Book Title: After the Hurt
Author: Shana Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Start Read Date: 6/29/2016
End Read Date: 7/1/2016
My Rating: 4,5 Stars
Review Submitted By: Korena Reviewer for Alpha Book Review
Pepper Chapman refuses to throw in the towel. Six months ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life. Blinded by grief after her mom’s death, Pepper abandoned the man she loves. Now she wants a second chance at everything she gave up: strong hands driving her to ecstasy . . . a deep voice whispering naughty promises in her ear . . . the future they’d planned since they were teenagers. So Pepper comes home looking for forgiveness, ready for a new beginning—if he’s willing to give her a shot.
Retired MMA star Tank Sherman may be used to low blows, but Pepper’s emotional sucker punch left him reeling. Trying to ignore the pain and forget the pleasure of her body beneath his, Tank is prepared to ring the final bell on their relationship. Then Pepper shows up out of the blue, radiating pure sex. But Tank won’t let himself get hurt again, and that means resisting the heat that still burns between them. Because if he takes Pepper back, he knows he’ll never be able to let her go again.
(Received ARC from Netgalley in exchange for our honest review.)
Pepper Chapman had to leave after the death of her mother. She wanted to go to Bali where her and her mom wanted to go. Pepper left Tank Sherman behind trying to find herself. She worked at a hospice in Bali for six months.
After six months, Pepper returns to the restaurant where Tank and her own. They own the warehouse where the restaurant and the apartment and loft are located. Pepper tries to explain to Tank what happened and why she took off. Tank does not want his heart torn again. Tank wants Pepper gone.
There was a lot of tug of war between the couples’ hearts going. Tank and Pepper have a lot chemistry between them not just sexual relations but companionship and able to work together. This has to be one of my favorite couples! I love the well-rounded love between them.
Questions for the Reviewer:
(these are multiple choice answers)
How is the author’s writing? Good
Is there violence? Some Violence
Is there sexual content? Some sexual content
How is the story narrated? Alternating persons
How would you describe the plot of this book? Some twists
What best describes the mood? Hopeful
How would you describe the pace? Steady
How would you describe the characters? Developed
Now writing under her new name, she will be published with Loveswept/Random House and Harlequin Blaze. Shana is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.
Shana’s passion is to enjoy life! She loves to travel and see the world, be with family, friends and experience the beauty that surrounds us. Much of her experiences find their way into her books. First published in 2010 as Cristal Ryder, Shana has written contemporary erotic romances for Sybarite Seductions, Lyrical Press (now Kensington) and Ellora’s Cave. Her stories range from scorching quickie length to longer erotic romance novellas.
She splits her time between her house in a small Ontario town with her twentysomething son’s, four cats, two budgies and, as the world knows him, Meat Man’s house. It’s an adventurous challenge that she loves.