Published by Metal Blonde Books on April 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.
He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.
Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.
I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.
Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.
We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.
A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.
But it’s just a harmless crush, right?
It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?
It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.
Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again
In 2017, Karina Halle has managed to produce three of my favorite reads with the Dirty Souls duet and now Before I Ever Met You. Yes, it’s a literary hat trick and there’s more to come. But BIEMY is going to be hard to top. This is just one of the most perfect contemporary romance reads. Halle accomplishes this using one of my favorite tropes ( older man/younger woman) and develops a story that exceeded my expectations, leaving me preoccupied, captivated and giddy.
At the core, Before I Ever Met You is a story of hope. Two people find each other and simply meld together. Halle creates a connection that is organic, as if their lives have progressed as they have just so the two would be ready for each other ~ a hero and heroine so obviously meant for each other. Will and Jackie are two stand out characters and for good reason. Will McAlister is positively swoon-worthy. He’s the older man, a HOT older man, whose attraction to Jackie makes for a slightly forbidden romance seeing how he is her boss and family friend. This forbidden element isn’t anything but enticing and sweet. Will is just, well he’s one of my favorite hero’s. He’s charming and smooth without being insincere:
“I’ll call you Dream Girl. Because that’s what you are to me.”
Maybe it’s the maturity element, but this man does not f*ck around. He feels, and he feels deeply. He’s also incredibly generous, sensitive and considerate. Normally I read at a fast pace, but for Will I slowed myself down. I soaked up every scene, and there are some stunning moments between Will and Jackie. Wills’ connection to “Just Jackie” extends to her son, Tyson. His interactions with him are heartwarming and only make Will all the more attractive. Yes, Will will melt you and you’ll understand exactly what Jackie means when she muses:
“The funny thing is, I feel like I’m glowing. Inside and out. And every time I think of Will, that glow intensifies.”
I know exactly what she means 🙂
In Jackie, Halle creates an particularly endearing young woman. Married and divorced at a young age, she’s a bit guarded. Other factors have worn on her psyche and emotions, but her insecurities are tempered by a wonderful spirit and great intentions. She’s a single mother whose driven to provide for her son. So, she moves back in with her parents so that her son can finally know his family. Jackie, gets the chance to work in her fathers movie company and, lucky girl, gets to be Will’s assistant. Jackie is a rare breed. I love that Halle creates a woman who is perfectly imperfect. You’ll understated this once you meet her. And you should meet her.
With BIEMY Halle really shows off the diversity of her writing and storytelling. When I finished the book I found myself elated, but I missed the characters. Hence, Before I Ever Met You is a 5 ++ Star read and I urge you to read it. #BookHangover
~Review by Cyndi