Book Review: Love, In English by Karina Halle

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Title: Love, In English
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 456 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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.

Michelle's Review
Forbidden love!  That’s the theme of this book.  I didn’t know what to expect about this book except for what was in the synopsis and Jodi Bibliophile’s obsession with Karina Halle and all things Mateo.  (Side note, the beautiful Jodi Bibliophile is also a blogger and an FB friend that I was introduced to by my fellow shortie YaYa).  This book is a lot different from what I have read so far from Karina (please see my Shooting Scars review).

23-year-old Vera is in Europe doing the backpack thing in England first then heading off to Spain to help out with Spanish speaking entrepreneurs to speak English conversely.  You know the old saying, opposites attract?  Well this is true for Vera and Mateo.  Vera is what I like to call a free spirit, she marches to the beat of her drum.  She’s gorgeous and has tattoos around her beautiful body.  Mateo is 38, married with a 5-year-old daughter.

Like many others, I’m not a fan of cheating, but then again I am a realist.  The heart wants what the heart wants, right?  I know, you call bullshit on this right?  But then again, I am a hopeless romantic. The chemistry Vera and Mateo had was pretty obvious, even if Vera wasn’t aware it of it at first.  Oh, she wanted Mateo, hell she had some pretty hot fantasies about him.  In her mind what would a hot business man, former soccer player would want with a 23 year old astronomy student?  Well here’s a nice conversation between Vera and Mateo:

I raised my brows. “Love, in English, is love…” “What is it in Spanish?” I was so enthralled by his hypnotic eyes, I could barely remember. “Amore?” He shook his head ever so slightly. “No. Love in Spanish is you.”

Ah the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve or rather Mateo and Vera.  So after the Summer Vera’s heads back to Canada, with her tail between her legs and heart and soul in Spain.

I could continue on but I would rather you purchase the book and feel the emotions that I felt for Vera and Mateo.  Is there an HEA, well kinda sorta, maybe, not really.  Why?  Because Karina then went off and wrote Love in Spanish with Mateo’s POV, that’s why.

This book was totally different than The Artist Trilogy.  Wherein The Artist Trilogy has love and suspense, this book had angst and swoon worthy moments.  I love how an author can write a series one way and then I read something totally different.  So over I go to Love in Spanish and see what will happen with Mateo and Vera’s love story.

– Michelle



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