Before I Even Met You by Karina Halle
Published by Indie on April 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again
“When you find what makes your heart beat, your soul sing, then you have to hang on to it.”
It’s no secret that I’m a Karina Halle fan and I’ve also made it very clear that I’m a sucker for her darker romances. I’ve enjoyed EVERYTHING she has written but her dark books call to me. So while I was super excited to read Before I Even Met You and I knew I was going to like it, I didn’t know I was going to love it as much as I did. Yet again, Halle delivers us a heartwarming and all consuming story that grips you from the start.
Jackie made some poor choices when she was younger but the best thing she ever got out of that was her son. She’s recently moved back home to Vancouver and working for her father’s company and just so happens to be his partner’s new assistant. Her father’s very handsome and alluring partner who is sixteen years her senior. From the moment she laid eyes on him on her first day, the attraction was strong.
Will is fresh off a divorce and back in Vancouver starting his life over. He’s starting to settle back in but he lays his eyes on the now adult Jackie and he’s a goner. He knows that they shouldn’t be together but he knows what he wants and he goes for it.
I liked Jackie. There were times that I wanted to strangle her and force her to accept what is in front of her but her past makes it clear why she does the things she does. While it’s frustrating at times, it makes sense. She’s super strong. Stronger than she even knows and Will is the perfect person to help her see that.
And then there’s Will. Sigh. Dreamy Will. Jackie may be his dream girl but Will is my dream guy. EVERYONE NEEDS A WILL IN THEIR LIFE! God, I couldn’t get enough of him. He knew what he wanted and he didn’t hold back. He communicated his feelings and made sure that Jackie knew where he stood and how he was feeling. He fought and will always fight for his true love. Plus, he gets bossy at just the right time! 😉
The last 10% of this book had my stomach and heart in knots. I was so emotionally involved. And for me, that is a huge testament to Halle. I don’t normally get that emotionally involved unless the book is full of angst. While there is a little bit here, it isn’t anything close to what normally makes me fully connected that emotionally. Yet, it happened here. Will and Jackie just crept into my heart and held on tightly, never letting go.
Overall, I really loved this book. The writing is effortless with just the right amount of description that keeps the flow smooth and welcoming. If you are looking for a taboo(ish) love story that will grip you from the start and warm your heart, then this is the book for you. You can’t go wrong with Halle.