Living in a future she doesn't understand, given to a man she doesn't love, and fighting to uncover a secret that may destroy her, Lisa Anton discovers there are worse things than a plane falling out from the sky. Get ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again with the survivors of Maddy Barone's, After the Crash series.
Lisa Anton was a world-famous fashion model before her plane crashed in a post-apocalyptic future where women are precious and rare, and technology is only a memory. Offered as a prize in a Bride Fight for the best fighter to take home, Lisa becomes the wife of a man she barely knows. Gorgeous and passionate in bed, her new husband tells her he loves her. But does he?
From the moment he saw the blonde beauty, Eddie Madison was determined to make her his wife. Beating a dozen other men in the Bride Fight was child's play for him. Learning to be a husband is a bit trickier. She wants his complete trust, but Eddie has spent his entire life guarding a secret that could destroy their happiness. Is protecting his secret more important than winning his bride's love?
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"Still a great concept, not a fav in the series"
This book is a tough one to call. It is the fourth book in the series, which I have really enjoyed, but it just wasn't my favorite. The concept and supporting characters are still fantastic, the issue is with the leads in this book.
Lisa is more than a touch shallow and pampered. She is really very sweet but the whining is annoying at times. I do give her props for working hard and trying to make the situation work, but she needs a lot of patience to get to that growth point.
Her new husband Eddie seems like a big jerk most of the time and a real sweet heart others. He can be really hurtful at times with his words and super jealous. He is also rather inexperienced with women and it shows in the relationship.
The book is mostly from the POV of the two leads, swapping the narrative back and forth. It is always a smooth transition. There were a couple spots where supporting characters had control, I wished for more of those.
The story really dragged because I did not like the leads, They were both very immature most of the time and I was ready to throw in the towel more than once. I am glad I stuck with it, because they both had growth in the end. It was just a long road getting there. By the end I had warmed up to them and even got emotional a couple times.
The steam is really delicious. It starts off awkward, he needed a bit of instruction on pleasing his lady. After the first night things are very smexy!! Plenty of yummy details to keep things hot and heavy. Eddie never quite gets as Alpha in the bedroom as the wolves, but he certainly steams things up when he gets the hang of it!
I listened to the audiobooks narrated by Clementine Cage, who really helps pull things together. She does a wonderful job with all the voices, keeping them consistent throughout. Her steady pace in the read helped keep me listening when I was wary in the beginning. The energy in the smexy scenes is delightful. She is given a difficult task as both leads are a touch whiny, thankfully she took the challenge and minimized the effect with her great tones.
Overall, I pushed on and was happy to have finished the story. From interactions with these characters in the earlier books I feared I would not like this book. Thankfully the supporting cast does a great job of keeping me engaged and moving the story along. I am pleased that I finished the book, it filled in more holes in the overall exposition of the series. There are details that give a fuller picture of the post Apocalypse landscape.
I am eager to read the next couple books, I wish they were all on audio, but that takes time! The fist novella is a freebie on Amazon, so that is a nice bonus!
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