Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle
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.
Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again
I admit, when I first read this synopsis, I was skeptical about it due to the age difference with the main characters. You know the whole I fell for my dad’s friend? Well, Karina quickly changed my mind and it wasn’t at all what I expected. It was sooo much more and in all the best ways.
The moment I started reading this, I couldn’t stop.
Jackie is our heroine. She was a wild teenager, didn’t make the best choices, fell in love young and was put through the ringer. Now at 25 years old, she is back at home, a single mom, trying to get back on her feet. With her father’s help, she gets a job at his company as the assistant to Will McAlister.
Will McAlister was shattered when his marriage fell to pieces. No longer able to work alongside his ex in Los Angeles, he finds himself back in Canada, same company, different department. He knows his partner’s daughter is his new executive assistant. He remembers when Jackie was a rebellious teenager. When he sees Jackie again, he is stunned at how beautiful and strong of a woman she has become.
I adored their working relationship, their friendship and their support for each other. Will immediately stole my heart.
Karina has such a way of worming these characters into your heart. This story was simply beautiful. It is a story about finding love again. A second chance at something fantastic.
I am in fucking awe of Karina and her story telling abilities.
This story and the characters won my heart. A must read!