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After You

(Second Chances #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  207 reviews
After You is the final interconnected STANDALONE novel in the Second Chances Series.

I had the happily ever after . . . until it was gone.
Three became two. And I was alone.
Our time—my time—was over. Alone was the right way to be. The only way. Life was me, my son, and my memories. Until the day I met someone who turned my lonely existence upside down.
This man made me smil
Published February 21st 2017 (first published February 18th 2017)
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Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
*LIVE! #5+++ Stars

AFTER YOU is a STANDALONE Contemporary Romance novel with loss, love, fate, hope and second chances weaved into the trajectory of the narrative. A story that made me laugh and swoon and totally sob as it reached into my heart and made me feel so very much with the vivid nature of the telling which is totally character driven and emotionally charged providing an authentic feel in terms of plot, relationships and character development.

The subject matter is sensitively delivered
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 Be Patient Stars
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A poignant second chance love story. A story that exposes the hopes and fears of life after the loss of a loved one. One of perseverance, one of strength, and one of raw unfiltered emotions that love can happen again.

This story was beautiful.....It was simple and honest. A young widower, her little boy and a firefighter. Ellie, Jack and Nick. A woman who believed that she could never fully love again because her late husband was the love of her life. Nick, who knew the minu
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: Unfortunately, this didn't meet my expectations. I love stories with second chances and especially with children involved, so this seemed like a winner for sure -- it just kind of felt...meh *shrugs*. I was easily distracted and often bored while reading this, so that right away tells me it didn't work for me. The h started really bugging me, so that too was a sign I wasn't all that into it. I'm sure lots of people will love this book, as it is a relatively easy read wi
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Rose knocked this story out of the park! Wow! I'm so happy I chose to read it but who could blame me with all those raving reviews for After You. Yes, the premise isn't anything new and has been done before but how Stephanie Rose chose to handle and execute her vision is truly what made After You a winner for me.

Ellie and Nick were extraordinary in every way. I fell in love with both of them. With Ellie's determination and strong willed character but first and foremost her love for her
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**After You generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "What you call complicated, I call interesting." Stars

This marks my first Stephanie Rose contemporary romance and certainly not my last. A simple love story makes up the pages of After You based on the trope of a deceased spouse and moving on. Rose indelibly makes on her mark on romance with this book for me. From the very beginning starting with a great prologue Stephanie Rose embeds you into Ellie's story of incredible loss.
book bruin
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Just incredibly and breathtakingly beautiful. After You is a book that will open up your chest, grab your heart, and not let go. The story is told from both main character's points of views, but there are additions that fit perfectly with the journey. After You is the third book in the Second Chances series, but can be read as a standalone. Some characters from Only You do appear and it was nice to revisit them if you've read that book first, but there is enough back story and history ...more
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just WOW, was all I could say when I finished reading this beautiful heartbreaking story. Ms Rose has an amazing way of putting her emotions into words that when we read them not only do we get lost in them but they deeply touch us and stay with us for a long time to come. Nick & Ellie's story has officially become my favorite in this series hands down!!

I cannot even imagine the pain Ellie felt as life dealt her with a horrible hand. Yet, she was resilient and continued on because Jack depended
Cassandra Caress
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+++++ stars for an absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking book!
When just after reading the prologue you know you will be left emotionally broke at the end and you want to hug the heroine so hard, you know you are in for an amazing read.
Stephanie Rose had me captured with just the prologue and hooked and emotionally invested throughout the book. The expectations I had were most definitely met. She has a wonderful writing that had me feeling like I was right there next to the characters like a gh
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After You by Stephanie Rose is the final installment in her Second Chances series. It can be read as a standalone.

"A man like that would make any woman's heart skip a beat. Too bad my heart was gone. It was dead and buried right next to my husband."

Ellie has suffered the loss of her first love. He was her everything and she was his. Finding herself a single mom at a young age was not what she had dreamed. But she still had a piece of her heart in Jack Jr. and she knew they would pull each other
Emma Scott
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was SURE I was going to have a hard time with this one because I loved Jack so much. But Nick--via Stephanie Rose's masterful plotting--won me over. I think this is her best work to date. I mean, any book that starts out with a Sex and the City reference is going to get high marks right there #Carrie4Life, but it was the way in which the prose flowed so smoothly and how *human* the characters were that was such a joy to read. Very real. Stephanie doesn't just write the first kiss and first blu ...more
Faith Andrews
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second chance at its finest! This is Stephanie's best work to date and a story jam-packed with relatable, heart-warming emotion. Tackling the subject of moving on after losing the love of your life is not an easy one, but Nick & Ellie's journey to their HEA is something anyone struggling with living after losing should definitely read.

