After The Game
Field Party Series – Book 3
Genre: Mature Young Adult
By Abbi Glines
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?
After The Game is the third book in the Field Party Series by Abbi Glines. If you are a fan of high school football, small southern towns, and teenage angst, this is the perfect book to read. It reminds of the popular television series Friday Night Lights. This book can be read as a stand alone but I think it’s better in series order.
The town pariah, Riley Young, has returned home with her family. She came back a different girl than the one who fled in shame. She’s returned home a mother of an eighteen month old baby. She’s not happy with her return but her family needs her there to help take care of her grandmother who is suffering from Alzheimers. She can survive the hostility, nasty looks, and cold shoulders for her family. She’s not returning to the hostile school environment. That ended when she gave birth. She’s home schooled and the only thing that matters is her precious daughter. She has plans for her life and hopes for a better future with her daughter.
Getting caught in a rain storm once again changes her life in Lawton, Alabama. Brody Higgins, the town’s golden boy and star quarterback stops to give her a ride. Rather than make her daughter suffer, she accepts the ride. Thus begins an unlikely friendship. She never knew how lonely and isolated she was until Brody became determined to be her friend.
Brody Higgens regrets the way he treated Riley Young a few years ago. It’s looking like she was telling the truth all along and now she’s the one paying the price for a crime committed against her. He’s no longer a follower, he’s a leader. He’s going to change everyone’s perceptions of Riley. First he has to deal with the explosion in his personal life. He’s falling apart and he may need a friend more than Riley does.
Spending time with Riley is soothing and feels right. Putting his life back together seems easier with her in the picture. The question is will it still seem right when they embark on their future lives as adults rather than high school teenagers?
Abbi Glines once again captured the high school spirit and teenage angst . I loved every moment of this book.
The Field Party Series
Until Friday Night
The Field Party Series – Book 1
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
Under The Lights
The Field Party Series – Book 2
Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.
High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.
Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.
As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.
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.