NEW RELEASE! After Us (Before & After #2) by Amber Hart - ARC Book Review

31 Dec 2014

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Amber Hart's AFTER US is available today, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Be sure to grab it today - and get ready to be hooked!


Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once. 

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Inside her grows a tumor, fed by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss. 

Javier has scars of his own: a bullet wound, and the memory of a cousin shot in the heart. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin's murder. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape. 

These two broken souls could make each other whole again--or be shattered forever. 

Our time will come. And we'll be ready.

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3 STARS! ★★★

After Us is the 2nd book in the Before and After series by Amber Hart. Prior to reviewing this book, I wasn't aware that there was a first book. However, it was written in such a way that made it easy to understand what had happened so thankfully I could read this as a standalone.

The 2nd instalment continues on the aftermath of the events in Book 1 and how Melissa and Javier are trying to move on from that. It has dual POV that helped a lot in understanding both characters and their struggles; you can feel their strong attraction but there's a lot of work needed to be done to get past those walls they've both built up.

One of the winning points in this book is how the cultural differences were being handled and I enjoyed having to see that diversity in NA books, which has been rare these days. However I did struggle sometimes with some of the Mexican lingo that Javier used.

Overall, this read was packed with some emotional moments and if you're a an avid reader of NA romance with some angst, you'll enjoy reading Melissa & Javier's story.

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