Thursday, January 4, 2018
Review The After of Us by S.R. Grey - 4 out of 5
SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -
Can the ending of one dream lead to the beginning of a new one?
Will Gartner made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he finally has his life together. Leaving his reckless teenage years behind, he’s recently graduated from college and is all set to move from Las Vegas to New York to start a prestigious new job. But when an unexpected guest shows up at his farewell party, all Will’s dreams are smashed to pieces. Suddenly, he’s taking a crash course in how to be a father to the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed.
Will changes direction and heads to Harmony Creek, Ohio, and the only person who’s ever really been there for him, his brother Chase. Chase saved Will in the past, but will he rescue him yet again? Some lessons—like fatherhood—can only be learned by doing. Is Will up to the challenge?
And where does Emma Metzger fit into Will’s suddenly upside-down world? Emma knows all about his troubled past and sees his hesitation to commit to his new daughter. How can she commit her heart to a man who doesn’t know what the word means?
Chase always told Will “Follow your heart. Always try to be a good man.” But will following his heart be enough for his daughter, and for Emma?
The After of Us is a story about letting go of old dreams, and, in the process, discovering what you really needed to make you happy was right there in front of you all along.
The After of Us is a spin-off of the Judge Me Not series and a standalone novel.
New Adult Romance/Coming of Age Romance
MY REVIEW -
This is more like a 3.5 for me, but I bumped it up to a 4 because the writing is good and the story is interesting. Where the story fell short for me is in the relationship between Will and Emma. I didn't feel the connection between them, and I didn't really get why Emma was so hung up on Will. I felt like Will could be totally horrible to Emma, and she would go crawling back to him, so I wanted more depth to their connection. They do have some sweet moments, and Will is a nice guy for the most part. He's not quite book boyfriend material for me, but he wants to be a good guy, so he gets points from me. Will's druggie ex-girlfriend shows up and drops a 5 year old daughter off with him that he didn't know about, and he handles it pretty well. Will used to be a major partier and did some drugs, but he went to college and grew up a bit. He's still unsure of himself though, and there is a going away party scene towards the beginning of the book that put him in a negative light for me. So anyway, Will has a fancy new job waiting for him, but now that he has a daughter, he doesn't quite know what to do. Will is still a young guy; he's 22, so he's still immature at times, and makes decisions that reflect that. He does make some good decisions at other times though, so he's not too bad. Will met Emma when he was a teenager, but they don't end things in a good place. When Will meets Emma again, the connection the two feel for each other draws them together, but Will is still on shaky ground, so these 2 have some obstacles to get through if they want to be happy. There's a couple sexy times in this book, I didn't enjoy the one at the beginning party, but I liked the other ones. I liked Emma and Will, and I liked the addition of Will's brother and his family. The story is mainly told in Will's POV with a bit from Emma's POV. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and thought the narrator did a good job, but maybe since the bulk of the book is Will's POV, it might've been nice to have a male narrator. I still really enjoyed the listening experience though, and I'd listen to another audiobook with the same narrator. So, all in all, a good entertaining story, and the writing style worked for me. I enjoy S.R. Grey's writing, so I'll definitely be continuing with her books!