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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...
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 30 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 11, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #30,747 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Gianna Rossi comes from a tight-knit Italian family that runs its own family business: their restaurant, Rossi’s. When Gia lands a job as the assistant to Lei Yeung, a mogul in the restaurant industry, it’s her dream come true. But Gia’s world is turned upside down when she crosses paths again with wealthy Jackson Rutledge, head of venture capital firm Rutledge Capital.
Two years ago, Gia and Jax had a romance that ran hot and heavy—but was short-lived when Jax ghosted her. Now that work has brought Jax back into her life, Gia is determined not to blur the lines between business and pleasure. But the past has come back to haunt her when Jax makes it clear that he still wants Gia more than ever...and old habits die hard, because Gia still wants him too.
Jax comes from a powerful political family, which ramps up the drama when he and Gia try to make a go of an actual relationship. For people who claim to be crazy about each other, I had trouble understanding why. Gia and Jax spend a lot of time fighting, only to follow up with make-up sex, which led me to believe maybe that’s why their relationship seems to thrive off conflict. Other than an amazing sexual connection, I didn't understand why Gia and Jax are so obsessed with each other—enough to make them pick up right where they’d left off two years prior.
The resolution felt a bit rushed to me and included a plot point that struck me as extremely anti-feminist, which I had a huge issue with. In one sense, I can understand why it was used to show a certain character’s desperation, but at the same time, I wish another route had been taken.
I did love other parts of the book, such as the readability of Day’s writing and the inclusion of a diverse set of supporting characters.
Afterburn/Aftershock will especially appeal to those who enjoy the push/pull of drama-infused relationships. For me, it was just an okay read—one that left me scratching my head with regard to the essence of the romance itself.
Gianna and Jax have history. Two years before, he ended things with her after five blissful weeks together. Now she’s working for a woman (Lei) and is loving it. One day when they’re trying to seal a deal between twin siblings for competing restaurants, Jax walks in next to their competitor Ian (Lei’s ex and former partner who screwed her over) and takes one of the twins from them. But, the chemistry between Jax and Gianna is thick, palpable, raw and they can’t stay away from each other. She feels very betrayed but can’t deny her strong feelings for him and he has been pining for her all this time. His family is heavily involved in politics and he has always tried to shield her from it all, which is why he broke it off with her years before. But, the heart wants what it wants and they both can’t stop gravitating towards each other. They have to work through their possible future problems and decide if they’re in it for the long haul and if it’s worth it
I loved this duo/book. I do wish it was longer but it was still damn good. The sexy scenes were erotic and sweet. Their connection is undeniable. I wish we could’ve gotten some flashbacks from the past since it would’ve solidified their previous relationship (that chocolate scene would’ve been everything lol) but it still worked with the way it was written.
This is the first book of Sylvia Day's that I have read. I will admit, I wanted to watch the movie on Passionflix, but I absolutely have to read the books first. I'm glad that I am reading it.
This is a novella, so it's not a long read at all. It's quick and short. The only issue I have with the majority of novellas, I feel like there is so much that is left out. I wish that we would have seen a glimpse of Gia and Jax before he disappeared on her.
This does end leaving you hanging, but the next novella is out, so you can start reading it right away
Aftershock 3 stars
I liked the first novella, but this one fell a little flat to me. I thought there would be some character growth, but there wasn't much at all.
Basically, Gia and Jax would fight, she would try to talk to him and say she wasn't going to have sex with him. But 5 seconds after seeing him, they were going at it like rabbits.
There was more sex than storyline. Yes, we did get some answers. But I didn't really feel the connection behind the bedroom with these two.
Don't get me wrong, I love a hot and steamy scene, but I want them to progress the story. These really didn't do that.
It was still an okay read though.
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Other examples of the language style in which this book was written or the way characters spoke include:
“It TRIPPED me out how Parker Rutledge BLEW into a room”
“Angelo and Denise HIT ME UP for lunch.”
“I wanted things with us to be real and STRAIGHT AND beautiful. But people I worked with were not in SYNC with that hope.”
I know these books are effectively Disney style romance novels (and quite often erotic ones at that!). As silly as they are I love to escape into these fantasies! I do however want books that are written in decent English with characters that don’t sound like they’re ‘hooking up’ with their ‘mates’ (especially not when they’re supposedly meant to be running around in the ‘upper circles’...?! If I had grabbed a book about a diner waitress it would have been more understandable!
I rate romances by how likely I would be to reread them (I have read my favourite book at least 6 times!). I could not face ever reading this again. I think this has put me off reading any other Sylvia Day titles for the foreseeable future.
