After the Game (Field Party Series #3)

After the Game (Field Party Series #3)

by Abbi Glines

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After the Game (Field Party Series #3) by Abbi Glines

The third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Field Party series—a southern soap opera with football, cute boys, and pick-up trucks—from USA TODAY bestselling author 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?

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ISBN-13: 9781481438933
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: Field Party Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 74,358
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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After the Game

I’m Some Hungwy

CHAPTER 1


RILEY

The crash from the kitchen jerked me out of my dreams and into reality. Something was burning and Bryony wasn’t in bed beside me. Her sweet blond curls and big blue eyes were what normally met me when I opened my eyes.

Jumping up, I ran through the already open door of my bedroom and sprinted toward the kitchen. A million things ran through my mind as I went the short distance. Bryony never got out of bed without me. Another crash happened just as I turned the corner into the kitchen.

My grandmamma was standing at the sink with a frantic look on her face. The pot on the floor had been full of uncooked oats and milk, which were now splattered on the tile floor. Smoke was coming from the toaster behind her, and I moved quickly to jerk the plug out of the wall before things got worse.

“Momma,” Bryony’s sweet voice called out from behind me.

Spinning around, needing to see her face and know she was okay, I almost slipped on the milk under my feet.

The wild curls of her hair were sticking up everywhere as she stared up at me with wide eyes and a frown. “I’m some hungwy,” she said.

I reached down to pick her up before she stepped into the mess on the floor and cradled her against me. Holding her was enough reassurance to calm me down.

“Grandmamma was trying to fix you something, I see,” I said, looking toward my grandmother, who was now looking down at the spilled breakfast at her feet.

“I don’t know,” Grandmamma said. Her voice sounded lost, like she wasn’t sure what she was saying or why she was standing there. This was normal for her. Some days were better. Others were not. Today was not going to be a good day.

“I’ll put Bryony in her high chair and get her some cereal, and then I’ll clean this up. What do you want me to fix you, Grandmamma?” I asked her.

She turned her gaze to mine, and the confusion there always made me sad. The woman who had taught me to make biscuits and sang me songs while playing the pots and pans like drums was no longer there. She was lost inside her head.

“I don’t know,” she said, which were words I heard often.

I moved over to put Bryony in her high chair before going to take my grandmamma’s arm and move her away from the slippery mess. Most mornings I woke up earlier than my grandmother. Today I had overslept. My mom normally woke me up before she left for work, but today she either had tried and failed or had forgotten.

“I’m some hungwy,” Bryony said again. That was her way of telling me she wanted food, and now. If she’d woken up and found Grandmamma in the kitchen, she would have told her the same thing. For a moment, Grandmamma had known that meant she needed to feed her. But that brief memory left and she had dropped a pot. A dish was also broken on the floor with what looked like applesauce on it. Then, of course, the burned toast.

“Okay,” I told her and reached for a box of cereal to place some on her tray. “Eat this and let Mommy clean up the mess.”

Bryony picked up a piece of the round oat cereal and put it in her mouth.

“I broke a plate.” Grandmamma’s voice was full of concern.

“It’s okay. Accidents happen. I’m going to clean this up, then I’ll make you some of your favorite steel-cut oats with brown sugar and apple slices. Okay?” I assured her with a smile.

She frowned. “That’s my favorite?”

It was like dealing with another child. We hadn’t been back in Lawton, Alabama, long, but the time we had been back hadn’t been easy. Watching someone you love so much live lost in their own head was heartbreaking. Alzheimer’s was a terrible disease.

“Gandma hungwry,” Bryony told me.

I turned my attention to my daughter and smiled. “Yes, she is. It’s breakfast time.”

“Sandra will be upset about her plate. She loved those plates. I’ll need to go into town and buy her a new one at Miller’s. Least I can do.”

To anyone else, those words might have sounded sane. Logical. But they were anything but. For starters, Sandra was my grandmamma’s sister who had passed away from cancer when I was three years old. And Miller’s hadn’t been open for business since 1985. The only reason I knew this was because Grandmamma had sent me to fetch something at Miller’s when we first moved back and I’d started out the door when Momma stopped me and explained. Grandmamma was living in the past. Roy Miller had passed away of a heart attack in ’85, and his family had closed the store and moved out of Lawton.

Instead of reminding her of all this, though, I had found just going along with it was easier. If I told her Sandra was dead or that Miller’s was closed, she’d go into a fit of hysteria. That was what she knew and remembered today. So I ignored her comment and cleaned up the floor before getting a pot of oats on the stove cooking properly, then disposed of the burned toast out the back door.

“Do you know where I put Lyla’s applesauce? She needs to eat some this morning. I made it fresh yesterday from the apples I got at Miller’s.”

