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Doll Lil Reviews Afterburn by Sylvia Day

Submitted by on August 22, 2013 – 3:28 am2 Comments


Author: Sylvia Day
Title: Afterburn
Series: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Reviewer: Doll Lil
Source: Personal Library

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. And God, he was magnificent. His eyes were a brown so dark they were nearly black. Thickly lashed, they were relentless in their intensity. Had I really thought they were soft and warm? There was nothing soft about Jackson Rutledge. He was a hard and jaded man, cut from a ruthless cloth.

In that moment I understood how badly I wanted to unravel the mystery of Jax. Bad enough that I didn’t mind how much it was going to cost me…

What can I say? I really loved this book. The plot, the characters, and Sylvia Day’s ability to suck a reader in from the first page had me hooked. Jax Rutledge is a mystery and somewhat of a martyr but he comes from a messed up family that let’s be honest does exist in modern day America. And Gianna comes from a family many of us will recognize as our own. Gianna is a leading lady I can root for. And Mr. Rutledge? Is worth investing some time trying to peel back those layers.

Of course it’s fiction, and romance, so there are things that are softened around the edges or made a little sharper for the dramatic affect. But let’s be honest that is why we all love romance novels. We want to believe that kiss, that look, that thump thump of the heart can really happen but deep down know that real life isn’t really like that but an author worth her salt? She gets us to believe it can happen. She gets us to talk, sometimes out loud, to the characters. She makes us laugh, cry, and squirm in our seats.

Sylvia Day delivers a quintessential SUPER SEXY romance novel. It’s hot, it’s loaded with drama and keeps the reader turning the page. I have to admit I am kind of over the angst. I know! I mean I am Doll Lil! I LOVE ANGST! But I don’t love angst just for the sake of angst. I need there to be a reason. If the lead characters are just full of insecurities and can’t even communicate passed the word hello. I am ready to throw the very pricey e-reader in the trash can. An extreme reaction? Maybe, but come on! Give me a reason to care! SHOW me why I should care! Sylvia Day gave me a reason to care. She left me wanting more and to be honest wishing this couple’s story was a LOT longer. So yeah of there is one thing about Afterburn that bothers me? That there isn’t more of it. Can’t really say that is a bad thing though. And now, the long and torturous wait for Aftershock.

A note about Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin: A new line of sexy, contemporary stories featuring fun, fearless women who know what they want from their lives, their careers and their lovers! Each book will feature a different author and two books a month will be released in the series. Sylvia Day’s Afterburn and Aftershock will be available as a single book November 2013

Lil is an avid reader who gave up TV so she could greedily read every book she could get her hands on. In the process she discovered a love for contemporary romance heavily laden with humor. Lil is formerly a True Blood blogger who discovered there is more to the world than her annoying love/hate one-sided relationship with the writers of TB. She credits JR Ward for pulling her from the two dimensional world of TV viewing.
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