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Afterburn (After #1)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America’s premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to
ebook, 99 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin (first published August 1st 2013)
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First, here's my casting for Jax:

Short, hot, and sinfully delicious!

As soon as I heard about this being released, I one-clicked because I just had to meet the next hero written by the creator of Gideon Cross and let me tell you, Jackson Rutledge can hold his own!

Sitting at about 130 pages, Afterburn was easy to read in one sitting and while I do wish it had been longer, sometimes having a shorter read is exactly what you need.

The writing was in very much the same style as the Crossfire books
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★ 1/2! Afterburn, part 1 of 2! Electric re-union of two ex-lovers who find themselves on opposing sides in a high-stakes business battle!

“He had the look of a well-fucked man, one who was sated and yet anticipating further pleasures ahead.”

Books in duet should be read in order and together:
Part 1: Afterburn
Part 2: Aftershock

In the opening Afterburn (part 1) we meet college graduate Gianna Rossi, Gia about a year after her fling with venture capitalist, multi-millionaire and heir Jackso
How can Sylvia Day pack so much into so few pages?!?
Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn't imagine not having it?

There were two things in my life I’d felt that way about: the man I’d stupidly fallen in love with and the administrative assistant position I was about to interview for.

The man had turned out to be really bad for me; the job could change my life in an amazing way.
I'll be jumping right into book two, Aftershock, so I'm going to make this brief. This book can be read i
3.5 stars
“You could never hide from me, Gia. I’d recognize you blindfolded.”

Gianna just landed her dream job, finally a chance to make something of herself without relying on her family’s success in the restaurant industry. The only regret she has is giving her heart away and never getting it back. Helping her boss Lei get her revenge on her former partner couldn’t be more satisfying until Lei's ex-partner shows up with an unexpected ally, Jackson Rutledge. For her chance to move on, it’s tim
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***
***4.5 stars***

For a 99 page novella, I sure do feel awfully satisfied. Goes to show, sometimes size doesn't matter!

I have no idea how she did it, but Sylvia Day amazes me. It's like you walked into the middle of a story, and so simply, little by little Sylvia catches you up on everything that you've missed.

I felt the connection between Gia and Jax instantly. In the beginning you don't know much about their history, but it doesn't matter because you feel it as you read and it only deepens as t

Okay so I read the Crossfire series and they were slightly (read: SLIGHTLY) better than the Fifty Shades of Grey disaster so I decided to check out Day's other works. I picked this one to start off with first since the lead male character's name is Jackson and I have a weak spot for Jax Teller on the show Sons of Anarchy (Yes, I literally decided to choose this book to read for that reason and that alone.) Needless to say, I regret my decision.

From wha
Something new from Sylvia Day?

I was so pleased to get a chance to read something else from Sylvia Day. My only Day-experience came at the hands of the one and only Gideon Cross, so I was excited to see what she had up her sleeve. I adored the writing style of this and loved that it felt so different than the Crossfire style.

In the first installment, we meet Gia - she is driven and determined. But she is still hung up on the man that walked out of her life. She has succeeded at her career but t
Jennifer Kyle

Why are we ALWAYS getting small slivers of stories? Just once I want the whole story in one sitting. It makes it so hard to rate a book. Anyhow, this one sliver of a slice will have to be enough to hold me over till November when Aftershock is scheduled to be released.

I really liked the main characters Gia and Jax. Their connection was hot and addicting. I found the business side of this story very interesting. Gia’s family is just FANTASTIC. I really enjoyed the plot and found it very intrigui
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★ 5 Bite Sized and Dangerously Delicious Stars ★


~ Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn't imagine not having it? ~

Gianna Rossi, strong, beautiful and driven. There are only two things in Gia's life that she has wanted that bad.
One, Jackson Rutledge. The man she stupidly fell in love with.
And Two, an internship under the one of the most successful r
Claire Robinson
I will probably be lynched for this but I actually preferred Jax and Gia, to Eva and Gideon.

I really enjoyed this novella, once again what could essentially be one full book has been split into two parts to enable double bubble profits wise, at least we only have to wait until November for the other half though.

