Publication date: October 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
What could be more terrifying than falling in love with the person who is your good place? Maybe realizing just a smidge too late that there can be dire consequences to becoming your best friend’s lover.
The lives of Keir Stevens and Selene Georgiou serendipitously collide mid-span on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one jarring step ahead of fate. He’s a temporary transplant from Seattle; she’s facing the biggest career opportunity of her life. They have no notion of the common thread that connects them.
As they come to discover they share a similar adversity, their relationship evolves from a fun and frivolous infatuation with nowhere to go into a true friendship with sincerity, humor, and respect at its heart.
It’s awfully hard not to fall in love with that – even if you’re pretty darn certain you shouldn’t.
But when love and friendship suffer their own devastating collision – their interests brutally conflicting – the consequences of blurring the lines between the two suddenly become real. In the end, which one will be the stronger? And more importantly, can either survive?
AFTER EFFECTS is a standalone dual POV adult contemporary romance about the things we choose in life out of all the things that are beyond our choosing – a tale of love and friendship, of time and how we spend it, and of the inner wars that ultimately show us what really matters.
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I’m not even sure where to begin. From the moment this book starts, you are thrown into an emotional roller coaster that so closely resembles the chance encounters of real life. Keir and Selene meet in the most awkward situation possible: she crashes her car into the back of his Food Truck.
Their attraction is immediate. It is uncontrollable. They find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another and build a relationship on this connection that neither of them can truly fathom or explain.
Intensity doesn’t even begin to touch the edges of describing their interactions. Each character seems fully in tune with the other’s emotions and quickly checks themselves.
“It was always that first look of his that killed me. Unfiltered, it was like intensity and appetite combined in a way I’d never seen before on anyone. I couldn’t say it was aimed at me specifically, but it definitely affected me. It felt like fire racing through my veins whenever he looked at me that way. Luckily, it only ever lasted a second before he blinked and something more benign replaced it.”
All I can really say is that Greene is masterful with her personable writing, reality checks in terms of keeping the relationship believable, and creating two completely loveable characters that you don’t really want the story to end. Keir is deeply endearing; he would rather make himself suffer than hurt anyone he cares about. Selene is a gorgeous woman with some of the nerdiest quirks (snorting and her love for cheese); she also would put her own needs and desires aside to keep Keir from being hurt.
Together they start a whirlwind romance that just cannot be compared to any other, due to the devastating commonality they both have in losing someone close to them. Through this they blossom a beautiful relationship but then Keir must return home to Seattle and Selene stays in San Francisco. Can their love overcome these distances?
Read now to find out how Keir and Selene end up! ❤
Romance author, obsessive multi-tasker, California native, music lover with no apparent musical talent, travel enthusiast, and cheese connoisseur.
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4 responses to “Blog Tour: Aftereffects by L.J. Greene @adventurenlit @authorljgreene @XpressoTours #romance”
Hi Ashley, I am so happy to have had you on my launch tour! And I’m so glad that you enjoyed Aftereffects. These characters are very near and dear to me and I’m thrilled that they resonated with you, as well. Thank you so much for your thoughtful review and also for posting it to Goodreads and others. Reviewers like you play such an important role in giving a voice to indie authors like me, and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it. Warm regards, LJ
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LJ – I was super excited to get onto this tour. I knew from the description alone that I was going to enjoy it, but after reading the first few chapters I just fell in love with them. Thank you for everything!
Lovely review, Ashley! This sounds like such a compelling read, and I love it when you can really feel their connection and chemistry through the pages! This sounds right up my alley!!
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It is emotionally intense, but that kind of pulling and tugging that is so satisfying to the heart. ❤