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“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”
Afterburn & Aftershock (Jax & Gia #1-2)
by Sylvia Day
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…
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Jax & Gia #1-2
Goodreads Rating: 3.95/5
Review: This is a steamy one. A steamy steamy one.
Gia is one of the best leading ladies in contemporary romance I’ve read. She’s independent and goal orientated working to improve her career in the restaurant world when an old flame, Jax, resurfaces. He’s a directly involved in her latest business dealing meaning they have to spend a lot of time together.
Jax seems surprised by Gia’s attitude towards him but she isn’t afraid of letting him know what she’s feeling.
“Damn it. I didn’t know you were in love with me, Gia.”
My eyes closed against the pain of hearing those words from his lips. “If that’s true, you didn’t know me at all.”
He’s closed off emotionally and we don’t know why until they reach boiling point and something gives.
Their relationship is tumultuous, racy and deeply loving. I really enjoyed reading it 💕
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Get the movie on Amazon.
IMDB Rating: 5.3/10
Review: The acting from the main cast is solid (some of the supporting cast are a bit hinky) and the guy playing Jax is suitably yummy. It’s a bit less steamy than the book but that’s bound to happen unless they make porn.
The movie follows the book quite closely. The dialogue is moved around in some places and it doesn’t really fit on one of these occasions.
Overall it’s good but not as good as the book.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
“You’re toying with one of my people,”
she said coldly, watching impassively as he lifted her hand to his mouth.
“You never used to be cruel”
“I used to have a heart,” he drawled “and then someone broke it.”
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