Book Review: Love, In English by Karina Halle

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publication date: April 20, 2014

Purchase links: Amazon iBooks Barnes & Nobles

My rating: 4 stars ✭✭✭✭

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

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.


My Review:

“Love knows not distance; love hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.”

“I just don’t understand how something like love can be wrong.”

♦︎ The Story ♦︎

Love, In English is a character-driven love story about two different people who find solace in each other under unlikely circumstances.

Like many have said, this is very different from Karina Halle’s other books. This wasn’t an action-packed story filled with layers, mystery, and a sideline romance.
It was about love.
Crazy, angsty, raw love with nothing to fall back on. And Karina Halle did a wonderful job delivering. There were a few parts, mostly in the beginning, where I felt things lagged a bit but overall I was captivated.

♦︎ The Characters ♦︎

∙ Vera ∙

“My name is Vera Miles. And in the story of my life, I am the villain.”

Vera was full of sass and fire, which made me like her. She was young and wild but also emotionally damaged.

∙ Mateo∙

“Are you afraid love will clip your wings?”
“No,” I said, looking at him straight in the eye. “I’m afraid that losing love will.”

I could see why someone would fall in love with Mateo. He’s sexy, kind, loving, sexy, sexy, sexy
Mateo was confident but slightly bashful in that really adorable way. He was always bringing a smile to my face.

♦︎ The Romance ♦︎


“You can fall in love in a second,” she said with a snap of her fingers. “The heart has no regard for time.”

Let me start of by saying, I hate books with cheating in them. I avoid them like my life depends on it. There are very few times when I make exceptions… and that’s usually when I can blame someone. But it’s so conflicting when you don’t have someone else to blame. When you can’t justify what’s happening. You root for Mateo and Vera but it’s not like you can avoid the itsy bitsy detail of him being married.
However, Karina Halle handled it perfectly. There were times when I was conflicted, but not in a way that left me regretting ever picking up the story.

♦︎ Overall ♦︎

An angsty but light, fun, and yummy story. It was beautifully written and the ‘touchy’ subject was handled perfectly.

Songs: Jezebel– Iron & Wine Blue or Grey– Jaymay



Author links: Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads

With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.



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