Ally’s 4 Star review- After the Storm by Faith Andrews

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Sep 22 2015

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Synopsis:

Noah and Willow know not to mix business with pleasure. They’ve both been burned in the past, he thinks she’s too young, and she definitely shouldn’t hook up with her boss. So, they don’t. Instead, they build a friendship, while fighting an obvious attraction.

But when Noah’s called back East after a natural disaster that threatens his home and the loved ones he left behind, he’s forced to face his past with Willow by his side.

Will their turbulent pasts hold them back from giving into fate? Or will the two of them realize that they’ve been each other’s calm before the storm?

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Ally’s 4 Star Review

I wanted to read this book because, you know, you can’t ever read too many taboo stories. I don’t even think I read past the” boss- employee relationship” part in the description before all my lady bits got excited!

Another big allure, the cover! I mean, look at it, its gorgeous. Needless to say, I went into this book with a ton of excitement, maybe toooooo much. 

Synopsis: “Noah and Willow know not to mix business with pleasure. They’ve both been burned in the past, he thinks she’s too young, and she definitely shouldn’t hook up with her boss. So, they don’t. Instead, they build a friendship, while fighting an obvious attraction. 

But when Noah’s called back East after a natural disaster that threatens his home and the loved ones he left behind, he’s forced to face his past with Willow by his side. 

Will their turbulent pasts hold them back from giving into fate? Or will the two of them realize that they’ve been each other’s calm before the storm?”

In the prologue, we are given our Hero’s past and how he was burnt by another woman. This is suppose to be an intro to why, now present day, he is presumably a no-stings, hook-ups only, kind of guy. At this point I was in too deep and too excited to read this book that I did not care, but my excitement quickly died down when our present day hero was introduced. 

One problem for me here is that he comes off as a mean manwhore. Not appealing. Its actually a turn off, a big one. When he and his buddy are talking about a hook-up he says, “Have at it if you want her, bro. I stake no claim to Victoria I’ve-been-around-the-construction-site-one-too-many-times Preston. You know shes just a convenient lay.” Hold-on, STOP! After reading this kind of talk from my hero, I was so turned off. I felt like my girl bits shriveled up and died. I had to put the book down. There is no reason to talk about a hook-up like this, especially when you’re the other half of the hook-up. Hello! Anyway, not what I expected of my hero.

I set this book down for 5 long and upsetting days. After much hesitation, I started again. Best decision last week, besides not having making my drive thru meal a large on Sunday, I made. Our hero redeems himself. Well, actually we get to know him and he did not AT ALL behave like the guy we were introduced to at the beginning during the whole story. I’m very proud to say we never witness him hooking-up or shaming the other girls he use to hook up with again, which I was thankful for. And as our heroine, Willow (who has been waiting patiently for him to get his act together and ask her out) says to him, “Wow. Every time I learn something new about you, I’m more and more impressed.” 🙂 Us too, Willow. Us, too.   

The story is cute and endearing. 

“Part of getting over your past is having someone to make your future bright.” 

Our two main characters, Noah and Willow are very strong willed, but eventually end up caving for one another. If you’re a fan of that slow burn type of romance ((Spoiler: we don’t get action until 55% in)) then this is the book for you. It takes our couple a few chapters to open up to one another but when they do, their communication is awesome. Another favorite and awesome ting is the groveling that is done by our hero when he makes a mistake. Gotta love a man who is not afraid of right his wrongs. ❤ “We both deserve this happiness, love.”

Although, corny at times, this story is sweet and gives hope for a second chance at love. This story drives home that even after having been deeply in love before, you can still find love again and we all deserve to. Also, that those small gestures, like texting, calling or hugging someone are the important ones, and this book is full of those. 

And for those out there who love epilogues, this story has a very happy one

Excerpt

Tilting her head and curling her hair between her fingers, her gorgeous mouth forms a megawatt smile “Wow. Every time I learn something new about you, I’m more and more impressed.”

She’s flirting, I’m not an idiot, but I don’t want to lead her on so I change the subject. “How about you? Were you born in California? I know you went to college out here from your resume, but—”

“There is no but,” she interrupts. “I have the most unexciting life imaginable. I was born and raised in Del Mar. I have two younger brothers, parents divorced when I was little, and Dad lives in Oregon with his new wife, Marcy. I went to college close to home to help Mom with the boys, and Sloane has been my best friend since fifth grade. That’s me in a nutshell. Boring, plain, uneventful. No one cares about keeping up with this Jones.”

I can’t quite read her. She rambled it off so quickly it almost sounds rehearsed. I have nothing else to go on, so I can’t tell if she’s hiding or avoiding something. I don’t pry, because I don’t like talking about my past either. And because of that, I’ve learned to always make small talk and keep the attention off me with flattery.

“I find it hard to believe that there’s anything boring about you, Willow Jones. You’re beautiful and smart and you have the whole world ahead of you.” Nice! Now I sound like her father. It just came out without thinking. I meant it as a compliment—a not too forward one—but by the wearied look on her face, I can tell she took it the wrong way. Damn, this woman brings me close to choking on my own tongue. What the hell?

“I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it since you seem to avoid me every chance you get.” She looks down again, making it impossible to read her face. She was flirting and I misled her with my goo-goo eyes.

Fuck! She found a way to catch me off guard and now I have to backtrack to fix this mess. Getting involved with a co-worker—or any woman right now—just isn’t on my to-do list. “I’m not avoiding you, Willow. I’m just not the guy for you.” I can’t say it’s not taking serious willpower to stay away. It’s hard to always be the good guy. Where the hell is Tori when I need her? I need to be bad. Very, very bad.

Instead of deterring her, my dismissal makes her bolder. Or maybe it’s the second vodka and cran. Willow pouts—intentionally, for sure—and those pretty, glossy lips snatch my attention. It’s so fucking sexy that my dick grows hard against my zipper and I shift in my seat so I don’t bring notice to the bulge in my pants. “Blaze warned me about you, you know.”

“Oh, really?” Now I’m curious. “Please enlighten me on the bullshit my friend’s fed you.” Blaze means well, but he always shares a little too much.

Willow laughs, exposing the smooth skin of her neck as her head falls back. What I wouldn’t give to taste that spot right there. Stop tempting me, Willow. You’re making this—and me—harder than it has to be.

She points a finger in my face, waving it around. “You see, if you’d accept my invitation to lunch once in a while, I could fill you in on all the bullshit he’s told me. But until I hear it from you, I’m forced to believe him.”

“Oh come, on. You’ve been working for me long enough to know I almost never take a lunch break. I eat on the site most days. That’s if I even get the chance. And like I said, I’m not the guy for you.” Keep saying it. It’s bound to sink in.

happy couple  at the beach

 

About the Author

Faith Andrews lives in New York where she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters and a furry Yorkie son, Rocco. If she isn’t listening to Mumford and Sons or busy being a Dance Mom, her nose is in a book or her laptop. She’s a sucker for a happily ever after and believes her characters are out there living one somewhere . . .

Social Media Links:

Website —> http://www.authorfaithandrews.com

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Goodreads —> http://www.goodreads.com/AuthorFaithAndrews

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