From 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.