Book Review: Love, In English by Karina Halle

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Book Review: Love, In English by Karina Halle Title: Love, In English
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: April 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 456
Format: eBook
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A standalone, contemporary romance about the ultimate forbidden love...

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 damn 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 Spanish 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.


“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.” 

“Sometimes you are stuck being the person you are and not the person you were. Or could be.” 

I thought I had loved Karina Halle’s writing before but Love, In English stole every piece of my heart. I was a weepy emotional mess as I read this book. I fell in love with the characters and as they fell in love with each other.  From the very beginning I wanted Vera and Mateo together, even though part of me knew it was wrong. They had such an amazing connection with each other that it didn’t matter to me that there was an age difference or that he was married. They were opposites in every way but somehow it felt very right. They developed a friendship that became a foundation for an amazing love story.

“You can fall in love in a second. The heart has no regard for time.”

Vera was a character that I absolutely loved. Tattooed and pierced, she loved sex, and she was viewed as a bit of a black sheep. She was incredibly smart and pretty but she never really felt as if she fit in anywhere. She was always felt lonely. Some parts of her personality reminded me off her myself.  When she decided to go to Spain to teach English, she wasn’t looking for love and she didn’t expect to find it in Spain. Vera brought out a fire in Mateo and he gave her hope. Vera denied her attraction for Mateo as best she could but in the end it was nearly impossible. She didn’t want to be the one to break up a marriage or family and she felt guilty about her feelings. She grew a lot in the book and figuring out if she deserved love, how to deal with her guilt, and how to make an impossible love possible were some of things she had to deal with.

“There will nights where you will feel alone and lost. Where I feel alone and lost. When that happens, I want us both to remember this, right now. Bring our thoughts back to this room, this moment. Where we aren’t lonely. Where we are both found.”

Mateo, my sweet Mateo, I adored his character. He was the perfect mix of shy, sweet, sexy, and confident. He was so passionate, that resisting that man was futile. From the moment you meet him you got the feeling that there was a hint of sadness in life. He was in a marriage that he was never completely happy being in and a career that he was never truly passionate about. The one thing he cared about most was his daughter Chloe Ann. She was the joy in his world. Meeting Vera brought out some of the passion and feeling that he had tucked away long ago. I practically swooned over everything he said. He had such a passionate and honest way about him. Over time their feelings for each other were hard to deny  and their chemistry exploded on pages. Their were some truly sexy moments between them. I will never look at siestas the same way. 😉  When their time came to and end, they had to decide on the next step. Would they be able to risk everything for want they both wanted?

I wanted them to make it work but their age difference, the distance, and obligations made things difficult. I wanted to savor this book but I was frantic to know what would happen next. At times I didn’t know if they could end up together and that thought broke my heart. I was a ball of emotions and I wanted to shake my kindle at a few parts but every tear I cried was worth it. This was a beautiful, unconventional, and epic read. I’ve always loved her writing but I think this might be Karina’s best work yet.

Love, In English Series – Purchase Links and Series Order

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Love, In English: Kindle | Goodreads
Love, in Spanish: Kindle | Goodreads

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.