Author: Denise Grover Swank
Release date: March 12, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.
Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety disorder and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.
After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.
But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?
My Thoughts: Scarlett Goodwin left her past behind in Shelbyville Tennessee when she came to Southern University, desperate for a fresh start, and desiring to follow her career dreams. Unfortunately, the scars, fear, and anxiety from her old life decided to come with her. Even with counseling she sometimes has acute anxiety attacks and has trouble trusting people. Tucker Price is the hot jock who play soccer, is your classic bad boy, and also a man-whore who has a reputation for partying. Struggling with math, Tucker seeks help in the form of tutoring from Scarlett, who reluctantly agrees. Scarlett doesn't take Tucker's crap and she isn't afraid to be honest with him, which he likes. In turn, Tucker can see right past the walls Scarlett has so carefully constructed to keep herself protected right into the innermost parts of her soul. He also shows Scarlett a different side of himself that no one else has ever seen. In fact, Tucker has just as many secrets and as much pain as Scarlett does. They just get each other, but when the relationship takes a more serious turn, will Tucker run from it like he always has when it comes to commitment?
I like both Scarlett and Tucker. I also enjoyed the fact that their relationship was one that developed over time. Though they seem like total opposites, they have so much in common. The way they understood each other was amazing. That isn't to say that they didn't face so major obstacles, because they did. Tucker doesn't think he's good enough or deserving of Scarlett and tries to push her away. They face major challenges with their future career choices, Scarlett hopes to work for the CIA, and Tucker is looking to play professional soccer. Nevertheless, love always finds a way. I did enjoy this story. At first, it seemed similar to other contemporary romances I've read lately, but then developed its own uniqueness. If you are a contemporary romance fan, especially the New Adult kind, then After Math is something you might want to check out.
Tell me to leave you alone so you can have the life you deserve, Scarlett Goodwin, and not get stuck with a f**kup like me. The agony on his face tells me he believes every word. It makes me want him even more.
"I'm broken Tucker. I'm hopelessly broken inside, and I'm not sure there are enough pieces in me to put back together. But when I'm with you, I feel like maybe I can actually be whole."
“Scarlett, open your eyes.” I do as he says, looking up at him with confusion. His eyes burn bright with desire. “I want you to see me when I come into you. I want you to know I’m here. I want you to know I see you.”
About: Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in one place too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.