Thursday, April 24, 2014

Patrycja's Review: Love, In English by Karina Halle


Title: Love, In English
Series: No. Standalone.
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: April 20, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger:. No

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.


To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

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Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors; her books are always exciting, full of suspense and have the best yet the weirdest romances ever. I simply adore her! My love for her books made me break my number one rule. – I don’t deliberately read books with adultery. And look at me now, here I am rating and reviewing Love, In English completely manipulated by my fixation with Dex, Javier and Camden.

I have known from the very beginning that Love, In English would be very hard read for me. That’s why I anxiously read all the teasers and reviews of it. I wanted to be prepared. I wanted to know if this book will break me, make me cry or if it will make me angry. Karina Halle’s books are too good to be missed, so I tried to make myself mentally ready for the heartbreak. That was my mistake.

I simply knew too much about the story! How could I enjoy it properly while I had known very well how this story would go? From the first page I knew what was going on, so nothing really surprised me and for the most part I was bored…That’s why I won’t be saying much about the plot. If you haven’t already read Love, In English, please do yourself a favor and don’t read too many reviews, especially when they summarize the plot.

Anyway, It’s hard for me to review Love, In English. Giving this exceptional tale of forbidden love only a three stars is making my heart ache, but I can’t give it more :( I didn’t have much problems with cheating, as I was ready for that. So please, know that this is not why I rated Love, In English three stars.

While Karina’s writing touched my heart and seriously amazed me once again, I found it hard to feel deeply connected to the characters. Even though I liked Vera, I hadn’t been in sync with her. As for Mateo, I just felt like he was one of those guys who wanted to feel young again and took it to completely another level. He acted like gigantic ass more than once. I was not able to agree with their decisions, and it has nothing to do with cheating per se. It was actions that followed that made me angry at them.

Overall, this story just wasn’t for me. Not very bad, nor as splendid as other Karina Halle’s books, Love, In English lacked something that could make me feel everything. The tale of Mateo and Vera’s relationship was harsh, and yes it was very realistic and beautiful in ugly kind of way, that will definitely appeal to many readers. Unfortunately, despite those qualities, I just couldn’t find myself in this book. I think I was this little, clueless girl standing in the corner trying to understand and not judge while still being not mature enough to get the drama wholeheartedly.


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