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After All Paperback – July 4, 2017
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Karina Halle, a former travel writer and music journalist, is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty wild and romantic books, including Love, in English; Dirty Angels; and the Artists trilogy. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia.
Stephanie Rose is a Los Angeles-based romance audiobook narrator. Her recordings include Worth Forgiving by bestselling author Vi Keeland and the popular The Ex Games series by J. S. Cooper and Helen Cooper.
Paul Woodson has lived in the U.S. and England, received a BFA in acting at Boston University, and has been acting and singing since the age of thirteen. He has recorded over 100 audiobooks, many in the historical romance and Highlander genres, as well as fantasy novels, thrillers, classics, and young adult titles. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Emmett is a swoonworthy, dirty talking, alpha actor. He is a survivor and thriver. Alyssa is the sassy, curvy, kicka$$ office manager at Mad Men productions. I love that Alyssa isn't your typical pretty and skinny heroine, but very curvy and gorgeous.
After All has characters from Before I Ever Met You, but it can be read as a standalone. After All is a perfect anytime read.
I know you will enjoy this book as much as I did!!
As usual, Karina Halle transports to the setting living everything as if we were in Vancouver with her descriptions and details.
This is a novel with characters that felt real, complemented each other and followed their hearts.
I'm not one to lace my reviews with the plot - the summary above does a nice job of that. What I genuinely enjoyed most about this book was Emmett. The life he came from was tragic and complicated. Yet the way he saw it was that it was just who he was. At the time, he didn't realize that this was not the way other people lived. While there were scars, he managed them well and became an otherwise healthy person. Those scars catch up with him in small personality quirks... which we understand but, of course, Alyssa does not. While she tends to steal the scenes in this book, Emmett quietly sneaks up on you and you find that he is more than someone to feel sorry for.
Ms. Halle is a favorite. I'd be hard-pressed to find anything that she's written that is not excellent. While this is not her best book, it's among them. Enjoy!
After how much I absolutely loved Before I Ever Met You, it was so exciting to get another standalone romance that involved characters I loved so much but in a refreshing new storyline. Emmett and Alyssa's romance is a complete 180 from what their friends went through in their book, but the personalities I fell hard for in Before I Ever Met You added humor and lightness to this sometimes heavy story. And I just adored that. (You don't have to read Will and Jackie's book before you read this one but I highly recommend reading it at some point because it's just too good to skip!) If you've already read it, well, you'll be just as excited as I was to get more from Will and Jackie as they help their friends navigate this rocky situation in After All. If you haven't read it yet, know that Emmett and Alyssa's story is a satisfying romance all by itself but I wouldn't be surprised if you immediately want to run to see exactly what lead up to the wedding that got this ball rolling in the first place.
After All is much more than a sexy publicity stunt between strangers. This book is definitely steamy, the dialogue between Emmett and Alyssa made me blush; it drips with innuendo when it isn't being shot back and forth in the throes of passion. After All is also laced with humor with Halle's smart wit peeking through at just the right times, giving a lighthearted quality to an otherwise messy situation. But Emmett's story is gritty, layered with some heavy truths, some hard hitting issues that feel all too real at times. In typical Karina Halle fashion, this sticky, sensual romance puts a spotlight on an ugly topic we don't want to acknowledge but one that shouldn't be ignored. Karina Halle does this again and again in her books and she does it well, weaving real world issues into stories that are not only meant to sweep us away, but also ground us in a bit of cold hard truth. After All is the full package. It's one of Halle's sexiest stories, one of the sweetest. It's full of angst and emotional uncertainty but it's also laced with friendship and humor and drama that never quit. It's an entertaining page turner and it's going on my long list of Karina Halle novels that I'd recommend to anyone looking to fall right off the cliff with characters you can't help but fall in love with.