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Publisher's Summary

The After of Us is a standalone new adult romance novel and a spin-off from the Judge Me Not series.
Can the ending of one dream lead to the beginning of a new one?
Will Gartner made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he finally has his life together. Leaving his reckless teenage years behind, he's recently graduated from college and is all set to move from Las Vegas to New York to start a prestigious new job. But when an unexpected guest shows up at his farewell party, all Will's dreams are smashed to pieces. Suddenly, he's taking a crash course in how to be a father to the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed.
Will changes direction and heads to Harmony Creek, Ohio, and the only person who's ever really been there for him, his brother, Chase. Chase saved Will in the past, but will he rescue him yet again? Some lessons - like fatherhood - can only be learned by doing. Is Will up to the challenge?
And where does Emma Metzger fit into Will's suddenly upside-down world? Emma knows all about his troubled past and sees his hesitation to commit to his new daughter. How can she commit her heart to a man who doesn't know what the word means?
Chase always told Will, "Follow your heart. Always try to be a good man." But will following his heart be enough for his daughter, and for Emma?
The After of Us is a story about letting go of old dreams and, in the process, discovering that what you really needed to make you happy was right there in front of you all along.
©2016 S. R. Grey (P)2017 S. R. Grey
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4 out of 5 stars
By bookbruin on 01-10-18

Let Your Dreams Lead You

If you could sum up The After of Us in three words, what would they be?

Follow Your Heart

Have you listened to any of Lacey Gilleran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is actually the first time I have listened to Lacey Gilleran. I thought she did a pretty good job with both the male and female voices, but probably would have preferred a male narrator for Will if possible. He just sounded too young and not masculine enough. There were a handful of times that it took me a second to figure out who was speaking. Lacey's performance as Emma, however, was wonderful.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Let Your Dreams Lead You

Any additional comments?

This was a sweet single dad romance. I haven't read the prior books in this series, but didn't have any issues getting up to speed with all the characters. Overall, I enjoyed The After of Us, but found Emma a little too forgiving and a bit like a door mat. It's hard to imagine that moments shared at a wedding when you're 15 would turn into a lasting love for her, especially considering how that encounter ended. I both loved and hated Will at times. I understand that it was critical to Will's journey to make the decisions that he did, but it was still hard to swallow his back and forth/hot and cold behavior. I would have liked more push and pull between Emma opening her heart to him versus Will pushing her away whenever things got too serious or real for him. It just felt like Emma was taking any scraps that he was willing to give. The message of following your heart and letting your dreams lead you, however, was a wonderful one and I loved that aspect of the story. It really brought the entire book full circle. This was an enjoyable book/listen and I am interested in finding out more about Chase and Kay's history as well as more backstory on Will.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill D on 01-24-18

Wow...just Wow!!!

Will Gartner is finally getting his life together. After making a ton of mistakes as a teenager with alcohol and drugs he pulled himself together, went to college and is now graduating and on the road to a better future. Just as he is about to move to NYC his past comes back to bite him in a way he never expected.
Will has a five year-old daughter he never knew about and her mom is in no shape to care for her. Will is now the sole provider for Lily which is kind of comical since he barely knows how to care for himself. So on his way to NYC decides he's gonna stop in his hometown and beg his big brother to help him.

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