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Before I Ever Met You

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,015 ratings  ·  934 reviews

A light-hearted STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE that will make you believe in love again.

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 fami
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Published April 25th 2017 by Metal Blonde Books
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Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-five-stars
5 stars!!!

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

I’ve read a lot of Karina Halle books. She is a versatile author and can write many different types of reads. I feel like with Before I Ever Met You, she picked so many of my favorite tropes and put them all in one book. Forbidden love/office romance, older man/younger woman, single mom, an incredibly swoony hero- this book had it all! One of my favorite books by Halle and definitely a great book for contemporary romance readers!

Jackie has been t
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Dream girl,” he whispers. “Tell me I have your heart. I won’t let it go, not for any moment, not for any reason. Tell me I have your heart and I’ll keep it next to my own.”

Oh my! Oh my holy freaking frick! Never have I ever dreaded the end of a book more than I did the end of this! Never! I flat out want to read Will and Jackie's story forever and ever. For the rest of my life. Ahhhhh!!!! Will McAlister is the hero of all heroes, you guys, and I have fallen in love. I have fallen in so much
2.5 stars

I don't really know why, but when I read Karina's lighter books I notice she tends to:

· Label drop
· Explain every outfit, hairstyle, and room set up in explicit detail
· Write overlong, drawn out, unneeded conversations that add absolutely nothing to the plot and I find completely pointless. I'm guessing these details and conversations are supposed to depict the MCs developing a slow and organic romance, but it didn't work for me. Their conversations bored me.

I didn’t like the insta
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”Tell me I have your heart. I won’t let it go, not for any moment, not for any reason. Tell me I have your heart and I’ll keep it next to my own.”

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I knew from the synopsis that this book was going to be fabulous, and I can tell you that I was not disappointed in the least. I forgot just how much I love a really good forbidden romance and this may actually be a new favorite trope as I don’t think I’ve ever read one involving a father’s
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This new standalone contemporary novel from Karina Halle is recommended for the lovers of second chance at love and life romances and forbidden love stories!

➦Jackie, the heroine of this book is a single mother who moves back to her home town and her parents house in hopes of starting her life over. The relationship with her parents is strained due to her running away and severing any contact with them for 7 years. But she is desperate and needs help.

➦Jackie is given a job at her father's compan
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Book Blurb:
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 sin
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It's so refreshing reading something without all the angst, the emotional trauma and reading a straight forward no bull romance.

BEFORE I EVER MET YOU: A day that would normally be set for celebrating his thirty ninth birthday takes a heartbreaking nose dive when cold realisation that his marriage is on the rocks and eminent divorce proceedings is on the cards has dread and bitterness coursing through his veins in disb
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5 Will Stars

"How is that life can be so crazy,so chaotic,so scary.
And yet one kiss from you and all that goes away.".

I loved this story so much, everything about Before I Ever Met You was perfect.I couldn't get enough of Will and Jackie!
Will is my new book boyfriend ❤❤❤ He has all the package, he is protective,sweet,charming,bossy and super hot!!


"He's kissing me in such a way that he steals the air from my lungs,stokes the fire inside me,makes my heart pound rapidly in my head.".

Jackie is sim
Rachel Reads Ravenously

4 stars!

"Where there's a will there's a way."

Before I Ever Met You is an office romance between twenty five year old single mother Jackie and recently divorced forty one year old Will. Will had returned to Vancouver after his divorce, in which his wife slept with and got pregnant with another man. Jackie came back home to her parents with her son Ty after her ex was put in jail. Ted, Jackie's father, works with Will and gets Jackie a job as Will's assistan
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: Well... I enjoyed this one, but probably not as much as I thought I would. I absolutely loved the H! The h is another story :/. I think it might've been because I loved the H so much that I really just wanted her to get her head out of her ass and be better for him! I enjoyed the interactions we got with her son, but I wanted more of that tbh. I was also a little disappointed with the rushed feeling of the ending. Why couldn't we get any time with them as an official oute
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 “I’m all In” Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Whenever I read a Karina Halle book, I become somewhat jealous of her characters. I don’t know what it is, but this author has always managed to make me wish I was one of her characters living in different places. Her ability to suck you right in and never let you go until you’ve read the final word is what I love about Karina and this story was no different. Add in a hot older man who’s your boss, and I practically lost all my damn brain cells!

