Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
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 romance in an urban office setting. It does not contain any cheating.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Before I Ever Met You is a forbidden romance on more than one level. Let me just roll off a few of the hurdles Will has to clear to reach his Dream Girl:
- He is good friends with her father
- He works for her father
- She works at her father’s company
It was easy to see why I put my hand up to read for this story of temptation. The angst and trouble were merely a formality!
So imagine my dismay when after a great start the storyline started to ease up a bit. It teetered into a rather immature office gossip fest between those whom should have known better and others that needed to grow up. Then, just as I was considering whipping metaphorical stars off my review – POW! the story flipped and the intensity between Will and Jackie skyrocketed.
Deception, lies and off the charts steamy moments were flying left, right and centre. The gossip all of a sudden was not a concern. The childish banter was long forgotten as I became smitten with all that was happening. I knew they were on a path that would bring their world crashing down but I was too busy living vicariously through the both of them.
When I dwelled on the age gap between the love-struck couple, I had the urge to reach out and give Jackie a crystal ball. Call it my duty to the sisterhood, then I thought far be it for me to judge but every now and then, the 15 year age gap seemed a lot more than I could get my head around. Needless to say though, the interactions between them both were based on respect, love and adoration. A minor quandary that I quickly dismissed.
The mix of family life across three generations gave scope to situations and concerns to be shared. While the romance remained at the forefront, the reality of Jackie’s life as a single mother was not forgotten. Children have a way of changing our lives but the way Jackie’s son was integrated into the story was well done.
So I am absolutely delighted that I have found a contemporary romance that I have thoroughly enjoyed. The lull between the brilliant beginning and the spark igniting again for Will was well and truly forgotten by the time I reached the epilogue. What a way to finish a story! While I wasn’t surprised by what was shared, there was a massive twist towards the end that I didn’t see coming which caused me to hold my breath for a beat or two.
Rating: 4 What’s a few years between lovers Stars
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