Lyla was my mother. That was another thing that Grandmamma confused. She often thought Bryony was my mother when she was a baby. Again lost in the past.

“I’ll get her some applesauce. You just sit there and relax. I’ll get you some juice. Watch the pretty birds outside. They’re eating the birdseed we put out yesterday.” That got her attention, and she began watching out the large bay window for the birds.

Mom only worked until noon today at the hospital. I would be able to take Bryony out for a walk and to the park after lunch. I needed to get them fed and start the morning chores so we would have plenty of time later to go play. The sun was shining and the warm days were behind us. The cool autumn air was perfect for being outside. And Bryony loved to pick up the different-colored leaves on the ground. She called them her “cowection.”

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After the Game (Field Party Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Abbi Glines but she is getting too expensive. 10.99 for an ebook?
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not worth 10.99 or reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the book before. The story was rushed to the point of predictable. The characters were not developed or no chance for the reader to get to know them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun story and waiting for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. From start to finish.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I have always loved this series. This particular story I’ve waited for. Wanted to hear Riley’s story with Brady. My only thing I didn’t care for was how many times I read how good Brady is and was. Other than that, I loved the story.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 6 months ago
I listened to this one on my road trip to meet my family for our annual trip to Branson on Memorial Day weekend. While it does tie in to the other books in the series, all of these do really work well as standalones. But because I had read/listened to the other two in the series, I knew Brady. And I have to say that I was sad he was so mean to Riley. But, like the good guy that Brady is, he soon figured out that maybe what he thought he knew was wrong, and that maybe Riley had been given a raw deal by their small town, even including his own rudeness to her. This story was a tear-jerker for reasons other than just Riley's dealing with what had happened to her that led to her being a single mom, as well as taking care of her grandmother with Alzheimer's. Brady is at a point where he has always known or thought that he knew that football would be his life. And sometimes things happen during your senior year that make you question what you thought you knew. That happens to Brady. Enough that I was crying for him. I hated how hard it hit him, but for someone who had grown up with basically the perfect life and family, I guess it makes sense he'd have that hard of a time with it. Then, after having listened to the 2nd book, I had a feeling that Gunner's thoughts on Riley might not be the same as everyone assumed they would be. Brady's cousin Maggie, was the perfect friend for Riley, and I kept waiting for that to happen, and when it did, I was thrilled. Another great book in this series, and I don't know if there will be more, but there were more guys on that football team I'd like to follow. Maybe into a college age/new adult series?
Anonymous 7 months ago
Just the summer read I was looking for!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not worth it. Very bad and borinh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars — Phew! This one still had me wobbly on a few things, but the fact that I started reading it when I went to bed and stayed up until 4am to finish it speaks pretty strongly to it being compelling, donchathink? Seriously though, I could not put this one down. So despite the little niggles, I still feel like this one was another hit for me. Brady was (mostly) redeemed!!! He was a bit more back to what I had expected from book one. But he still didn’t completely work for me, despite being relieved that I generally liked who he was inside. I loved how thoughtful he was, I loved how strong his conscience was and that he was unable to ignore it. I loved that when he understood what the right thing to do was, he couldn’t rest until he did it. The problem was that he was never completely convinced on some of the things that I feel he did wrong (particularly Ivy). I wasn’t always impressed with how he thought of himself as a good guy, and didn’t recognize that he wasn’t *always* a good guy. I don’t know if that makes sense. But true good people can see their own flaws as well, in my opinion. And on a similar Brady front, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about how he inevitably handled his family drama. I felt like it was real and honest and even flawed. But by the end of the book I was concerned that he never seemed to address his anger…he just kind of brushed over it. That seemed like a missed opportunity to me. I definitely fell for Riley…she wasn’t without her own flaws, but I felt a lot for her. I empathized with what she went through, and how strong she was and what a positive outlook she had about life in general. She was a bit of a contradiction though, because she was still very jaded and I’m not sure how well she would have healed if she hadn’t gone on this journey with Brady. I loved how she loved Bryony though, and how she became her reason in the past as well as in the present — the changes she made, the reason she was convinced to try harder was Bryony. Sometimes I wanted her lessons learned to be more…obvious? I feel like she learned and grew, but sometimes I wanted it to be more prevalent, less subtle. Probably not making sense. The two of them were pretty adorable together once their friendship started turning into more, I definitely got some butterflies. Can I just say that in general I really loved Riley’s parents?? They were very supportive and encouraging. And I appreciated what we saw about how they all dealt with Grandmamma’s Alzheimer’s…I don’t have personal experience, but from my