Before Girl by Kate Canterbary Review

5 Smooches


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.


I’m starting to think Kate Canterbary might be my current favorite author. Everything she writes I devour and I become desperate for more. Before Girl is a new stand-alone about an ex-ranger turned hot doc and the woman he’s been lusting after since seeing her on his morning run.

He knows she’s perfect for him, she doesn’t think she’s perfect for anyone. Their story isn’t easy or smooth but it is perfection to me. They have to work for their love. Cal was the brooding hero I need and Stella was the strong-willed heroine I fell hard for.

Kate Canterbary’s writing is just plainperfection. It’s always so smart but still easy to read. Her stories feel like ones I’ve loved forever and still completely unique. I ‘ve become addicted to her and can’t wait for whatever she gives me next.