After the Game: The Field Party Book #3 by Abbi Glines was published August 22nd, 2017 by Simon Pulse and is a young adult. 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?
About the author: Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge. You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate. GOODREADS WEBSITE TWITTER
My thoughts: I am a huge fan of Abbi Glines! I started reading The Field Party Book Series with the first book Until Friday Night. I was hooked on this series after the first chapter of the first book. This book has Brady and Riley as the main characters both trying to move forward after a very discouraging past. Riley left town two years ago after she was attacked by the brother of her then boyfriend Gunner. No one in town believed her over the town golden boy so her family moved to help them heal. Brady being only fifteen at the time believed his best friend Gunner. Well move forward two years and Riley is back in town with her family helping to take care of their grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. Everyone is taken back and not sure how to deal with her being back. They just assume that the little girl she has been seen around town with is her sister but little do they know that Bryony is actually her daughter a reality from the past. Riley has put the past behind her and moved forward with her daughter. She helps take care of her grandmother during the day and does her online home school at night. One day while coming home from the park it starts to rain and eventually lightening crosses the sky. That is when she sees Brady’s truck slow down. He offers her a ride home which she tries to avoid but eventually she gives in. He tells her to accept the ride for her sister at least. When they get to Riley’s house and he helps her to the door that is when he hears Bryony call her momma. This starts a whole mess of questions and second guesses with Brady. He realizes quickly that he was too quick to judge her all those years ago and not he needs to make things right. Soon he becomes friends again with Riley slowly trusting him and allowing her walls to come down. Their friendship quickly turns into more and that is what makes the story even sweeter. This book is full of raw heartfelt emotions, the ups and downs of being a teenage mother and the courage it takes to overcome a past that would not be easy to forget. The setting is the same as the other two books which is perfect because it picks up right where the others left off. Nothing like a Friday night football game under the lights! Glines writes from the heart drawing you in with her unbelievable characters and realistic plot line. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good young adult love story. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **