Title: After All
Author: Karina Halle
First published July 3, 2017
310 pages, Kindle Edition
Karina Halle’s novel After All is a sizzling, fast-paced romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Emmett Hill is a Hollywood heartthrob who’s desperate to save his career from his tarnished reputation.
Alyssa Martin is a curvy, relatable girl-next-door who’s looking for a change in her life. When they meet at a friend’s wedding, sparks fly and they have a steamy one-night stand.
But when the media gets wind of their relationship, they must pretend to be a couple for the sake of Emmett’s image. As they navigate the world of fake relationships, they soon realize that their feelings for each other are more than just an act.
However, their constant bickering outside of the bedroom threatens to ruin everything. Will they be able to put their differences aside and make their relationship work?
Find out in After All, the perfect summer read from the bestselling author of The Pact and Before I Ever Met You.
Karina Halle’s latest book, After All, is a poignant tale of second chances, redemption, and love. As a New York Times bestselling author, Karina Halle has made a name for herself in the contemporary romance genre, and After All is no exception.
The novel follows the story of Emmett and Alyssa, two ex-lovers who are reunited after a decade of separation. Alyssa, a successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to forget her past with Emmett, who has always been the love of her life.
However, when she is forced to represent him in a high-profile case, old memories start to resurface, and the two are drawn back together. Set against the backdrop of a small town in Washington state, After All explores themes of forgiveness, trust, and family.
Halle’s writing is immersive and vivid, and she brings the town and its inhabitants to life with her descriptive prose. The characters in After All are fully fleshed out and relatable, with both strengths and flaws.
Alyssa is a strong-willed and independent woman, while Emmett harbors a painful secret that has haunted him for years. As the story unfolds, readers will root for the couple to overcome their past and find happiness together.
One of the strengths of the novel is Halle’s ability to balance the romance with the legal drama, creating a story with depth and substance. The pacing is excellent, with well-timed twists and turns that keep the reader engaged.
However, in some areas, After All feels predictable and lacks surprise. The author could have taken more risks with the plot to keep readers on their toes.
Overall, After All is a well-crafted and heartwarming romance novel that will keep readers entertained from start to finish. Fans of the genre will find themselves swept away by the story and invested in the characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance read. Based on my overall impression, I would rate After All a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
While it is not perfect, it is a satisfying and enjoyable read that hits all the right beats.