Author: Karina Halle
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
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.
Ahhh I love Karina Halle’s writing. I swear, her books always manage to hit all the feels, and this was no exception. I got a major case of the grabby hands when I saw there’s an age gap (16 years) between Jackie and Will. Oh, and that he’s her father’s best friend and business partner! Talk about forbidden romance. Wait, there’s more! Jackie returns after being gone for seven years and her dad puts her to work with his company, where she becomes Will’s assistant. So it’s forbidden and an office romance!
I loved these two together, especially when they were trying to keep things on the down-low. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and when they finally get together, they burn it up! I also really like that Jackie learns a few things about herself, love, and family along the way.
This really isn’t high in the angst department, but it does squeeze the heart at times. Love that feeling! It has a nice balance of sweet and sexy that is totally smile inducing. Overall, Before I Ever Met You has great characters, a great romance, and is just an all-around great story.
And bonus points for including one of my favorite songs.