Review: After All by Karina Halle

After All

After All
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: July 2, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary



– 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.


Try telling them that.

Note: After All is a spinoff of Before I Ever Met You, however it is a complete standalone novel. You do not need to read Before I Ever Met You to enjoy After All as it follows different characters.

“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 had a sexual connection. This connection led them to a one-night-stand– which led to the Hollywood gossip sites and Emmett’s fans to freak out the following day when pictures of them making out at the wedding venue leaked. Because Emmett is dubbed as the Hollywood’s bad boy, the public saw his affair with Alyssa in a positive light. For who wouldn’t love it when a playboy actor falls in love with an ordinary woman? So when Emmett suddenly appeared on Alyssa’s doorsteps the next day and asked her to pretend as his girlfriend in exchange for a sum of money, she was too stunned.

I’m a huge fan of fake relationship love stories so I wasn’t surprised to find myself enjoying this book. And because Karina Halle has an impeccable writing, not to mention the fact that she’s really a versatile one and this book was filled to the brim with humor, I super loved every bit of it.

“Love shouldn’t be work.”

“Sometimes it is though,” she says. “But it’s worth it.”

The book offered up characters that are easy to root for. Emmett and Alyssa’s firing chemistry was so on-point. And the sizzling smexy scenes? So tasteful.


Of course there was also a pinch of drama in this book but it was just minor. Just the way I like it! And although I was looking for a much better conflict in the near-end part, I still loved how I easily fell into the story. This super swoon-worthy rom-com as a whole gave me so many feels and so many laughs from cover to cover. A book like this is something that I could really get lost in.

“I know it feels like all or nothing sometimes in life, but there’s nothing wrong with living in the space in-between.”

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