Review + Giveaway: Before & After by Nazarea Andrews

Monday, August 3, 2015

So I missed posting about this during its release day because I was on vacation but it's now here! You can also win an ampersand necklace so don't forget to join that!

Title: Before & After
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publisher: A&A Literary
Date of Publication: July 30, 2015

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?

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Jessica of InkSlinger PR and Nazarea Andrews for the review copy. Receiving one did not affect my views of the novel.

What is it with Nazarea Andrews' books that just gets me reading? I wasn't initially planning on reading Before & After because the blurb sounded like your usual NA fare and I'm a bit over my new adult phase. But then that cover just called out to me and I am weak against pretty covers. I went into the book with no expectations, even though I highly enjoyed Girl Lost and Forever Found, Nazarea's Peter Pan new adult retellings. I don't know if I liked those because they are Peter Pan-based or because of the writing. With Before & After, I can now attest that Nazarea's writing just clicks with me.

Like I said, Before & After isn't something completely fresh and novel and it has the trope I hate the most -- amnesia. But surprisingly, as it seems to be the pattern with this book, I didn't even roll my eyes once with the amnesia. It's because we're immediately thrown into the set-up and faced right away with the conflict. This novel is told in two perspectives, Rike's first POV before Peyton's amnesia, and Peyton's after the amnesia. So we get to see how Rike and Peyton fell in love and how they tried to rebuild their relationship when Peyton can't remember him.

One thing I really appreciated with this novel though is that it touched upon how Rike and his best friend Scott shared a girl during sex. I mean, this is my first one that delved upon it and I am VERY PROUD. I know nothing about this preference but it's nice that it got exposure in here. In case you're curious, the steam factor in Before & After is through the roof! Just, prepare your panties!

All in all, Before & After was an entertaining read and one that kept me engaged in its story. Its plot might not be the most novel one out there in the new adult landscape, but it's still a story I'd recommend contemporary romance fans to read. Nazarea Andrews definitely knows how to write a book I just can't stop on reading.

About Nazarea Andrews

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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