Love, In English by Karina Halle

love in englishFrom goodreads:  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.


I normally don’t accept ARC’s because of my workload and the pressures that come with meeting deadlines.  I hate deadlines BUT I couldn’t pass this one up, I just couldn’t.

For those of you that know me, I hate retelling the story in a review.  That’s what the blurb is for but I can and will tell you what worked and what didn’t. There is no doubt that Karina Halle knows how to write a story and she does it well.  She’s one of the few authors I can count on that won’t disappoint me when I read her books and this particular story is no exception.

“I’m starting to think that most villains aren’t evil—they are just misunderstood.”

While the blurb of the book touches on Mateo being married and Vera obviously not, one would think it would be an illicit love affair of some sort.  You would think that it would be taboo or somewhat controversial but after reading this, it wasn’t that way at all.  The relationship between Vera and Mateo is slow building, nothing about these two being attracted to each other happens overnight.  But dear god, when they come together it’s powerful and I might have needed a cigarette afterwards.

Here’s the thing, infidelity is a touchy subject, plain and simple. It doesn’t always appeal to readers and I completely get. However, the affair is handled with complete tact.

I think one of things Karina does well is she creates heroine’s that are unforgettable.  Vera owns who she is, flaws and all and that’s what made this story so incredibly fabulous to me.  She owns her sexuality.  She owns up to her mistakes.  She owns who she is and that’s so rare to find in a book.

As much as I loved this story and the journey it took me on, it was missing something and it took me a few days to figure out what it was. I needed Mateo’s POV.  As much as I enjoyed him throughout the book, I couldn’t always connect with him.  And no, he doesn’t grow a vagina overnight or anything like that but I wanted to understand him and his motives.  I felt I knew Vera inside and out but I needed more from Mateo to make him a compelling character for me and he just didn’t gain that much sympathy from me.

“Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.”

What you’ll find if you read Love, in English is fantastic writing, a heroine that you’ll want to be friends with, a slow building relationship and just enough angst to keep you turning each page.  This is not a story about finding love but love finding you. ;)



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    • Cristina says

      Thanks Jeann! Karina Halle is one of my favorites and she writes stories that have an edge, which I like a lot! ;)

    • Cristina says

      You absolutely should!!! I think you should start with Donners of the Dead because it’s about zombies and I’d think you like!!!! PS: I hope that reading funk passes…*sniff* I feel your pain!

    • Cristina says

      Myla…Karina Halle never disappoints and while I struggled to understand Mateo, I still really enjoyed and I hope you do too. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  1. says

    I’ve been seeing awesome reviews of Karina Halle’s books this year for some reason. I have book 1 of her paranormal series but have not read it yet…I really need to try her books out!

    This one is definitely outside my comfort zone…I’m not too comfortable with books that has cheating so I don’t know if I will ever read this but I’m definitely going to try her other books! :)

    • Cristina says

      Amir I completely understand. Infidelity is tough to read about, period. But her Experiment in Terror Series is by far the most popular and I have yet to read it. I have read The Artists Trilogy and love it, think Martin Scorsese meets Quentin Tarantino. ;)

  2. says

    LOL when I read that you don’t like retellings in a review, I imagine that you must really dislike my reviews. Sometimes there are some ARCs that we can simply not refuse. And well I confess I’m weak about that. But I’m glad you had a great time with this one, it sounds like a really interesting book.

  3. says

    I really like Karina’s books and the cheating subject doesn’t bother me, if it’s done right. I like books about killers for fuck’s sake, but I of course don’t crush on (or approve) of real killers. That’s the beauty of fiction :)
    I have this one coming up soon, holy hell is this a big book!

  4. says

    I have to admit iæve never read anything about this author but i’m really interested in it after reading the blurb. I agree— books with infidenlity are hard to deal with and i’m a big believer in “once a cheater always a cheater” and all but i have found that some books manage to handle infidelity with a very realistic approach and while i don’t want to say i sympathize with the affair i do understand where it comes from. Great review! I have added this to my TBR pile!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

    • Cristina says

      Hi Lily! She’s a great author and this book isn’t for everyone but she handles it with a lot of class as far as cheating goes but she adds steam, with great writing and an amazing heroine! ;)

  5. says

    Thanks for your thoughts, Cristina! But like many others here, I don’t think I can read this book without getting ragey. For me, with tact or no tact, infidelity/cheating is inexcusable, so I’m not sure I would be able to swallow it whole. Really glad you enjoyed the book though!

    • Cristina says

      This was not a popular book on my blog! LOL…but I knew that when it was my WOW and ultimately, once I posted the review I knew it would be a touchy subject but all you guys are great for putting up with this book on my blog! Thanks for stopping by Faye! ♥

    • Cristina says

      People looooooooooooooooooove this book. Like LOVE it! And it’s definitely good but it didn’t blow me away. I don’t have a problem reading about infidelity but everyone involved needs to feel compelling to me, you kow? But overall it’s a good story and you can’t go wrong with Karina Halle! ;)

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