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After the Hurt by [Gray, Shana]
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“Brimming with sensual detail and loaded with heart, After the Hurt brings together two characters you won’t soon forget. Shana Gray gives us a winning combination of sizzling chemistry and emotional depth. Bravo!”New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson

“Shana Gray’s After the Hurt is an emotionally packed page-turner. I was rooting for Pepper and Tank the whole book!”USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt

After the Hurt is a second-chance romance that sizzles and satisfies to the very last page. The chemistry between Pepper and Tank is both heartwarming and explosive.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment

“Incredibly sexy and heart-melting, the chemistry in this story is explosive. Pepper and Tank’s emotional struggles were so real and just jumped off the pages. After the Hurt is an excellent read.”—Violetta Rand, author of Persuasion

“[A] fiery tale of lovers reunited [with] teasing, sexual tension.”Library Journal

“Such a good story. It will make you feel for the characters.”—Once Upon an Alpha
 
“The chemistry between Pepper and Tank has never diminished and neither has their connection, as much as they try to deny it. With the intensity of their relationship, I felt as if there was no obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Because they were each a half of a whole, they could only be together.”—Book Angel Booktopia

From the Author

I hope you love this story as much as I do. It's deep, full of angst and overcoming heartbreak. It's very near and dear to me as I based the heroine's mother's death on how my mom died. <3

Product Details

  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (March 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010ZXQA96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
To be honest I didn't know what to expect from this novel. I mean, I love romances about MMA fighters and a hero with tattoos doesn't hurt either. Having never read a book by Shana Gray I wasn't sure how it would be. However I was truely and absolutely delighted by this book.
Tank Sherman is a retired fighter who is now co-owner of a restaurant/ piano bar called Octogan. He owns the restaurant with his ex-girlfriend Pepper. Pepper Chapman blames herself for the sudden death of her mother. In her despair she decides to go to Bali and isn't heard from for six months. Tank is furious with Pepper and vows that he will never let her into his life again. Pepper returns as a new woman, a new and improved version of herself. She is mıch more considerate and kind and much more sensitive towards the needs of others. She is totally broke and doesn't know what to do with her life. All she knows is that she is still madly in love with her highschool sweetheart and the man that can only be described as her soulmate. But will she be able to get Tank back? With memories surrounding them and a chemistry that is unique, how can they even contemplate being with anyone else than each other?
I have to confess that I really loved the first part of the book, up to the grand opening of the restaurant. The heat was so intense that I literally read it blushing and panting and in one breath. After the gala, the heat really cooled down. The only thing I wish that was different about the book was Pepper's name. Her name reminded me too much of "Orange is the new black"'s Piper Chapman. And even though I enjoy the show, I really dislike that character. But apart from that I really loved the story and Shana Gray's writing. I will definately be checking out her upcoming books.

Thank you Netgalley and Random House Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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2.5 Stars, 2.5 Flames
Pepper thought that returning home after 6 months would be hard but she did not expect the cold shoulder from her first and only love, Tank. Heart-broken and admittedly a bit mean, retired MMA fighter Tank gets a wake-up call when his long lost love returns on a busy night at the bar they co-own.
The premise and synopsis of the book is what drew me in. Well, the cover was not too shabby either. Sadly, this book fell short for me. Tank and Pepper could have been great characters but they were contradictory. When Pepper enters the in the first chapter you connect with her because she is quiet, anxious, and vulnerable about Tank’s reception of her. Then when we get to Tank’s POV, she is totally different. She is in-your-face party girl. Even after she proves she changed he still perceives her as such and she acts that way which does not help her case.
Then there is the lack of dialog or explanations between the characters. There is so much inner dialog I found myself skimming pages to get to the good parts. Which did not happen until the very end. I thought I would love Tank because of his fighting spirit and loyal heart. However, he was such a coward. Never wanted to confront Pepper or explain what he needed or wanted. Add in random events that leaves readers with so much unsolved questions that it brings no satisfaction when you get the end. Plus, it is not part of any series nor does it look like one will be in the near future. The sensual tension and chemistry was great but it seems that was all these characters cared about. There is not much on why and how well they connected in the past to make you believe they last in the future.
Overall, it was a decent read but not something I would be picking up again.
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The cover was making me think this would be more of a dark story, but it wasn't, and I enjoyed that the story was pretty much all hopeful, and about people who aren't tortured, but normal people. There isn't too much that happens in After the Hurt because it is mainly about Pepper and Tank trying to find their ways back to each other. Pepper left town, six months ago, without a word to anyone, after her mother died because she was having a really hard time with her death, and was feeling like it was her fault. The person most affected by her leaving was her long-time, live-in, boyfriend, Tank. When Pepper returns home to Tank, he isn't very welcoming because he was extremely hurt by her leaving, and has sort of closed his heart off; he doesn't trust her anymore. Pepper loves Tank very much, and wants to win him back. I think Pepper could have done a better job of telling Tank she was sorry in the beginning of the story; she sort of just jokes around with him, and I felt she should have told him how she was feeling about him in a better way, but I still liked her character, and thought she had a good heart. Tank is great! He is a strong, manly guy, and he is really sweet. I loved that he wasn't the sleep around type; that is always refreshing to me, when I read romance books. As I said earlier, the story is mainly about them finding their way back to each other, and through dual POV's, the reader gets to see how each character feels, and there is also some scenes from the memories of each character about the development of their relationship; not flashbacks, but just quick glimpses into their past with each other, so those glimpses helped show the connection Tank and Pepper have.Read more ›
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