BEFORE I EVER MET YOU, an all-new standalone contemporary office romance by bestselling author Karina Halle, is now LIVE and available on ALL platforms!
Cover Design: By Hang Le
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Office Romance
Title: Before I Ever Met You
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: April 25, 2017
***A standalone contemporary office romance***
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.
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Before I Ever Met You was my first Karina Halle novel and it was absolutely amazing! Will and Jackie’s story was phenomenal and I loved reading every single page of it. I really enjoyed Karina’s writing style and I thought she did an excellent job with this book. I haven’t read many office romance novels before, but I do love the trope, and this one was certainly unique and highly entertaining.
Will and Jackie were wonderful and very likable main characters, and I loved reading the story from both of their perspectives. I really enjoyed their personalities and the chemistry between them was sizzling hot. Will was sixteen years older than Jackie, but they were both very mature and I never thought their relationship felt awkward or weird. I loved the deep connection they had together and was very pleased how their relationship progressed from friends/co-workers to something more intense and romantic. I loved the banter between Will and Jackie, and many of the things he said/did were extremely swoon-worthy. It definitely made me jealous of her on more than one occasion! Many of the secondary characters were wonderful as well, especially Jackie’s son Tyson and her mother. I did not like Jackie’s father very much, but he wasn’t so bad towards the end. There were parts of the book that felt a little slow and were slightly annoying, but otherwise I was highly entertained throughout. I really loved the concept of the story and I liked that it was set in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I haven’t read many books that were set outside of the United States, and even though I wasn’t familiar with the area, it was a nice change of scenery.
Will and Jackie had both dealt with difficult and heartbreaking situations in their pasts, but I loved that they found each other and were able to start fresh. They both had plenty of up and down moments throughout, but all of it was worth it in the end, and I was very happy to have gone on this journey with them. The ending was absolutely perfect and even better than I expected it to be. I truly couldn’t have been happier with the conclusion to Will and Jackie’s story, and Before I Ever Met You will definitely not be my last Karina Halle book!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
FIVE “Will and Jackie” STARS!
About the Author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!