Nick was a beautiful, selfless soul. His love for Ellie and her son was unwavering, flawless, and flat out swoon worthy. Ellie's battle between holding on to the
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Fate took away the first best thing that ever happened to me. I had serious doubts it would ever make it right.”

“You’re my favorite kind of trouble. And you’re worth every single bit of it.”

“She owned my thoughts to the point of obsession.”

Stephanie Rose is one of my go-to, automatic one click authors. She delivers real and powerful stories that capture your heart and give you all the feels. So, the moment After You hit my kindle, you know that I dropped everything and dove into Nick and Ellie’
Mia Kayla
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I met Ellie in Only You and have loved her ever since. In After You, I empathized with the loss of her husband, experienced the hurt through her eyes and was in awe of her strength of being a single mom to Jack Jr.

Every minute of Ellie journey to finding love again with Nick, the caring hot fireman, was beautiful. I love all of Stephanie Rose’s stories and this is her best one yet and Nick… oh Nick. He’s my favorite of all of Stephanie’s heroes, because he embodies all the characteristics of a
A.M. Johnson
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the first time I've read Stephanie Rose, and I'm so glad I did. What a beautiful depiction of life, love, and healing. I laughed, cried, SOBBED... but all the good feels, all the love packaged in these pages was perfection. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. Nick is everything a woman could ever want, and I loved that Ellie wasn't over the top wishy washy, she owned her issues, but could bend and the realism of this couple is what sucked me in. If you're a sucker for warm, fuz ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2018
"Is there a time limit on loving someone?"
I'm not sure why I thought listening to the prologue, and the epilogue, while I was driving home from work was a good idea! I cried when I read this book and hearing the words out loud made them even more poignant!

I was so tied up with Ellie- how and when is it okay to move on from your fist love, after they've passed away??? Poor Ellie, I felt so bad for her. Tracy did such a wonderful job of bringing her to life- her hopes and her fears, her worries ab
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Do you know this great feeling when you start reading a book and can already foresee after the prologue that you are going to fall madly in love with it? That happend to me with After You. This story was an unforgettable emotional journey. It starts with a tragedy that will rip your heart out and make it bleed. You will find yourself wanting to console Ellie and hold her hand during the hardest moments of her life. Everyone who has ever lost the person he/she loved more than life itself will fin ...more
B.L. Berry
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each time Stephanie Rose releases a new book, I find myself saying "this is her best one yet!" And After You is no exception. This really, truly is her best one yet. Stephanie Rose has found the beauty in tragedy and woven a stunning tale of life and love after devastating loss.

While After You is a standalone, the characters are all interconnected in this Second Chance series. We originally met Ellie back in Only You and we were left heartbroken at the direction her journey took. Ellie is a char
J.A. DeRouen
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Rose knows just how to break my heart into tiny little pieces and carefully stitch it back together. I’ve loved all of her books, but I believe this is her best work yet. The ever present pain of what’s been lost, the new yearning for what could be—I felt Ellie’s struggle and loved every minute of her journey. Nick and Ellie’s story is one that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. I highly recommend this beautiful second chance romance!
A little birdie told me...
It would be hard to get into a relationship with someone who lost a spouse. As this book so aptly points out, the ghost is ever present in the relationship. I would hope that if this ever happened to me, the person I dated would be a bit more understanding than Nick was about Ellie's ghost.

I mean it's almost like he was completely insensitive at one point. I wouldn't have blamed Ellie if she never forgave him. I dunno, losing the love of her life, a man she still loves, isn't easy. To let someo
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book ok. The blurp seems very promising. The first 10% very promising. But it fells flat after 50%. Minimum angst, minimum drama. I do not understand ella/elli. Her husband is dead. But yet she is keep nick at a arm lenght. The author did not really explore that. So it feels weird that u have this handsome loving nick but ella just keep putting nick at the arms lenght.

The chemistry between ella and nick is romantic. Sweet. But not explosive. Just so so.

Again like i said i like this
Paula Genereau
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know what they say. You know you've found a great author when you read her book in one day.

