Series: The Field Party
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eARC, 320 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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 received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As I mentioned in my review for Under the Lights, I did a little Field Party binge before the release of After the Game. I loved this book so, SO much. It was a quick and easy read and I devoured it in about two and a half hours. What a great book!
I thought Riley was a great heroine, especially for a YA book. She’d been through one of the worst things a person can endure, followed by being treated really poorly by people in town, but she came out the other side stronger. She also ended up having an absolutely adorable little girl as a result. This part could’ve gotten so preachy, but it didn’t and I appreciated that. Riley made the decision that was right for her. I won’t say any more than that. When she returns home to the town that shunned her, she’s obviously bracing for the worst and she does get a little bit of that. But she also finds some true friends and even a little more…
In the previous book, I liked Brady but I also thought he was immature and self-centered. He was anything but during this book. Riley brought out a totally different side of him and I really liked that side. He was sweet, thoughtful and, honestly, pretty damn swoony. One of my favorite things about this book was how much he’d grown. I loved him with Riley, even when they were just friends. The scenes with him and Riley’s daughter, Bryony, were too cute for words. Most of all, I loved how he helped make her transition back to her hometown smoother.
I enjoyed After the Game so much! It was such a great addition to The Field Party series. It gave me feels without too much angst and, honestly, it just made me smile. I adored the characters and it was fun to root for them. I hope this series isn’t over just yet. I’m not sure I’m ready to give it up.
Have you read any of The Field Party books?