Posted in 4 paws, Contemporary, Review, romance on April 26, 2013

after math


Author: Denise Grover Swank

Release date: March 12, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

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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 disorder 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?


I really enjoyed this book…maybe because I love math (but probably not the same as Scarlett!).  Both Tucker and Scarlett have unresolved issues about their past and these issues dredge up all sorts conflicts in their relationship with each other.  But Scarlett sees something in Tucker that maybe he’s not such a bad guy.  And Tucker sees past Scarlett’s anxiety issues to the core of who she is or could be.  Perhaps they have this connection because they can relate to each other and their pasts and that they definitely were not that great and neither of them wants to be defined by their pasts or their families (or lack thereof).  And by knowing what they don’t want they can find what they do want, which happens to be with each other.

I give this book 4 paws.


About the author:

denise swank

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in one place too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

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This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.