Title: The Morning After (Morning #1)
Author: Adriane Leigh
Release Date: May 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Georgia Montgomery lives in an ever-present state of denial.
It's the only coping mechanism she's found to overcome the horror that colors her past. Until one pleasure seeking playboy turns her world on its axis.
Georgia tries to ignore the tornado of emotion that sweeps through her system whenever Tristan is near, but just like an addiction, one look, one taste, one touch is never enough.
And then there's Kyle, the doting boyfriend she's left at home for the summer, the one she gave her heart to when she was twelve, the one that holds her fragile love in his strong and steady hands.
What was once comfortable turns unbearable, and soon Georgia finds herself fantasizing about the forbidden.
The chemistry between Tristan and Georgia is scorching and it isn't long before the slow burn ignites into a full-blown wildfire that threatens to consume anything in its path.
Denial is comfortable.
Foxy Rating = Four Stars
*Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review
This is the newly edited and newly titled version of The Mourning After and is the first in the Morning series. I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for when I looked at this innocent but beautiful cover of the book, when I had finished reading it though I was wrung out of all emotions!
Georgia has lived through a deeply disturbing incident in her past that was devastating and has had a major impact on her life thereafter and the decisions she has made. She doesn’t let many people ‘in’ and the only people who know of her past and have been there for her are her best friends Silas and Drew and her long term boyfriend Kyle. She has always seen Kyle as her rock and they have been together since they were young teenagers and met straight after the incident. She therefore sees Kyle as her safe haven and her constant. What she doesn’t see is that he has become what keeps and holds her back from life, from moving on yet she clings to him with no letting go.
In one moment of strength she decides she needs to do something with her life and buys a house on the beach with a view to renovating it and renting out. She invites her friends and Kyle to come spend the summer with her there but Kyle being the work-a-holic he is, he declines but makes promises to visit. Drew brings along her new boyfriend Gavin and his best buddy, Tristan.
Georgia finds herself being drawn to Tristan and starts opening up to him. The scenes showing of their development was stunning and had me invested in the book. I can’t say the same for Kyle though who had me wanting to punch his self-centred face in!
This book may leave some readers a little uncomfortable as there is an element of cheating or a love triangle. I usually try to stay away from these as I find them overflowing with angst and frustration which this book certainly was! Well the frustration was mainly down to Georgia with her stepping back and forth from the past to the present, a foot in either side, and her dithering and woeful cries just had me pulling my hair out! For this part I must say it really made me dislike her, and in some parts I couldn’t stand her! The reader is not privy to what dreadful thing happened in her past until near to the end so it was without this knowledge that the despicability was given strength. I don’t know if I would have felt differently about Georgia if I had known this upfront. However what is a good new adult romance without a lot of angst and frustration?
Overall a good emotionally charged read and as this is the first part in the Morning series I knew it wouldn’t be a HEA as more was to come but it did leave the reader with a HFN ending which satisfied me. However I need a breather before diving in to the next in the series. I’m all cried out for now! Four stars.
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About the Author
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives among the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
She is married to a tall, dark, and handsome guy, and plays mama to two sweet baby girls. She is a voracious reader and wishes she had more time to knit scarves to keep her warm during the arctic Michigan winters.