Before Ever After - Samantha Sotto The premise was quite lovely and in the hands of a more gifted writer, I think it would have made for a fantastic book. Sotto, though, is too much of a novice. I felt like she couldn't decide if she wanted her tone to be coy or genuine. One thing she wasn't was subtle - the metaphors were waaaay too over the top. Pushing Max in jest and he's suddenly able to open himself up? Groan.