Title: After the Hurt
Shana Gray’s provocative novel features a resilient fighter going round for tantalizing round with the one that got away—a headstrong woman bent on seduction.
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.
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Author: Shana Gray
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hot Fusion, Passion Cowboy Style
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Pepper thought that returning home after 6 months would be hard but she did not expect the cold shoulder from her first and only love, Tank. Heart-broken and admittedly a bit mean, retired MMA fighter Tank gets a wake-up call when his long lost love returns on a busy night at the bar they co-own.
The premise and synopsis of the book is what drew me in. Well, the cover was not too shabby either. Sadly, this book fell short for me. Tank and Pepper could have been great characters but they were contradictory. When Pepper enters the in the first chapter you connect with her because she is quiet, anxious, and vulnerable about Tank’s reception of her. Then when we get to Tank’s POV, she is totally different. She is in-your-face party girl. Even after she proves she changed he still perceives her as such and she acts that way which does not help her case.
Then there is the lack of dialog or explanations between the characters. There is so much inner dialog I found myself skimming pages to get to the good parts. Which did not happen until the very end. I thought I would love Tank because of his fighting spirit and loyal heart. However, he was such a coward. Never wanted to confront Pepper or explain what he needed or wanted. Add in random events that leaves readers with so much unsolved questions that it brings no satisfaction when you get the end. Plus, it is not part of any series nor does it look like one will be in the near future. The sensual tension and chemistry was great but it seems that was all these characters cared about. There is not much on why and how well they connected in the past to make you believe they last in the future.
Overall, it was a decent read but not something I would be picking up again. Great chemistry aside, there is no growth between the characters and the unsolved problems left me empty.
I was gifted this book by the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings are my own and I was in no way compensated.