Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Karina Halle’s latest, My Life in Shambles! This emotional and sexy read definitely hit my list of favorites for 2019 so far.
My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 10, 2019
Format: eARC, 350 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
They say bad things happen in threes.
After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.
They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.
So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.
Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.
A rugby player with a proposition for me:
Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.
It sounded simple enough.
It was anything but.
Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.
Not when there are secrets that could break you.
They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.
This is my life in Shambles.
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.
In Review: My Thoughts
Karina Halle has done it again. She’s totally slayed me with her words. I’m in no way surprised, you understand. I, for one, am thrilled to see her return to her angsty and emotional romance roots. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed her fluffier romantic comedies, too. But I just love how she breaks me and puts me back together with a book like My Life in Shambles. I’m not even sure I have words to do this book justice at this point, but I’ll try.
My Life in Shambles (a title I didn’t really “get” until it was spelled out for me at the very end, by the way) was gorgeous. The writing was beautiful, the characters were complex yet easy to root for, and the story did things to my heart. From the romance to the family dynamic with all its challengs to the setting, every part of this book found its way under my skin. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Which was an impressive feat considering I’ve been in a bit of a slump the last week or so. Not with this story though! Valerie and Padraig grabbed me from the very start and would not let go. They still haven’t and I don’t expect they will anytime soon.
I was on a roller coaster of emotions throughout My Life in Shambles. If there was a feel to feel, I felt it. I laughed and cried. I swooned and blushed. (Padraig has a fabulously filthy mouth.) I fell in love with his family and raged against Val’s mom. I adored the friendships and shipped Padraig and Val so hard it almost hurt. I’m a sucker for a “fake it till you make it” romance and theirs just got to me. Was it complicated? Sure. Some of the best love stories are, right? And Karina has a particular knack for writing those stories. This is one of my favorites of hers to date. If you’re looking for a romance to make you FEEL, look no further. You need some Val and Padraig in your life.
It takes a moment to change someone. Sometimes it just takes a kiss.
“Mo chuisle mo chroi.”
This damn country and Padraig have totally and completely captured my heart and I’m helpless against it.
“Tell me you love me and I’ll tell you I love you more.”
“Life is brilliant. And then it’s awful. Sometimes trivial or boring or mundane. You just have to push through all that bad stuff until it’s brilliant again. Always hold out for brilliant.”
Have you read any of Karina’s books?
Can you pick a favorite?
Plan on reading My Life in Shambles?