Monday, 3 July 2017

♕ KAT'S REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ AFTER ALL by Karina Halle

♕ AFTER ALL by Karina Halle ♕
TITLE: After All 
AUTHOR: Karina Halle
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: July 3rd, 2017
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 Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
Instagram at @authorHalle, 
on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. 
You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.
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AFTER ALL: is a STANDALONE lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance from bestselling Author Karina Halle

10 Years Old: We’re 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 hero were his two favourite things to do in life. Used to his mother or neighbour walking him to and from school until one day neither turned up, that was the day he found his mother behind a dumpster from an overdose of whatever she’d taken that day.

The above ‘Prologue’ sucked me in, at that stage Karina Halle at me eating out of the palm of her hand. 

28 Years Later: At thirty-eight years old Emmett is at the prime in his acting career playing the bad guy on a superhero show called Boomerang which is a crowd favourite for teens. 
Trouble seems to follow Emmett wherever he goes, though he strives to act as professional on set it’s off set that’s a different story. Though his career has started to take off it’s all other aspects of his life that is failing, especially in the romance department. 

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➸ Some people are built for love and long-lasting relationships. Some people aren’t. I know which category I fall i not, it’s tile to start owning it. 

Whilst attending his best friends wedding as his best man he’s struck by a sight for sore eyes, a beautiful blond bombshell whose there as her best friends bridesmaid, Jackie. 

➸ She’s got that ‘bitch hot’ vibe down pat. Poor girl doesn’t know I’m a sucker for that. 

Will tells Emmett that she’s off limits to him which only makes him chase her ten fold. 

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Twenty-eight year old Alyssa has never met Emmett Hill, will’s friend and fellow groomsman, she has however heard a lot about him from social media and the like and wasn’t that impressed with what she saw. 

A one night stand, leads to photos being leaked, the public liked what they saw when it came to the woman seen with Emmett. That one night stand turned into a lie of epic proportions

To save Emmetts career due to his bad boy image he has off set his publicist concocts up a plan that because the public loved that he was seen with a real woman and not his usual eye candy on his arm she came up with a contract to bind these two together in a fake relationship. Three months, making Alyssa forty thousand dollars richer than before she went into this farce. 

Being Emmetts fake girlfriend wasn't easy, the dates, the loving caresses, the good times between the sheets, when does it all become so real? When does it stop being so fake? What happens when the three months are up? 

➸ Things are getting complicated, the edges are blurring, the lines are being crossed. 

❀ MY THOUGHTS: ❀ 
This was such an enjoyable fun loving read, I loved these two characters, I loved that they were older, the highs and lows of celebrity life. I highly recommend this, a light, humorous, fun loving read. 

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