After Math by Denise Grover Swank

22 Mar

ImageTitle: After Math

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Createspace

Published: March 2013

Pages: 250

Goodreads Summary:

Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets, which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

My Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts:

Scarlett’s past was full of uncertainties and was constantly changing. Her mother was an unstable alcoholic with a new boyfriend every week. The one thing she always found solace in was doing math problems. To her math was logical and absolute and not matter what happened she could always find a way to solve a problem. This is something I have always believed and is the same reason I love math myself, so right from the beginning of this story I was able to closely relate to Scarlett.

When Scarlett ends up having to tutor Tucker Price, a womanizer soccer star who is completely full of himself, she has no idea what she’s getting into. Soon she realizes that Tucker is not at all who he pretends to be to other people. He is warmhearted and caring and can read Scarlett better than anyone she has ever met. But most importantly she finds that they both are able to be their true selves around each other without pretenses, something neither of them had ever done before.

I absolutely loved the chemistry between these two characters. It wasn’t really anything particularly unique compared to other stories but it felt very real and was completely believable. They fit together perfectly and balanced each other out in all the right ways. They also didn’t have a bunch of annoying petty fights, which you often see in stories, but worked through their issues because they were able to relate and communicate so well together.

I really liked the way that the author wrote this story, be that the plot or the character development. Some said that it started off slow, especially the romance, but I thought the pace was perfect and loved how everything turned out!

I definitely recommend this heartwarming romance about finding love, acceptance, and your true self.

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