Title: After(After #1)
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.
This book is full of angst, bad boys, drama, and of course a lot of emotion! The overall reading experience of this book held a lot of promise, but I was really left with mixed feelings and mostly disappointed. However, I can see why though people are addicted to this series.
The book starts out with Teressa “Tessa” Young on her first day of college. There she meets Hardin, a tattooed bad boy. The relationship between them is love and hate. They have scorching chemistry together. And there is a constant pull. It was like seeing two ends of a rope playing tug of war constantly.
Tessa and Hardin I have got to say in my opinion have kind of an unhealthy relationship. I feel that Tessa was way too much of a doormat and too forgiving. She just put the “good girl” style to the extreme. She had no backbone and honestly that irked me to bits. However, you if you are a sucker for doormat heroines then this is the book for you. I did however like some of Tessa’s qualities. She is a dedicated student and does grow up in the book. Unfortunately, her childish actions did rub me off in the wrong way.
Hardin is just the hardest character to love or hate. I do not know what to do with this boy. He is so emotionally intense, rude, but also incredibly sweet. I, however ,did not connect very well with Hardin. I know that Hardin is the typical bad boy. However, I felt his rudeness and jerkiness just made him seem like a genuinely shallow person. His constant possessiveness, temper tantrums, sometimes sweet romantic moments, and terrible past did not justify his actions. In my opinion, I felt that Hardin is a jerk and did not deserve Tessa. But, I did root for them.
Unfortunately, when the end came and the big surprise did come I really really hated Hardin. He was such a scumbag. Tessa deserved so much more. Also, ugh, the side characters. Man, they were notorious. I felt that they had so much more. Steph, Nate, and Zed ick. I did however love Landon and some members of Hardin’s family though.
The entire plot was incredibly slow. It is a long book with constant drama. It felt the same old fight, kiss, make up, try again cycle went over and over again. It was exhausting at times and I did want to put the book down. However, I couldn’t because I wanted to find out.
In conclusion, though, I will not be reading the next book in this series. These series are not meant for me. The characters nor the entire plot line held much promise. I just had to stop because it is emotionally torturous. I need some fluff right now. I do not recommend this book series.