perspective it felt realistic and sensitive. I was still a bit dismayed at the way many of the high school girls are represented, but I wasn’t expecting different after the first 2 books. And hey, at least we got to see Riley, Willa and Maggie finally have girl friends with each other. So the one thing that I am…conflicted about is how Riley’s rape was dealt with/addressed. I 100% understand that everyone deals with these things in different ways, but I found the constant mention that Bryony made it all OK and that she would go through it again to get Bryony…odd. But that’s probably b/c I can’t relate to that. I think after the last book’s semi-preaching about “the evils of pot”, a small part of me was concerned that there was an underlying message about keeping babies after rape (ie pro life), but I think I’m paranoid and influenced by the last John Oliver I watched… I was also kind of let down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really was a great book. But I did feel that it was a little rushed in the last half of the book. Other than that it was a great book and I hope the next books in this series aren’t as rushed. Heck I wouldn’t care if it were a 500 page book, just as long as it ain’t rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can really see how much Brady has grown up over the last year. I love this story and it has a lot of heart felt moments
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
We know the rumors about Riley, now we get her real story. She's one strong woman. Not many would come back stronger like she did. Her character offers hope to readers who have survived her situation. She's amazing. Brady's not so bad either. These characters need each other. I was so drawn into their world, the drama, and the town. The writing flows so well that it seems like your actually watching it all unfold in your mind. And in true Abbi Glines fashion, the romance isn't as simple as we'd all hope for these guys. Well... it is in some ways, but it isn't. Does that make sense? No? Well, too bad you'll have to read the book to find out more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book! Can't wait to read the next one!!!
fatimaaxo More than 1 year ago
I loved this book just as much as the first one. Of course, Until Friday Night will always remain my favorite of the series, but After the Game comes in at a close second! All the books in this series can be read as standalones, but personally, I think you should read the first two before reading this one. This book is pretty connected to the first 2 books, and for someone who hasn't read them, that could be confusing. In addition to that, Book 2 sets the stage for this book, so you really don't want to miss that. I'll start off by saying just how much I adored Riley in this book. I've always wanted to read more about her; now I've finally got the chance to get to know her in this book! I really like how this book doesn't shy away from the truth. Riley didn't care about what the rest of the town thought and I loved that. I also enjoyed catching up with the other characters, West & Maggie... Gunner & Willa... All their stories are interconnected so seeing everyone interact made me so happy, especially Riley, Maggie, and Willa. Also, can we just take a moment to talk about the real star of this book? Bryony was so adorable! I just wanted to reach out and squeeze her. She was a ray of sunshine amidst all the negativity. Somebody please give her all the cookies! This book was very family-centered, even more so than the previous books. Riley always makes sure she puts Bryony's needs first, and Riley herself has such an excellent support system in her family. The book didn't focus on the rape itself so much as the aftermath. You'd think that I'd be more emotional if Riley was unhappy and depressed, but what got to me was how happy and satisfied she was to have Bryony in her life. It was honestly the sweetest thing ever. It was also really nice getting a more in depth view of Brady's character. I've always thought of him as one-dimensional and as that "nice guy". I'm glad this book delved deeper into his character. Also, like Riley, family plays a major role in Brady's POV. I won't say more because that would be considered a spoiler; you'll just have to read the book to find out! Despite the above, there were a few things that kind of weighed the book down, the first being the pacing. I expected Riley and Brady's "friendship" to last a little while longer before they started locking lips, but that didn't happen. I didn't want a slow burn or anything, but a lil angst sure din't hurt nobody... which leads me to my next point. This book, overall, was definitely less angsty than the first two. There were a few unexpected turns of events, but not many and they were far too predictable & anticlimactic. Maybe this book was more about wrapping everything up, rather than starting new drama. Another thing worth mentioning is how Rhett got off virtually scot free. I feel like he was forgiven at the end merely as a means to tie off any loose ends. That doesn't sit well with me. What he did was a crime, so why is no one fighting it? I just find it so sad because it reflects how the world views things like this. In conclusion, I'd like to say that reading this book was bittersweet. It was like the end of an era. Our characters are all grown up! I can't wait to see who the next book centers on. My guess is either Asa, Ryker, or Nash. Either way, I'm so pumped to read whatever comes next and follow new (and hopefully old) characters on new journeys!
fatimaaaxo More than 1 year ago
