Title: Afterburn and Aftershock (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads)
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Harlequin, March 2014 (Reprint)
Source: Free for review from The Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be. The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…
Gianna Rossi comes from a family of Restaurateurs; Jackson (Jax) Rutledge comes from a political dynasty. He loves her but finds it impossible to be upfront and honest with her. She loves him but can’t come to grips with his evasive answers. Together they have a sexual chemistry that is off the charts but is it enough for a lasting relationship?
Sylvia Day can write rings around most authors in this genre. She has a superb way of bringing her characters to life. The family dynamics of the Rossi’s is fun and believable. It makes us hope that we will see more of those hunky Rossi brothers. Gianna and Jax are so caught up in their lusting for each other that they can’t seem to find time to really get to know one another. Even by the end of the book we are still hoping for some meaningful dialog between the two, but they have decided to forge ahead anyway.
I recommend this page-turner. You may not especially like Jax but he is one hot, sexy rich guy. You may want to sit Gianna down for a heart-to-heart but she is going to do what she wants anyway. This is a good book to take you out of the everyday into the life of those in the fast lane.