I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.
He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.
Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.
I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.
Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.
We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.
A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.
But it’s just a harmless crush, right?
It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?
It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.
Jackie left her posh home young and wild. She lost touch with her family and made some bad decisions. Now she's returned as a twenty-something single mom trying to get her life back on track. She's a pretty good person and tries to be a great mom for her son.
Will is Jackie's father's business partner. His life had some bumps not too far in the past so he's settling also. He hires Jackie to be his assistant. Will is a wonderful man. He doesn't trash talk his ex even if he might have a reason to do so. He's 100% behind Jackie in every step she makes. He encourages and stands up for her. He loves her son and steps right into the perfect father-figure role before even making any moves toward mom. Will is the dreamboat every woman wants inside and out.
If you're in the mood for something sweet, Before I Ever Met You may be right up your alley.
The best hero ever!
I couldn't wait for this book.....and when I got my hands on it, I read it in one day. It is definitely on of Halle's lighter books. It is a forbidden/big age gap romance with swoon worthy hero. Will is the ultimate book boyfriend! He does not have one misstep in the book......he also lays his heart right out there for the heroine. With the way he was betrayed in the prologue, one wouldn't blame him for being guarded regarding Jackie. But he doesn't let his past define what he has with Jackie and I love that about him. It's pretty rare in romance books where the H just says what's in his heart right away. One reviewer said it was a lushly romantic book and I couldn't agree more. The heroine has her issues with the past......parents/ex. And as much as I liked her, she did bug me too with all her wavering/ push-pull emotions and actions toward Will. He deserved better. As for Jackie's father, he was ate times a jerk but in the end he grew on me esp with how he handled the affair. Regardless of the romance, it must have been so weird for him......and he did a good job protecting his daughter and coming to terms with everything.
A side note.......I did get tired of all the name dropping regarding brands, etc.
Loved Will & Jackie!
This book is amazing! What a beautiful love story about two broken people! The story has the forbidden love aspect, best friend’s & business partner’s daughter, office romance, older man/younger woman, boss/assistant! Whew scotching!
Will is 41 and has returned home to Vancouver after his marriage of 15 years’ dissolves. His wife told him on his 39th birthday that she was pregnant with another man’s child and she wanted a divorce. Will was devastated. He tried for 2 years to stay in LA, but he just couldn’t do it anymore.
Jackie is now working for her father as Will’s assistant. She always thought Will was handsome, but the last time she saw him she was 15! Now at 25 she can appreciate what an attraction and distraction working for him will be. There is a connection when they meet. Will is so smooth and he sweeps Jackie off her feet. He calls her his dream girl. Swoon!
The secondary characters are a riot! Her office manager and the receptionist definitely kept things jumping! There is family drama as Jackie has a strained relationship with her parents and worries her relationship with Will, if it got out, could ruin them both. Her son Ty is a delightful addition to the cast of characters.
If you want a sweet, sexy, swoon-worthy romance, then pick up this book! You won’t regret it.