After the Storm
by M. Stratton
Alexia “Lexi” Hanson moved across country and rebuilt her life after the attack that could have destroyed her. She enjoys her simple life in the beach cottage. Life was complete in her eyes.
Noah Matthews is Rock & Roll’s hottest star and on top of the world. After years without a break he finds the solitude he craves at his beach house. Enjoying his early morning coffee Noah was surprised to watch his neighbor sneak into his garden and start crawling around.
They never saw what was coming that fateful morning. Someone else was watching them. Someone who thought she belonged to him and would stop at nothing to have her.
Lives are changed forever when they meet amongst the blooms in his garden. Even when things seem darkest, there is always light After the Storm
In reading the synopsis, this book sounded intriguing and a bit on the darker side, not my normal read but sounded really good and something that I would enjoy. The book is written in the 3rd POV giving you the POV of all the three main characters in the book, Alexia or “Lexi”, Noah and the man that is watching them, Anthony. Upon reading the prologue, I was a bit surprised as it starts off with the POV of Anthony and immediately find out the reason he is watching her, she was the only one that got away and this time he is making he is going to finish what he started.
Lexi is an avid photographer who has moved across the country and is living in her grandmother’s beach house after surviving a brutal attack. Over time she has healed and has learned to take control of her life and no longer live in fear. Along comes Noah, a very sexy rocker that has decided to take a much needed vacation at his beach house that is right next door to Lexi’s. The sparks start to fly immediately but Lexi and her walls keeps him at bay as a friend.
I really loved Lexi’s character, she was so strong. After surviving the brutal attack and live to tell about it, she has slowly healed to become such a strong survivor that took back her life. Although, she has built walls and is careful who she lets in. The more she gets to know Noah and spends time with him, the more she feels at home with him. She begins to open up to tell him about what she has gone through and slowly lets the walls down to let him in. I loved their relationship, they had a connection right from the start but their relationship developed over time and enjoyed how the sexual tension built up.
As their relationship is developing and they are growing closer, strange things start to happen and Lexi is feeling watched. I really enjoyed this part of their story, it was dark at times, and I will say there are parts that you get Anthony’s point of view and it may actually be bothering to some.
There were actually some lighter sides to the book as well, Evelyne, Marie and Leigh, Lexi’s grandmother’s friends are three old ladies that added some funny moments with their antics in chasing after hot young men. I really enjoyed these parts and some truly had me laughing.
Troublesome Trio songs:
Fever by Peggy Lee
Don’t Cha by The Pussycat Dolls
Dirrty by Christina Aguilera
I Touch Myself by the Divinyls
Slow Ride by Bonnie Raitt
Landslide by Fleedwood Mac
At Last by Etta James
Finally Woken by Jem
Save Me by K.D. Lang
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
Love Somebody by Maroon 5
The Chemicals Between Us by Bush
Everything Changes by Staind
Breakdown by Steether
Lexi and Noah songs:
Lonely In Your Nightmare by Duran Duran
A Long Walk by Jill Scott
Pale Shelter by Tears for Fears
Cross My Heart by George Strait *
Secret by Maroon 5
#1 Crush by Garbage
Never Tear Us Apart by Inxs
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
Drifter by Siouxsie and the Banshees Mad
World by Michael Andrews
Alexia “Lexi” Hanson played by: Melissa Claire Egan
Noah Matthews played by: Adam Levine
Anthony Maldono played by: David Gandy
Leigh Winslow played by: Julie Christie
Evelyne Sumner played by: Olympia Dukakis
Marie Holmes played by: Faye Dunaway
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT M. STRATTON:
1. I have eight tattoos, and have plans for a sleeve.
2. I love horror movies and haunted houses.
3. I got my first grey hair when I was 13, and had so many streaks I had to start dying my hair when I was 21.
4. I love Reeces, Kit Kats and Snickers.
5. I love puns. I can drive people crazy with them.
M. Stratton is a wife and mother who grew up in a small town north of Chicago before moving to Arizona. She is currently working in accounting for a plumbing company.
M. Stratton has spent years telling herself stories to fall asleep at night before deciding it was time to get them down on paper for the world to see. She currently has eight different stories fighting to be told. Like everyone else she was afraid to put the stories down and send to publishing companies. With today’s Indie market she decided now is the time.