Bibliophile Chloe

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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.


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.



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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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Kate is the queen of smart romances! There, I said it! And it’s true.

Before Girl is another jewel in the crown!

If you have been a long time “Canterbarian”, like myself, you will have a good basis to start this story of Cal and Stella!

What I really enjoyed about this story is the almost role reversal with Cal and Stella.  Stella has “calendar boys” and she is not ashamed of it, she is honest about it and she doesn’t apologize about it. Nor should she in my humble opinion!

Cal is all the growly, bitey goodness you come to love in Kate’s stories.  He is so adorkably awkward.  He has been hopelessly falling for Stella on the sly, he wants the white picket fence, the happily ever after, all the swoony goodness! He is perfection wrapped in a beautiful package! (Stella says so!)

I also admire and enjoy the fact that Kate doesn’t dumb down the words to get the point across.  She doesn’t pander to the masses.  She writes smart, funny, smokin hot romances for the modern woman.

You also get peeks of past characters from other books, but not so much as to overshadow the main characters.  I felt a bit nostalgic when reading, but in a great way.

You can never go wrong with reading Kate’s stories.  This is a total stand alone and I am hoping for more about certain secondary characters.  I am not going to name names, but you will figure it out when you read it!

Thank you for sharing your stories with us Kate! Please don’t ever stop writing!!

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