UPDATE - Aftershock Horror!! The release date for the second installment has now been pushed from November 2013 to March 2014! I can't say I am surprised, but this constant moving of rele
Silvana -SLiTsRead


YUP as soon as I knew the creator of the one and only Gideon Cross has a new book coming out, I had no doubt that I'll be reading it as soon as it comes out!!


We have the story of Gia and Jax told in two novellas, Gia never really got over Jax whom she knew in college, loved deeply but he ended up breaking her heart. We meet her a few years after they depart ways and she is a stronger, more ambitio
Jamie~Book Boyfriend Ho♥
Well.... I did like this one but not enough to push me over that 3 stars.. mainly because I felt like I really needed a better history of Gia and Jax to totally understand their relationship. This book starts off 2 years after they spent 5 weeks together and Jax left her with no explanation. She was in love with him when he left but apparently he didn't realize it and didn't want to end up hurting her. So 2 years later they meet up again on opposite sides of a business deal and Jax wants to pick ...more
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“I’d know you blindfolded.”

Sylvia Day does it again! Just when I though that there was no way that she could possibly grab my attention so completely like with the Crossfire series, she gives us Gia and Jax. Two e-novella instalments that will eventually make up a complete novel, Afterburn gives us our first taste of the very passionate and utterly captivating love affair between a young woman trying to leave her mark in the business world and a powerful and very wealthy man whom she met whil
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4/4.5 Stars!

I was very curious about this book/series...I was interested to see how it compared to the Crossfire series. And I have to say, I really really enjoyed it. I knew going in that it was part 1 of 2--so I was a little nervous about there being a cliffhanger ending. Afterburn was a short, quick read--about 100 pages. And I am pleased to say that it DID NOT end with a big cliffy. Yay!

I really liked the plot/setting--I thought it was different--having to do with the restaurant industry. T
"Have you ever wanted something so bad, you couldn't imagine not having it?"

This question posed early on in the book is basically the overall catalyst for the entire story. In Afterburn we have Gianna (Gia) Rossi, a native Brooklynite trying to make a name for herself in the restaurant industry and Jackson (Jax) Rutledge who in turn is the head of a venture capital firm who is competing with the company Gia works for to represent two very talented yet tempestuous sibling chefs.

As one reviewer m
Nathi *Shut it and let me read*
IT's a new Sylvia Day's BOOK!!!!

Again Sylvia Day gave us another male character panty-dropper that make us fall in love and therefore screws up our chance to find a real one!

This was a short story, but still for the first time in a short book I didn't feel like it was short or that it ended up too abruptly! Instead I felt like it was just perfect. But this is probably because Sylvia Day has an outstanding writing style. That woman can do magic with her words!

Usually this would be the part where
It's no secret that Sylvia Day has amazing writing skills. Her stories are the perfect blend of mystery, romance, steam, banter, awesome characters and the plot development is always well-paced. Afterburn is no different. For 130 pages, it packs quite a punch.

However, the brevity of the story does work against it. Gia and Jax are no Gideon and Eva. (And if you don't know the latter two on a first name basis - you've been living under a rock.) In true Sylvia fashion, Jax is alpha-male, billionai
OK…wow. I should have known that if anyone was going to pull me out of my mediocre book funk, it would be Sylvia Day!

A story with a back story…one of my favorites!

I love a good lovers reunited story, and this one did not disappoint. Jax blind sided Gia by leaving after a five week love affair that she thought was the beginning of forever. When they meet up again a few years later, Gia isn’t quite as over him as she thought she was. In fact, it quickly becomes apparent to her that she isn’t over
I have to say it took me a while to get into this book. I was confused from when it started. It was all over the place and not the best book Sylvia has written. I'm guessing she wrote this between all her promotional tours and wasn't paying much attention. I felt as though Jax came from no where and no explanation as to why he left in the first place and Gia didn't fight with enough to ask for an explanation.

