– A fake relationship? √
– Lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers? √
– A one-night stand turned into a lie of epic proportions? √
AFTER ALL hits all the requirements for the PERFECT SUMMER ROMANCE
Fun, light & sexy as sin, this STANDALONE contemporary romance from the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You, will make you laugh, blush and swoon your heart out.
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. Right? Try telling them that.
Karina did it again! She totally knows how to get you not only interested in the main characters, but completely attached to them, from the beginning, so that by the end you are totally rooting for them.
Emmett’s past and childhood is hard to read, especially since it’s the prologue. The good thing is he never truly forgets about where he came from and doesn’t take it for granted. I really admired him for that. Plus he is totally HAWT.
Alyssa’s past is not so straight forward. In fact we are pretty much left in the dark about it, and find out about her dreams and fears as Emmett does. That was a refreshing change for me.
I’ve been reading quite a few books lately about famous people finding love with a “normal” person, and the relationship either starts out fake or they have to hide the relationship from their family, friends and the public. I’m always leery about how a relationship that starts out this way, would truly last. It is just so shaky and unstable. I mean even Alyssa thought, “How can a relationship built on a lie ever feel like the truth?”
Of course, at the end when they can’t deny their feelings for each other, there is confusion and a big misunderstanding, but thank god there isn’t much time spent on the recovery, since I knew it was coming.
I give this book, 4 secret love stars, and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.
*****I was given an advanced copy to read for an honest review, from the publicist and publisher. Thank you Nina Bocci!****