Reviewed by Amber
SERIES: Aftermath #2
AUTHOR: Cara Dee
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 3rd, 2016
Three years ago, Chase Gallardo ran toward freedom with his fellow survivors after having spent five months in captivity. He hasn’t stopped running since. Only now, it’s the memories he’s constantly trying to escape. Haunting echoes of a man who forced Chase to play the part of another, the kidnapper’s younger brother. Chase may have survived, but that doesn’t mean he’s really living. Until one day, when his employee tells him there’s a man sitting at the bar, wearing only underwear.
Remy Stahl has given up—almost. For a year, alcohol, drugs, and faces without names have kept him company. But he has two friends who refuse to give up on him, and they lock him up in his house in an attempt to save him from himself. Though, never underestimate an addict’s desire to see the bottom of another bottle. Remy escapes, and he doesn’t give a rat’s ass that he’s nearly naked.
This is the sequel to Aftermath, where Cam and Austin met, struggled, and fell in love. Outcome takes us back to Bakersfield with Chase and Remy’s story. Fueled by anger, guilt, and shame, they’re not off to an easy start. But it’s only a matter of time before they learn how much they need each other in order to move on.
The only reason why this is getting 4 hearts instead of 5 is because I like Austin and Cameron just a bit more than I liked Remy and Chase. That’s not to say that these characters aren’t enjoyable or that this book isn’t as amazing as book 1. This one is fantastic too. This book deals a bit more with self harm and the internal struggles that derive from traumatic events. I loved a lot of elements about this book. I think the addition of the amazing support surrounding Remy was exceptional. The depth of feelings between him and his friends warmed my heart. Chase’s struggle is very apparent in this book as well. Dealing with his own guilt about the kidnapping a long with his own family issues puts Chase in a place where he’s stuck but it’s obvious he’s looking for a way out.
Remy Stahl, the half brother of the madman who was responsible for kidnapping and murder, is left to deal with the repercussions in the aftermath of those traumatic events. He feels responsible and he has no healthy outlet for his feelings. Remy turns to drugs and alcohol to console him during his downward spiral.
Chase has issues of his own to deal with and the last thing he wants or needs is the apologies from his kidnapper’s brother.
Chase and Remy are brought together under dramatic circumstances and both don’t realize how much they need the other to heal and move on.
The attraction and chemistry simmers then ignites between these two. They both want to be brave and strong for the other and in doing so they heal and grow stronger together.
I thoroughly enjoyed Outcome, plus there were little bits and pieces of Austin and Cam thrown in which left me incredibly happy.
This is without a doubt a must read and a fantastic addition to this series.