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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,915 ratings  ·  403 reviews
- A fake relationship? √
- Lovers to enemies to lovers? √
- A steamy one-night stand turned into a wild publicity stunt? √

A hot & cocky Hollywood actor meets his match when he falls for the sassy girl next door in AFTER ALL. Light, fun and sexy as sin, it's the PERFECT SUMMER READ. From the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You.

Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published July 2nd 2017 by Metal Blonde Books
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Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!


I’m a huge fan of Karina Halle’s work, but I think I love her contemporary romance books best. She always writes the best mix of emotional, sweet, sexy, and funny. After All was one of those books with the perfect balance of everything I love in a romance. It was steamy, it made me laugh, made me swoon, and it gave me just the right amount of feels. I loved Alyssa and Emmett’s story!

Alyssa and Emmett meet at a mutual friend’s wedding. Their first meeting… it makes me smile and gig
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AFTER ALL: is a STANDALONE lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance from best selling Author Karina Halle

10 Years Old: Were first introduced to a ten year old Emmett Hill, living in a run down apartment building on the wrong side of the tracks, with his junkie mother always wishing for a better life than what he was dished out. His only out was reading and putting on plays where he was always the he
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I want to bury myself deep inside her and never let go, let her light wash over all my darkness, let it dissolve my past. Alyssa is my sun, pure golden warmth that leaves only love behind.

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AFTER ALL is the perfect low on angst but heavy on the combustible steam summer read! I know that Karina Halle is a truly versatile writer who doesn’t limit herself to one type of story but I have to say that I happen to love her “adult contemporary” bo
Pearl Angeli
4 "The Bruiser and the Blondie" Stars!

“Love is a cliff. You're just steps from the edge. The fall in inevitable.”

I had a whole bunch of fun reading this book. Karina Halle effortlessly brings out such an entertaining book with a romance so sweet, hot, and beyond irresistible.

Alyssa Martin and Hollywood TV star Emmett Hill met at a common friends' wedding where Alyssa was one of the bride's maids and Emmett was the best man. Their first encounter was hot and intense as they instantly
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦At this point Karina Halle's books are pretty much an auto-buy for me and I rarely bother myself with reading the blurbs because I know this lady can deliver. I'm pretty glad I went in blind and soon discovered that this was a fake relationship trope!

➦And that's not all, folks! It's also a celebrity actor falls for a regular gal trope!

➦So what happens when you agree to fake date an actor for the sake of publicity? When he kisses you in public and whispers sweet nothings in your ear... is it an
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
5 stars ❤

After All is a fast paced,intense,super hot and passionate story.I fell in love with Emmett and Alyssa.They definitely become one of my favorite couples.Both of them they're complex characters and I really loved learning about their lives.What I liked most about them is the incredible chemistry that they have through the story.Their dialogues are smart and funny.


Alyssa is a strong heroine,she is also smart,sassy and sexy.Emmett is a swoon worthy hero,he is super hot sweet and crazy abou
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc, romance
4 stars

After All is a standalone spin off of the book Before I Ever Met You, with characters featured in that book. Alyssa is a curvy and sassy office assistant, Emmett an actor making his comeback. They are both part of the bridal party for their friends Will and Jackie, and they meet the day of the wedding. Right off the bat Emmett is attracted to Alyssa, he loves her prickly and spitfire personality, and Alyssa is attracted to Emmett against her better judgement. The two end up having a one
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)

EDITED: for anyone who wanted to know, this happened towards the end of the book (like in the last 50 or so pages) and there wasn't enough or any grovel in my IMO, they had already told each other I love yous and they were in a "real" relationship so there wasn't any excuse if he was "figuring"out his feelings for the heroine or "fighting" his feelings. This is just cheating for me PLAIN AND SIMPLE because he was already in love with the heroine..

