Book Review: Love, In English

Love, In English by Karina Halle: 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.

Lori's thoughts: This is one of the best books I've ever read. Bar none. The writing was superb. The story line was different, unique. The characters were vivid, real, and sometimes flawed. The chemistry was sizzling. In many way, as an author myself, this books humbles me. It makes me want to bow down to Karina Halle and confess: I am not worthy. She writes in a way I aspire to and she makes me wonder if anyone will ever read my words and be touched the way I have been touched by this book. 

I felt the raw emotion. At one point, late in the book, my stomach clenched and I felt the pain Vera was feeling. Yes, I realize that it is about a man who cheats on his wife, and there are people out there who will be appalled by this. To you, I say, get the eff over it. It happens, and unless you're living under a rock, it happens all the time and probably touches a lot closer to home than you would like to admit. It's never good, someone always gets hurt, but it's a fact of life and proof that the heart knows what the heart wants. 

I loved this book, and it will be hard to find something as good in comparison to read for a long time. Ms. Halle, you have ruined me. :) But thank you!

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