Love, In English by Karina Halle

Posted May 11, 2014 | 59 Comments

Love, In English by Karina HalleLove, In English
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Love in English #1
Published by: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: April 20, 2014
Format: eBook
Pages: 439
Source: Purchased

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.

This book. Messed. Me. Up. I think my heart stopped when I read the blurb and knew nothing was going to stop me from reading it. Then as soon as I read the prologue I knew I was done for. I can’t even tell you all of the thoughts and emotions that were going through me while I read Love, in English because it’s just too personal. I had to stop reading so many times to give my heart a rest.


I loved every moment of it, though! Listen, there will be people who will turn their nose up and judge it because there is a married man involved. Fine, whatever. I honestly don’t give a damn what other people think about it, but I am telling you that what happened in Love, in English is very realistic. Believe me. I was completely stunned and it took tremendous restraint to not message Karina and make a fool of myself (more than usual). My heart hurt, my head hurt … it took me days to recoup from this book. Hell, I still haven’t fully recovered.


So yeah, I’m going stay in my bubble when to comes to this book and hold it close to my heart. Karina did a fantastic job with it; a little too fantastic at times. I adored the characters to death – Vera is my girl all the way! I wanted to hold her hand so many times and help guide her or just support her. She’s a smart, kick-ass woman with a huge heart. She definitely made me proud. There were a couple of times I became leery of Mateo because I wasn’t sure how Karina was going to have everything play out, but damn, do I love that man and how passionate he is. Vera and Mateo’s love is genuinely beautiful, despite the circumstances.


Seriously, I love everything about this book, even the things I didn’t like. Don’t make that face, it makes perfect sense! The good and the bad is what made it so realistic and just so friggin’ amazing. I really don’t want to get into details for a variety of reasons, but I am extremely happy with it all and the way it turned out in the end.


Love, in English is one of my top favorite books ever. Ever! You want a love story that will take you on an emotional roller coaster, full of passion, heartache and romance, then read it.



59 responses to “Love, In English by Karina Halle

  1. I can tell this is serious business, cause you brought out the gifs xDDD I’m definitely reading this baby, I wanted to anyway, but your review is totally wind in my sails, lol. You have yet to lead me astray with yummy intense reads, so I’m sure I’ll be in lurrrve 😀

    • Christy

      LOL – I rarely do gifs, so yeah, it’s serious business! 😀 Yay, I hope you love it, Livia!

    • Christy

      It’s one of those books you just have to go in open minded, hear the whole story all the way through, and then decided.

  2. Wow. That is quite the glowing recommendation Christy! I’m not sure I’m emotionally equipped to handle this book at the moment, it sounds INTENSE, but I’ve added it to the list for when I’m feeling like having my heart ripped out. That sounds weird but I know you get it 😉 Glad you found a book for the favorites shelf!

    • Christy

      As much as I love it and want people to read it, it’s one of those books I don’t want to push on those who don’t feel totally on board, ya know? So I understand. 😉

  3. Ugh, I so want to read it now. You know, I’m not even too bothered about the whole cheating thing, I mean, cheatings bad, yes. But people cheat in relationships, so what’s the difference with cheating while in marriage? I get it, but it’s still the same thing. I don’t really have a problem with that anyway, as long as it’s realistic, an emotional connection etc. And is it bad that I don’t mind older relationships too? Again, when they’re done right so it doesn’t seem skeevy. I give in, I’m going to buy it.

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    • Christy

      See, it’s not like I condone cheating, it’s just that not all situations are the same for everyone. No one truly knows what’s going on in a relationship except the two people in it. And nope, it isn’t bad that you don’t mind older relationships. I prefer older men, and didn’t even bat an eye at their 15 year age difference. I mean, how many women lust after Johnny Depp (50), David Beckham (39), George Clooney … on and on. So yeah, I don’t think their age difference is skeevy at all.

    • Christy

      I refuse to read any reviews for it, especially negative ones. It’s just too close to the heart for me to not get pissed off. lol

    • Christy

      ONE of the top books. If you read it, you aren’t allowed to say a single negative thing about it. Not one thing, Heidi! 😛

  4. This book sounds like such an emotional, intense ride! I am always on board for anything Karina writes (the woman is a genius), but I have to say the fact that Mateo is a married man with a daughter makes me wonder how I’m going to root for these two. I trust that their story plays out in a realistic, satisfying way otherwise it wouldn’t be so popular, so I’m definitely on board to give it a try! Awesome review, I love your giftastic enthusiasm for this! 🙂

  5. I’ve loved Karina’s books that I’ve read, and I’ve read “affair” books that I’ve loved. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant about this book. My best friend loved it too.
    So happy you got such Joy from LiE!

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  6. Glad to see you loved this one, Christy. From the blurb itself, you can really feel that emotional roller coaster ride coming! I’m not very sure I want to read this myself because of the cheating factor. There’s just something about this theme that will never sit right with me 🙁 But I’m glad to see that this one is good. I’ll recommend it to friends who are looking for books like this one 🙂 (and books that have a lot of passion and steam! ;D)

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    • Christy

      I know it isn’t for everyone. It’s one of those books I want everyone to read just because I loved it so much, but at the same time don’t want to push it on people.

    • Christy

      That’s why I won’t read any reviews for it. Criticizing the plot would feel too personal to me.

  7. Dre

    I have purchased a few Karina Halle books, but I haven’t found the mood to read them. Your review is full of FEELINGS, I can only imagine how you were whilst reading this book. I really should crack a peek on Halle’s books and feel what you felt!

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    • Christy

      Oh good! I think it messed me up so much because it struck a little too close to home. I loved it!

  8. Woah your review just wowed me. I just had a recent outbreak likes you did after reading The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. I understand how a book can really affect you. I’ve never been interested in reading books with men older than 27 since I’m mostly in the college side. LOL Thanks for sharing.

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    • Christy

      lol – I’ve always had a thing for older guys, so the age difference almost seems normal to me.

  9. I have been seeing Karina Halle everywhere and I’ve read a few reviews for this one. From what I’ve seen it’s either you really love it or you really hate it. I would definitely read her books, I feel like I’m missing out! I’m not sure to start with this one though, the premise kind of scares me. But I’m glad you loved it Christy, I think for a book like this, it definitely needs the good and bad to make it realistic. Relationship is not all sunshine and rainbows after all, even if the ones that are not as complicated as this one! Awesome review <3

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  10. TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYTHING IN THIS REVIEW CHRISTY! I loved Love, In English! I know a lot of people judge it because Mateo is married but the romance just stemmed so honestly and over so much time i could believe it, i could feel it and i completely rooted for it. Yeah, there were lies and broken hearts and things were messy and some of the characters acted like complete idiots are times but lets be honest THINGS LIKE THIS WOULD ACTUALLY GO DOWN LIKE THIS SO I COULD RESPECT IT!
    Great review!

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