Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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Rating: 5 bookworms

Goodreads Book Description:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

My Thoughts:

I LOVE SMUT. Seriously, I do! I’m a fan of Karina Halle but after this book I’m for sure one-clicking her other works. I always enjoy a book where the main character is a writer/reader because that is an instant connection for me but with the amount of personality these characters have it’s hard to find something not to love. The banter between Amanda and Blake had me smiling like a goof and, more times than not, laughing out loud at their crazy antics.

“My idea of romance is a guy who will take me to see an Avengers film and doesn’t mind dressing up like Loki afterwards.”

Amanda is your stereotypical goody two-shoes: rarely goes out, is hyper-focused on school, and hates all things bad boy, especially Blake. She is trying to prove to her family and, most importantly, to herself that she can make writing her career. However, in trying to prove this she forgets to have fun that is until Blake comes along…

My cheeks flame. Damn.
“You’re speechless,” he says after a beat.
I clear my throat a few times. “I’m trying to think of a witty comeback.”
“Don’t think so much then.”

Blake is your typical British bad boy. Loves to sleep around with zero attachments and absolutely no drama but what he can’t quite figure out is why Amanda hates him so much. Blake is struggling with his responsibility of one day soon taking over his dads failing bookshop. His one true (secret) desire to one day become an author. He is also trying to mend the broken relationship he has with his dad all while trying to finish out his last semester without any more drama.

When these two come together for a writing assignment they quickly realize that the chemistry that they have doesn’t just apply to writing. What starts out as an assignment grows into an unstoppable writing duo and as the sparks start flying so does their clothes, but is their relationship doomed from the start?

“She’s a nerd on the streets and a freak in the sheets.”

I really thought that this book was very well written. I love how the stigma of reading smut was addressed; how some characters are totally opposed to it and think less of them for reading/writing smut. Definitely recommend.

p.s. I nearly died reading the prologue! It was hilarious and embarrassing (for Amanda) and I literally had big eyes and my hand over my slack mouth as I read it.


Links

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About the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music Karina Hallejournalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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