It was an ok quick read for a car trip
3 1/2 stars.... "Not happy Jan!" I should seriously do my research BEFORE reading a book. Love Sylvia Day and loved the story, but I've got a feeling this is going to be one of those long drawn out series that leaves you hanging EVERY SINGLE TIME! Hence my expression......Not happy Jan. 30 second clip to follow......

There is a new favorite alpha male on the block: Jackson Rutledge. I love the chemistry between him and Gianna, it's hot. Not as steamy as I had hoped but I love the story. My only complaint would be that the book is too short. I read it in half a day. Now I need to wait until November for the second part. That sucks! *pouts*
Inés Izal
Creí que no viviría para verlo, pero me equivocaba.
Señoras y señores: este es el primer libro de Sylvia Day casi sin sexo.

¡A por la segunda parte!
Me gusta la forma de escribir de Sylvia Day,aunque a muchos les resulte un tanto pesada. En esta historia,usó un lenguaje más coloquial de lo que me tiene acostumbrada y al igual me gustó la historia. Tampoco es una historia tan erótica como otros de sus trabajos, pero si la encontré muy sensual y Gia y Jax tienen una química muy buena.

Al comienzo,no sé qué si es que es lento,tal vez fue problemas de traducción, porque no entendía mucho,pero luego conecté completamente con la historia y los
Overall rating: 1) Afterburn 4 stars. 2) Aftershock 3.5 stars--- not as good as some of her other books. I actually enjoy her Historical erotica and paranormal erotica more than her contemporary romances!

I listened to this in one day while I was doing all kinds of errands, gardening, housecleaning, made it more enjoyable! At first the Brooklyn accent of the narrator was very harsh and I thought I have to listen to hours of this!??? I should have listened to a sample before using my
Vilma's Book Blog

4.5 stars

“There was a man in my life who underestimated me once. You proved people wrong. I just want to do the same.”

A sexy second-chance romance, dueling restaurateurs, a wealthy gorgeous alpha looking for a second shot with an Italian beauty that’s intent on landing the deal of a lifetime… what is not to love? Add to that a well-played game of cat and mouse with powerful business players trying to one-up each other, well, I was immediately hooked and ended up devouring this novella in one fu
“You could never hide from me, Gia. I’d recognize you blindfolded.”

Eeeep. Not only has Sylvia Day given us Gideon Cross to swoon over, but now she has given us Jackson Rutledge. I wasn’t sure if Jax would be as sexy/alpha/possessive as Gideon (not many are) but he totally held his own! The writing was fantastic; engaging, entertaining, and sexy, I was pulled right into this story.

So it’s kind of a second chance love story because our heroine, Gianna Rossi and Jackson had a brief, hot, five-week
A super intense short-story (part 1 of 2 - but after they had prolonged the crossfire series I don't know if I should trust this),written from the perspective of the heroine,'Afterburn' leaves you wondering if love can survive (dirty)politics,(greedy)businessmen and loyalty(or lack thereof).
After an intense relationship and a sudden break up, Gianna - who is trying to prove herself in the uber competitive culinary business -, has to face her biggest challenge: work 'against' her ex Jackson Rutle
A 3.5 sexy stars....

Thought I'd start reading this one when I saw the second book was coming out today, but no, I didn't know it is moved by 2014... ugh...

This is a real simple, short, hot and sexy story of Gia and Jax. Two years ago, Gia fell in love with Jax after spending 5 weeks with him then he just fell off the face of the earth. Now he is back... and he wants Gia, but for how long till he goes off and disappear out of her life again?

I loved it, but it's just too short and the story goes
4.5 stars

I didn't love it, but I like it very much. Here some of my favorite quotes/scenes:

“Don’t toy with me, Jax. It’s beneath you.”
“I want you beneath me.”


“I want you to turn off the damn shower and take me to dinner. I’m hungry.”
He laughed, but it sounded strained. “You always did get hungry after sex. Can we actually take the shower first?”
“No.” I leaned forward. “I want you to smell me on your skin for the next couple hours.”
Jax groaned. “You want to punish me.”
“Yep,” I agreed. “That
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Sylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 27 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit her at, ...more
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