Afterburn / Aftershock by Sylvia Day

Jax & Gia Series ❶ Afterburn ❷ Aftershock

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.
Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be.
The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗟𝗘: Afterburn
𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥: Sylvia Day | @Sylvia Day
𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦: Jax & Gia Series ❶ Afterburn ❷Aftershock
𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗥𝗘: Contemp. Romance 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: +18
𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚:★★★  𝗛𝗢𝗧:🔥🔥🔥🔥

The realization that Jax still affected me so strongly was a jagged pill to swallow. He’d only been part of my life for five short weeks two years ago. But now he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. And God, he was magnificent. His eyes were a brown so dark they were nearly black. Thickly lashed, they were relentless in their intensity. Had I really thought they were soft and warm? There was nothing soft about Jackson Rutledge. He was a hard and jaded man, cut from a ruthless cloth.
In that moment I understood how badly I wanted to unravel the mystery of Jax. Bad enough that I didn’t mind how much it was going to cost me…

I couldn’t put the book down once I started. Gianna and Jax have a history, a rapid, furious, and fierce one. Jax walked away from it without saying anything. Gianna is no longer the woman she was years before, after gaining the perfect job she desired and mentorship with a strong and astute businesswoman in the restaurant industry. Until the man reappears in her life, seemingly out of nowhere, just as he left it. She tries to fight him. Resist his charm and the way he makes her feel, but Jax is on a mission.
Jackson appears to be everywhere she goes after he barges into a business deal that has gone wrong for her and her boss. He seems to be attempting to wear her down – with no explanation for his disappearance, which devastated her heart. Gia knows they didn’t get to know each other very well during their brief affair, but Jax disagrees. When her resistance reaches rock bottom, want explodes, seizes and refuses to let go, these two blaze up the pages like you wouldn’t believe.
Aside from Jackson’s seductive hotness, what I admire about this story is how Gianna comes into her own. Gia gains confidence and grows powerful under Lei’s tuition, exactly like her mentor. This is brought home to her as she chooses to take her relationship with Jax into her own hands and show the man who he’s dealing with. I really admire Gia’s bond with her family, particularly with her brothers. I like that now that she can travel through that world without blinking, she returns to her roots when she becomes confused. The contrast between her family and Jackson’s is startling.
Everything about this short narrative appeals to me. I’m excited to read the finale to their story in AFTERSHOCK.

𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗟𝗘: Aftershock
𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥: Sylvia Day | @Sylvia Day
𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦: Jax & Gia Series ❶ Afterburn ❷Aftershock
𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗥𝗘: Contemp. Romance 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: +18
𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚:★★★  𝗛𝗢𝗧:🔥🔥🔥🔥

When it came to playing games, my lover Jax was a master strategist. He pulled strings behind the closed doors of D.C.’s most powerful political players, and somehow still found time to nearly sideline my career.
What he didn’t know was that when I didn’t like the rules, I threw them out and made my own. I wasn’t going to let Jax get away with it.
I wasn’t going to let him get away at all.
I loved Jax enough that it was impossible to give up. Jax loved me enough that giving up was the only end he’d consider. He didn’t think I could swim with the sharks. It was entirely my pleasure to show him that I’d already dived in…

I was completely engrossed in the ups and downs of their relationship!
Jax Rutledge is seductive and swoon-worthy, veiled in mystery and misconception, despite their evident attraction and insatiable yearning. He’s enigmatic and closed-off, almost as if he doesn’t want anyone, especially Gia, to see the real him. Gia, on the other hand, attempts to keep everything on the surface in order to protect her heart. She had loved him and desired more, which he felt unwilling to give. Seeing them together is addictive. Their time together is hot and intense, and despite her inability to resist his magnetism, Gia is not a weak female character. She is focused on maintaining control and gaining the perspective she requires to understand the issue properly.

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