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Summary

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 of 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 cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer...

©2014 Sylvia Day LLC; Cosmo and Cosmopolitan are registered trademarks of Hearst Communications, Inc. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A book too long

Would you try another book written by Sylvia Day or narrated by Amy McFadden?

Rather over-rated in my view. There was really not a great deal to the story itself - strong willed beauty in restaurant trade with 'passions' involved in drawn out business negotiations involving her 'ex'. Listened to the first 60% or so then realised that actually I had a life so moved onto more entertaining listening. You know you are not enthralled when 5 minutes passes by and you are non the wiser.

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  • angela
  • DUNBLANE, United Kingdom
  • 01-08-14

Shock

If you could sum up Afterburn & Aftershock in three words, what would they be?

Hot , heavy,sweet

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gia she strong women and is fit for him

What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings across each character how I thought they be

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Spicy

Any additional comments?

I like this story,and how you got to see how characters relationships come together and Break apart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An okay book

The person reading the book wasn’t consistent with her accents which was annoying. However the storyline was okay it’s not one of Sylvia Day’s greatest books but it’s alright.

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  • MD
  • 13-07-16

Didn't finish

This title was not a good listen/read. Plot is lacking lustre and enthusiasm to continue to listen to it.

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I love Sylvia Day

I always enjoy Sylvia Day books but this was the first audiobook I'd listened to. I liked it and I thought it was narrated well although hearing a woman try to do the voice of a sexy man didn't grab my imagination like reading it would. The book got me through an all night session of accounts which was great because I don't think I would have been able to put it down.

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Seamless story of a journey to love....

Where does Afterburn & Aftershock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is probably one of my favourite! With strong characters and ultimately a powerful story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackson is my favourite character. Whilst an alpha male who initially hate and want to keep hating you just can't help smiling when he starts talking or come into the presence of the protagonist!

What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

I am no accent expert yet I think it was a stellar performance. I loved hearing all the different rich American accents, as they also play an instrumental role in the development of Gianna's character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Defiantly, I was addicted going so far I was avoiding people so I could concentrate on the riveting story.

Any additional comments?

This is a perfect romance novel of an alpha male who also has other faucets to his character, just as all the characters are engineered and developed expertly. Gianna is a sassy young women, when hurt by a man bounces back, becoming strongly independent and taking the business by a storm. Her chemistry and attitude towards Jackson makes it a truly interesting read...

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Very good!

The author does well, in exposing the truth about power and what it does, to people within the high life spectrum. However, and most importantly, Jackson Rutledge is a legend!

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  • Romance Lover
  • 14-03-14

Jax & Gia change the world!

So this is 2 shorts in 1 which I appreciate!! Thank you for putting them together! I will almost never get a book under 7 hours unless it is really cheap and a part of a series. That said, you really can't complain about Sylvia Day! There is a difference in quality, style and ability when we are reading from her.

This story is short so there isn't a ton of depth, I would have read more from this couple but that said, I liked them. I thought Gia was a bit too obstinate, if you love him you love him, try it or don't but come one. The "climax" scene was a bit obvious not maybe the exact outcome but there was enough foreshadowing.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE a man who loves a woman and who pursues her.

I love a guy who knows what he wants and goes after it. It is easy to be mad a Jax in the beginning but once we know the whole story we love him and forgive him, at least I did, it took Gia longer.

There is some great hotness here, narrator was good as always. I love the characters, all the extended family and all that and I absolutely LOVE the ending! Thank you Sylvia Day for another good one.

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  • Candateshia Pafford
  • 12-03-14

Nice fun political meets foody romp!

Good story..Two books in one! Slyvia Day often write the smexest male leads with baggage and a whole heaping smack of drama but if it works, it just works!

Credit well spent, loved the N.Y./Jersey accents!

Narration was pretty darn good too..a nice credit or sale

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  • Amos D from Cols OH
  • 25-09-17

After Shock/After Burn

I loved this book. I had just finished the Crossfire series and needed a Sylvia Day fix. This is a short but good book. It's only about 7 hours long so I was able to finish it rather quickly. It didn't have as much detail as other books I have read but I loved the characters and the story. I wish there would of been more of a history given on there back story or flashbacks of what they went through. Overall I loved the book and would read it again.

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  • Kathy
  • 02-09-17

Apprehensive b/c of Reviews 😊 surprised!

