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Review: After the Storm by Lexi Blake

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Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Rising Storm - Midseason 1Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets.  Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart.  The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” for the Midseason Episodes of this serial opera are bestselling authors Lexi Blake and Larissa Ione who have brought their vision of Storm to life.

So get ready.  The storm is coming.




Ginny Moreno is the hot topic in the small town of Storm, Texas and with good reason.  Young Ginny is pregnant, and the father of her child might be that married dirt bag, Senator Sebastian Rush. Or, the father of Ginny’s “Little Bit” could be her recently deceased best friend, Jacob Salt.  Adding to the angst, Ginny’s finally found true love with the suffering hunk, Logan Murphy. (He’s late to the party, dang it, and sadly, not in the running for Baby Daddy.)

Did I mentioned that Senator Rush is the father of Ginny’s best friend, Brittany?

Now Ginny is a good and decent girl who has made some bad choices — it’s not fair to label her the town ho. That’s reserved for Dakota Alvarez, who also happens to have slept with Senator Sebastian Rush. Obviously Senator Rush has a predilection for The Young and The Fresh.

(A little back story: Dakota decided to do grieving Jacob’s parents a favor. Apparently Ginny had given hope to the Salts that her Little Bit is also Jacob’s Little Bit. At a Founder’s Day event meant to showcase the re-election campaign of Senator Rush, Dakota made her move, revealing publicly that Jacob Salt was incapable of fathering a child! Yes, the cunning Dakota stole poor Jacob’s medical records that reveal him to have been sterile — or was it impotent? We eagerly anticipate a Maury Povich moment in a future episode.)

So why is Dakota catching condemnation for her faux-magnanimous actions? Why aren’t people lauding her behavior? Why isn’t Ginny being run out of town? Will disgusting Senator Rush be re-elected? And wait — was Jacob really sterile?

If all of this sounds like soap opera, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be — sleazy, cheesy, scandalous soap opera.

Author Lexi Blake’s After the Storm novella is first in the Mid-Season offering of the Rising Storm Series. Replete with a cast of misunderstood/manipulative characters that harken back to the glory days of Dallas/Dynasty, Blake serves up an enjoyable escape into the continuing saga of Storm, Texas.

Written in an episodic fashion, After the Storm, in keeping with all of the Rising Storm novellas, contains many minor plots. Although very intertwined, it didn’t take long for this reader to sort out the relationships and story lines. Author Blake hits the perfect tone with her characters — a bit of substance, a bit of shallowness, a bit of sleaze — it’s all there.

While the drama in Storm unwinds throughout the SeriesAfter the Storm does give the reader sufficient resolution to the featured plot. One could walk away from this novella satisfied, but the pull to Storm, Texas is strong — you may want to dig out the big shoulder pads and put some air in your hair.


*ARC received in exchange for an honest review.*

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Author pic- Lexi BlakeNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

Visit Lexi Blake’s website and follow her on:

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