Review : After Us (Before & After #2) by Amber Hart

Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once.

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Inside her grows a tumor, fed by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss.

Javier has scars of his own: a bullet wound, and the memory of a cousin shot in the heart. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin’s murder. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape.

These two broken souls could make each other whole again – or be shattered forever. Our time will come. And we’ll be ready.


My review :


After us is an amazing tale between two different people, connected by one tragic event and by a painful, strongly, forbidden kiss.

This book totally wrecked me; the story of Melissa and Javier was still present on my mind and i can’t get out of it.
Both sharing a common pain, sorrow, they reconnected again when Javier met Melissa at her work.
And then, everything clicked, and the story continue quite quickly, through this sea of violence, pain, hate, loss, destruction.

Melissa was devastated after her best friend’s departure. She was left here alone, with news, and a friend more acting like a shadow. All of this made her so flustered, agitated. When wasn’t there to help her friend, and when she needed her she wasn’t there.
Her scars reminded her everyday all the fear, darkness inside her and how alone she felt.
All her anger was well hidden behind her flirtatious attitude. As a bartender, she had to act like this if she wanted saving money.
Javier was also devastated by his best friend’s murder. And he had one goal : revenge, and wouldn’t stop until the death of the murderer. When he met Melissa again, he couldn’t lose the opportunity to ask her about the murder of his best friend.
In his family he couldn’t date a girl who wasn’t latino, but he couldn’t denied this powerful, intense connection they shared since the kiss. But he tried to hide their relationship to his family, because her mother wouldn’t understand.
At the same time he wanted to respect his family, but his feelings were so strong that he couldn’t stay away from her.


In this story of revenge at any price, Javier would do anything to make his plan worked, and would definitely being an outlaw, being a bad guy, everything leading to kill his target. And for a young man, seeing how precise his plan is, was giving me chills. He was sharp, evil, violent to get noticed by the bad guys.
Life isn’t easy and in his world he had to be tough to survive. But with Melissa, he was kind, caring, aware of her presence every time he was near. When they were together, everything seemed so right, giving a meaning to his life.


Their love was so powerful, intense. It was the light in his world surrounding by the shadows. All those events make them grow together; Melissa was showing him that he could have a better future with choices on his own; Javier was helping her to get through the scars, that she was beautiful.



I can say how much i love this beautiful, heart-breaking, gut-wrenching love story of those two young people sharing both pain and trying to survive into the reality of this world, finding hope again. It was just magnificent, lyrical, a story you won’t forget!



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