Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book #Review: Afterburn/ Aftershock by Sylvia Day .@SylDay

Book Title: Afterburn/Aftershock ( Jax & Gia Bundle)
Author:  Sylvia Day |Website| Twitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: ebook, Trade Paperback
Cost: $13.00
Pages: 400
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
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Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can't say I wasn't warned.
Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I'd worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn't the girl he once knew, but he hadn't changed. Unlike the last time we'd drifted into each other's lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with... and how addictive his touch could be.

The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax's playground--but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer...
Well if I'd have known how good this was I would have read it a long time ago. I should have known it would be phenomenal because Sylvia wrote it.  I fell into this story and didn't come up for four hours until it was done.

I went into this knowing nothing and I'm glad I did because I blew through this without any expectations and fell in love with the characters very quickly.  I loved Gia especially because she's a native NYer and she made something of herself despite the belief that she wouldn't be able to handle the world she was going for.  She also came from a close-knit family who had her back whenever she needed them to.

Gia now works again in New York for a well known and highly sought after curator, a former chef who had expanded beyond the kitchen to creating world-class restaurants and talent management.  Gia went after this position after her heart and dreams had been shattered and she figured how could she lose?? I loved that her mentor understood heartbreak and was willing to help because she didn't want Gia to make the same mistakes as her.

Jax is the son of a wealthy and influential family. His parents had a terrible relationship, one that he was determined never to end up in. When he meets Gia he can't get her off his mind, and he decides just a few months will be all he has.  That time passed and he couldn't let go, not until his family began to intervene.  Leaving Gia behind because his family needed him, he thought to never see her again, until she came in on a deal he was working on.

This is a second chance romance that was hot from the first time they were on the same page.,  They both wanted to deny their attraction but Jax had finally decided he wanted something for himself, even if it meant his family would have a hand in it.  There was a lot going on in this novel, and yet I never felt like it was forced or trite. This was two people learning to navigate the world they were born into and the world Gia was now a part of due to her work. Jax wanted to protect her and in doing so didn't understand that Gia was just as tough as he was even if she didn't appear like it. Gia had to learn that knowing something and being apart of it are two different things.

I really loved their conversations and their chemistry. My favorite part came in the second novel when they were fighting about seeing the real person, not the persona and Jax pointed out that he was well aware that Gia wasn' perfect, that she left her shoes laying around and she had cords all over the place. And it felt like such a real convo that two people coming together would have that I just laughed.

I loved their families, the fake personas and all, I wish we were getting more from Gia's family in particular because they were interesting.  I really loved her brothers and how much they loved her and each other.

I really enjoyed the background stories and wish we got more from her boss and her rival, I wanted to know how their story ended and how the rest of the players ended up.  But since this was just a glimpse into their lives we only got a few snippets from them. I would have loved if we had gotten a mention of the Cross family since Jax's family was so influential and Sylvia states she writes all her books in the same world.

The chemistry between Jax and Gia was off the charts and I really loved their intimate scenes. I noticed as they developed beyond just chasing their old flame to falling in love the scenes changed somewhat and became even more.  I loved it.

I highly recommend it. I'm especially glad I got the two in one combo because the cliffhanger form Afterburn?? No ma'dam I wouldn't have been able to deal with waiting. Also apparently Sylvia developed this into a movie and I can't wait to watch it.

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Happy Reading my loves, 

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