Tuesday, March 22, 2016

REVIEW After The Hurt by Shana Gray

After The Hurt
By Shana Gray

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.

Categories ~ Contemporary Romance
Audience 18+ 
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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.

A memorable story that will stick with you long after you read the book. This is a read that tears at your heart every page you read. There were times I didn't want to read on because I felt the hurt in both of them so strongly but the authors way with words drove me to keep reading trying to figure a way for them both to find a way back to each other again.

Tank is a very deep man and profoundly hurt from Pepper disappearing without notice. His character had the right balance between being done with her, the hurt and moving on. His struggle to move on with his life is written with such depth that I could feel his hurt in my chest as much as his love for her.

There were times that Peppers attitude made me angry but the author shows the hurting part of her as well and that softens her so that I was able to understand her better with compassion. This character had the most growth throughout the book and it was watching the two of them work through the hurts and maneuvering in the present that will keep the reader mesmerized to the very end. 

I give this 4 STARS.

An ARC copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.

Now writing under her new  name, Shana will be published with Loveswept/Random House and Harlequin Blaze, as well she is an indie author.  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, 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.
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