sex, but the story seemed a little lame.
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I love this write and all of her books are great!!!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Weaver VINE VOICE on April 13, 2014
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This wasn't an especially terrible book, but it wasn't an especially good one either. In fact, at times, it was just rather dull. Gia and Jax were lovers two years ago, but he just quit calling her one day, and she was heartbroken. So, of course, she changed her look and threw herself into her job, becoming a successful businesswoman who is now courting a contract with an up-and-coming chef. Her plans are thrown awry when Jax suddenly shows up as a business rival. What's a girl to do? Well, Gia is supposed to be brilliant and strong and a modern day woman, so she sleeps with him. It didn't work for me. I didn't have problems with the sex, per se. But I had a problem with the fact that Gia is so weak that she just gives herself to him so easily. Likewise, it's implied that her hard work in business is sort of an act of spite/revenge against Jax, which seems contrary to the strong, independent woman she's supposed to be.

There's supposed to be all this hot chemistry between Jax and Gia, but I just wasn't feeling it. Their entire previous relationship took place off the page, so I never really understood how they got together in the first place (the first person narrator explains how they met, but not why she fell in love with the jerk). Their current relationship seems to be based on angry sex. It might make for a hot read, but it got pretty boring after awhile when so little else was going on. The plotline revolving around the two competing to get different chefs under contract just wasn't done especially well. I didn't care what happened in their businesses or bedrooms.

As to the title "Afterburn & Aftershock," that too left me feeling like something was missing.
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For Gianna Rossi, Jackson Rutledge was the one that got away. Their affair was hot and heavy a few years ago, and way too short. It ended abruptly when Jackson stopped contacting Gia without explanation. After that heartbreak, Gia threw herself into her career, determined to make something of herself. She wins a position as assistant to one of the most successful women in the restaurant management industry, intending to use the skills she acquires from her new mentor to improve her family’s already successful restaurant even more one day. With several siblings ready to run their own restaurant, it is time for expansion for the Rossi’s popular eatery.

Gia is focused, driven, and very successful working for Lei Yeung. She is finally closing her first big project – until it is derailed by Jackson Rutledge himself. His re-entry into her life is like a bucket of ice wataer being thrown on her and soon Gia is struggling to repair the damage he has done to her career and the wounds he has reopened in her heart – all while trying to resist him. Jackson’s renewed interest in Gia makes resisting him prove harder than Gia expected, however, even with the memory of how he ended things before weighing on her so heavily.

‘Afterburn’ and ‘Aftershock’ are two parts of one story by Sylvia Day. The second story won’t make much sense if you haven’t first, so the author and publisher very wisely packaged them in one book. This author is known for writing very strong female characters, and Gia is no exception to this. This woman definitely has moxy along with an abundance of drive. She won’t let anyone or anything stop her, however she does have limits. Gia might be determined to succeed, but her values won’t allow her to destroy someone else to do achieve her goals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on June 30, 2014
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This is the first book I've read by prolific author Sylvia Day. I've seen her books featured in many stores and online, but hadn't read one of them until now.

This two book complilation features the love story of Gianna (Gia) and Jackson (Jax)Rutledge. Evidently this is a collaboration between Cosmopolitan Magazine and Harlequin. As I understand it, either parts or all of the books were featured in the magazine.

Gia has a clear view of her future as a power player in the business world helping people realize their dreams. Her family has run a restaurant in Little Italy for three generations. Jax comes from a family of sophisticated and wealthy politicians. Can the two achieve a happy-ever-after? He and Gia had a short, intense relationship that was in the past as he just left one day and didn't come back before they ran into each other again. Can the two of them mesh their very different lives and find true love? The passion and the chemistry is there, but can they find happiness on an everyday level?

I so wanted to like this book. It was decently written, but I couldn't warm up to Jax and Gia. Jax was a complex character, but seemed immature and shallow in many ways. Gia was more simple as a character, but I found her rather annoying. Personally I don't like care for books where I (key word "I") feel that the story takes second place to hot passionate sex. There is plenty of sex, but the story seemed a little lame. Obviously since Sylvia Day is a best selling author she is many readers cup-of-tea; just not mine.
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More About the Author

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit the author at sylviaday.com

Sylvia also writes under the pseudonyms:
S. J. Day - www.amazon.com/author/sjday
Livia Dare - www.amazon.com/author/liviadare

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