TITLE: Before Girl
AUTHOR: Kate Canterbary
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2018
The actions of the characters in the first few chapters of Before Girl had me pausing, trying to decide whether or not this book was going to hold my interest and if I wanted to continue. Certain declarations pretty early on in the story, the insta love, insta lust, were a bit too much for me. However, although I felt the story took a moment to settle down, once it did I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As a cardio surgeon and former Amy Ranger, Cal Hartshorn has found great success. As a man looking for love, not so much. He’s shy, sexy and a bit of a worrier. His worrying is supposed to be endearing but truthfully, I found it a bit irritating. For a shy guy, he can be awfully forward too, feeling anxious about making a move and then diving straight in for the kill in a rather awkward way. A scene in a coffee shop made me feel slightly uncomfortable. I thought it was a bit much, too soon and out of character for a forty something man. He’s a good guy, but these first chapters made him seem very odd.
Stella Allesandro has a successful career as a sports publicist and is the opposite of Cal in almost every way. Certainly not shy, she’s decided that love’s not for her and is sticking with the more friends with benefits type relationships. I loved her character. She’s a sexually confident, in charge kind of woman, who doesn’t let her insecurities hold her back.
After a rocky start, I’m not quite sure at what point this story turned around for me but I realised I was finding it hugely endearing and didn’t want to put it down. Maybe it was when Stella slowed things down, or when Cal stopped being so intense and trying so hard. It turned from fast and furious
into more of a fun, sweet, slow burn, where we learnt more about the characters behind the chemistry. Stella’s family were a hoot and some of my favourite conversations were between Cal and his co-workers. The witty banter and use of clever phrasing had me laughing out loud. There were lots of cheeky little innuendos and hot sexy moments, which together with a little angst, made me glad I stuck around till the end.
★ BLURB ★
SHE’LL JUGGLE YOUR BALLS.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She’s a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She’s known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.
But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.
HE’LL FIX YOUR BROKEN HEART.
This ex-Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he’s adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he’s exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.
Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.
But Stella isn’t convinced she’s anyone’s forever.
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★ AUTHOR BIO & LINKS ★
Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.
Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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