Title: After the Snap
Author: Peyton Miller
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary romance, erotic romance
Page Count: 392 pages
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Seth Mercer is at the top of his game when a secret threatens to topple him. Lust draws him into a dark pit and he’s unsure how to break away from a destructive force. Angry at himself, and his mistakes, he vows to never enter into another relationship again, until he has a special hook up with Colby.
Colby Larsen learns the truth about his ex and is devastated. He throws himself into his work, vowing to never get emotionally involved again. When he meets Seth, Colby is unprepared for how connected they become.
Seth has a secret and he can’t tell Colby. Colby can’t accept betrayal of any sort after being fooled by his cheating ex. When he finds out Seth has been hiding important information from him, will it end their relationship or draw them closer together?
I’m not usually a fan of stories involving sports, but this was well done. The accounts of the football games were exciting and gripping. I could visualize the scenes and was cheering for Seth and his team. And the issue of a gay player deciding to come out was fascinating to read.
The first chapters were quite long and had me wondering if I was going to enjoy this story. It took me a time to see the impact Seth’s first relationship would have on his life and career. I was surprised by the coach’s actions and declaration of love from the start, but I guessed he was going to be a scrumbag. I especially liked the scenes that followed that introduced Colby and his sorrowful situation.
Seth and Colby are opposites in many ways and both very likeable characters. Their personalities are shown well through their interaction with each other and other people. There’s instant attraction, and although they only meet a couple of times and don’t know much about each other, there’s chemistry that cannot be denied. As the relationship progresses, they do question their responses and weigh up their doubts, and because of all this, the events towards the end of the story are made more believable.
This is a lengthy read, and at times a little repetitive especially in the middle of the book, yet it is very readable. I admire Peyton’s writing style, although towards the end the editing was a little slack.
There’s lots of angsty drama in this story and frequent although short sex scenes. And boy, do these guys have stamina. They’re ready to go again in a few minutes and again shortly after. Wow!
The story is more than sex, though. Strong emotions are portrayed well through the main characters’ thoughts and feelings. I enjoyed the anticipation as the story reached its exciting climax and was happy with the resolution.
Overall, a very enjoyable debut novel that leaves you with a warm and tingly heart.