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.
Cal and Stella meet while jogging in the park. He sees her first, and can’t stop thinking about her. After months of trying – and failing – to get the courage to speak to her, they end up colliding by accident one morning. He fixes up her cuts and scrapes and she insists on going for coffee. So begins their non-relationship.
What I liked: So much! Seriously, I had to make myself stop reading so I could go pick up my daughter from school. I’m entertained by lots of books, but this one made me *feel* what the characters felt. The butterflies, the awkwardness, the elation, the happiness, the heartbreaks, all of it. I also loved that these characters are not twentysomethings. Not that I have anything against twentysomethings, but it’s nice reading about characters in my own age group. Stella is 36 and a successful sports PR manager. She cleans up athletes’ messes and she’s good at it. Cal is 42 and a renown cardiothoracic surgeon. They aren’t angsty and full of unnecessary drama. The supporting characters also add a lot to the story.
What I didn’t like: I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like.
Overall: GET THIS BOOK!
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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.