After the Game by Abbi Glines Review

Title: After the Game

Author: Abbi Glines

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

The third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?

I liked this book, I really did, so believe me when I say I’m sorry to give it this rating. It’s just there is one thing I hated about this book, and it was a deal breaker for me.

Let’s talk about the things I did like:

  • Bryony she’s adorable, and I just thought she was the cutest.
  • Grandmamma she was hilarious, and my grandmother had Alzheimers it’s not always pretty and I appreciated that the book showed that.
    I really liked the interactions between Brady and Riley, they were cute and I did feel like they were pretty well-matched for each other.

What I didn’t like:

  • Why can’t at least one of these characters have a good stable home? I mean sure Riley does, but I’m talking about the boys in the group. West, Gunner, and now Brady all have some messed up family lives, and it feels like it’s there for extra drama, that honestly this book had enough of.
  • I also hated how Riley’s rape was dealt with in this book. I can understand not wanting to drag her grandmother to a new place, but as a parent I would never move my child back to a town that shunned her and didn’t believe her. Also, I didn’t like the way that things were handled with Rhett. I’m sorry, but he deserved to be in jail, and I did not like the scene at the end where he just shows up. This is not a Nanette type situation. I will never like him, and I will only want to chop off his balls. Do not put him in a book and let him fall in love and have an HEA because that was the vibe I was getting from that scene.

I would give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars. This was a pretty low rating all things considered. I do still love Abbi Glines, and I will pick up other books in her series, but this one just wasn’t for me.

2.5/5 stars, Decent Book, with a few flaws.

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Brady would look back on tonight and thank me. Maybe not to my face, but he would think it. That I saved him from throwing away his youth on a girl and a kid that wasn’t his. He deserved to live his life at college like he had always planned.”
-After The Game, Abbi Glines