I loved this book just as much as the first one. Of course, Until Friday Night will always remain my favorite of the series, but After the Game comes in at a close second! All the books in this series can be read as standalones, but personally, I think you should read the first two before reading this one. This book is pretty connected to the first 2 books, and for someone who hasn't read them, that could be confusing. In addition to that, Book 2 sets the stage for this book, so you really don't want to miss that. I'll start off by saying just how much I adored Riley in this book. I've always wanted to read more about her; now I've finally got the chance to get to know her in this book! I really like how this book doesn't shy away from the truth. Riley's just like, "Yeah, he raped me, and I don't care whether you believe me or not." She didn't give a shit about what the rest of the town thought and I loved that. I also enjoyed catching up with the other characters, West & Maggie... Gunner & Willa... All their stories are interconnected so seeing everyone interact made me so happy, especially Riley, Maggie, and Willa. Also, can we just take a moment to talk about the real star of this book? Bryony was so adorable! I just wanted to reach out and squeeze her. She was a ray of sunshine amidst all the negativity. Somebody please give her all the cookies! This book was very family-centered, even more so than the previous books. Riley always makes sure she puts Bryony's needs first, and Riley herself has such an excellent support system in her family. The book didn't focus on the rape itself so much as the aftermath. You'd think that I'd be more emotional if Riley was unhappy and depressed, but what got to me was how happy and satisfied she was to have Bryony in her life. It was honestly the sweetest thing ever. It was also really nice getting a more in depth view of Brady's character. I've always thought of him as one-dimensional and as that "nice guy". I'm glad this book delved deeper into his character. Also, like Riley, family plays a major role in Brady's POV. I won't say more because that would be considered a spoiler; you'll just have to read the book to find out! Despite the above, there were a few things that kind of weighed the book down, the first being the pacing. I expected Riley and Brady's "friendship" to last a little while longer before they started locking lips, but that didn't happen. I didn't want a slow burn or anything, but a lil angst sure din't hurt nobody... which leads me to my next point. This book, overall, was definitely less angsty than the first two. There were a few unexpected turns of events, but not many and they were far too predictable & anticlimactic. Maybe this book was more about wrapping everything up, rather than starting new drama. Another thing worth mentioning is how Rhett got off virtually scot free. I feel like he was forgiven at the end merely as a means to tie off any loose ends. That doesn't sit well with me. What he did was a crime, so why is no one fighting it? I just find it so sad because it reflects how the world views rape and its victims. In conclusion, I'd like to say that reading this book was bittersweet. It was like the end of an era. Our characters are all grown up! I can't wait to see who the next book centers on. My guess is either Asa, Ryker, or Nash. Either way, I'm so pumped to read whatever comes next and follow new (and hopefully old) characters on new journeys!
RozzieReview4You More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic series that helps you believe in yourself right along with the characters. It helps you gain a strength from inside that could be hard to find. So far every book in the series has built very strong characters that have had to grow and change from very tough or complicated issues in their lives. Each story touches on something that can happen to anyone. Previous books showed us a character grow past a family death, another that dealt with a teen suicide, and all the while these characters manage to find best friend and love. I think this is an excellent series and as I am invested three books in, I will be continuing to follow if there are more. This book has the PERFECT TITLE and Cover to go with this storyline to date. Not just for this book for Brady and Riley but the teammates and girls to this point. You definitely can read this a stand alone and understand everything that has happened in this world. However, I would recommend reading from the beginning because Brady has changed so much from the start of the series with how he handled his cousin Maggie entering his life. Granted he was just a side character in the first and second book, he was a constant character so reading the whole series to the same feeling I did at the end of this is a MUST. What I mean by that is that at the end of this book, you feel complete. This could end as a trilogy and it would make sense and you would be happy with how everything turned out for these friends. It leaves you looking forward to their future and what could be to come for them. I am not just writing like I am in fan girl mode. I am a mother, and this is a series I wouldn't mind my daughter if she were a teen to read. I would have confidence that it would positively affect her. About the book itself and Not the series, this was a wonderful way for the good ole boy Brady to finally get a clue to how the world really works. While he is getting to know Riley and how harshly this town has treated it begins to change him. It's like someone is peeling one of those painful face masks off. You know the ones that leaving you with this burning, searing hurt, but after you heal you feel fresh and renewed. Like that one thing can turn you into a completely new person. That is exactly how the chain of events in this book affect Brady. Riley also goes through a decent change from being completely closed off to the world so that her painful past won't happen again. She can't live like she did before and let this town hurt her again, especially because that would hurt her little daughter. Things change for her though, and she learns to be a friend again, and to have a friend and how much that could mean for her and her baby. This was an amazing book, that came with new relateable struggles for these teens in this town. I have enjoyed reading about them so far, and again, I look forward to the future for them. This is a book series that I without a doubt would read over and over again. It can help you get over a very tough situation because it helps remind you that someone might have it worse, and maybe you need someone to help you get through that. And that it is ok to need someone. I was so blessed to get an ARC copy of this book from the publisher. I couldn't be more thankful to read this beautiful story.