Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Love, in English by Karina Halle


Title: Love, in English
Published: 4/20/14
Author: Karina Halle
Pages: 532

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.


Karina is the queen of writing beautiful flawed characters. They become so human in those flaws that I can't help becoming emotional attached to all of them. Vera is a self proclaimed wild child that loves sex too much. (Please refrain from the slut shaming.) Mateo is the sexy older man who's marital status leaves him off limits, or so Vera thinks. When Vera joins a program teaching English to Spanish she doesn't expect to fall in love, but she finds out that love never comes at the right time.

One thing I've come to admire about Karina's writing is her lack of cheese. Things never really get unrealistically mushy. Yes, I know that most people read as an escape so relationships tend to get a little unrealistic, but I guess I prefer my escapes a little more believable. Vera and Mateo have an instant attraction, but it takes time to turn those sparks into a fire. Especially when one of those sparks is a married man. Mateo is a married man, yes. Do I agree with adultery? Hell no. As someone that has been effected by this personally I was apprehensive when I read the blurb for LiE, but I gave it a chance. I made the right choice.

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