This lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers standalone romance is full of heart, laughs and plenty of steam! The perfect read for your summer weekend!
After All by Karina Halle
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4 Romantic CROWNS
Karina Halle has created another old school romance that really focuses on wooing a woman and finding the one. Her old school heroes, who are a tad broken, and heroines, who are filled with their own imperfections, read as a real-life romance with all the most swoon-worthy moments.
Emmett Hill, unlike most Hollywood heroes, is a rather sympathetic character. He has the charm and charisma needed for a romantic hero, but his background and resulting effects on his development as a character are unique. His resulting “bad-boy” behavior is completely understandable, and, honestly, makes readers like him.
Alyssa is unique as a heroine for several reasons. First, she is not your average thin heroine, and, while I love this about her, I wish there would have been less commentary about it. If she is the “normal woman” then it should be a non-issue and not a main component of her character. Second, she is “prickly,” to borrow a term from the characters. This actually worked for me. The fact that she wasn’t a say anything to please the hero, push-over heroine made her endearing.
While this couple had a believable and authentic romance, the spark between them was lost to me. There are steamy scenes and getting to know you moments that are components of any good romance. The pacing is spot on. The author allows the reader to see them move genuinely from hate to like to love. The conflict is believable and alluded to throughout the plot development of the story, and the resolution and epilogue are perfect.
For whatever reason, these two just didn’t have that spark for me. The story is great. I enjoyed the writing and the plot line. The characters are likable and sympathetic, and they work together as a couple. It is definitely a book I would recommend, but it won’t be among my favorites of Ms. Halle’s.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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About the Author:
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!