Before

Before

3.8 43
by Nicola Marsh
     
 

Good girls finish last? Screw that.

Being a small town girl isn’t so bad. Unless Mom’s the town joke and I’ve spent my entire life shying away from her flamboyance. College in Las Vegas should be so much cooler. But it’s not. Bad things happen. Real bad.

So when my brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia

Overview

Good girls finish last? Screw that.

Being a small town girl isn’t so bad. Unless Mom’s the town joke and I’ve spent my entire life shying away from her flamboyance. College in Las Vegas should be so much cooler. But it’s not. Bad things happen. Real bad.

So when my brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia for a month, I am so there. Discounting the deadly snakes on the outback cattle station, I should be safe.
Until I meet Jack.

Jack defines bad boy and then some. He’s big, buffed, bronzed, and hotter than any guy I’ve ever met. His sexy Aussie accent makes me melt. And the guy can cook.

But he’s my brother’s new bestie and he lives on the other side of the world. There’s no future for us.
Is there?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045373531
Publisher:
Nicola Marsh
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Series:
Bombshells , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,479
File size:
226 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

USA TODAY bestselling and award winning author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, eerie stories for young adults. Based in Melbourne, she has published 44 books and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing and is self-published. Her first indie release, Crazy Love, was a 2012 ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Award) finalist. BANISH, a thriller with Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult debut (August 2013), closely followed by the release of a paranormal YA series starting with Scion of the Sun (Month9Books, November 2013) She's also a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, a 2013 National Readers' Choice Award and RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) winner, a multi-finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, RBY, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best Award, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards. A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Before 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 44 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Jess is sick and tired of being a good girl. Single, geek, virgin, she decides this summer is a perfect time to make a change. Have a fling with a hot man. Cash in her V-card. When her brother Reid invites her for a month-long, all-expenses paid trip to Australia, she jumps at the chance. Upon arriving in Australia, she meets sexy, bad boy chef Jack, who makes her feel like being bad. Really bad.  Jack is sick of having meaningless flings. He doesn't want to be that guy anymore. When gorgeous, American Jess shows up at the cattle station where he works, he feels a spark, immediately. But, he also believes he's not good enough for her. He hides his feelings and tries his best to reign in his attraction to her, regardless of how frequently she flirts and throws herself at him. She has a bright future and he is a loser. He refuses to drag her down. But, they're damn near combustible when together and that's a pull that's difficult to resist.  This novella was short and sweet – and had just enough sexy to make it interesting. Told from both Jess' and Jack's POV, the reader gets a really good sense of each character, their background and motivation, and their true feelings. I know this was supposed to be Jess' book, but while I liked her, Jack stole the show for me. He absolutely charmed me. There was something vulnerable about him that I connected with strongly. Before was a total tease. I mean that in a good way, though. It gave a great introduction to the characters. I enjoyed it so much I immediately went to Amazon, bought Brash and devoured it, too. I needed more Jack and Jess in my life.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but the girl seemed too desperate to have sex and it was getting annoying. But other than that, its a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 70 page book was bad. AD
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Romantic and fun with a really hot Aussie After spending her first year in college at the University of Las Vegas, Jess Harper is still the good girl who doesn't do anything wrong and is still a virgin.  She's spent most of her time studying instead of going to parties, so when she decides to go to an end of the semester party at the last minute and meets up with her study buddy Dave there, she isn't too concerned, that is until things get out of hand.  Afterwards, desperate to get away from Dave and not have to spend the summer with her mother, her brother Reid saves the day by inviting her to go to Australia with him on a business trip, all expenses paid, and spend a month in the Australian Outback.  Jess couldn't be happier, especially when she lays eyes on one of the hottest guys she's ever seen, Jack McVeigh.  Jack is the 20-year-old cook at Cooweer Homestead Cattle Station and fits the bad boy image perfectly.  In fact, Jess can't take her eyes off him, and the feeling is mutual, but Jack knows this is one girl he needs to stay away from.   The chemistry between Jack and Jess is electrifying and after an interesting encounter the first night there, it is multiplied tenfold.  Jess, normally shy, is anything but with Jack, and the banter between them is filled with sass, sexual innuendos, and promises of fun.   