Thursday, September 11, 2014

Swoon Thursday #107 ~ After Math (Off the Subject #1) by Denise Grover Swank

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

After Math
(Off the Subject #1)

Denise Grover Swank

First - The Blurb:

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

Second - The Swoon(s):

Swoon 1

“Everything just feels so right when I'm with you, Scarlett. I can be me. But it's more than that. You give me something I haven't had in a long time, if ever. You give me peace. It's like the jumbled mess in my head can settle down, and I can be still with you. Like none of the other stuff matters." His voice catches, and he swallows. "I had a bad day and usually I'd get shitfaced drunk, but the only thing I could think of was I had to see you.”
... Tucker

Swoon 2

"Scarlett, I don't want to lose you by f***ing up our friendship. I want you in my life, and if we do this, I will lose you. If that means showing some self-restraint for once in my goddamn life, then I will." Both his hands cup my cheeks. "You make me want to be a better person. This is me being a better person.”

Scarlett has spent much of her life trying to go unnoticed. Then one day, instructed to tutor Southern University's star soccer player, she finds herself in a position where she is forced to leave her comfort zone.

Tucker has a reputation for breaking hearts. Aware of his reputation, Scarlett doesn't want to become another notch on his belt. However, keeping her distance from him emotionally isn't as easy as she hopes.

As they spend more and more time together, they begin to see things in each other that no one else sees. Discovering that they have both come from pasts which have left them broken and distrustful, they slowly begin to help heal each other.

I quite enjoyed reading Scarlett and Tucker's story. It's well written and flows easily. Only downside is that it finished a little abruptly.

My Rating 4 out if 5

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  1. The friendship angst in a book kills me! But usually they are such great love stories... This sounds like something I'll haev to read :) My Swoon Post

  2. Oh wow!! Tucker sounds kind of sweet! I think I'd like him!!

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    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. Aww, a friendship love, I love that kind :) Awesome swoon choice, Marilyn :D

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  4. Ahhh so glad I grabbed this one recently! Those swoons are wonderful! Gotta bump this up the list!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. Great review on this one. Definitely sounds awesome and Tucker sounds like a sweet guy. Man if only guys in my life were like this. Love the teasers!