Review: Aftermath by Beth Mikell

Aftermath by Beth Mikell
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Publisher: self published
Pages: 122
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

You are cordially invited to attend…the wedding of Haley Rose Cohen and Jonathan Edward Mercer. Yeah, the wedding that never took place, a notable write off filled with more lies than a politician’s agenda and just as cruel. This is Haley’s hell, her purgatory on earth…as the past and present collide…

Haley Cohen damned Jon Mercer the moment he left her at the altar. He embarrassed her, shamed her, and took what shred of dignity she had left. Reconstructing her life hasn’t been easy, in fact, there are things she’ll never be able to forget. Yet, Jon makes a sudden reappearance in her life, reminding her of all her losses. He’s demanding, irritating and has some kind of nerve sucking her into his drama.

As Jon endures his past sins against Haley, he can’t change what he’s done. He had reasons for leaving–damn good ones. Now, everything he strives to protect is falling apart. No matter his determination, betrayal is in the works, forgiveness desperate, and secrets more than he can stomach. As hell steps up, Jon must fight against the one thing he wants more than anything…Haley’s heart.

 

Review:  From the first page, Beth Mikell grabs the reader’s attention with a gripping look into Haley Cohen’s life. In Aftermath, Haley is picking up the pieces after being left at the altar.

Through the use of flashbacks, the reader is taken through Haley’s relationship with Jonathan Mercer. The word “scorching” doesn’t even come close to describing this book. The raw, grief-filled emotion is apparent with every scene that flashes by. The flashbacks are woven smoothly into the story line without the choppiness that often comes with this approach. This is a riveting relationship from flirtation to consummation.

As Mikell creates the foundation to connect the reader to the story, she takes it a step farther by bringing Jonathan back into Haley’s life, a year after he had left her with no explanation.

What follows is an explosive story line brimming with energy. The chemistry between the two characters is visible in every encounter as they try to find common ground. The unexpected plot twist, coupled with passionate flashbacks, keeps the energy level sizzling.

It doesn’t take long to realize that Jon is going to use every resource at his disposal to ensure that his “Halo” understands that he will never let her go. Aftermath is an example of erotica at its best, minus the fact that it could use another edit. This wickedly naughty read will stay with you long after the last chapter is read.

 

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