This book completely satisfied my appetite for an angst filled love story. You know that feeling you get when you first start reading a new book and you just know that it is going to be amazing? Yeah, I love that feeling… and this book gave it to me!


First of all, the characters were so likeable and real. Okay, so it’s not every day that we get the opportunity to fall in love with a gorgeous, kind, sexy-as-hell retired soccer star, but he was relatable and his problems were very normal and realistic.


The sexy soccer player part was just the icing on the cake! Vera was not unlike most young women trying to find their way in the world. Sure, she was tatted up and pierced, but she was still just a young woman who felt like an outcast, a black sheep, someone who just wasn’t good enough.


This book has the whole forbidden love element to it, which I personally love. Vera is only twenty three and is going to be completing her final year of university in the fall. Mateo is a thirty eight year old husband and father. He is a successful businessman in the restaurant world. She is a spunky, free-spirited, sex loving student. Mateo is a suave, sophisticated, suit wearing man. They are only brought together for a one month conversational English program. Despite their obvious differences, they have a mutual attraction to one another almost right from the start.


This is definitely not an easy love story. Their story seems doomed right from the start, destined to fail. They fight their feelings for one another, but eventually they succumb to their desire and need to be together. Normally in a book, nobody roots for the “other woman”, we always want the poor wife to win in the end, but not in this book. Vera is just the kind of character that you can sympathize with. You can laugh with her, cry with her and feel all of her pain.


Love, in English had all of the elements that I look for in a contemporary romance book. It made me laugh out loud, it was entertaining, angsty, emotional, sexy and just so damn romantic. Karina Halle’s writing is realistic, witty, and fabulous…I am a fan for life!


5 Stars

Love, in English - By Karina Halle


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