Published on March 12, 2013 by Createspace
About the book
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 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?
Aftermath was your typical smart socially awkward girl meets super jock bad boy player. Was it new and mind blowing--no, but I still every single minute of it. Honestly I knew what I was getting into when I picked this up and it didn't disappoint at all. Denise Swank has a wonderful way with her writing that totally drew me in and had me rooting for Scarlett and Tucker.
The story is quite simple, like I said about girl meets boy and they fall in love with a few bumps along the way. These bumps are what make this story unique and they weren't' little bumps. Tucker and Scarlett both have a past and for them to really let the other in they have to trust each other. Their relationship starts with Scarlett tutoring Tucker so that he doesn't lose his scholarship. Things of course happen from there and I really enjoyed their story together. It was nice to see them fight for what they wanted and let down their guards.
I love when I read a book and I can not only relate to the character but feel what they are feeling. Scarlett is a math wizard and while I am not that good I did chose that same path in college and yes I was the shy nerd type that focused on school rather than partying. I really admired Scarlett for standing up for herself and learning how to deal with her anxieties. I still have trouble personally so it was great seeing how it can be done. What made her even more amazing was that she didn't take any crap from Tucker. She laid it out on the line and with so many books out there with characters being wishy washy I appreciated this so much. She made him work for it! Bravo! Tucker was great as well. Yes he had his moments where you just want to strangle him, but for the most part he was actually drama free. I expected a lot more misunderstandings and drama from him and was pleasantly surprised when there was minimal. These two really were perfect for each other, yes it happens fast and some parts of the story confused me a little but you know what I still loved it.
I have a few more books by this author to read and I am even more excited to read them now. I see that After Math is part of a series and I can't find any information about the future books but I am really hoping that the next one is about Caroline!
*Review copy provided by AToMR*