After All by Karina Halle
Published by Metal Blonde Books on July 3, 2017
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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.
After All is the summer read you’ve been looking for. Steamy, sexy, fun, Emmett and Alyssa are the perfect romantic duo to keep you occupied in this heat! In fact you’ll need the AC to keep you cool during the sexy times!
Emmett and Alyssa explode with passion, from the first moment they meet till the very last page. They both have strong personalities, which come out in words and actions. The push and pull is fun to read, I never knew which way a scene would end…sex or insults. Alyssa is very against anything remotely similar to a playboy and Emmett is nothing but play and boy. Wrap that up in gorgeousness, add a dose of ripped body, sprinkle on the charm and he’s a force to be reckoned with. Emmett sees Alyssa as a perfect specimen of woman, she’s awnry, beautiful, a little weird, and she definitely doesn’t put up with b.s., his or otherwise.
They aren’t necessarily a match made in heaven, yet. But Emmett’s image needs cleaning and Alyssa has been wrangled as the woman up for the job. Of course there’s something in it for her. Neither of them expect anything other than the means to an end. But even they can’t deny the attraction. Both come with heavy baggage which for me was hard to digest at times. Alyssa’s past history didn’t really jive with all those strong feelings she has. I didn’t feel like it was explained quite enough for me. She came across rude sometimes and I found myself feel sorry for Emmett instead of understanding for her. Emmett honestly just needs to see things differently. Nothing in his life has been permanent and he’s really been searching for a long time for acceptance.
This really is a fun and easy read. I think everyone will enjoy the story.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *