Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cosmo RED-HOT Read, AFTERBURN by Sylvia Day (Review)

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"He came into the bar with a sultry stride that made my hands curl into fists beneath the tablecloth. That walk of his was easy and smooth, confident. And yet it somehow signaled to the female brain that he was packing heat between those long, strong legs and knew how to use it. God, did he."

The Book
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 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 cut-throat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer...

Sylvia Day 
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels sold in 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 20 countries, and a reader favorite across several genres, with millions of copies of her books in print.  Her Crossfire series has sold more than 12 million copies since its debut last year.  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. She is currently president of the Romance Writers of America, an association of over 10,000 writers. Visit her at and Follow Sylvia on Twitter @SylDay.

My Review

Cosmo and Harlequin have recently teamed up to present two RED-HOT reads each month. AFTERBURN by Sylvia Day is one of the first to be released under the RED-HOT Reads. 

Wow! Sylvia Day has definitely taken the heat up a notch with AFTERBURN! She had this Southern Gal hopping up for a glass of cold, iced tea! 

I loved the two main characters, Gia and Jax. And, while hating to repeat myself, I will: 

"He came into the bar with a sultry stride that made my hands curl into fists beneath the tablecloth. That walk of his was easy and smooth, confident. And yet it somehow signaled to the female brain that he was packing heat between those long, strong legs and knew how to use it. God, did he."

That got my attention! AFTERBURN gets hot and stays hot.

One of the two main characters, Gianna Rossi, is a protege to Lei Yeung, a powerful and successful restaurateur. The other, Jackson "Jax" Rutledge is heart breaker and he's broken Gia's heart into a thousand pieces. They spent five great weeks together full of passionate sex and sweet words, then he disappeared. 

Imagine Gia's surprise, after having Jax cut out of her life without a word, he comes strutting into the very bar where she and her boss, Lei Yeung, are trying to whoo the competition's star chefs away. How can two people who love each other, yet still remain as much of a mystery to each other as the day they met?

"You've got no right to invade my life like this. None of this is your business. You shouldn't be butting in-" "Damn it. I didn't know you were in love with me, Gia." My eyes closed against the pain of hearing those words from his lips. "If that's true, you didn't know me at all."

Let me tell you, the sparks start to fly and they just don't stop. As in any love story, you have the conflict and the making up. In AFTERBURN, you also have the charming and very large Italian family of Gia's in the mix. Her brothers are very protective of her and the author did a great job with the camaraderie between the siblings, which greatly added to the story. 

"We took an elevator up, standing on opposite sides of the car, our gazes locked as the seconds ticked by. The tension was so thick I found it hard to breathe, my lips parted as I pulled air into my lungs in a near pant. I could feel the need radiating off him, sensed the hunger...The elevator dinged to announce our arrival on his floor and he surged toward me, grabbing my hand in his and dragging me after him...grabbing me so tightly my feet left the floor..."

"An insistent pounding on Nico's door woke me..."What..." I groused. "Yeah..." Nico wandered in from the bedroom...Brother or not, could still appreciate what a good-looking man he was. "You know what time it is?" Vincent came in first. "Time to get up." Angelo followed Denise in..."You put Gianna on the couch? Seriously?" "I offered her the bed." Nico crossed his arms. "She wouldn't take it." "Don't blame her," Vincent said. "If that bed could talk, it'd have its own reality show." "Don't be jealous," Nico returned. "I'm sure your bed will see some action eventually. Despite everything, you're still a Rossi."

AFTERBURN was very well written. It was engaging and entertaining. The only disappointment I had with the book was the ending. I wanted more! I felt the book actually fell a little short of being a "whole book", and I am sure that the follow-up book, AFTERSHOCK will provide the remaining story-line and ending that so many of us were waiting for. I am going to give the book a four-star rating because I felt it was well-written and entertaining. AFTERBURN and AFTERSHOCK, combined, would probably be a five-star rating.

"You're a head trip." I ignored the waiting suitcase on my bed and sat at my desk instead. I woke my computer with a shake of the mouse. "And your mystery-man days are numbered."

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I received no compensation or free books for this review.
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