What could be more terrifying than falling in love with the person who is your good place? Maybe realizing just a smidge too late that there can be dire consequences to becoming your best friend’s lover.
The lives of Keir Stevens and Selene Georgiou serendipitously collide midspan on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one jarring step ahead of fate. He’s a temporary transplant from Seattle; she’s facing the biggest career opportunity of her life. They have no notion of the common thread that connects them.
As they come to discover they share a similar adversity, their relationship evolves from a fun and frivolous infatuation with nowhere to go into a true friendship with sincerity, humor, and respect at its heart.
It’s awfully hard not to fall in love with that — even if you’re pretty darn certain you shouldn’t.
But when love and friendship suffer their own devastating collision—their interests brutally conflicting—the consequences of blurring the lines between the two suddenly become real. In the end, which one will be the stronger? And more important, can either survive?
AFTEREFFECTS is a stand-alone, dual-POV adult contemporary romance about the things we choose in life out of all the things that are beyond our choosing—a tale of love and friendship, of time and how we spend it, and of the inner wars that ultimately show us what really matters
This book was so much better than I expected. Aside from Colleen Hoover’s works, adult contemporary romance isn’t really my thing. Usually in these kinds of books, I can’t find anything that sets the book apart from other books. Forgettable is a word I can describe most of what I’ve read on this genre. But this book has surpassed my expectations in a lot of ways.
Keir and Selene, the book’s main characters, met through an accident. When they first met, they had no idea that they would be so important to each other. But the more Keir and Selene spent time with each other, the more they like each other. At first, they decided to stay as friends because there’s a lot on their plate and Keir will leave soon. They agree that long distance relationships are hard but being friends is so hard when you’re both extremely attracted to each other.
I guess one reason why I liked the book so much is because you can really relate to it. The struggles of their relationships are common struggles of couples all over the world. With me personally, I connected to the book so much because I felt exactly how they felt. I was in their position. Sometimes, we use books as an escape to go to places we’ve never been and see a world we will never see. At those times, we read a fantasy or an adventure or even a dystopian book. At this moment, I started to really appreciate the New Adult or Romance genre. In this book, I’ve seen a mirror that shows the reality of how relationships are actually hard work and how you have to strive together to make it work. I really liked the “Will we or won’t we?” part of the book. A lover who you really really liked in all aspects is hard to find but a great friendship like Keir and Selene had is also just as rare. That’s why I completely understand how Keir was hesitant to move on to the next level. You wouldn’t want to ruin a friendship knowing that the two of you really had a great understanding of each other.
I also really liked how this book was written. The sentences flow so easily that I didn’t really have any difficulty understanding what the author meant. The dialogues are also very cute. I really loved how Keir and Selene interacted. I love what they say to each other and I also love reading about their POVs. There are parts that I just couldn’t help but laugh and smile with them. And when it was in the part where they don’t know where their relationship stands, my heart was breaking with them too. When an author can make you feel all those emotions the characters are feeling, then that author deserves admiration. Aside from emotions, this book can also make you feel hot. Some parts of this book are just steamy. And the descriptions are just great, I didn’t really see the sex scenes are just sexual but are really intimate and passionate.
Now, I just want to talk about the main characters. I absolutely adore both of them! Selene is the kind of strong woman I aspire to be. She’s focused on her career but her family life is not compromised. And when a tragedy comes to her life, she is strong even when she is vulnerable. And Keir… where do I find a guy like him? I like how he tries to be rational but at the same time emotional. I see in him just the balance of the two. But the thing I liked the most with these two is that they are supportive of each other’s dreams. They both try to work around their busy lives and career. They didn’t really think that the other person should give up what they do to be together. I liked that in the end there was just compromise. I feel like everyone should read this book so that we shall have an idea on how to handle things when we encounter the same problems as they did. These characters are mature, they’re both adults who own up to their mistakes.
Overall, this book is unexpectedly great. This book is perfect for readers who wants their emotions to be all over the place because this book will make you feel all kinds of things. Selene and Keir are perfect characters- they are characters you can aspire to be but at the same time you can also see that they are human. This might be the bests book I’ve read this 2018. I really highly recommend this book!
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