Date Published: 7/26/13
The first time Natalie and Alex met, Natalie fell hard. Literally. The pair embark on a 3 month fling and after the fall Alex leaves the country. Natalie struggles to get on with her life and as it turns out, Alex can’t forget her either
Torn between what he feels for Natalie and loyalty to his father, Alex makes a choice that will change his life forever. But his overwhelming need to regain his father’s respect could ruin everything.
Author Spotlight: Ariadne Wayne wanted to be a journalist when she grew up. Real life got in the way as did her love of computers and after twenty years she decided to return to writing and is loving it. After a lifetime of making up stories in her head, she’s now recording them to share with others. Her quirky sense of humour often leads all kinds of places and sometimes into trouble. She balances writing with working full time and bringing up two children and a husband so struggles for air at times but loves every minute of it!
What I say (review): Natalie is a somewhat down on her luck, recent graduate who lives in Auckland, New Zealand. A chance encounter leads her to US hottie and rich boy Alex. Natalie and Alex have the whole instant connection thing going on (in this case insta-lust). Alex is due to return home to America in 3 months so they begin a 'no strings attached' style relationship.
In After the Fall Ariadne highlights the destructive influence outside forces can have on a relationship. Alex is very reliant on his rich mogul father and Natalie is trapped by her circumstances. I often found myself frustrated when Alex couldn't see the damage he was doing to Natalie and their relationship with his 'people pleasing'.
I liked Natalie but found her somewhat needy at times. She does however give up a lot for him and is often left out in the cold. I kept waiting for Alex to get past his need to live up to expectations and realise how lucky he was. I liked Natalie and Alex as a couple and thought, smutty bits aside, they had a sweet and believable relationship.
There are a few grammatical errors and typos which sometimes interfere with the flow of the dialogue, but I still enjoyed Wayne's story and the sentiment behind After the Fall. I found some of the sex scenes a bit awkward, but each to their own I guess.
After the Fall is a short and sweet story about love, responsibility and fate.