“I’ve found that the things that rattle us the most are the ones worth making sacrifices for.”
Title: After The Game
Author: Abbi Glines
Date Published: April 22, 2017
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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📚 Series? Yes, third, but can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre? YA Romance.
📚 POV? Dual.
📚 Cliffhanger? No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Rape. (major plot point but was not addressed as needed)
⚠ Book Tags : Small town. High school. Football. Single parent. Young parent.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👩👧🏈🏘👩🏼🤝👨🏽💏
Book Blurb from Goodreads
Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.
Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.
When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.
But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
About the Author
Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.
You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.
I can’t believe I’m still reading this series because of how ‘meh’ I felt by the first two reads. However, I am happy to report that FINALLY we got a good book here.
The book is about:
After The Game is the third installment of The Field Party series and it tells the story of Brady. He was part of the first books and I felt like the second one did him bad. I would really want him to have his HEA, and looks like this book will give us that.
Here comes Riley Young, a girl who was raped by the town’s most powerful family’s oldest son, Rhett Lawton. No one believed her so she went away. Now she’s back, 2 years later, with a little girl, Bryony, in tow.
Brady and Riley met at a chance encounter, and though Brady was prejudiced of her, his golden boy heart still helped. This starts their story of really knowing each other and falling in love.
What drew me in:
To be honest, what attracted me to read this book is the need to see a happy ending for Brady. He’s one of the characters I liked the most from the first book and I was rooting for him to have a love of his own.
Characters & connections:
Because of knowing Brady from the two earlier books, I am already connected and invested in the story. Riley, on the other hand, took my heart hostage because of how sweet and strong she is as a mom to Bryony, the cutie.
Everything I liked:
I loved the characters and the way this story was delivered. Their friendship and their serious conversations won my heart. I listened to it via audiobook and the narrators did an amazing job.
This book was such a fun adventure that I almost rated it 5 stars. However, I would like to squeeze it in here that I hate how rape was handled in the story – and Riley deserved better.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 ☁
♡ , Yna the Mood Reader