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Before Girl

Written by: Kate Canterbary
Narrated by: Virginia Rose, Jason Clarke
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary

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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. 

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 former 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.

©2018 Kate Canterbary (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2019-04-11

A FLIRTY, FUN, FEEL-GOOD ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LISTEN

This book proved that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me!! Nope, I don’t need fixing from my bad boy ways.. from my alpha addictions.. from my fangirling over rowdy randy rock gods or drooling over dominant billionaires. Nope, instead Kate Canterbary gave me Cal - a shy, sweet, unassuming 42 yr old Cardiac Surgeon with a tender heart and who blushes.. and I fictionally fell in love. Despite his age, Cal has a sweet boyish obsession with a woman who runs the same track as him and, for the past eight months, he’s longed and dreamed from afar.

However, that all changes the morning Fate finally decides enough is enough and intervenes.. then running is replaced by flustered first words to each other, apologies, blushes and tentative steps towards more. Unfortunately, feisty Sport Publicist Stella has had her heart damaged by boyfriends one too many times before - so now the 35 yr old only does casual occasional no strings sex with three not-boyfriends. But, when Cal crashes into her life, the impact on both their lives will be monumental, because Cal is perfect for Stella.. even if she can’t see it.. and it’s going to take a wee bit of time, a few hiccups along the way and a broken heart before Stella finally truly gets it.

This book was great - there’s humor, heart and heat.. and a solid wall around Stella’s heart to dismantle.. and who better to fix it than the dishy heart doctor whose bumbling ramblings on their first meet included a marriage proposal! Your heart melts as you cheer him on his quest to penetrate and heal Stella’s sweet but hardened heart. You’re shocked and deliciously happy when you hear this good man has a wicked dirty side too. And your heart bleeds for him when insecurities and unfinished business has him doing the unthinkable. But above all, it’s the stellar performances of Virginia Rose and Jason Clarke (deep breath and sigh.. his voice gets me every time) because they were the perfect fit to bring this story to life, they gave each and every character their own individual voice and brought the light, the laughs, the lust and the love that made this, for me, a solid 5 star listen. And, when this dual POV drama-light love story’s Epilogue finally ended a really enjoyable and entertaining listen, there’s really only one thing left to say:

Worth a credit? Yes definitely.


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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 2020-01-07

Before Girl

This was a first for me by this author.
I picked it because of Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose being the narrators.
I love their narration they complement each other well.

The story is pretty good Stella likes her life the way it is so when she latterly falls at the man’s feet she doesn’t really know what to do with him. But he sure has ideas of what to do with her. ;)

I liked Cal a whole lot. He might be a fancy doctor but he still doesn’t know how to be smooth around the ladies and it has taken him a lot longer to approach Stella so when they actually do meet he puts it all out there.

I like the friendship they develop and the chemistry isn’t forced it felt very organic. I would check out this author again, I will most definitely be listening to these narrators again.

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  • Rusty
  • 2019-09-07

Stalker MD

First he stalks, then he hurts - Dr. Cal was not a romantic hero. Cal supposedly fell in love with Stella at first sight, but he was only obsessed with her curvy body, which he liked to bruise and batter. Not erotic, not romantic, not entertaining. DNF...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-26

Super Slow!

So 5 hours in and there has still been no heat, no passion, no anything. This book had potential the 1st 2 hours in, but now it's just dragging... This takes slow burn to a new level, almost on the verge of no burn...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-17

❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️🌸❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

First of all enjoyed these narrators ... Jason Clarke is now top of my Top 3 male narrators ... I like how he can transition so easily into a female voice ! Everything hauls to a stop when the narrators suck lol Now adding Virginia Rose to my Top 3 Female narrators great job to you both!
🌸 LOL several times thru out the book. I need to listen to more of Kate Canterbary... my Dyslexic brain was able to follow along nicely and I enjoyed the reversal experiences in “reading the phone texts ;) “ My new Pet word ... “My Sweet thing” coooooooo sigh Off to find my 2nd book of Ms. Canterbary 😎 {{ rarely comment on books but this was a must !

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  • Sally Shopper
  • 2019-06-07

I like a bit more romance ...

The male character tends to objectify the woman a bit too much for me. The performance was very good.

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  • Sin2sea
  • 2019-04-11

#manbrick met his mate! Swoon worthy rom com

I want to preface by saying I love everything by Kate Canterbary and have read Before Girl and love it! I also want to say how much I love this audiobook and think that Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose were such great casting for Cal and Stella. Jason really got his growlly down and how much he wants Stella but tried to play nice because she has commitment issues due to past relationships. Virginia is Stella and all her take charge attitude and vulnerability. How she tried to order her life because she is a publicist and is always fighting fire for her clients. Their chemistry is hot AF.

I took a star from the performance because Audible did not do a good job of continuity and making sure that last name were pronounced correctly. Since I have already owned all her previous books and the character is recurring I expect them to get it right or be consistent. If you have never read Before Girl this audio is beautifully done and will make your heart swell and squeeze your heartstring.

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  • Kristin
  • 2019-04-13

Where is the story?

Wanting to have sex is all that is talked about. I prefer a story with a build up. I’m hoping someone will take notice that the books with a storyline that builds up to sex are the best sellers. Please, someone notice.
Hoping to return this.

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  • *****Will I AM! (M.R.S.)******
  • 2020-02-02

I loved this book! Hot with a plot and all the feels!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed this Kate Canterbury book, she gives good banter and allows the characters to evolve into deeper more complex people of which I enjoyed. The steam was real and I could feel it from here. Don’t miss this one. Jason and Virginia were a delicious narration duo! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️♥️🎧♥️🎧♥️

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  • Shelley Peters
  • 2019-12-13

Hot Surgeon and Sports Publicist/Image Repairer

Before Girl is a stand-alone book. Narrated in a dual point of view by Virginia Rose and Jason Clarke. They do an excellent job with this couple and a broad support cast.

Stella Allesandro is a sharp businesswoman who helps manage many wayward professional athletes so they can clean up their image and renew a contract or better represent their team. She excels at her job and it takes up a lot of her non-office time. In her spare time, she enjoys a good run at the local park.

Unknown to Stella, Cal Hartshorn, who runs at the same park, has been watching her for months trying to get the nerve to say something to her. One day they literally run into each other. Cal is a cardiothoracic surgeon at the local hospital and teaches the residents there as well. Cal has a field kit in his car and takes Stella there to clean her abrasions from being knocked to the ground. Once they start talking, they end up with plans to see each other again and the story moves forward from there. The pace was a little slow, but the story was pretty good overall.