I’m a huge fan of Karina Halle’s work, but I think I love her contemporary romance books best. She always writes the best mix of emotional, sweet, sexy, and funny. After All was one of those books with the perfect balance of everything I love in a romance. It was steamy, it made me laugh, made me swoon, and it gave me just the right amount of feels. I loved Alyssa and Emmett’s story!
Alyssa and Emmett meet at a mutual friend’s wedding. Their first meeting… it makes me smile and giggle a bit just thinking about it! Emmett is attracted to Alyssa at first glance, but she isn’t like other girls he comes on to. You see, Emmett is an actor and kind of used to girls throwing themselves at him. He’s not used to this prickly woman who isn’t dropping her panties with just a smile from him. Lets be honest here though… Emmett doesn’t have to try that hard to get Alyssa to notice him. It’s just more work that he’s used to ;)
This sexy stranger, this prickly thing. She might just be the best lay I’ve ever had.
The chemistry between these two was explosive from the start. I loved that Alyssa was ‘off-limits’ to Emmett. It was almost like a challenge accepted moment. Alyssa and Emmett start things off a little differently than most couples. They are both helping each other out by ‘dating’ each other, but they don’t expect to catch feelings. It’s just sex between them… right?
“Love shouldn’t be work.”
“Sometimes it is though,” she says. “But it’s worth it.”
I really liked Alyssa as a heroine. She had a take no crap attitude and was fun and sassy. Emmett had the best personality and when you got to hear his back story and see inside him, you realize he has the best heart. It was heart wrenching to look into his past, but it was apparent that it made him the amazing man he is now.
The banter between Alyssa and Emmett was the best. I couldn’t stop grinning listening to them go at it. I loved that they both gave as good as they got. After All was sexy and fun, but it was also real and emotional. I loved watching the love truly bloom between this couple. Karina did a fantastic job with this book. I’d recommend it to all lovers of cont. romance.
A pause. I can tell she’s biting on her lip. “Is this real?”
I close my eyes and hold her tight. “It’s always real,” I tell her.