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(Ever After #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The Ever After series concludes in Aftermath. Tragedy, redemption, love… Ever After

Once upon a time, Casey flirted with a pretty boy at a bar, and that changed everything. Recently released from jail, he’s starting to rebuild without the family who raised him to hate himself. He’s got a new job, a room at his aunt’s, and community service hours at an LGBTQIA community cent
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Tanya Chris Publishing (first published June 24th 2019)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Hard to rate.

LOVED LOVED LOVED Casey! He can get directly into my pocket without crossing "Go" or collecting $200. He's sweet, maybe a little naive but ultimately open to not only being open to criticism of his being complicit in his brother's crimes but applying that edification and paying it forward. *side mouths* He's also kind of a pain slut AND a big un AND submissive so...

It would probably go similarly for me as it did for Tormund but it wouldn't be for lack of trying!

To say the book s
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
2.5 stars.

I really enjoyed Aftercare, the first book in Tanya Chris' Ever After series. Unfortunately, the second and third installments were misses for me. I thought that the relationships were...not exactly emotionless, but nevertheless lacking. The leads often frustrated me; in Aftermath, Casey outstupided stupid, and Brooks redefined "hot and cold" to not only Casey but the reader. Even if liking characters isn't a prerequisite to enjoying a story, I still want to connect with them. And I wa
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, ebook, bgirls, bdsm-d-s

3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

Here we have the conclusion of this series which all centered around a gay bashing that resulted in the death of one man (Jamie) with the rest of the characters tied together and spreading out like a spider web. This installment is about Casey, the brother of the man who did the gay bashing that caused the death of not only Jamie, but a few others as well. While Casey didn’t actively take part, he was present and stood by to let it happen. He turned evidence
Joyfully Jay
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

As soon as I saw this book had come out, I was quick to pick it up. In this final book in the Ever After series, we get to see Casey’s story. These books are so well written that any of them would stand on their own. All pertinent details are there, but the truth is the emotional impact is so much larger when you’ve read them as a whole.

In Aftercare, we learn of Jamie’s death and watch as Garrett defends Syed for a crime he did not commit and see him fall in love
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m ambivalent

This was a tough one, following Casey’s story after getting out of jail for his part in the death of Jamie, Syed’s first sub. (Book 1) There’s BDSM once again but this time I was uncomfortable with it. Casey comes out of jail still filled with internalized homophobia, naive and clueless. Casey’s craving for pain, that he doesn’t even understand his own desire for, was difficult to read about as he finds it in all the wrong way. Then Brooks, as an experienced Dom supposedly trying
Nile Princess
Having re-read both Books 1 and 2 over the last couple days to prepare me for this one, I have to say Book 1 still stands head and shoulders above the rest. I did like book 2 more this time around, but this book is my least favorite. It wasn't 'bad'; you just never got the sense that Casey and Brooks HAD to be together. It just felt like they fell backwards into a situationship and did a complacency shuffle the rest of the way. Actually, for most of the book, it felt like they were together for ...more

Loves & Likes:
Same with the first three, there was a lot here that was beautiful and insightful into BDSM. Real emotions, from real, slightly flawed characters. I felt invested in Casey, which if you read book 2 (and you should, this is not a standalone, not really) then you know identifying with Casey can be difficult, but I wanted him to be loved, to get what never got as a kid.

For a lot of the book, Casey and Brooks are in a really unhealthy place, and it’s difficult to stom
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aftermath is the perfect title for this book, because the aftermath created a major book hangover. I love the Ever After series and am incredibly saddened to see it end but only Tanya Chris could deliver that perfect of an ending.

Having followed from the beginning, it was hard to imagine Casey’s story and how it could even play out. I am certain that only this author could make it work. The character development is so well done; I felt these characters—their pain, their complexity, just everyth
K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5

Powerful, compelling and forgiving.

This story is powerful, gripping and in some ways confronting. I’ve read so many ‘happy’ stories recently, that I feel like I’ve been lost in a world of fairytales and this story opened my eyes to the real possibilities, challenges, and reality of what being gay can be like for some people.

This is my first story by Tanya and her writing style is gripping and compelling while being easy to read, it had me engrossed. Her character
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I think every book in this series has been between 3 and 4 stars, but this one was a little harder for me to be into. I found Casey really really hard to like at first and for a good portion of this. I liked Brooks but then I was bothered by some of his decisions as well. I do enjoy this author and love the characters she creates. I would love to see Finn get his own story in the future.

Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book tackled a tough subject—anyone who read the first two parts of this trilogy (and I think they should be read first) knew that going in. As usual, Tanya Chris handled the various topics with what I thought was realism and sensitivity. Casey’s redemption may be more than some readers can accept—I admit I questioned whether Syed would ever have gotten there—but it went step by step in a way that worked for me.

I loved the secondary characters we got to see in this book, as well as th
Ashley (PIC -Passionate for the Indie Community ) Allen

Tanya brought this story alive. I was so excited to get Casey’s story, There was something about him in Aftershock book 2 that made me want to know more. Tanya delivered this amazing story about Casey’s life and all the challenges he faces after getting out of jail. Such an emotional moving story a favorite of mine out of the three in the series. Now I’m curious about Finn and what his story is.
Szidi ☼
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh God! This book was my first from the author, but let me say it definitely wasn't the last! Give me all the books!

I was lucky enough to read an ARC copy, and holy hell! What an amazing book did I got! I couldn't imagine a world where i say no for this book, and now i NEED to read the first two too!

This book was so much more than i imagined it would be. I'm always a bit afraid to read from a new-to-me author, but how I love it when it turns out to be love at first read!

Casey and Brooks were a
Love Bytes Reviews
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Cindy

This is the third book in this series and it does take an interesting turn.

Casey is a young man who feel like the world has been unfair to him. After being released from jail. he goes looking for something that will help him make sense of his life. He might start looking in the wrong place.

Brooks is angry. And incident in his past has taken his confidence and his dominance. When Casey stumbles into his life for the second time, he feels compelled to see if the young man can help
Sarita Chapdelaine
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is an amazing ending to a wonderful series and I am so sad that it is finished. Aftermath is well written, sweet, intriguing, heartbreakingly sad, sexy, uplifting, inspiring and the characters are incredible. I love everything about this story and I could not put it down. I was fully engaged from the very first page and even though some of it is very emotional and difficult to read the overall message is full of hope and acceptance. As always Tanya Chris does an excellent job of dealing wit ...more
Jean Malherbe
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with any Tanya Chris book, this one was just impossible to put down.
This Author's work is just impeccable, no matter what the subject matter is.

I will warn, though, this story is not for the faint of Heart. There are intensely heavy BDSM elements here that are pretty graphic. Some of the scenes made me decidedly uncomfortable at times, but then BDSM is not my trope of choice.
However,  it is clear that this author knows her subject well, and everything about this book is so beautifully written
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you don't want to read a story that sympathizes with a guy convicted of being an accessory to murder in a gay bashing for entertainment this book is not for you. It turned out to not be a book for me either for entirely different reasons though.

Usually I'm first in line for all kinds of Bad Boys in literature and don't mind if they're criminals and killers at all. And yet I too found myself flinching when I realized this story was about Casey, the brother of the man who killed Sayed's boyfrie
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The very best of the three Ever After series, and I thought all of them were exceptional. Even though there are characters from the first two books in this one, there is no question that this can be a standalone.

The MC's in Aftermath were one of the victims in a gay bashing in Book #2 and the other MC was the brother of the bashing perpetrator. The brother (who knows he's gay but is scared silly of his brother) accompanied his homophobic sibling on his bashings (which also included two murders).
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
 Thank you for the ARC read, I requested a free review copy of this book through StoryOrigin I voluntarily give this book an honest review. Casey Hax grow up intimidated by his father and brother, never allowed to show his true self. One mistake was all it took to send him to jail. Now with a second chance how can he really live? First step was to try to make up for the wrong MJ had done. Apologies to the victims was in order, starting with the guy that had claimed his attention that night that ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author seems to get better with each story. I thought Locked was intense but this brought out all my emotions.
Casey’s story by itself is enough to break my heart. Living with a dad and brother like his seems to be enough torture without adding in his sexual preference. Then blaming himself and not even sure why made me want to cry. When he is faced with Brooks his whole life seems to change. Then when they meet again both are in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Brooks has enough of his
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic conclusion to this series with wonderful, complex characters. The ability of Syed to forgive and move on from Jamie; even after everything, he is able to see Casey as a person and care about his well-being. Dashiell remains one of my absolute favorite characters in this series. He always seems to be going out of his way to help others, even those society might see as flawed or criminal. Who would have thought that Syed and Dashiell would be the ones to pick up Casey and see h ...more
Gabrielle Lee
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is a story that will make you think and feel. The characters go through so much and have some hard choices to make. Brooks and Casey’s story pulled me in right from the start. I enjoyed seeing the way their story unfolded. While Casey is trying to start his life over after jail he sees Brooks and apologizes to the man and tries to explain what happened. That one conversation leads Casey’s life into a better direction than it was before. As Brooks helps guide Casey and teach him to be safe e ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Redemption. Forgiveness.

