Review: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published April 24th, 2017
by Metal Blonde Books
My rating: 5 out of 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.



My thoughts…

I absolutely adored this book start to finish.

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. It was no longer comfortable for Will to work in the same office as his ex-wife who had become pregnant from another man while married to Will. Since then Will has sworn off love, never to have his heartbroken again.

Jackie is a single mother who moves back to her home town and in with her parents’, along with her seven-year-old son. Jackie is also hoping to start her life over and make better choices than she had in the past. The relationship with her parents is strained due to her moving away with the wrong guy and not having much contact with them for the past seven years.

To help Jackie out her father gives her a job at his company as the administrative assistant to her father's business partner and best friend Will. Jackie was just a teenager last time she has seen Will with his wife at family dinners at her parents’ house. She always thought he was handsome for an older guy and looks even better now that he’s aged. Will can’t believe his eye’s when he sees Jackie again, she’s gorgeous, last time it was when she was a teenage with a chip on her shoulder.

From the first meeting, they both feel the connections between them. Will begins opening and sharing with Jackie his past. Both are hesitant to let their feelings develop into more because of the age difference, Will being her father’s best friend and the employee boss relationship. Eventually Will let’s Jackie know what he wants, her, and plays to win, Jackie fights the attraction at first and has some doubts along the way.

Before I Ever Met You was such a great read, I truly enjoyed it. Both characters, Will and Jackie were wonderful. Will was a picture-perfect, sweet and compassionate alpha without being arrogant, he loved Jackie and her son as was willing to wait until Jackie was ready for more. They didn’t rush their relationship, it was a slow burn love story and well worth it.

This is my favorite book by Karina Halle and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys forbidden love stories and a second chance at love.

Happy Reading -J   


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