Review: Afterburn (Afterburn & Aftershock #1) by Sylvia Day

Afterburn by Sylvia Day
Afterburn (Afterburn & Aftershock #1) by Sylvia Day

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day, America’s premier author of provocative fiction, delivers the debut novel from Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin.

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...

2.5 out of 5 stars

I liked this story but it took a while for me to get into it. I thought Jax and Gianna where interesting characters and had a huge push-pull on one another. They have a history together, which was touched upon, but I wish I would have learned more. 

Jax and Gianna seem to pick things back up immediately after they reconnect and there is still a major attraction there. Gianna was an interesting character, she seemed strong and determined but when it came to Jax, I couldn’t tell if she was coming or going sometimes. Jax seemed to be sexy, cocky, and confident. I wanted to learn more about his character because he seemed to be more than what he showed the world. Jax and Gianna have hot chemistry and there were some major sexy times in the second half of the book. 

I thought it was good overall but I felt like I was trying to figure things out a lot of the time and was really trying to wrap my head around their relationship. It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I did think this was a decent story and I am curious as to what happens next but I don’t know if I ever felt invested enough with the characters to want to carry on with book two, Aftershock. I’ll have to wait for it to come out before I decide. 

Quick, hot read!