Maybe it's just me b
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
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“A one-night stand turned into lie of epic proportions”

Well if that quote didn’t get your attention, you obviously have no pulse! With a sexy leading man, a feisty heroine, and two of the most lovable side characters , “After All” was the perfect contemporary romance that I was looking for.

Emmet Hill has had his fair share of bad publicity. Going from Broadway shows in London to a now superhero TV show, this actor has done a lot in his thirty-eight years. Well except for staying out of
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!

-She lights me up inside, puts the sun in my sky.

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Alyssa Martin is a 28 yr. old single woman living in Vancouver. She's worked in the film business as an office manager for Mad Men Studios for the past six years. She's bored with her job & her love life is non-existent. She has some excitement come her way when she attends her boss & her best friends wedding. She meets a playful, cocky, gorgeous guy named Emmett Hill. They are both in Will & Jackie's wedding. Emmett is an extremely
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Real or fake' Stars!

Of course, another winner by Karina Halle! I just decided to re-read Before I Ever Met You (because I loved it so much!) and then I remembered Karina actually wrote another story about characters we met in that book. I was pretty excited after my re-read session and I have to say, even though Will and Jackie are still my favorite, Emmett and Alyssa are such a good couple too!

After All is a standalone love story, but it can be considered a spin-off and I do highly recommend
Alex ♈
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After All features one of my favorite tropes in contemporary romance: pretend boyfriend/girlfriend scenario. The slow burn of a platonic arrangement turning to scorching romance? I just love it! The difference in After All is that there was a one-night stand before the arrangement so the slow burn part kinda didn't factor in. Overall, this book was enjoyable and likable but didn't quite captivate me personally. However, if you have been following Karina Halle's seemingly permanent genre change t ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

"Is this real?"
"It's always real."

Emmett and Alyssa meet when they are in Will and Jackie's (from Before I Ever Met You) wedding. Emmett is an actor and a bit of a player so Alyssa pretty much gives him hell. Of course, that means they can't stay away from each other!


Emmett's PR person suggests Emmett and Alyssa have a fake relationship to help Emmett's reputation and naturally, she will get compensated. This is her one chance to go for her dream so she takes it.

The story gets caught
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I have to admit that I was not impressed with Before I Ever Met You but with After All Karina Halle definitely redeems herself.
After All has a great story and the pace of it is just the way I like it. No instalove and the insta-lust was at a tolerable level. The story had a fabulous mixture of romance and humor.

I really enjoyed Emmett and his womanizing ways. He was a wonderful layered character which was revealed throughout the story. He was honest and spoke his mind no matter what. No matter

1. Kissing OW while in a committed relationship IS cheating. It's not a peck on the cheek. It was sexual.
2. The fact he was drunk was not excusable. They live in a society where alcohol is regularly consumed. So she's supposed to worry every time he has a bottle of beer on his hand whether he'd lose the plot and go snog someone else? Every time he leaves the house? Is she not supposed to leave his side anymore? Is there ever going to be trust between them?
August 4th 2017 update: I just read this review and I found it extremely worthy to share.

Waiting for actual review instead of ARCs. And my GR friends. This author became a huge MAYBE for me. Her past books had so many triggers I don't trust to just one click anymore.

Update: this author's books are definitely not for me.
I won't even waste my time investigating her future works anymore. It's not her 1st book where she justifies, excuse and support cheatin
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Of course I read this, fake dating is my favourite thing in the world. But it is also lovely and funny and mostly unangsty.
Another STAND OUT standalone that will make you fall in love with LOVE! Sexy, sweet, and completely swoony, with plenty of dirty talk to go round! Emmett Hill and Alyssa Martin were ELECTRIC together! So much much much intensity and passion. I just couldn't walk away from these two AT ALL!

"He's in my veins, in my system, slowly working his way to my heart."

I bet in most of the reviews you read, they will have mentioned the Prologue being the thing that sucked them
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a bit disappointed with this book. Overall the idea of fake significant other is not a stranger in romance genre. Usually it happens in Hollywood/ billionaire hero and likeable heroine. In After All, Emmet is the Hollywood actor who needs a clean image. Enter Alyssa. The sassy, independent young woman. Alluring Emmet into a one night stand then develop into something deeper.