Despite the innuendos, chemistry, and obviously mutual attraction, Jack is determined not to cross the line with Jess, thinking she deserves better, and better is definitely not him - an attitude that is the remnant of a scarred and painful childhood.  Not to mention he's become friends with her brother Reid, who is helping him out with his future career. Nevertheless, Jess is determined to get him to notice her and do more than just look.  Besides, he brought out a side of her she'd never experienced before. As the story progresses, Nicola Marsh provides a very interesting and entertaining story for her readers with the ensuing relationship and things that transpire between Jack and Jess over the next four weeks.  Jack's determined to stick to his guns and Jess is determined to pull that gun out of its holster and turn the safety off.   As the book comes to an end, Jess lays it all on the line, but Jack has to decide what he's going to do with the feelings he's had brewing underneath the surface over the last four weeks.  Will he be honest with her, or will he let Jess go?  Before is a really good short read, 160 pages, that is packed with fun, romance that sizzles, a hot Aussie, and a great story.  I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read the conclusion of Jess and Jack's story in Brash, which is available now....Yeah!!!  I love not having to wait.  The third book in the series, Blush, is also available and is Reid's story, Jess' brother.  I really enjoyed Before, the first book in the Burlesque Bombshells series and I can't wait to read more from this author.  
Pammi1576 More than 1 year ago
Good girl vs Hot guy?!?! Yes please!! This is the prequel to Brash. Before, Brash and Blush have intertwining characters with excellent stories! Before and Brash have Jess and Jack- They struggle with each other and feelings. Its a fun journey that you will want to join! Blush is about Jess' older brother Reid.. If your looking for some fun stories- Start with Before and work your way through!! Another hit for Nicola!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. he made his mind up and i cried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't a terrible quick read.... From what I remember of the summary, this book is actually "Before" what the summary says. I have a feeling the sequel, when they're ten years older, will be much better. This book is about an 18yo Jess who visits Australia with her 23yo brother, she meets Jack a 20yo drifter foster kid. The whole book is about her whining about her virginity and trying to seduce Jack into having sex with her so she can go back to college not a virgin. 110 pages of that, I'm glad this was free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book i hope the next one is as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been such a good story, but it was a boring repetative story of girl liking boy, boy likes girl but has decided he's not good enough so they fight, it just made the girl look desprite and made me want to fall asleep. I'm glad this was free cause I would have been pissed if I paid for it
chelleq More than 1 year ago
For this being a love story, the things that did not happen are what surprised me and are what made this book a nice change from what is out there to read. The chemistry between Jess and Jack is palpable and it continues to build the more they are around each other until the confrontation at the end of the book. Jack's letter to Jess was heartfelt and I wonder how things would have turned out if he would have given it to Jess. With Reid being gone most of the time, it made me wonder if he was trying to set Jess and Jack up. I'm glad that their story continues on and didn't just end with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I really enjoyed this story! Lots of sexual tension! Just do it already! Can't wait to read the next book! Fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and this author. It is an adult book. I just finished Wicked Heat and had to read another book by Nicola Marsh. I didn't know Before was a prequel. My heart is aching and I have to read Brash before I go nuts. In Before we experience the story from Jess and Jack's point of view which really pulled at my heart. Jess is a freshman in college that goes to Australia for a month with her brother who is an aspiring politician. She's hoping to have a summer fling. Her brother is off doing his political thing in Sydney leaving Jess back at the homestead where she would stay with the staff that includes Jack. He's had a rough life and realized he wants to become more. The cook at the homestead recognizes he has a talent for cooking so she teaches him and lets him take over the kitchen while she's away. This new desire to be more to have a real honest life is creating utter turmoil in himself. He feels Jess deserves someone with an honest life that can pamper her not someone that doesn't know where he'll be living next. Jess sees him, the real him and doesn't understand why he seems to fight his attraction to her. The end , oh my god my heart. Jacks an amazing strong character to be able to keep the promise he made to himself when confronted with so so many opportunities to fall to his old ways and Jess really came out of her shell and realized if you really want something you better open up and say what you want before it's to late. Their growing friendship was so endearing, they were their true selves that they didn't know existed when they were around each other. I also love all the Aussie references. Since I've never been there I feel at least this way I'm experiencing some of the life down under.