| REVIEW ya contemporary | After the Game – Abbi Glines (#3 Field Party)

| REVIEW ya contemporary | After the Game – Abbi Glines (#3 Field Party)

After the Game Book Cover After the Game
#3 Field Party
Abbi Glines
Young adult, contemporary
Simon & Schuster
August 22, 2017
paperback
320

Three years ago Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape the town turned against her and she had no option but to leave. Now, she's back but she's not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She's at home raising the two year old little girl that no one believed was Rhett Lawton's. Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he'd lose with Riley's accusation and Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so her parents can be near her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The town hasn't forgot their hate for her and she hasn't forgot the way they turned on her. When Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter Bryony stranded on the side of the road in a rain storm he pulls over and gives them ride. Not because he cares about Riley but because of the kid. But after that simple car ride he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could he believe Riley and risk losing everything?

The long awaited third book in the Field Party series by Abbi Glines arrived on my doorstep on August 23rd. This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for 2017, so of course I put everything else aside and started reading this one right away. After devouring the first two books and get some glimpses of Brady and Riley, I was soooo excited for this read. Did their story live up to my expectations? You’ll read all about it in my non-spoiler review of Abbi’s latest release…

I love Abbi for writing such a powerful and strong female lead character.
Riley’s been raped and shunned by the town she grew up in, ended up pregnant at 15 and she came out stronger! I really loved Riley’s character and how she was able to overcome her dark past and how she’s this great mom at the age of 17. And because of what’s she’s been through, the fact that she was forced to grow up at a young age, she’s able to be the rock that Brady’s going to need so much.

And Brady was a joy to read about as well. He’s that male character you just can’t imagine not liking and loving when you first meet him. I already liked him in the previous books, but getting to know him on a deeper level in this one, made me fall hard. He’s such a sweetheart and he has such a huge heart and I love that about him. The way he stepped up and became Riley’s friend – even though everyone in town would reprimand him for it – was one of many things that show how great a guy he is.

This was where I wanted to be.
Nowhere else had ever felt this right.
No one else would make me feel
like Riley Young did.      – BRADY

I Loved ‘seeing’ some old favorite characters again as well, because I fell for their stories first and I absolutely love to see bits and pieces of their life/romances in next books, like in this one. And this book connected really well to the previous ones and it was just amazingly well written.

The romance development between these characters is so beautiful I think. They become each others anchors and it goes from friendship into this devoting, grown up and deep romance you know that’s going to overcome every bad thing that’ll end up in it’s path –and to come out stronger than before. The written physical attraction we experienced in the previous books between the leads is somewhat missing in this one, but I think that was a great way to go for the author in this book- seeing what Riley’s been through. I love that this romance is profoundly built on that emotional connection between the characters. Seeing this romance develop throughout the story was an immense joy and I loved every second of it!

This story was lower on angst this time around. The things that are going to happen are definitely a huge impact on the characters but for me as reader, the impact of the previous books was more intense I think because there was more background story to lead up to everything. It’s definitely not fun for Brady especially, but my emotional connection was less intense this time around. That doesn’t mean I like the book any less, because this one is more developed and beautiful on other fronts for example –like the grown up developing romance.

The writing is so fluidly, addictive and ‘typical Abbi Glines’; you start reading and you can’t stop until you finish haha. This was once again a book by Abbi I’ve read in one sitting. I received it mid-day with the mail and started it right away and didn’t finish it until I was done, whoops.. Well, sorryNOTsorry grins mischievously

Once again a wonderful read and worth the wait!! I was looking forward for Brady and Riley’s story for ages now and it was such a sweet, lovely read I’ve come to adore <3 Brady and Riley are going to steal your heart. O, and don’t forget little Bryony – Riley’s daughter – hihi. She was adoooorable <3

If you’re already familiar with Abbi Glines’ work, and especially the previous Field Party books; You are going to devour this one as well!!

If you’re not familiar with Abbi Glines’ Field Party books; BUY THEM. READ THEM. EXPERIENCE THEM. LOVE THEM. CHERISH THEM. If you’re into contemporary romance with great story-lines that’ll touch your heart and soul, amazing characters and well developed and realistic romances.. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE THESE BOOKS!!!

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