Book Review: Alone Before You (Before You #1) by Claire Scott

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With her past haunting her, Gwen Taylor shut herself off from every relationship she ever had.
But her lonely existence comes to an end when she moves to Beauforde, a small mountain town in Colorado. And when she meets Colton Underwood, a businessman and amateur boxer.
Their attraction is consuming, and soon even Gwen can’t deny her growing feelings toward Colt or the fact that their affair is anything but casual. But, even as she comes alive for the first time in years, her past threatens to destroy everything.
Drowning with guilt over a something she cannot change, Gwen must face her fears before it all catches up to her.
*WARNING! This book is recommended for ages 18+ due to explicit sexual content and language that some people may consider offensive. This book is dark erotica and is not intended for young readers. All situations of a sexual nature are consensual, though there is some non-sexual violence and disturbing situations. If you are sensitive to graphic violence or sexual encounters read with caution.


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Alone Before You is the first book in the Before You Trilogy. This was an erotic romance with a touch of suspense in the storyline.

This book starts off showing the really traumatic home life that Gwen grew up in. It starts off really intense and you get to understand why Gwen finds it hard to trust anyone and her hesitation to enter into a relationship. She moves to a new town and ends up meeting Colt and this book really heats up quickly when there is an instant attraction between these two.

The steam was quite intense in this book and the steamy scenes are quite graphic. I felt like I really didn’t get to know Colt that well but maybe in the next book that will get better. He comes off as a mysterious alpha male that has made his claim on Gwen even though she is determined to keep their relationship casual. To be honest there are not that many encounters between theses two that don’t involve sex and the POV is only from the heroine so I think maybe that’s why I feel like I haven’t quite figured out Colt as yet.

If you love quick erotic reads then you will love this book. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and there is a bit of suspense to this story as Gwen’s past starts to catch up with her.

3 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Hot
POV: Heroine


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