Before & After
by Nazarea Andrews
Rike and Peyton fell in love in college.
A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn’t work–and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn’t go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet’s heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn’t fall apart–but is forgotten?
This was an ok read for me. I loved the characters in this book. I was really feeling this story.
But… I just didn’t like how the book was written.
I always have a love hate thing when it comes to books with going back and forth between past and present.
Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t. I just hate it when I’m into a certain part of the story….then it’s switches up. It’s hard for me to transition.
It messes up the flow for me. And it almost makes the story drag out.
I wasn’t really feeling it in this book. Every chapter switch back and forth.
And it was killing me.
The whole thing with Peyton was taking way to long to unfold. We get bits and pieces of both of her past and present. We still don’t know the whole story.
I’m just not feeling it at all. Which is sad. Because I like the concept of the story. Just not liking how is executed.
I also felt it was a bit too rushed in the end.
I wanted more consistency between Peyton and Rike. I wanted to fall in love with there past fully all in one shot… Then move on to the present.
I loved how Rike no matter what stayed true to Peyton.
The whole Scott story line was to me a bit out of place. Especially that scene with Lindsay. I get that Rike and Scott are best friends and they do everything together.
But… I just wasn’t feeling it. Because even thought we get a glimpse of the past with all of them. I never felt that connection with him.
Overall this was an ok read for me.
*ARC provided for an honest review*
Nazarea Andrews’ Bio:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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