Casey needs redemption for all the hurt and damage he's caused ans Brooks needs to forgive Casey...that's the only way to have a real life without the past overshadowing their future...

Their story is heartbreaking.

For the first time in his life, Casey can act and think as his own man,without his father's or his brother's influence. Accepting his sexuality and his submissive side ,coming to terms with his past mistakes,is a rough and gut-wrenching journey. And Brooks,sti
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yeeeaaaah. No. Sigh.

I really wanted to love this book, especially since I enjoyed the first two books in the series and gave them both high ratings. I admit that book 2 was a bit repetitive but it answered so many outstanding questions that I was left satisfied. So, I was prepared to love this book. Sadly, I just felt uncomfortable the whole time.

The subject matter was intense and while I don't typically have a problem with this (I've read far more questionable subject matter), I just couldn't
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm

I like Casey, what not to like really - a big softie submissive. *sigh*
Him and the writing is probably the only two things I truly liked about this book.

Everything after the set up period is a series of events that just bugged me from one way to another. For a start, I just didn't agree with the initial way the center was handling Fin case. (I'm not saying his parent was right, but instead of isolating Fin from the family, they should have try to bridge the two relationship first.)

Then the
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Atoning for Casey's past, does he let Brooks go too far?😕

🔥👍4-4.5 🌟stars
Alot of complex emotions and grey situations in this third and last novel in the series tied together by a gaybashing that ends in death. Casey, a participant in some heinous violence against gay men, is one complex and ultimately remorseful and sympathetic character. Brooks, a Dom man once threatened by Casey's brother, becomes the violent aggressor in their power play as the attraction that's long brewed between them leads
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intense, graphic, heartbreaking and healing journey to acceptance and love. This was a thought provoking story of how love can grow and growth can occur in the most unusually situations. This story was often painful and really pushed some of my boundaries, however it did always feel authentic to the characters and their pain. This is definitely a book that i needed my tissues. There are some really well done supporting characters that you will love or really hate.

Casey and Brooks have an intens
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The trickle down effects (after the first book with Jamie's death) are far reaching as this story shows. My heart went out to Casey. He was so lost and making bad choices in hookups that could get him killed. The phone call to Dash and Syed (re: Finn's emancipation) made me chuckle. I liked watching Casey grow in self acceptance and self awareness throughout the story- he blossomed and thrived under Brooks' tutelage. Finn's parents made my heart break even more. They had such ugly empty souls an ...more
Amor Leer
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aftermath is the 3rd and final book in the Ever After series.
We met Casey in previous book, so I would definitely recommend reading Aftercare & Aftershock.
Casey is riddled with guilty over his involvement in the bullying of gay men by his brother. Brooks was one of their victim and Casey follows him home to try and apologise. Their meeting is awkward and one thing leads to another.
Casey is broken. His brother and father are homophobic, and Casey just wants to be loved and accepted. He has spent
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
God I love when the sub is a big guy. Something about it is so great to me. For the most part I loved this book. I had some issues with it. There was never any clearing up of the punishment being pleasure for Casey. Also kink was not really explored too much. I could’ve used at least another scene of exploring the kink a bit more. I also felt that it was a semi rushed book. I really like that we got to see how puppy like Casey was trying to help and please everyone not just for atonement but jus ...more
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Tanya writes in a variety of romantic and erotic genres, being an avid follower of many of these genres herself. Some of her favorites are M/M romance, MFM threesomes, and BDSM with male submissives.

Tanya lives in New England with her boyfriend and her cat and has participated in many of the activities about which she writes, but not all of them. It's left to the reader to decide which are which.

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