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After All is a standalone lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance from the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You.
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.
I really enjoyed every word of this lovers to enemies to lovers story! This book is a standalone but it is a spin off from Before I Ever Met you (Will and Jackie’s Book). This book belongs to Emmett and Alyssa.
Alyssa is the 28-year-old prickly office manager at Mad Men Studios. She is bored with her job and her life in general. She is tired of the same old dating scene and daily routines. She is the maid of honor for Jackie and Will’s wedding and was not looking forward to being there without a date, but she will have enough cocktails to dull the ache. Then she watches as Emmett arrives with the groom and father of the bride (her bosses). She thinks he’s gorgeous, but she knows that type of man. An egotistical womanizer. She knows the type and wants no part of that action.
Emmett is a 38-year-old actor with a bad boy reputation on the career comeback and Will’s friend. When he arrives at the wedding he is immediately attracted to Alyssa. She is stunning, curvy, prickly and a challenge. He was warned by Will and Ted to stay away from her. Challenge accepted. He put the high-speed run on Alyssa all night. With his dirty innuendos and constant attention, Alyssa finally meets up with Emmett in the locker room at the country club where the reception is being held. They have a very passionate hookup and spend the rest of the evening enjoying each other’s company with the agreement that this was a onetime hookup.
Perez Hilton (Gossip Blogger) splashes pictures of Emmett and Alyssa’s kissing and hugging during the reception on the internet and word is out that she is Emmet’s new love interest. Someone at the reception took pictures and sold them to the highest bidder! Will and his publicist come up with the idea to have Alyssa help rebuild Emmett’s reputation by having a steady “normal” girlfriend. Alyssa agrees to 3-months and $40,000 at the end of the operation fake girlfriend. Little did they know that pretending to care would eventually lead to real feelings.
I don’t want to give away the journey that this terrific love story takes you on. Emmett and Alyssa are great together. They discover wonderful things about each other and themselves on the journey. The story had comedy, passion, and great feels. The secondary characters added some great laughs along the way.
If you want a love story with great feels, comedy and passion, then give this book a try! I promise you won’t regret it.
I want my own scoundrel!
Oh gosh, I always feel like I can never do Karina's books justice with a review, but I will try....
I know I have said this previously, but it must be repeated--the way Karina describes a location, or a character's outfit is so vivid that when I go to google it it's spot on. I honestly love that in a book it adds to the layers of the story. You know what else I love? Excellent dialogue and After All definitely has that in my opinion. The emotions I went through while reading this book probably would not have happened at the level that they did for me if the dialogue was lacking.
Oh and the chemistry was off the charts, I felt the tension and highly enjoyed the steamy scenes. This story will go on my re-read list for sure.
Thank you Karina for allowing me to read this book before the release!
Perfect beach read!!!
So. Much. Fun. I loved this book. It was a light, fast paced read that made me laugh and smile and swoon.
It's no secret that I adore Karina Halle's writing. She has this way of completely transporting you to a different place and a knack for creating characters that are real, compelling, and perfectly flawed. And After All definitely does not disappoint! Alyssa is a strong female lead and Emmett really is a "book boyfriend come to life". Their chemistry is off the charts and their banter is delectable.
There really isn't anything I didn't like about this book. It was cute and funny but very touching at the same time. I enjoyed every second of reading it. 5 stars.