Review – Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle



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

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four star

When I first learned Karina Halle was writing a contemporary romance with a forbidden aspect, I admit to being a little nervous. This had the potential to be a huge angsty mess; an office romance with a significant age difference, and a single parent. I was pleasantly surprised how refreshing and fun this story is.  It is not a side Karina shows often, and it makes me adore her even more. The intensity between Will and Jackie had me cheering for them relentlessly.  I couldn’t get enough of this slow burning romance.

“You’re magic, Will McAlister.”

Will has to be one of my favorite heroes from all of Halle’s works. He is sexy, confident, kind, intelligent, successful, and he’s over forty!  It was such a breath of fresh air, and I’d love to see more heroes like him. I adored Jackie as much a Will. These two seemed perfect for one another, even if Jackie required a little more convincing. Despite their age difference, there is undeniable chemistry.  The balance of sweet and sexy, mixed with a tad of emotions, had me unable to stop reading.

“I’m all in..”

With Halle, I sometimes take for granted how outstanding her secondary characters and settings always are. She brings to life the city of Vancouver and had me longing to visit another city that wasn’t even on my radar. I spent 20 minutes looking at The Grace and other photos of the city online. I adored Jackie’s mom and how she delivers wisdom and unconditional love.  Will’s interactions with Tyson were some of my favorite moments of the book, and added so much warmth and depth. It would not have been the same without those tender moments.

I always appreciate the versatility of Karina Halle. If you are looking for a feel good romance, pick this one up.  I sighed and smiled more often than I could have predicted.  This one is perfect for a lazy weekend or poolside as summer approaches. Everyone needs to fall in love with Will McAlister.

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