New Release + Review – BEFORE GIRL by Kate Canterbary

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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.

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Synopsis

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.

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.

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Nine hundred thousand billion stars for Cal “The Man Brick” Hartshorn!

Cal has always been awkward and shy when it comes to women. He always finds himself saying the wrong thing in their presence. That is exactly what happens when he “runs into” Stella, the woman he has been slightly obsessing over for the past few months. One hour with her and he’s already proposing marriage.

Stella learnt her lesson about relationships long ago. She knows she’s not meant for commitment so she does whatever comes easier to her. A set of rules with zero expectations make sure no one gets hurt. Then Cal comes barreling into her life and suddenly she is awash with foreign feelings. Feelings she has no business entertaining.

He wants forever with her. She’s convinced no such thing exists. 

Oh my god this book did a number on me. I mean every Kate Canterbary book does that to me but this book really reallydid it for me. At one point I actually cried because I was going through five hundred feelings at once.

Cal is the love of my life and I’d fight all the nations armies AT ONCE to protect him. No one matters except him. NO ONE! He is just so sweet and filthy and caring and dirty at the same time? Iwould walk on fire for this man and I don’t even know how to fucking address that emotion. I cannot believe that he is just fictional. I genuinely want to believe there are guys out there like Cal who love their woman to death. *cathartic screams of love* 

Stella was not an easy character to like. At first I seemed to me like she was constantly mocking Cal for being a tad obsessive while at the same time really enjoying it. But that lasted for like the first 30% then I started understanding her and man I fell in love. Yeah she messed up but she owned it and made sure to set it right. I adore this woman so hardcore.

This story was such an emotional journey, man. Because Cal was already at the peak and you had to just stay and watch Stella catch up while she was sometimes being dumb and you couldn’t do anything up scream at your screen for a short respite. What I’m saying is, I love this book with all my heart and lungs and liver. I want more so much more. ( <— this makes me sound like Hannibal but I’m just really in love with this story, okay? )

5 Stars!

~Sonal

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About the Author

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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