It’s been a
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Dream Girl Stars!

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William McAlister is a 41 yr. old guy who found himself divorced after 15 yrs. of marriage. He needs a change of pace, & moves from LA to work in the Vancouver office of his production company. He's only been back in Vancouver about a month and is still adjusting & settling in when his business partner's daughter Jackie is hired on to be his executive assistant. He hasn't seen her since she was 15, & wow has she grown up. He knows there's a 16 yr. age difference between t
I was recommended this book by BB, thank you so much because I enjoyed it a lot. ❤

"How old are you?”
“How old are you?” I fire back. Can’t help myself.
“I’m twenty-five.”
“I am not twenty-five.”
She stares at me expectantly.

Jackie Phillips (25), is a single mum who went through an abusive relationship. Now coming back home with her seven-year-old son Ty, Jackie moves in with her parents needing their support until she can move out.
William McAlister (41), recently divorced can't wait to
Geri Reads
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I think about Karina Halle, I immediately think delectable anti-heroes, edgy heroines, and her stories are usually dark and twisty with a lot of angst. I never would have used sweet and adorable to describe her stories until now.

Before I Ever Met You is a different Karina Halle altogether and I am glad I got to read it this early because I really, really enjoyed it. Take my opinion with a grain of salt because I haven't read all her her books but as someone who's enjoyed her horror-paranor
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)

4.5 ⭐️
Don't read my review if you don't want to know please!!!

I can honestly say this hero stole my heart!! He was amazing. I liked the heroine in the beginning but towards the end she annoyed me a bit.
Her father pissed me off and his ex wife what a bitch!! No worries she doesn't show up.
Here's some lines from the hero so you can see for yourself that he was amazing..

“There’s some part of me, deep inside, maybe stemming from the primal caveman days, that wants me to t
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Before I Ever Met You is a beautiful Hollywood esque romance. In my mind, I was picturing a Lauren Bacall - Humphrey Bogart Hollywood romance. A May to December, love story to remember, had Bacall & Bogart lived in our day and age.

“That’s not reality. Love just makes everything else in life easier to bare. It’s like having an army on your side. But it doesn’t make love easier. Most people have to fight for it, they fight to keep it. Love is a war and half the time you’re battling your own fucki
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"Life is short. And when you find what makes your heart beat, your soul sing, then you have to hang on to it."

I tend to avoid reading office romances, and if I do give them a chance I either love or hate them. I was really excited about Before I ever Met you because one it is written by Karina Halle, two it is a single parent romance, and three there is a 16 year age difference between the main characters: Jackie is 25 and Will is 41. As mentioned
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I wanted and expected too much of Before I Ever Met You because I'm sitting here with a feeling of a little disappointment.

The premise of the book had me on pins and needles with excitement. Sadly from the second or third chapter I felt like Jackie and Will's chemistry and connection was rushed. It was all about how much they wanted and needed to be with each other and they just started working together. Too much lust and too little build up. Then when they did hook up Jackie gave me whiplash wi
Alex ♈
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s a rare occasion for me that I liked the hero more than the heroine,
but it was the case with this book.

He was amazing, liked him very much (except he didn’t wear any underwear – isn’t it unsanitary?)

I wished for an older and more mature woman for him - 30 to 35.

I didn’t dislike the heroine much, but she annoyed me a little.
And I couldn’t forgive her that she abandoned her parents in the past. My personal pet peeve.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I didn't love this one like I really hoped too, but I think it was because I had too high expectations (although who wouldn't, with that blurb!?). I LOVE a good forbidden love/age gap/office romance, but this one didn't turn out as angsty and intense as I expected. It was more sweet than anything, which was still good, but just not what I hoped. So if you're looking for a sweeter read with a hint of forbidden love, I'd recommend this one!

