Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 2, 2017
Format: eARC, 310 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I enjoyed After All so much! Karina writes the best complicated romances and that was definitely true with this book. It was a little enemies to lovers, a little fake it until you make, it mixed with a famous person/real person romance and a lot of fun and sexiness.
Alyssa and Emmett were interesting characters. I liked Alyssa and her take no shit attitude right from the start. She was strong and unafraid to express herself. She wasn’t going to fall for the fake side of Emmett. It did take me a little longer to warm up to Emmett. He seemed like the stereotypical actor asshole, but there was a lot more to him underneath it all. I did eventually end up putting him on my totally swoony shelf. From their first, albeit unconventional, meeting it was obvious how much chemistry these two had. It was also apparent Alyssa was not going to be the one to put up with his crap. She challenged him and refused to be a doormat and I ate it up. I enjoyed the way he pushed her, too, especially once things really got going with them. The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites, so it’s no surprise I was all over this one. I loved how Emmett and Alyssa grew together over the duration of their fake relationship. Or maybe I should say “fake” relationship, because it wasn’t hard to see there were some very real feelings there.
After All was a fun, sexy AF read that also had a good dose of feels. The sexy times were smokin’ hot. Emmett had a wonderfully dirty mouth and y’all know how much I enjoy that. More than that though, there was great character progression and I was totally sucked into the storyline. Alyssa and Emmett gave great banter and I’m a total sucker for that. I connected with both characters and I was completely invested in them and how they would proceed forward. It’s another hit from Halle as far as I’m concerned!
“Have you guys met before or something because there’s enough animosity and unresolved sexual tension to fill a million episodes of Moonlighting.”
Fuck yeah I’m prickly. I wear my cactus badge with pride.
Cocks aren’t hugs you can just go around handing out.
“You call spouting off lines from erotica as working hard? Please, I eat romance novels for breakfast, you’re no different from the vapid dirty-talking alphas I read. I wouldn’t be surprised if you had a Kindle highlighted with all the best lines to try.”
“You’re so fucking beautiful, Alyssa. I can’t survive the days anymore without feeling you like this.”
“Passion over performance, remember? There’s only passion here. Only truth. Only you and me.”
Do you enjoy the fake relationship trope?
What are some of your favorite books that feature it?