27 July 2014

After Math Review


After Math - Off the Subject #1
by Denise Grover Swank





What they say: 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?


ISBN13: 9781482658644 




What I say (review): The Off Subject series is another one where I managed to read it out of order. Having read the later books, I figured it was about time I read the first book After Math

After Math is Scarlett and Tucker's story. Scarlett is all about maths (in England we add the s), she loves it, is good add it and uses it to make sense of the world. She's focused on her degree and future career (I love a gal with a plan) and doesn't really have time for much else. Scarlett's main problem is her anxiety, which is where Tucker comes in. 

Tucker's the campus flirt (it sounds nicer than man-whore or player), who needs help to pass maths and keep playing football (sorry soccer). He's has a pretty troubled past, which he covers with swagger and fighting. It was nice to see him fighting for Scarlett and finding ways to help her.


What I enjoyed the most was the balance between them. I never felt like one was undeserving of the other. I had my fingers crossed for a HEA! There are some dark moments and a few where I wanted to shake some sense into the pair of them.

I seem to be saying this a lot at the moment, but I did think the ending was a little abrupt and I would have appreciated a longer conclusion to wrap things up. But having read the later books I already knew what was coming.


3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!




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