After You (Because of You #2)

After You (Because of You Book 2)

After You by Sam Mariano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So good

I should just start leaving 5-star reviews for Sam Mariano books before I even read them… they have all been amazing, and After You was no different.
I experienced a range of emotions reading Nicole and Derek’s story. I was frustrated, sad, mad, happy… repeat. The fears Nicole had, and why she had them, felt genuine. They were logical given the experiences she had. It made the story believable, and thus enjoyable. The portraits painted of their personalities and backgrounds were in line with their reactions. The relationship took a VERY broken, rocky path, but they both cared. They both wanted it. Against all odds.
I loved the fight they both had, even if they didn’t have it at the same time.
Recommended, as always!



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This is not a standalone, this is book two of a same-couple duet. Because of You should be read first so you can follow the story.

Blurb from Book 1 (Before You) below:

When the only thing that’s remembered about your mother is how she died in a murder-suicide killing the wife of her ex-boyfriend, you know life isn’t going to be a piece of cake for you. Add to that a never-present father with more affection for his beer bottle than his daughter, and a too-hot-for-his-own-good surviving son of the victim of said “accident,” and you have a problem—or at least, Nicole Harmon certainly does. 

When the surviving son, Derek Noble, sees an unsavory opportunity for revenge in the form of a heated one-night-stand, he decides to take it. It is intended to be an unkind but relatively uneventful interlude, but turns into the catalyst that unknowingly casts Derek and Nikki into the shadow of their parents’ sordid past. 

What begins as a hateful game of revenge soon evolves into something they never expected and a love neither of them ever wanted. With the fragments of their tumultuous family history hanging over their heads, the second generation of star-crossed lovers begin a love story all of their own…

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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