Series: After #1
Published by Gallery Books on October 21, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Young Adult
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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn't the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything
... Life will never be the same.
I first started reading this series when it was a fanfiction and every few days a new chapter would come out on Wattpad. I figured it was about time that I read the After series once more. Every time that I do, I still catch things I did not notice the first time.
Every time I read this book, I get emotionally invested in these characters. From the first words, I am drawn in and feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Tessa has a yearning that I felt, to be rebellious and boy does she ever in this series!
Hardin and Tessa have a crazily complicated relationship. Oh, man is that an understatement. Things are hot, passionate, sad, romantic and all rolled into scene after scene. There are very intense moments throughout the book, getting graphic at times. This is why it’s not recommended for anyone under seventeen.
Everything from meeting Hardin’s friends and Tessa finding her way through the first semester in college will have any reader relating to her. But Hardin is messed up in so many ways from his past to the way he acts now. The “bet” he makes about Tessa with his friends is heartbreaking! To the point where at the end of the book I wanted to cry a bit. It had me wanting for the next book to learn what the heck was going to happen now that the secret was out.
The book kept me interested, there were no real down moments. The chapters were short and easy to digest after reading. The ending was amazingly complex and had me picking up the next book to find out what was going happen (Even though I already knew from reading the series before).
Overall After is a great book to start the After series. I would recommend it to those who like Fifty Shades of Grey and romance novels. It does run along those lines of Erotica, but if you like those kinds of books this one is for you! It is sure not to disappoint!