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.
Emmett is an actor with a bad boy reputation. Always in the rag mags for his bad boy ways. Even though he is hot, Alyssa wants nothing to do with him until she does. All it takes is a one night stand and everything changes.
Alyssa is strong willed, smart and beautiful. She learned early on that men aren’t trust worthy, especially men like Emmett. Men like that take what they need then bail, leaving broken hearts along the way. She doesn’t have time for that so she uses men for her needs and when she is through, she moves on. No harm no foul and no feelings.
Emmett and Alyssa are a match in all the best ways. They balance each other out. I freaking LOVED Alyssa. She says what’s on her mind and doesn’t care what other’s think. She loves being challenged both professionally and personally.
To help clean up his image he begs Alyssa for her help. They may have amazing chemistry between the sheets but outside of that, she can’t stand him. Their bickering makes for some great foreplay.
They are both witty. Emmett can see the walls Alyssa has built around her heart and he is determined to break them down.
Alyssa can see the longing and loneliness that Emmett tries to hide.
Both of them put up a façade to placate their friends and themselves.
I enjoyed every step of their journey to find their dreams and their happiness. Their banter is entertaining and the sex is downright sizzling.
Karina did an amazing job capturing their vulnerability, their fears, determination and their blossoming love.