Thursday, November 15, 2018

Growly Men and Independent Women for a love story you'll fall for

She's the girl next door.
He's the guy who's loved her from afar.
They're in for an unexpected tumble into love.

Title: Before Girl
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: November 13, 2018

She'll juggle your balls.
For Stella Allesandro, chaos is good. She's a rising star at a leading sports publicity firm. She's known throughout the industry as the jock whisperer—the one who can tame the baddest of the bad boys in professional sports without losing her signature smile.

But Cal Hartshorn is an entirely different kind of chaos.

He'll fix your broken heart.
This ex-Army Ranger and now-famous cardiothoracic surgeon fails at nothing…except talking to a woman he's adored from afar. Whether on the battlefield or operating room, he's exacting, precise, and efficient, but all of that crumbles when Stella is in sight.

Cal always knows—and gets—what he wants, and now he wants all of her. His forever girl.

But Stella isn't convinced she's anyone's forever.

Here we are at the end of release day. I've just finished the last work of Before Girl. I am left with this feeling. This feeling that I want to turn back the hands of the clock so I can experience the words of a master storyteller all over again. A-lass my Tardis is broken so dear follower, you'll have to be subject to my ramblings.

Let's get this silliness out of the way. I love the story. It's another 5 star read rating. I strongly encourage you to get to clicking. However, you are here and seem to appreciate what I have to say.  Let's discuss: Stella and her ManBrick.

To give you a historical account, my beloved book pimp introduced me to all things Walshery once I agreed to succumb to their world.  To have such a guide was a blessing. See, she gave me a whole bunch of links to deleted scenes, extras and some little story of a manbrick. Then apparently, as occurs at times with writers, the characters wouldn't let this writer alone. She pulled the story and began to polish their rough edges and gave us this - Before Girl.

Again the story delivers on reality of love, romance and not giving up. Cal doesn't have it in his DNA. He is a brilliant in his field, built his career, and although not actively pursuing, seems to have found 'The One' on the shores of a pond. This is truly an 'instaspark' for Cal that grows and grows. How he keeps this deep-seeded, head-over-heels under wraps is deserving of a man on a mission for the long game. Because Stella, well, she's happy with the status quo.  Her life, her career, her family are in a tight organized bundle under Cal literally pushes her out of her cocoon. She frustrates Cal with her resistance at the possibility of more. But to build something solid takes time and dedication. We see Stella as the polished professional with being a messy bag of emotions inside. As humans, we want to find our 'Cal' the one that sees us and lets us be us. Watching Stella evolve and change under Cal's unwavering devotion is a beautiful and enchanting read.

Now, let's discuss the whole: Do I have to read the whole series? Can this be a standalone? Will I be confused if I'm not familiar with the Walsh world? Yes, yes and no.  Goodness that first yes pained me being the series police. Yes, these are secondary characters in the Walsh world. Yes, there may be a Walsh sighting. But in all seriousness - it's a no on the series. However if you have been considering do I dive into this seven book series, this is a good introduction that will turn into you reading the series. But if you'd like to put up a good resistance, read this first.

This is a story that will make you believe in 'the one' isn't always the first one on your dance card. Sometimes we need to grow and experience all the things as an adult to find the perfect happily ever after we deserve. Don't wait. Go click this romance story and devour it's goodness.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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