Apologies Ms Day, but please reconsider your command of the English language.
Gianna realises that to him, it was a game and in the end she had lost and he had won. She decides that no one will make her feel that way again, throwing herself into her career, it doesn't take her long to get her dream job, a chance to work with one of the best chefs in New York, suddenly things are looking up for her.
Two years down the line, things are still looking good for Gianna with a job she loves and a life she is happy with, when Jax Rutledge strolls back into her perfect life. He is just the same man she remembered, handsome with good looks and a presence that could utter her speechless.
Although, coming back into her life isn't enough, he has to slowly start ruin her career in the process, with them on two different sides things start to become difficult.
Jax Rutledge always gets his only way, he like to control everything coming from a political family it is to be expected that he has to be cocky and demand everything be done his way.
Though, no matter how much Gianna resists him, the passion and desire they have drives them to have sex everytime they meet, it is almost as if they are meant to be together but everything seems to complicated and not everyone agrees with their relationship.
Although, life isn't always as simple not in the world of politics anyway, Gianna wants to know the real Jax, not the one in the public eye but he refuses to tell her, making her realise that if she is going to find out his secrets and the real him then she will have to do her own research, to finally uncover the secrets that Jax and the Rutledge family are hiding.
Afterburn is a sizzling novel that I couldn't put down, with its passion, sex and an undeniable connection that Jax and Gianna have, it is one of the best books I have read this year by far.
If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Passionate, Captivating and Thrilling.
Aftershock starts where Afterburn ends, Gianna is in Atlanta working on the project for her boss, putting together a new restaurant for the three new up and coming chefs that will take over the kitchens. It doesn't take her long to realise that Jax has followed her from New York to Atlanta, unhappy with the way things were left between them, though it is Gianna's sister-in-law fault for telling him where she was in the first place.
Gianna knows that he has kept things, important things from her but when he turn up at her hotel room, she wants to yell at him but also wants to rip his clothes off at the same time. It doesn't take long for their relationship to change to something more, but with the change comes consequences linking to Chad.
Chad is one of the chef's who had grown closer to Gianna decides that he would like to deal with someone else, someone who isn't sleeping with the enemy. Though, Jax decides to meddle with her business once more without her knowing but it seems to help her this time.
Gianna soon finds herself living in Jax Penthouse Apartment, though just because she's living in someone's home doesn't mean you live in their world.
Jax seems to think that sex will solve all of their problems, but Gianna isn't like that, she wants answers, especially when she finds out that Jax's family has been using her father's business to influence their political campaign. Jax's family has a lot of power, power that she doesn't want involved with her family's successful business.
They both have made mistakes, Jax's mistake was leaving two years previously and Gianna's was digging around in Jax's past as what she uncovered could cost her not only her happiness but also her future with Jax as well.
When Jax finds out about what she has done, Jax is hurt by the trouble she has caused, though she has a way to fix it but it will not only effect her, but her family as well, using them as part of the deal is not what she wanted but the love she feels for Jax outweighs anything else in her life.
Aftershock is an excellent second book to follow on for Afterburn, with even more secrets, lies and an epic conclusion to Gianna and Jax's story. Afterburn and Aftershock are both incredible books to read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a story that has passion, sex and most of all a love story that is very unique in it own way.
If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Exciting, Charming and Outstanding.
Well this book certainly didn't disappoint. It's fast paced and to the point. Yes at times I did feel it was I little rushed and the story could of had a bit more depth and been a little more informative.
But that been said, it's sometimes enjoyable to read a no nonsense book that just gets on with it.
This is a steamy second chance romance. If you like your lead man to be a dirty mouthed alpha then you will love Jackson! Gia is an ambitious and sassy career woman and Jackson pops up to potentially ruin it, but Gia can give as good as she gets.
But there is no ignoring the sexual chemistry between them.... Hot! The sex scenes between them are scorching ....
Its well written as you would expect from Sylvia day. I can see that Afterburn/Aftershock is the perfect book to adapt to the screen.
Very enjoyable hot read!
Afterburn the first story in the Jax and Gia duet was an enjoyable, sexy, quick, second chance romance. That was fast paced and to the point. And whilst I would of liked a bit more of a back story I can't deny I was entertained reading it.
Aftershock picks right up where Afterburn left off and continues Jax and Gia's romance. With a story that is much more tension filled and angsty. But still, as sexy, fast paced, enjoyable and entertaining to read. And I would happily recommend it to others.