After All: Ever After in Sapphire Falls Kindle Edition
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So by all the shouty capitals, you can tell I fell in love with Payton and Scott. Payton has floated in and out of previous books but you don't need to read any of them to get a sense of who she is. She is the town bad girl. Wait, I don't really want to say she's bad because she truly isn't. She loves her friends and family so deeply that she will take a baseball bat to a car of a man who has done her friend wrong. She will throw a party for her friends just because. She will pull them onto the dance floor just to get them to smile. But she does do things to have someone, namely Scott, bail her out. She wants to be dependent upon someone but not too dependent. Her parents have a weird dependency thing going on and she wants to avoid anything that resembles that like the zombies are attacking. But she also wants to have someone need her. I freaking love Payton.
Scott is the town cop. So he naturally wants to take care of people. He loves his home town and has seen things from outside of it that he never wants to see in it. Payton gets his overly protective thing going into hyper drive. He wants to have the relationship that she wants to avoid. Not the overly dependent thing her parents have but a mutual dependency. One where they need each other. He has a tendency to put his feelings out there because Payton is a blunt kind of girl. Her thoughts come out without filter and she needs to hear things in a blunt way. Scott is the one who pushes for a couple thing without all the hotness of sex. Weird, huh?
Payton has to take care of Scott after he's shot. He finds this as the perfect opportunity to show her what a real relationship can be. She finds this as the perfect opportunity to get busy with him. I love how the tables turn on both of them. Over and over again. What you want going into a relationship is not exactly what you get out of it. Sometimes it's more .
After All is Scott and Peyton's story. We've met Officer Scott Hansen and Peyton Wells in prior Sapphire Falls stories. Scott's been kind of a responsible, care-taker type, and Peyton has played the wild child, partly because she needs some reassurance that she is worth the time, effort, love.
Scott's intent on proving to Peyton that what he feels for her is the real thing; she's equally determined to keep their relationship all about the physical. If you don't engage your emotions, you can't get hurt, right?
When Scott gets shot, he needs some help as he recuperates. Having Peyton volunteer for the job is more than he could have hoped for, and he intends to make the most of the opportunity. Peyton can hardly believe she signed up to move in temporarily with Scott, but is just as intent on keeping their interactions on a flirty level she can control. Scott intends to show her just how good it can be otherwise.
And... did you think there could be any other outcome? Ms. Nicholas pulls this off brilliantly--Scott and Peyton are wonderfully fleshed out. Their dialogue is real and funny and touching. They disagree and work through their differences in a way that we can appreciate. And while their chemistry is combustible, I love that the story isn't just about that. It's just the icing on an already incredible cake.
After All is a terrific book in this Sapphire Falls series, and I cannot wait for the next visit! It can't come soon enough!
Scott and Peyton have "danced" around their feelings for each other for at least 2 years. Peyton grew up in a very dysfunctional home and shies away from anything resembling dependency. She is known for getting into trouble... in fact that is Scott's pet nickname for her. Scott is a police officer and he is uber-protective towards her. He has come to her rescue on many occasions but has never told her exactly how he feels about her.
When Scott is injured, Peyton steps in to nurse him back to health. In a way, their roles are reversed... she becomes the protector and Scott is dependent on her. Scott sees this interlude as an opportunity to show her the depth of his feelings for her, but she wants to keep it all about the physical attraction between them. Peyton is a wounded soul with a heart as big as all of Nebraska.. she will stand up for her friends and will go out of her way to help anyone.. in that respect she and Scott are very much alike. But her family life has left her craving love but pushing it away at the same time. Can they survive two weeks of close physical proximity without imploding?
I laughed and I cried over this book.. it is well written and it was one I could not put down. The ending is very satisfying and I would recommend this book as well as all the other Sapphire Falls novels.