I enjoyed the Crossfire Series so much and enjoy Sylvia Day's talents. Her other books are period piece's and dark vampire-ish stuff that I don't care to read about. So when I discovered this book was being made into a movie for passionflix -I reviewed the synopsis and watched the trailer and new I had to read it before I watch the movie. I loved the story and now can't wait till November for the movie.
Now about this book, the story opens similarly to the vibe of Crossfire which gave me hope it was going to be a page turner.
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Gia walks into a tall building in NYC for an interview with Lee Yeung. She appears to have failed the interview and leaves to return to her family restaurant for support from her peeps. In walks Lee Yeung and offers her the job. She and Lee form a distant friendship respecting the boundaries of boss/employee. An event takes place and Jax Rutledge is there a man from Gia's past and a gentlemen from Lee's past too. (The name escapes me) Gia and Lee find the men are competing for the same restaurant/tv option that they are trying to sign. Gia and Jax share a dance and they discuss their past history. I wish I could have been privy to that knowledge at this point in the book. Gia said you left me, he says you left me and she said you didn't fight for me. He said I could give you what you wanted and you deserve to have that. The re-connection begins with mysterious tones of Jax's family life that he is keeping from Gia. Gia gets frustrated because he won't talk about it and goes on a fact finding mission to Deanna Johnson a reporter in NYC (some may recall she tried to take down Gideon Cross in his story) I though that was cool the Sylvia tied the 2 novels in together. Deanna discovers Jax past and threatens to run the story. Gia returns home to discover she is the reason Jax is so stressed about a threat to their family and the plans they have for a Political Career for the Rutledge Family. Gia fesses up to Jax he gets really mad and tells her to get out. Hi threatens Deanna and Jax witnesses this act of love and the two reunite. This is my interpretation of the story. It was worth the read and the credit. It didn't leave me feeling cheated, or that the story was rushed like the other reviewers believe. The story had some cute funny stuff with interactions between Gia and her brothers and sister in law. So that gave some good fun into the mix and who Gia is and how far family will go for each other. I left out some details in this story for you to discover on your own.

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  • D. Torres
  • 04-06-16

Why so short?!

This story was great! I wish Sylvia had dedicated sufficient time to building each part further. I could love Gia and Jax, as I love Eva and Gideon!!! I loved the Brooklyn accent, being a New Yorker it's nice to see hear the unique accent so vividly.

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  • Alisha Shadow
  • 30-12-17

It was ok

I thought the story line was interesting however I wasn't a fan of the main female character or the narrator. She was a bit whiny for my liking.

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  • CDBW
  • 05-11-17

I enjoyed it!

.5 Crazy Ass Stars!!!!!

How is it that I haven't read this book(s) before now. I will just put it down to "too many book, too little time."
Yesterday the movie version of this book released on Passionflix. Yeah, I totally watched the movie before reading the book. The movie was good. Don't get me wrong. I just loved the book better. The movie does follow the book for the most part but there are just some details and things that just don't translate well on screen.
The actors in the movie did a great job portraying the characters but I really enjoyed Amy McFadden's narration. She does a great job with all the characters and the story itself.

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  • M. Thurman
  • 31-03-14

Second Chances

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Hmm. Hard to answer. I liked the story but I could not take the narration. The NY accent was too heavy and did not make for easy listening. It was an aggravation. I ended foregoing the audio version and purchasing the eBook.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a good ending. I like the way it was wrapped up. Ms Day usually gets on my nerves when she leaves me hanging on her Renegade Angels books, so I am glad she did not tick me off by doing the same here.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy McFadden’s performances?

Heck No! She sounds like a freaking Brooklyn Cheerleader while reading.

Do you think Afterburn & Aftershock needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope. I think it ended fine.

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  • Rebecca Fox
  • 01-12-17

what?

Ok, I love Day's books, but this one was weak. The characters were not developed at all. Story goes like this. Girl meats guy in bar, sleeps with guy. Guy meets up with girl on the weekend for 6 weeks then just stops without saying good buy.. 2 years later guy runs into girl again, sleeps with her again, confesses undying love, quits huge carreer for her then asks for marrags after only being reconecter for a few weeks... when they talk, they always fight unless there having sex...
Don't waist 7 hrs of your day on this one.

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  • Reese
  • 23-03-14

Did not feel like a Sylvia Day book.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would not recommend this book to anyone.

Has Afterburn & Aftershock turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The accents were over done and distracting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I love Sylvia Day. I don't recognize her work I'm this book. I was really disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful