REVIEW – BEFORE I EVER MET YOU by Karina Halle

SYNOPSIS

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.

Right?

Wrong.

Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”Tell me I have your heart. I won’t let it go, not for any moment, not for any reason. Tell me I have your heart and I’ll keep it next to my own.”

 

I knew from the synopsis that this book was going to be fabulous, and I can tell you that I was not disappointed in the least. I forgot just how much I love a really good forbidden romance and this may actually be a new favorite trope as I don’t think I’ve ever read one involving a father’s best friend! I need to find more of these books and now!! Karina Halle is one versatile author but I would absolutely love it if she wrote a lot more adult contemporary romances. I fell in love with this story and it all had to do with the beautiful man, named Will McAlister!

Will McAlister is a forty-one-year-old divorced man who has left his job and life behind in L.A. and has transferred to the Vancouver office to start over. His ex-wife dropped one hell of a bombshell on him that rocked him to his core and left him swearing off love forever, or so he thought. The moment he meets his new executive assistant, it seems that his heart is starting to awaken. Jackie Phillips is his best friend/business partner’s daughter and the last time Will saw her, she was a sullen teenager with a chip on her shoulder. Gone is the troublesome teenager and in her place is a sweet and strikingly beautiful woman. They are wildly attracted to each other but because there are so many things playing against them both Will and Jackie try their best to keep things platonic. Jackie is actually the one who fights the attraction the most.

 

 

She ran off and married the absolute worst guy for her when she was seventeen. She ended up having a son with him and that was about the only good thing that came from that relationship. Her past mistake in judgment with men and her need to prove to her father that she is not the same person she was seven years ago, has Jackie keeping Will at arms-length and stubbornly denying her feelings for him.

Soon enough neither of them will be able to fight the attraction anymore and let’s just say the steamy scenes are PHENOMENAL!! While I enjoy the spicy stuff, it was Will’s heart that had me melting for this story! He loved Jackie so much that he was willing to take whatever she was able to give him and I mean how could you not swoon over a guy like that??!!

BEFORE I EVER MET YOU is currently available! Make sure you bump this up your TBRs!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

5 Dream Girl Stars!

 

William McAlister is a 41 yr. old guy who found himself divorced after 15 yrs. of marriage. He needs a change of pace, & moves from LA to work in the Vancouver office of his production company. He’s only been back in Vancouver about a month and is still adjusting & settling in when his business partner’s daughter Jackie is hired on to be his executive assistant. He hasn’t seen her since she was 15, & wow has she grown up. He knows there’s a 16 yr. age difference between them, but that doesn’t keep him from having inappropriate thoughts about her. She has luscious curves & is absolutely gorgeous. Will has to keep reminding himself he can’t mix business with pleasure.

 

Jackie Phillips is a 25 yr. old single mom who’s been through a rough patch lately. Struggling to make ends meet she decides to move back home to Vancouver & live with her parents. She needs a fresh start, and that includes a new job. Her father co-owns a film company called Mad Men Studios, & offers her a job working for his business partner Mr. McAlister. Jackie remembers Will from when he used to come over for dinners when she was a teenager. He’s been a family friend for as long as she can remember. She hasn’t seen him in about ten years, & is stunned by how sexy he is. Age has made him every more beautiful, & Jackie has trouble working so closely with Will & not having out of control fantasies about him. She tries to hide her attraction & growing crush. He’s become a distraction & she’s drawn to him.

 

-He’s everything sexy and mysterious wrapped up into one.

-He’s funny, sweet, kind, generous. He’s everything any woman could ever want. And fuck, do I ever want him.

-I’m fucking obsessed with her. Plain and simple.

-She doesn’t realize just how perfect she is to me.

-“You, me. It’s everything that’s right.”

Will & Jackie feel a strong bond with each other from the start. They can be themselves & soon both will use any excuse to spend time together. Will quickly becomes someone Jackie can count on & trust. She can talk to him about anything. They become a great team at the office & things begin to get more complicated when they can’t fight their desire for one another any longer. Will is obsessed with Jackie & wants more. Jackie is scared to death of these intense feelings & is desperately trying not to fall for him because he’s the one man she can never have completely. He’s her boss & her father’s friend and business partner. She can’t jeopardize her job or damage her relationship with her father, but can she give up the man who’s become her everything?

I absolutely adored this book start to finish! I fell hard for Will. He is such a beautiful man inside and out & sexy as hell!!! This book was seriously hot! I’ve read almost all of Karina’s books & this one is now my favorite. Just a beautiful story.

 

-This girl, my dream girl, is mine, no one else’s.

-“It’s me. And it’s you. And this works, the two of us, we work.”

-Her soul speaks to mine.

-“I know this is all new. I’m in your hands. Every single part of me.”

-“All in. I’ve always been all in with you.”

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