Sunday, July 17, 2016

REVIEW: Afterglow by Maria Monroe

Title: Afterglow Author: Maria Monroe Genre: Apocalyptic Romance Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs Release Date: July 13, 2016
This summer Court and I have been trying to expand our reading horizons and try books that look different or read authors we haven't read before. So, when we read the synopsis for Afterglow we knew we had to try it--it's different annnnd it's an author we haven't read before. Check out the synopsis: 

Who knew the apocalypse could be so sexy? 

Nina can shoot a gun, start a fire, and kick some serious ass. So when a killer virus and solar storm decimate the country, she’s as prepared as possible to survive. She just needs a motorcycle to navigate the cluttered roads and meet up with her family. 

Creed, former Marine, is tattooed and tough. He’s scarred inside and out. Loss is no stranger to him, and he avoids getting close to anyone at all costs. 

When Nina tries to steal his motorcycle they have a vicious fight, but necessity and attraction force them into an uneasy alliance. They travel together through the dangerous landscape, where trouble lurks around every corner and they need each other to survive. 

But the biggest danger just might be falling in love. 

Equally as exciting as it is sexy, Afterglow contains graphic sex and some violence, so please read at your own risk. 18+ recommended.  This is a standalone.

The apocalypse in this book is indeed sexy with our badasses Nina and Creed fighting off bad guys and fighting off the attraction they feel for each other. She's snarky and resourceful and has a single-minded focus to get to her family and she's willing to do just about anything to get it and while Creed doesn't have the same end goal he does share the same qualities--snarky and resourceful. So what do two smart, resourceful, smart asses do when they find themselves on the same journey together? They do each other, of course. Hahaha. But seriously, they do. They do each other. They argue with each other. They make fun of each other. They befriend each other. They comfort each other. And they deny, deny, deny that they have feelings for each other. Right? Right. 

In some ways this novel has so the trademark qualities that make a romance a romance but the world that Maria Monroe creates is what make it something more. I liked that she thought a lot about how to survive and what you'd need and how challenging and horrific living in this new world could be but she also offers a sense of hope and a look at a path forward. 

If you're looking for a sexy romance that has a little something different (but not so far out of the realm of possibility that it's hard to imagine), then try Afterglow

motorcycle at sunset


Muscular man with tattooes posing in studio on grey background


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AFTERGLOW-teaser3 AUTHOR BIO Maria Monroe writes sexy and smart romance, often focusing on new adult characters. Bad boys, especially gruff and sexy ones, are her favorite alpha males to read (and write) about. She also enjoys reading, playing Pokemon, drinking wine, sarcasm, hiking, and laughing about inappropriate things. She's from Chicago and currently lives just outside the city with her three awesome kids, two rescue dogs, two rescue cats, and the most supportive husband in the world. AFTERGLOW-teaser2

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