Miss Halle writing style is as usual romantic and full of layers. But in this book it does not work the magic. I do n
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

A romantic and super-steamy celebrity romance that is enemies-to-lovers with a fake relationship set-up. So many of my favourite tropes in the one book, and all with the touch of Karina Halle magic. I loved it!

This book is a standalone, but it does follow on from Before I Ever Met You. Just be aware that there are character crossovers and this book contains some spoilers for the first book, so if you’re planning on reading that one I recommend doing it first.

Alyssa and Emmett meet at th
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Karina Halle's After All is a deliciously complicated romance, an addictive, fast paced story surrounding a wedding reception quickie turned publicity stunt that's rife with sexual tension, filthy banter, and unexpected emotion. Alyssa Martin finds herself the target of tabloid fodder when photos of her hallway hookup with Emmett Hill, a successful Canadian tv star, are sold to the media. In an attempt at damage control to protect Emmett's already rocky reputation, his publicist enlists Alyssa, ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"She's my first act and she'll be my last. There will never be anyone else for me."

Karina Halle is now officially number 2 on my list of Most Read Authors with 24 books. What I love most about her writing is that she can do it all. She has written books in so many different genres and I have enjoyed them all. So I am always up for a new book by her. Normally, the fake relationship trope doesn't do it for me that much. However, I really enjoyed it
Jacob Proffitt
At about two thirds in, I'm just not feeling it, I'm afraid. I've been struggling ever since the prologue, which was just so overwrought I had a hard time not rolling my eyes. I don't like prologues anyway, but this one was particularly bad as it dwells on Emmett's druggy mother and goes all the way up to her death . . . and then stops. Prologues are supposed to give us insight or lead-in for story or character. The entire impact of that event occurs after it happens so stopping there is just st ...more
Ana Buenrostro
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was just meh.

To be honest I expected much more from this writer. I didnt get that "awww" feeling from this book. I didnt get excited as I usually do. I looooove enemies to lovers stories but this wasnt like that. Their banter lasted for like a second so I didnt get to enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Some of the things that he said at the beginning were hot, his dirty talk was fun. But then it all kinda stopped and it was the typical story. Nothing more. I am kinda bummed.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars-2017
This was the perfect holiday weekend/summer read! I loved all of the witty banter. The plot was refreshing. Karina Halle knocked it out of the park again!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Luna Sol
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
After All is the perfect summer read where you can sit back and enjoy a book that will guarantee to give you butterflies, sexy times, laughters, and heart melting moments. The Prologue was intense and raw when we learned about Emmett's childhood. Emmett is a 38 year old actor who meets Alyssa at his best friend's wedding. Emmett is attracted to Alyssa from the first moment he sees her and I love the banter between these two. My goodness Emmett basically speaks aloud all his thoughts particularly ...more
Mary Ruth
*ARC graciously given in exchange for an honest review*

I have a confession. I LOVE EMMETT MORE THAN WILL!

Okay. Now that that’s out of my chest, let me proceed to my love for Emmett and Alyssa! I loved the wit, the tension, and the attraction between these two! After All was such a sexy, smart, and delicious read!

What a man, to have that face, that body and that cock and still know exactly what to do with it.

Emmett Hill did not have the best and brightest moments in his celebrity life but
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
3 Fake it ‘til you make it Stars

First off, I’m going to air probably my largest grievance about this novel. I want it out in the open where everyone can see it and go “Oh hey, that chick is nuts! I’m not nuts so it’s not going to bother me like it did her”.

I have spent over half of my life struggling with eating disorders. I have many dietary and weight concerns which still plague damn near my every action to this day. I glance around before I bite into greasy things, I cover my mouth when I
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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, where they operate Raven Ri

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