LIFE AFTER TAYLAH
Bella Jewel never shies away from writing stories that will get you thinking while pushing your comfort levels and Life After Taylah definitely gave me lots to think about! I have read Bella Jewel in the past, and have enjoyed her MC Sinners series so I was curious to read a Bella Jewel story that was NOT about a bikers and about a dancer and a motocross "star". Life After Taylah was a surprise and gave me an unexpected story that days afterward I am still struggling with how I feel about this story!
Life After Taylah was a different take on the romance/love story I typically read and while at times I was uncomfortable and wanted to stop reading, I couldn't. Bella Jewel has a pull with her words that makes you keep turning pages to see what happens next. I was left shocked, appalled and then hoping (no spoilers).
Avery and Nate. I loved them together. The chemistry and the friendship they build up was amazing to read. My heart broke for Nate and his situation. Avery, her poor life, while I could understand some of the choices she was making, it was hard to read about how the ripple of Taylah still continued to control her life and choices she made. While it may be hard for some people to read this story (and I admit to curling up my nose at first) it truly was a beautiful story of finding love and learning that love doesn't always happen the way we want it to and sometimes you have to be willing to take risks.
Bella Jewel is an author I will come back to time and time again. She doesn't sugar coat her stories, she tells life like it really is. Her characters are REAL and have flaws. The decisions they make are not perfect but reading about characters that are making these choices and dealing with the blowback of those choices was refreshing to read. Bella Jewel has taken a subject that most of us turn our noses up at and refuse to read and made a lovely story about two people who fell in love when they shouldn't have and how that choice changes everything.
If you are looking for a different kind of love story and are a fan of Bella Jewel you won't be disappointed in Life After Taylah!
Until the night she disappeared.
Ten years on and my life, my families lives and the world around us has never been the same again.
How can it be when you are left not knowing?
No leads. No connections. Nothing. Just pure emptiness.
My dancing is the only way I can separate myself from the pain that lies in my home, in my father's eyes and in my brother's spirit. They need me and I'll fight with everything I am to be there for them, but who will be there for me?
Then I meet Nate.
Champion Motocross racer and everything my father doesn't want for me. He's forbidden, he's beautiful, and he's carrying a bundle of his own secrets.
When I step into his world, there is no turning back.
He will consume me.
He will teach me how to breathe again.
He will put a tiny piece of my broken heart, back together.