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Afterburn (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) by: Sylvia Day

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Afterburn (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin)
by: Sylvia Day


#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...


Well, holy Lady Libido, that was one steamy read! I don't know how Sylvia Day can continue to steam it up so profoundly, but I thank her none-the-less. She can write a hot alpha male like no other. I  have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first, but the story of Gianna and Jax was a lovely surprise. The title is very fitting because it was undoubtedly Red Hot!

The story is about a young upcoming restauranteur, Gianna, who got her dream job in New York and had a flourishing further ahead of her. That is until Jackson Ruthledge traipses into her lunch meeting and throws her personal and professional life off it's axis. She fell in love with him four years before when they dated long distance while she went to college in Las Vegas. Then he just up and disappeared out of her life like a second rate Vegas act magician; no phone call...nothing. She becomes annoyed and confused as he is determined to get her back in his life and most assuredly into his bed. In the meantime she has another hot southern chef that she is working a deal with and he has been practicing his smooth flirting skills on her. 

"Part of his good-ole-boy charm that was tempered by how sexy he was. There was something about him that hinted he might spank you with a spatula as expertly as he cooked with one." - Giannna

She is determined to not be effected by the all consuming pull he has on her and stay as professional as possible. Easier said then done when Jax is around, let's just say he can turn the most frumpy goody goody into sex crazed and wanton. Jax continues to make his presence know wherever she goes, making the battle lines she had so masterfully drawn up to become more and more blurred.

I struggled out of his hold." I need more than sex." He let me go, but his gaze was fierce and hot." I'll give you everything I got."-Jax

Gianna's life becomes a jumbled mess as she tries to balance her steamy connection with Jax and her professional one. She struggles to figure out how the Ruthledge family is involved in this restaurant deal she is trying so hard to work out. Her family dynamic is refreshingly loyal and her brothers are a hoot. Eventually her womanly hormones give in and she doesn't want to resist him anymore.

His thumb brushed over my skin. "There's no rush."
"In three days, you've popped up where I am across three different states. Now you're going to cock-block yourself? Really?"
A slow smile curved his mouth. " You've got a point. I'll get the car."

Just because she gave into temptation, didn't mean that this time around she would make the same mistake. She was determined to not only be in the know this time, but also control how the relationship was going to go. That theory gets tested left in right, however. Gianna discovers that perhaps she was totally wrong about how deep their relationship was the first time. 

Leave it to Sylvia Day to throw in some mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. Jax quickly becomes an inexplicable enigma wrapped in one tasty package. The story was left with unanswered questions that had me growling with frustration, while simutanuously smiling with excitement for the next chapter to Gianna and Jax's story. I lie in wait for the continuation in Afterburn due to be released November 2013 wherever ebooks are sold!

4 out of 5 steamy stars!


About the Author:

Sylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels translated into over three dozen languages. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® award twice.

Website: http://www.sylviaday.com
Twitter: SylDay

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