Love, in English by Karina Halle
Series: LIE #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: April 20, 2014
Format: eBook, 487 pages
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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.
“You can’t fall in love in a week,” I told her heatedly.
“You can fall in love in a second,” she said with a snap of her fingers. “The heart has no regard for time.”
Is there anyone who writes complicated, inconvenient, perfectly imperfect love like Karina Halle? I think not. Vera and Mateo’s story won’t be for everyone because of the cheating, but if you can open your mind enough to get past that, you will fall in love with these characters and their love. My review won’t begin to do justice to this book, but I’m going to try anyhow.
“You burn so brightly,” he said, his voice low and rough to raise the hair on my arms. “I would like to burn with you.”
Vera is a free spirit who yearns for more from life. She embraces an opportunity to go to Spain to spend her summer teaching English to a group of men and women. She expects to have fun in the sun, maybe hook up with a hot guy or two, and just experience life. She doesn’t except to fall in love. But she meets Mateo on the bus and feels a spark with him immediately. They quickly become friends and, while she’s attracted to him and it’s obvious there’s something between them, she can’t allow herself to give in. He’s married and that’s a line she isn’t going to cross.
“You are my star,” he murmured. “You are my Estrella.”
Oh, Mateo. I don’t have words for what this man did to me. A former soccer player turned businessman, he was smoking fucking hot. But more than sexy, he was sweet and caring. Yes, he was married, but it was obvious the relationship with his wife was less than ideal. The chemistry he and Vera had was absolutely out of this world. But it was more than just sex. They had a fantastic friendship and bonded in a way that was special before it became an epic love story.
“You’re married!” I yelled. “I cannot be the other woman!”
“You already are the other woman!” he yelled right back. His words smashed into me, blowing me to smithereens. He cupped my face in his hands. “You already are, whether you want to be or not. You’ve bewitched me, Vera. You’ve blinded me. You’ve made me forget my vows. And all you had to do was shine.” He swallowed hard, his eyes piercing into me. “Do you not know how I feel about you?”
The more time Mateo and Vera spend together as friends, the closer they became to each other, the more they tried to fight it, the more apparent it was they were meat to be together. Their souls called to each other. They were such special characters and the relationship they had was just what the other needed at the time. He showed her that she was worthy of love. She showed him he didn’t have to settle for what he currently had.
“You keep saying we are impossible,” he said. “But you don’t have enough faith. You have faith in the stars, but not in us.”
Love isn’t easy. Especially when there’s an ocean between you and the person you’re in love with. The chapters after Vera left Spain were filled with painful moments and difficult choices. And lots of emotions from yours truly. This is where I leave with you with the plot. You just have to read Vera and Mateo’s story to fully appreciate it. Theirs wasn’t an easy journey, but my god it was beautiful.
“You made me stop chasing the days. You made me hold onto them.”
Love, In English is, without a doubt, my favorite Karina Halle book so far. This book had the unforgettable characters and flawlessly beautiful writing I’ve come to expect from her, there was just something more to this story. It was emotional and sexy and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’m certain it will be on my favorites list at the end of 2014.
Absolute perfection. I can’t recommend it highly enough. This is one of those times where I wish I gave more than 5 stars. I’d give this one 500 Estrellas if I could.