WHY I READ IT
I love a good emotionally wounded man story.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Noah and Willow know not to mix business with pleasure. They’ve both been burned in the past, he thinks she’s too young, and she definitely shouldn’t hook up with her boss. So, they don’t. Instead, they build a friendship, while fighting an obvious attraction.
But when Noah’s called back East after a natural disaster that threatens his home and the loved ones he left behind, he’s forced to face his past with Willow by his side.
Will their turbulent pasts hold them back from giving into fate? Or will the two of them realize that they’ve been each other’s calm before the storm?
After the Storm is the follow up story to Man of my Dreams. I did not read Man of my Dreams, but I was able to catch on to any missing storylines in After the Storm and I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. This is the story of Noah and Willow. Noah has spent the last few years protecting his heart after having it broken when he was the losing corner of a love triangle. Willow is younger than Noah, but she knows what she wants, and what she wants is Noah. Willow soon realizes she may have to settle for friendship from Noah, and they form a tight friendship.
I liked that there was not a case of insta-love. The buildup of the relationship of Willow and Noah was slow and steady, making it seem very realistic. Their relationship was strong and sweet, which made the story very enjoyable. Their chemistry was stealth-like, in that it seemed to always be hiding in the background, but then it snuck up on them. Once they let the chemistry out, they exploded.
This is also the first book I have read that has more than a passing mention of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it caused to the East Coast. The hurricane is a catalyst for quite the turn of events for Noah and Willow. It was very clear that either Faith has first-hand knowledge of the Hurricane and all the devastation it caused, or she really did her research. I really love when an author puts the time and energy into getting it right the first time. It shows they care about a quality product.
Noah and Willow had to work hard to overcome both of their troubled pasts and face their demons. There were a couple points I was getting very anxious, hoping that what I thought was coming would not come to be, but alas, it did. Through some miscommunications and assumptions, the two have some bumps along the road, but I really enjoyed the outcome.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet romance, and look forward to reading more from Faith Andrews in the future!