After the Game
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’ve really been enjoying the Field Party series so far and I have to say, this third addition is my favourite of them. Brady has been a character I liked since book one and it was great to see him finally get his own story. Riley was a great addition to the series and such a strong character. The book really shone when they had scenes together.
There was definite chemistry between Brady and Riley but they both had reasons to avoid it. The more they decided to give each other a chance, the more they grew as characters. It was an interesting dynamic between the town’s good guy football star and the outcast girl who’d just returned. I liked seeing Riley opening up to Brady and eventually letting others from his group of friends into her life. I also liked seeing Brady questioning himself and his actions.
The book, like the first two, really depended on the growing relationship between the two main characters to push the plot forward. Both Brady and Riley had a lot of things they were dealing with but it was really only with each other that they started to come to terms with it. It should be interesting to see which characters will be the focus of the next book. I know there’s a few I’m hoping to see.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.