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I love one liners, and here are some that I tagged: "A friend. A person to listen to him even when he didn't speak, to sit with him even when all he wanted to do was run. Someone to stand on the shore and make sure he came back."
"They were twisted, tangled parts pressed together where they didn't quite fit. And Tessa hadn't felt anything so right, so mind-bendingly perfect in her entire life."
"You scared away the only person who's ever made you want to save yourself." This line killed me.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
The explicit sex scenes are a bit too much at times, and the continual use of the f-word becomes an aggravating and meaningless distraction. Couldn't these characters find some other way to express emotion besides this one word? Something more original, perhaps? The author could use a thesaurus.
If you're looking for a romance that starts as a bit of a slow-burn, includes a little mystery, a few tugs on your heartstrings, and a whole lot of intense and steamy encounters, After the Storm is exactly what you want.
I enjoyed the suspense aspect of After the Storm, but the rest of the story, primarily the romance, just didn’t work for me. The main characters, Tristan and Tessa, were inconsistent, acting in inexplicable ways, and making bad decisions that didn’t fit their personalities, whose only purpose was to add drama. The entire story takes place over the course of approximately a week. Tristan, a man who is carrying more than his share of baggage regarding his relationship with his villainous father, is a man who wanders the resort stealing pastry cream, barely speaking to Tessa when they meet and punishing himself with grueling swims in the ocean. He is the quintessential tortured hero, doesn’t want to feel anything or have relationships with anyone. He jumps and runs at loud noises, acts very erratically, to a point where Tessa is genuinely concerned for his well-being. Their relationship changes to a romantic/sexual one when Tristan saves her life during a hurricane. I thought the entire section of the book taking place during the hurricane was far-fetched and overly detailed, dragging on far longer than necessary. Tristan did a complete 180 and is suddenly spouting flowery, romantic words, his entire demeanor completely changed. Every now and then while reading sex scenes, I will start to feel uncomfortable—almost like I’m intruding or seeing something I shouldn’t. That’s how I felt with Tristan and Tessa’s sex scenes. They were bordering on silly, the dialogue was too mushy, and they went on and on to a point I lost interest. While I’m not advocating for nothing but quickies, this was just too much. Tightening up these scenes would go a long way toward making this book one I would enjoy.
There were multiple conflicts in this book, several of which resulted in lots of drama, but ending rather abruptly. It was too melodramatic for my taste. I was intrigued by Tristan’s past and did enjoy the suspense aspect of this book. He, his cousin Mark, and others are working hard to bring down his father, a man who will stop at nothing to win. I was very curious about Tristan’s previous life and what had caused his pain, fear, and anxiety. That was the only thing that kept me reading. I just couldn’t care too much about Tessa. The plot thread involving her family was unoriginal, very cliché. To my surprise, the revelations about her and her family were handled in a completely unexpected way. The scene of reckoning with Tristan’s father, Max, was my favorite. It started out in a very cliché, unbelievable way, but it all worked out. However, the book continued long past the point where loose ends should have been wrapped up and everyone should have been on their way to their HEA. All in all, After the Storm would benefit greatly from a heavy edit, to tighten it up and streamline the story. For me, this would have taken it from an okay story to a good one.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.