Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 15, 2017
Format: eARC, How I got it: From the author
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She's bad at love, but he's even worse...
Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She's hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn't a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.
Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be his girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.
There's only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing-- they'll date each other. On paper, it's the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.
They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Karina Halle is one of my go-to authors because I can always count on her to bring the feels and the sexy times in her contemporary romance. I’ve been looking forward to Bad at Love since I first heard about it because, hello, friends to lovers! I was so addicted to Marina and Laz and their story, I’d have read this book in one sitting if it wasn’t for pesky things like sleep and work. 😉
In a world of romance tropes, friends to lovers will always be one of my favorites. I love them for a million little reasons that I won’t bore you with, but mainly because I love that feeling of “will they/won’t they” and “how will it affect their friendship if it doesn’t work”. Also because the characters already know each other so well and that’s so important in romantic relationships. Yes, it’s scary to take the leap with one of your best friends, but at the end of the day, your lover should be your best friend. But, I digress. I’m here to talk about Marina and Laz and how much I loved Bad at Love.
I just loved Marina and Laz. I can’t lie. They grabbed me from the very beginning — her for her quirkiness and him for his swoony kinda broken-ness. I was shipping them long before they decided to “fake date” each other. They had oodles of chemistry even as friends, but it became something totally different once they started seeing each other as more than friends. I’ve read (and loved) many a fake relationship trope book, but this wasn’t that. Their “fake dating” was more about helping each other be prepared to be better at dating when they met the right person. Little did they know they’d already met that person. They just needed to take the leap.
Marina was quirky and a little broken, but she was also strong when it counted. Laz, too, was a bit broken and it absolutely affected his present and past relationships — as well as potentially threatening what he had with Marina. There were things about both of their pasts they needed to accept before they could really move on, so that caused some ups and downs. And a lot of feels. I never doubted these two belonged together, however, even when I got a little frustrated (with Laz). Karina is one of the best at writing complicated love and Bad at Love definitely falls in that category!
I loved the romance, but I also loved some of the small details in the story. One of them being Marina’s career as a beekeeper. I’m a big fan of characters with unconventional careers in books and hers was really interesting to me. As terrified as I am of bees, I really did enjoy learning more about them while reading this book. But, in all honesty, the main reason I loved this book is because it was gorgeously written with characters I adored AND it gave me hot AF sexy times and a load of feels. (Yes, I totally cried.) So, so good.
“Well, it’s hard for me to be objectionable here because right now, you’re asking how to keep a guy interested and I’m looking at you, darling, and thinking any man who isn’t captivated by what I’m looking at, isn’t worth your time.”
“Marina. Let me in. Let me be here for everything, all the good, all the bad. All your light and all your dark.”
“By the way, I fuck better than I dance. Better than I sing. Better than I write. Better than I do most things.”
“I want to write you with my tongue.”
I love him so fucking much that at times it felt like my heart was big enough for the whole world to live in. I thought that love could save me, save him. I thought love was the biggest most bad-ass force in this universe, capable of doing the impossible.
“Love is always interesting. Love is our biggest adventure.”
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