Monday, December 8, 2014

After by Anna Todd book review & Giveaway ..

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She's got direction, ambition, and a mother who's intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he's also rude - to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin and she does — until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless… could this be love?
My Review 4 stars

Seeing all the huge differences in mixed reviews, I was taken aback by some. So me being a reviewer - I am giving my personal opinion on why I enjoyed this book.. We all have an opinion and enjoy stories in different ways .. I personally really loved this story .

Tessa and Hardin's relationship from day one is a love to hate relationship. Hardin seems to work in a love, hate, hurt pattern and Tess should certainly hate him for it, in which she does. But once they shared that one kiss - It changes everything ..

But within all this happening between the characters, we see depth to as they grow within the pages and storyline.

We see Tessa bloom from a girl being sheltered and told what to do , to a woman who makes her own chooses and learns to live a little. She Discovers passion she never explored or felt before, she was daring and chose to be adventurous. She was able to spread her wings, and learn to just be more then her normal self.

She learns to make her own path - whether the choices she makes aren't always the right ones they are hers to make.

Tessa meets Hardin - he sends her knickers in a knot - physically and literally... lol

The banter and the relationship seems doomed before it starts, but this is where it builds.

Hardin is a complex character - tough - difficult - damaged and yet under the ink and the facid he is a sole that finds love when he least expects it.

Finding love leaves Hardin insecure and at times he ambushes the good things that happens to him thinking the worst will happen and his fate his doomed. His past haunts them - leaving room for doubt it is a strength of both wills for the love to survive.

Hardin is damaged and torn with these new found feelings, but finds Tessa is like a drug he cant do without.

I could refer to him as Jekyll and Hyde his nature is very much sporadic at times and like he is two different people.

Here begins a whirlwind relationship, filled with deceit , love, want, growth , heartache and angst.

The author has put forth the emotions well and very solid - at times I did feel it was a tad much .. The constant stuff ups on Hardin's behalf and the unsure status of the not relationship. But this is what builds the story ...

But saying this - love is not easy .. But dam these pair make it hard lol.


“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Tessa.

The chemistry between Hardin and Tessa is passionate, loving and downright hot at times. The sex scenes are tasteful and just panty smoking ! I loved Hardin's foul mouth :D and I had to laugh at Tessa after her drinking binge. ( grins )

Overall I really enjoyed the writing , characters - including the secondary ones - the plot and the pace that the author set for this story .. I read this huge novel in less then a day and eagerly jumped into book 2 ~

Big thank you to Simon and Schuster for this copy for review for my honest opinion.
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