#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America’s premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.
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...
“You left the shower on, “ I said, latching on to something inane and far less personal.
“I’d turn it off if I wasn’t afraid you’d bail while I wasn’t looking.”
“You can’t keep me prisoner here.”
“I don’t want to. I want you willing.”
Some authors just have this thing going for them. Sylvia Day has that thing. I really enjoyed reading this. It was a perfect Saturday morning read for me. Yes, it’s short. It’s exactly what it says it is…A Cosmo Hot Read. I’ve read some reviews and already see some people comparing it to the Crossfire series. I don’t get that. I think it stands on its own. Sure, it has the same writing style, but an author’s writing style doesn’t change. The storyline is unique and one-of-a-kind if you ask me.
It would be silly for me to sum up the story line for you. It’s already a short story and that would leave you with nothing left to read. The synopsis will tell you if you’re interested in the storyline. If you liked the Crossfire series, yeah you’ll probably like this. She’s not recreating Eva and Gideon or anything like that. Gia and Jax are two completely different characters. Honestly, if you didn’t like the Crossfire series, you may like this one. A lot of people had a problem with insta-love in Crossfire and this is not a case of that. It’s more like a second chance romance with a truckload of sexual tension and lust. I fell in love with Gia and Jax in the short time I spent with them reading Afterburn .
If you are a reader that wants answers and that affects the way you feel about a book, wait until November when Aftershock comes out to read this one. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. Nothing falls apart, but it threatens to. Jax is a wild card throughout the whole book and you won’t get the answers you want from him. Gia doesn’t get her answers either, so I guess you could say that you are riding this out right along with her. This story is chalked full of cool secondary characters. Gia’s family is one of my favorite aspects to the story and I wouldn’t mind hearing more about them. Specifically, Nico. Yeah…I’m all over that! I hope he gets his own Cosmo Hot Read!
I went into this knowing what to expect. I knew it was short and I knew the story continued. I was hooked. I’m going to rate it for what it is…A Cosmo Hot Read..soooooo….
MY RATING: 4-4.5 Stars [if you want to get technical 4.25 Stars ;)]