I have followed Stephanie since book one. She is an amazing author.

Ellie is just living it one day at a time with her son Jack Jr. She's doing the best she can after her husband passed away a few years back. At Paige and Evans wedding she meets Nick. After a few years she runs into him again. Will Nick be able to open Ellie's eyes and get her to love again and to get on with her life. Can she do it?

Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
"How can there be anyone After You?"

Ellie had the perfect life with her husband Jack and son Jack, Jr., until one day, it wasn't. She had found her happily ever after, until one day, it wasn't. Her future wasn't what she had envisioned it to be. But does that mean that it can't be? That she can't find a new happily ever after?

Oh. My. God! I will begin by stating that I have always been a fan of Stephanie Rose and her books. She has a way with words and can write some awesome characters. She doe
Tania's Book Blog
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC received voluntarily for review**

This is the first book I've read by Stephanie Rose and she didn't disappoint. I cried reading the prologue, got tired of smiling reading this beautiful story and cried again reading the epilogue. Talk about emotional but in a beautiful way that seriously gets you thinking.

Ellie loses the love of her life and the only man she's ever been with to leukemia. At the time of her husband death, she was a new mom with a baby boy. It was only her and her baby boy Ja
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm still crying as I sit here and write this review. I had a feeling I would cry reading this book but not how much I would. I adored Ellie in Only You and when I found out she was getting a story, let's just say I was super excited! Especially after everything with Jack. That being said I'm jumping right in.

The letter at the beginning had me in tears. I've read it in a newsletter and knew exactly what it said but it didn't stop the tears! Jack is just, he's special. He really is. It's no wond
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honestly was a little nervous to read this one...Jack left some pretty big shoes to fill and honestly wasn't ready to move on. This can surely be read as a standalone but it would be best to read Only You first since that is we first meet Ellie. This one pulled at my heart strings and pulled me through a rollercoaster of emotions that I felt right along with Ellie. Some bittersweet moments and Seriously!!! That Epilogue...was pure awesomeness at the highest!! This one has loved up the ranks and ...more
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Woah! Hold the phone! This has got to be one of the best romance audio books I’ve listened to! I don’t go for the romance that much… the sex is a bit awkward to listen to out loud. But this book is so different! The story line is amazing but the narrator brings it up a whole other level! I’ve never listened to Tracey Marks before and she just has a lovely voice. She did the voices of both sexes like a serious pro! I’m not sure if could have been better if there was both male and female narrators ...more
Heather Kallam
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface my review by saying that I love Stephanie and I love her words. I have been following her since she first published Always You and she has not disappointed me yet. But this book... THIS. BOOK. *sigh* It's definitely my favorite.
If you have read Only You then you have met Ellie. She and Jack were my favorites in that book (I have a thing for side characters) and you know what happened in their story. If you haven't read it, WHY NOT? Go read it and stop reading this! I cried, I bawl
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After You by Stephanie Rose is an emotional getting a second chance romance. Ellie Taylor was living her happily ever after until her husband, Jack succumbed to leukemia. Now she is a thirty-something single mom/Kindergarten teacher living in New York. When she attends the wedding of her best friends, Evan and Paige, she briefly talks to Evan's friend Nick who lives in Florida. Five years later, she sees Nick again. He now lives in New York and is her son's scout leader! He is also a handsome li ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New author for me and I am so glad I found this story. My love affair with the story started in chapter 1, Jack's last letter broke my heart ... that kind of love is so rare *sigh* I wanted to hug Ellie, and she had such a good support system, well... except her Dad. Then Nick came along and he is all that a man should be and more. The chemistry is huge between Ellie and Nick, the few hot scenes are scorching. Their journey to HEA is quite eventful and found myself laughing, crying, mourning, ge ...more
I have read the whole series and wow, loved every word of the lot. Didn't want to skip or miss a single word.
Story of Ellie, baby jack and Nick. The heart breaking story of how Ellie moved on from losing Jack, when he died of leukaemia.
A beautiful read and a touch into the future with the Epilogue giving a look at Jack Jnr.
I truly adored this family. I will definitely reread the entire series
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Stephanie Rose is a badass New Yorker, a wife, a mother, and lover of all things chocolate. Most days you'll find her trying to avoid standing on discarded LEGO or deciding which book to read next. Her debut novel, Always You, released in 2015 and since then she's written several more—some of which will never see completion—and has ideas for hundreds to come.

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