Review – After All by Karina Halle


– A fake relationship? √

– Lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers? √
– A one-night stand turned into a lie of epic proportions? √
AFTER ALL hits all the requirements for the PERFECT SUMMER ROMANCE
Fun, light & sexy as sin, this STANDALONE contemporary romance from the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You, will make you laugh, blush and swoon your heart out.

Emmett Hill is the perfect gentleman.

At least that’s what his PR team wants the world to think.

Tall, handsome, and wickedly charming, Emmett is in the midst of a career comeback, having landed the role of a villain in a popular TV show. The only problem is, Emmett has come a long way from the “nice guy” characters he used to play and his old squeaky clean image is quickly being tarnished by bar fights, womanizing and bad boy behaviour. Considering he’s two years shy of forty, it’s an act he needs to drop. And fast.

Enter Alyssa Martin.

At twenty-eight, Alyssa is tired and ready for a change. Her job as office manager has grown stagnant and unfulfilling, while she’s become continuously frustrated with Vancouver’s lackluster dating scene, always searching for Mr. Right in a city of Mr. Wrongs.

When Emmett and Alyssa’s paths cross at a mutual friend’s wedding, their chemistry is off-the-charts hot, culminating in a steamy one-night stand.

What neither expected was for the media catch wind of their coupling – and run with it.

Now Emmett has to convince Alyssa to date him for the sake of his image. Her curvy, cute and “normal” persona is just the ticket to smoothing out his reputation, while Emmett provides Alyssa with the excitement and change her life has been lacking.

The only problem is, the two fight like cats and dogs outside of the bedroom.

And considering their arrangement is just for show, they shouldn’t be in the bedroom with each other anyway.


Try telling them that.

Note: After All is a spinoff of Before I Ever Met You, however it is a complete standalone novel. You do not need to read Before I Ever Met You to enjoy After All as it follows different characters.

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Emmett is the free loving friend and Alyssa is the sassy office manager I first met in Before I Ever Met You.  Although they never actually meet in that book, I was happy when Halle announced they would have indeed have a story.  After All is a light-hearted, sexy read and is perfect for an afternoon at the pool or beach.

Even though these two don’t appear to like another much, there is sexual chemistry from the beginning. Emmett is a bit of a cad and ladies man, who comes across as a little egotistical. He didn’t win me over like I expected, even after learning about his heartbreaking past. I adored Alyssa and found her bluntness and prickly attitude endearing. She’s the perfect balance of sass and vulnerability. Despite my adoration for Alyssa, I never developed a deep connection to her relationship with Emmett.  It was cute and fun, but it didn’t pull at my heart strings like I have come to expect from this author.

When you read 40+ books from one author, you will occasionally have a book that doesn’t resonate. It doesn’t deter my respect for her or my excitement to read her next book.  After All is one I encourage book friends to read and form your own opinion.

Thank you to Karina Halle for my advanced copy of this book.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.


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