Book Review: Before I Ever Met You by Kariana Halle

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Title: Before I Ever Met You
Author: Karina Halle @MetalBlonde
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

This book has a lot for a romance reader to sink their teeth into.
The age difference between the H and h.
The forbidden element in the workplace.
The H’s friendship to the h’s Dad.
A sweet kid named Ty.
And the most importantly, one worthy BBF.

So let me start of on the last point.  Will is EVERYTHING!!!  There is not one point in this story where I didn’t like or love him.  He is THAT good.  Before we really get to know him, we learn he likely has a monster dick, and getting him the nickname of Mr. Right (because he hangs right, lol).

He looks awfully pleased with himself.  I don’t blame him.  If I had a dick like that I’d probably be arrested for flashing it to everyone on the street.

This immediately made me think of Jon Hamm, especially given that he works at Mad Men Studios.  But there is more to Will than a big package.

Jackie begins working as Will’s assistant, a job she acquired from her Dad who owns the company.  You would think that would cause some office backlash, but for the most part, they welcome her with open arms.  And Will leads the charge.  There is definitely instalust action going on between both of them from the start.  With dual POVs, we learn how hard it is for them to fight this growing attraction and still maintain the boss/employee relationship.  But Will quickly becomes more than her boss, and that’s what makes him stand out.  He becomes a friend, not only to Just Jackie, as he nicknames her, but also to her son.

Yes, prepare your ovaries, Will’s interactions with Ty will melt your heart.  That sweet relationship also brings him closer to Jackie and thinking of elaborate ways to spend more time with her.

So you have the following:
Will’s package
The ultimate boss
A new friend for her son
What pushes him over the edge to top BBF material?
His absolute devotion to Jackie.
When the two decide to throw caution to the wind, he becomes insatiable and will literally do anything for her.

“And when you find what makes your heart beat, your soul sing, then you have to hang on to it.”

I did have one problem with the story and that did impact what could have been a 5 star read.  Jackie begins to suffer Acute Stupid Heroine Syndrome.  I really wanted her to stop overthinking things and relish all of the love Will was giving her.  Instead, she begins to say or think stupid things to push him away.  Yes, I wanted to smack her.  Repeatedly.  Thankfully, there were several people to shake some sense into her and the big “reveal” was so sweet.

“I could be good for you.  Let me be good for you.”

Other than the temporary stupidity of the heroine, this was a very enjoyable read with some laughs and sexy times.  And of course, dreamy Will to satisfy your romance craving heart.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

PURCHASE LINKS
Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes

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