Full review to come!

Thanks to the author for generously pr
Stacey is Sassy
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The difference between need and want.

I hear and read a lot about women being independent and not needing a man in their life. Cool. Happy for you. Glad you're strong enough to carry the load on your own. Here's the may not need a man but there is nothing wrong with wanting someone to share your load. It's nice to have someone at your back, or to talk to when you're having a good or bad day.

Finding the right person to want is not always easy. Sometimes you have to get it wrong before
benevolent bastard
Will was celebrating his 39th birthday and next thing you know he’s ending a 15 year old marriage. Does that make him and bitter asshole in the future? Nope.

Jackie has had it rough. Broke. Single and a mother. She’s forced to move back into her parents house and work with her dad to get back on her two feet.

Jackie and Will was such a breath of fresh air. I never thought this book would be something I needed in my life. Man. I’m glad I stumbled upon this holy grail!

Will loves with everything h
Before I Ever Met You is a standalone, forbidden romance written by Karina Halle. According to Ms. Halle, outward inspirations for the characters can be found in Jon Hamm and Emelia Clarke, and given their age difference, their boss/secretary roles, and the fact that he is best friends with her father!... you can see why this falls in a secret, slightly unallowed type of category. But was it sexy? Hell, yes! Not only sexy though, but emotional, real (for the exception of the forbidden part), and ...more
Lana Reads
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
2,5 stars

I almost feel bad, because lots of my friends loved this one.

But for me, it was mind-numbing - the repetitiveness; the constant brand dropping (nobody cares about all the shit from D&G, Tiffany or Louboutin the heroine got from her mother or the hero, jeeez); the endless chewing through every little detail.

The dialogues felt kinda dynamic with quick back-and-forth at first, yet sometimes it took up to 3 pages between the answers and the painful going in circles completely killed it for
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✬✬✬ 3.5 STARS ✬✬✬

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

“It’s okay to need me. I need you. I need you more than I can possibly tell you, Jackie. There’s no shame in it. It’s part of loving someone. You need their heart to help complete yours.”

I am a huge fan of this author. Lachlan from "The Play" is still my favorite hero by her and I don't think I have rated any of her books below 4 stars. So let's see how this one came to be a 3.5.

When will learns from his wife of more than a decade that s
Bindi Boo
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book had the SWEETEST hero. This could just be me but i have a special spot for older heroes. Older heroes who put their hearts into everything and deal with life so maturely. Will was so amazing in that sense. All the stars in this book go to him. I wasn't a fan of the heroine much; maybe because of her age, maybe because she pushed the hero away so much..or maybe because i felt she didn't fight for her love as much. The plot wasn't super original however i think the author wrote th
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5 'All in, Dream Girl' Stars!

Gaaaaaaaaaaaah, this book <333 Karina Halle is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers ever: she writes amazingly well, her characters are just outstanding and complex and the chemistry between them is absolutely beautiful and oh-so-hot!

Before I Ever Met You is an emotional narrative between a recent divorcee and the daughter of his best friend. Yep. There is a sixteen age difference between the main characters but let me tell you: you will not care about it whe
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LOVE LOVE LOVED it to pieces! But most of all, I LOVED how it made me FEEL with every turn of the page! Just beautiful! Office Romance are huge right now, but there was something about BEFORE I EVER MET YOU that stood above the rest. Sexy, sweet, swoon-worthy, and absolutely DELICIOUS, Karina Halle's newest standalone brought me to my knees more than once. With a prologue that will break your heart, and an epilogue that will make it soar, Will and Jackie's story enamored me cover to cover.

Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 - 4 ★'s

"I'll call you Dream Girl. Because that's what you are to me."

I just want to start off by saying that Will totally made the book for me. Nothing like an older man knowing what he wants and going after it...AND all the while having total consideration for what the woman wants and needs. It certainly helped that Will was awesome with Ty, Jackie's son.

Jackie was a bit of a wild child and ended up with an unsavory sort who tucked her away in a small town several hours away. Turns out he
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Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia during the summer, and in Lo

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