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Title: After the Hurt
Author: Shana Gray
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29, 2016


Shana Gray’s provocative novel features a resilient fighter going round for tantalizing round with the one that got away—a headstrong woman bent on seduction.

Pepper Chapman refuses to throw in the towel. Six months ago, she made the biggest mistake of her life. Blinded by grief after her mom’s death, Pepper abandoned the man she loves. Now she wants a second chance at everything she gave up: strong hands driving her to ecstasy . . . a deep voice whispering naughty promises in her ear . . . the future they’d planned since they were teenagers. So Pepper comes home looking for forgiveness, ready for a new beginning—if he’s willing to give her a shot.

Retired MMA star Tank Sherman may be used to low blows, but Pepper’s emotional sucker punch left him reeling. Trying to ignore the pain and forget the pleasure of her body beneath his, Tank is prepared to ring the final bell on their relationship. Then Pepper shows up out of the blue, radiating pure sex. But Tank won’t let himself get hurt again, and that means resisting the heat that still burns between them. Because if he takes Pepper back, he knows he’ll never be able to let her go again.

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Praise for After the Hurt

“Brimming with sensual detail and loaded with heart, After the Hurt brings together two characters you won’t soon forget. Shana Gray gives us a winning combination of sizzling chemistry and emotional depth. Bravo!”—New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson 

“Shana Gray’s After the Hurt is an emotionally packed page-turner. I was rooting for Pepper and Tank the whole book!”—USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt 

“After the Hurt is a second-chance romance that sizzles and satisfies to the very last page. The chemistry between Pepper and Tank is both heartwarming and explosive.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment 

“Incredibly sexy and heart-melting, the chemistry in this story is explosive. Pepper and Tank’s emotional struggles were so real and just jumped off the pages. After the Hurt is an excellent read.”—Violetta Rand, author of Persuasion


Writing: great, descriptive
Violence: mild (Some strong language)
Sex: some-explicit
Narrative: alternating  
Title: After the Hurt (Standalone)
Author: Shana Gray

First off, this happens to be my first novel that I have read by Shana Gray and I feel guilty for not doing so. Shana has a way with her words, how she can take two characters and shape them together with a unique style that I find refreshing and riveting. 

This was a 5 star read for me. Personally, I found it easy to follow and to read. I could not put it down, finishing before I knew it. Right from the very beginning I felt connected to her characters.

She pulled me in and tugged at my heart with the relationship of retired MMA fighter Tank and his high school sweetheart Pepper. 

Shana was able to tell you a tale of second chances: a second chance for a woman who is guilty over the death of her mother, a second chance for a lost love. Through the difficulties Pepper and Tank endured alone they still have emotional and physical challenges they face to find love again with each other. This couple shows just how special finding that one true love is, how it's something to fight for a 1,000 times over, never giving up on the one person who you will battle for and want in your corner. Through After the Hurt, you will find a need for forgiveness, the need to hold on together. It’s not just one person. Pepper and Tank find out they are in this together and are not ready to leave what they have in the past.

I relished in knowing there is a second chance for some love stories in our lives. This was one of them for me. I hope you will enjoy Pepper and Tank as I have. Trust me you will forever hold their story in your heart. 

Reviewed by Lindsey W. for B&B Book Blog

Author Bio

Shana Gray loves to travel and see the world, spend time with family and friends, and experience the beauty that surrounds us. First published as Cristal Ryder, she’s the author of many hot and sexy short stories and novellas. Gray lives in a small town in Ontario with her twentysomething sons, five cats, and two budgies, splitting the days with her partner in crime, known affectionately as Meat Man.

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