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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2001
Amber Riggs believes that control is everything. Her careful façade ensured that people take her seriously. She's good at turning the negative in the positive. But beneath her carefully cultivated façade lurks a child who fears the dark and being left alone. And the inner child panicked when an earthquake hits while she's alone, exploring an old warehouse.

Fire inspector Dax McCall checks vacant properties to keep them empty of the homeless, the mischievous or the desperate. The old mill and warehouse are on his list to check, so when he sees the sports car out front, he stops to see who might be there. The warehouse is a hazardous nightmare, and when he goes inside, Dax is trapped when the quake hits. Buried alive, Amber and Dax's sheer will keeps them calm as the court certain death. Aftershocks continue to the rock the building, and a sense of impending death makes life all the more precious. Arousal and the need to survive draw them together in act of passion that keeps panic at bay as the aftershocks continue to hit. Afterwards it feels like a hazy, sensuous, arousing dream. Not quite real; that is, until Amber learns she's pregnant. A chance encounter between Amber and Dax a year later reveals the truth in a soul shattering encounter that leaves them both coping with AFTERSHOCK.

A poignant tale of life changing events, AFTERSHOCK by Jill Shalvis will touch readers' hearts. With her characteristic dramatic flair, Shalvis forces characters to reevaluate their priorities and make life altering decisions. As these passionate, strong characters clash, they create both sizzling passion and hot challenges. A fun plot with fascinating consequences, AFTERSHOCK comes highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2004
Thinking they are about to die in a collapsed building, Dax & Amber cling desperately to each other & give into their great need.
A year after the earthquake Dax & Amber meet again, in a baby clinic. Only this time Dax is with a pregnant lady & Amber is holding a 3 month old baby. That is when the aftershocks start again...
I couldn't put this book down. Read it in a few hours. Wonderful book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2001
Shalvis' work is hit and miss for me. Sometimes she does a good job developing likeable characters and a believable romance, and sometimes her characters are trite and shallow, resulting in no firm basis for a romance.
"Aftershock," I'm happy to say, is the best I've read of her work, and one of the better Temptations I've read in the past couple years.
Amber and Dax are great characters. Amber's very controlled and unemotional, but we're given enough information to understand why she acts the way she does. And Dax is wonderful -- passionate, loving, and full of everything I love in a romance hero. He is patient as he tries to coax Amber into trusting him and believing in their feelings for each other. But, at the same time, he makes mistakes, resulting in a well-rounded, plausible character.
Shalvis does a fabulous job of developing the relationship between them. Their emotions are believable, and their mistakes understandable. In addition, the relationship between them develops at a reasonable pace. They're given the time for defenses to break down -- for emotion to truly develop.
A wonderful book in the Temptation line! Enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
I like the basic premise of the book. I also loved the main character, Dax. But I was never able to actually like the heroine. I found myself thinking that Dax could do better. I'm fine with the reserved, control-freak character that was Amber, but I just feel that she never really developed into someone likeable. I absolutely love the Jill Shalvis books in the Wilder brothers' series, so I have to say I was particularly disappointed when Amber never really developed into a character I could root for. I honestly felt like she was just so negative, so blah...it's as if she never lightened up, never cracked a smile. I can't wait for the last in the Wilder series, but I am very sad to say I was disappointed in Aftershock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2001
I have only started reading the Harlequin Temptation books recently - usually I read the historical western romances. I thouroghly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down, stayed up late and brought it with me to work to finish! I'll look for more from this author. I enjoyed it so much - I'll read it again! I loved the characters and Dax was just wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2001
I've never read a better book about "strangers becoming lover." Hot and spicy but still wonderfully warm and emotional, Jill Shalvis' latest is one of her best to date. Dax is the best kind of hero--loyal, loving, strong and funny. I loved watching him peel away all of Amber's layers to the passionate woman beneath. Truly a wonderful book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
The beginning of this book sucked me in and the stakes that got raised by the third chapter kept me turning the pages. But then things started to fall apart for me and I've figured out why...

The premise of this book is a charming fire inspector, Dax, and an uptight real estate agent, Amber, get trapped in a dilapidated building during an earthquake. During those few hours of near death experiences they give into temptation and have coitus (I've been watching too much Big Bang Theory!). Afterwards, they get separated. Well, not really. She runs away from the scene, and then further away to Mexico. Once there she discovers she's pregnant. During the "aftershocks" both try in a lackluster manner to find each other with poor results. A year later, they bump into each other in the pediatrician's office. Big surprise for Dax!

All of that was fantastic! Dax is carefree with no attachments, but still responsible. Amber is a hot mess of insecurity because of her upbringing and she has low self esteem. That's a major reason for her not trying too hard to contact Dax, as well as for dodging his later attempts at becoming a family. And let me tell you, she dodges, ducks, and dives. She's mean, she's standoffish...she's a total Bitch to him. Yet he keeps coming back for more. That's what drove me absolutely insane. I have never met a man who would take that abuse and top it with some serious insecurities, low self esteem, and daddy issues. Shalvis may have brought me around if there had been more inner monologue over it. But there wasn't. A lot of their inner monologues, at this point in the book, focused on their activities and not their wounds or the reasons behind their wounds. Character growth didn't happen until 90% and by then I just didn't care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
Where's the rest of the story? The book keeps building and building and then in a matter of a half-dozen pages everything is suddenly resolved. Either it should have been a 20 page short story or the other should have fleshed the 2nd half of the story out as much as the first half... very disappointing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2012
I love romance novels and am always happy to stumble across a new author. This is the first of her novels I've read and I was disappointed. It had a good plot and could have been better. Was cheesy at times and I found myself rolling my eyes.
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on March 12, 2015
The summer before high school our neighbor gave us a box of books and this was one of them. They were lost during a move but two stood out in my memory and this is one of them. I enjoyed it then so recently I bought it again for the trip down memory lane.
This book is a really easy read and depending on your free time could easily be read in a day or two. The writing is good so the pages pass quickly as you get absorb in the story.
I gave it three stars because of two very simple reason. One is the whole concept is a bit unrealistic. I am not sure how many woman who believe they are going to die will have sex with a complete stranger who go figures happens to be the perfect male women want. Then after having his baby she just happens to run into him at a doctors office.
The biggest reason I dislike this book is the leading character Amber. She is suppose to be a woman who after being raised by a stern, controlling father and a bad relationship with a controlling ex fiancee puts on a cold front in her life so she never gets hurts. I think she is more of a mental case who needs help she is suspicious and jealous first she refuses to thank him because he is flirting with another woman then when she sees him with his sister though they just ran into each other again after a year. When he wants to work out a way to see his daughter she jumps to the conclusion he plans to report her as bad mother to get custody. Amber has so many mood swings you have no idea what is going to happen. I know it is suppose to be the whole she is hurt, needy, vulnerable woman who put up walls that Mr. Right has to tear down but it is too much.
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