Speechless #After by Anna Todd @GalleryBooks

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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss, it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear without a word. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless . . . could this be love?

 Casey’s Thoughts <3<3<3<3<3

When Tessa leaves home to attend WCU, she doesn’t expect to have a polar opposite roommate, and push every expectation from her mother to the side.  But hey, it’s college.  Isn’t that why we all attend?

Tessa is a total nerd.  I mean down to the pleated skirts, but honestly, that’s who she was molded to be my her mother.  She has a sweet boyfriend, Noah, who has barely passed first base in two years with her.  She has a head on her shoulder and is focused on her education.  That is until Hardin walks into her life, and from that point forward.  She is never the same.

With the help of Steph, her roommate.  Tessa finds a group of friends that are totally different, but she soon realizes that she wouldn’t trade them for the world.  As time progresses, Hardin, makes her life hell.  Over time, things change, but will they last?

Hardin has a scared past, and one that he doesn’t share with anyone.  When Tessa pushes Noah and her mother away, she is left with Hardin.  The question is will their love last or are the secrets he holds within too much for their relationship to bare?

Hardin is very closed off, but he shows himself in glimpses to Tessa.  This is why she loves him, but she also loves the relationship that is building between his family.  There were times I wanted to just smack Hardin for being such a jerk.  There is no way in this world I could handle this relationship, but they do say that opposites attract.

Their relationship is put to the test the last few chapters.  I fell in love with their emotions, realness, and the way they see each other for who they really are in life.  What I totally didn’t expect was the ending.  Well, I knew something was coming, but dangit, Anna Todd, I just want to know what is after, AFTER!

After by Anna Todd is a five star read. It left me speechless at the end.   You will experience a whirlwind of emotions multiple times, but each and every one are well worth it.  There is so much I could say, but I just might give too much away.  So if you are looking for a book that will have you glued to the pages, AFTER is it!  Thank you Anna Todd for consuming my life for the past 48 hours, but guess what?  Now I want to know what happens after, After!

unnamed-2ANNA TODD is a first-time writer spending her days in the Austin area with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. Between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked odd jobs from a makeup counter to the IRS processing center. Anna was

always an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way to combine the three, she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true.

You can find Anna at AnnaToddBooks.com, on Twitter at @imaginator1dx, on Instagram at @imaginator1d, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

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