Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day
Series: Afterburn & Aftershock
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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…
A wonderfully entertaining story from Sylvia Day!
Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn’t imagine not having it?
There were two things in my life I’d felt that way about: the man I’d stupidly fallen in love with and the administrative assistant position I was about to interview for.
The man had turned out to be really bad for me; the job could change my life in an amazing way.
This book is fucking awesome.
This book is written from the perspective of Gianna, a fierce modern woman determined to make her way in this world. She’s been taking the restaurant business world by storm as the protégé of the owner of Savor…
Unfortunately, her professional veneer is cracked when an old flame shows up to a business meeting. Gia and Jax had an affair two years ago which ended in Jax disappearing without a word, and Gia nursing a broken heart.
All of the emotions from their past fling are quickly rekindled. As they begin Affair Round Two, Gia is left to wonder if sheet-twisting sex can compensate for a lack of commitment…
Why did Jax leave the first time?
What brought him back into her life now?
What can she do to keep him from disappearing again?
I have a total Lady Boner for any book heroine who is strong and secure enough to tell the hot guy she’s lusting after to “Fuck Off” when the relationship becomes toxic.
In a perfect world of literary crossovers, Gianna would be hopping from book to book slapping sense into women who lose themselves in their men… Women who are so dazzled by their alpha-male that they forget they had goals of their own… I’m looking at you Ava from the This Man Trilogy...
That’s not to say that Gianna was apathetic toward her relationship with Jax. She was willing to work for it – to make compromises, but she wasn’t going to sacrifice her personality for grade-A dick.
“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”.
And yes, Jackson Rutledge is top shelf sex. Sheet-twisting, angry-fucking, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex…
Yes, Jax delivers in the bedroom, but he was obnoxious in every other way…
He kept secrets,
Was emotionally distant,
Ran from his relationship problems…
So when the shit hits the fan and Jaxon is facing an epic meltdown of both his personal and professional lives, he is the one who must make changes.
It is with regret that I must knock this down to 4 Stars, because the ending was rushed, and I think it really could have benefited from an extended epilogue. Perhaps one which shed light on Jaxon’s family post-meltdown?
I kind of feel like an ass for saying that I picked this up to tide me over while I wait for the new Crossfire Book (Captivated by You) but it is true. I was having Gideon Cross withdrawals…
Lucky for everyone, Sylvia Day is awesome. The only similarities between this book and the Crossfire series were the scorching hot sex, strong female MC, and an obvious love for Manhattan…