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Love, in English Paperback – April 20, 2014
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A standalone, contemporary romance....
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 damn 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 Spanish 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
"A three-dimensional love story with depth, hope, and heart-wrenching consequences. This book makes me want to drop everything and fly to Spain." - K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths
"I have to say that this is the most emotional and beautiful book Halle has written. She's written great love stories before but there was nothing else to distract you here, no horror, no action. This is all emotions, real and gritty and hard." - Ginger Read Reviews
"Love, in English is so much more than just boy meets girl. It's a story of two people from opposite sides of the world that find something in each other that makes them question what it is to live and what it is to just be alive. I dare you not to be moved by the story of Vera and Mateo." - My Book Muse
"I fell in love with this story and all of the characters. Halle created such a passionate, romantic and magical story that it is in a word....Unforgettable. Love, In English is addictive complete with amazing writing and many heartwarming moments that anyone looking for their next brilliant read should look no further." - Shhh Mom's Reading
"Stormy. Passionate. Gripping. A tumultuous story with ups and downs, with shades of gray and vibrant colors. It's a story about choices and emotions, bravery and fate, of boldly being yourself and fighting for the destiny we choose." - Vilma's Book Blog
Top Customer Reviews
"You can fall in love in a second. The heart has no regard for time."
Have you ever found a story that makes you feel as if you've always known it, a million different memories from your own life flickering before your eyes as you read it, filling you with overwhelming melancholy and longing, only to recognise it as nothing more than a youthful dream that never happened? I was completely unprepared for this book. Being a massive fan of Karina Halle's extraordinary brand of storytelling, I knew that loving this book would not be a farfetched possibility, but I never expected to connect with a story so completely, so personally, and so unconditionally, that it felt like I could taste every emotion, every mood, every hope, forcing myself to savour it for as long as I could because I never wanted to part with the characters. The is the story of two lone stars adrift in their own galaxies of unhappiness, whose lives change and gain colour the moment they meet. Against all odds, and even against their own better judgement, they find their home in one another, their story defying our preconceptions of the meant-to-be scenario and showing us how unpredictable and unyielding true love can be. Every part of this atypical fairy tale moved me, my heart swelling from joy one moment and crying from sorrow the very next, making this book one of the most surreally beautiful and yet truly realistic tales I have ever come across.
"Are you afraid that love will clip your wings?"
"No, I'm afraid that losing love will."
Vera Miles is a young woman in her early twenties, the black sheep in her family and a stranger in her own life.Read more ›
There are many 5 star reviews for this book and I think that most people who enjoy reading contemporary romance and new adult will love it. While I did really like the story, it left me feeling a little conflicted.
The relationship between Vera and Mateo can only be described as an emotional roller coaster. They know from the beginning that things are going to be complicated, with Mateo being married with a daughter back home and Vera being only 23 to his 38, but they can't help their attraction for each other and end up falling in love anyway. The relationship was a slow-build, something Karina Halle is excellent at, and when these two finally made the decision to be together it somehow felt right even though it was morally wrong.
Cheating is an incredibly delicate topic, but I feel it was handled really well here. Both characters were aware of what they were doing and what the consequences would be, but they couldn't help their feelings for one another and decided to take a chance on love. Having insights into Vera's thoughts and her internal struggle fighting her feelings for Mateo definitely helped to soften the blow.
I found the first half of the book the most engaging -- the tension between characters is tangible and written in Karina Halle's signature style. Unfortunately, the middle just fell really flat for me and things didn't pick back up until the book was almost over. I also saw several other reviews mention the need for Mateo's POV, and I could not agree more. I really never connected with him or fully understood some of his actions, and it made me question him at times.Read more ›
I don't mind controversy, especially when it's well written. I'm fact, my fave story of all time is supposedly wrong on many levels but ended up the most beautiful story and one that made me see the right in the wrongs. So, I had high hopes for this to be just as another great one. I read the blurb, knew what to expect and had no problem with the story line. None.
I love the prologue. Love how the writing and how the story starts.
Vera came across as a young, carefree and tough chick. And I love that quality in a heroine. And I enjoyed how descriptive the writing is, I can pretty much portrayed the scenery in my mind and how everyone looks like vividly. Like I said. Great writing. I was excited.
Then I look forward to how this will be played out. And gosh, I wasn't expecting to feel uncomfortable. I like their friendship and but the moment the line was crossed, the story is no longer ok to me.
First of all, I don't get their "love" for each other. I do get the "lust" clearly. Every feeling described was pretty much physical. His Adonis look, her big boobs, his eyes that somehow looks like he wanted to eat her, yes.. I get it. It's a great attraction but I don't get the feeling of that "love" they meant to feel. Their conversation doesn't quite support the emotions either (of course this is all in my opinion).
And although Vera did hold back thanks to her conscience, but still it doesn't help to justify it by love. If only everything is so simple. And that's how I started to get irritated and disconnected from the story and the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rarely, very rarely do I give a book five stars; I wish I can give it more. Having read Halle before, I knew she would write about infidelity with respect for all the characters... Read morePublished 25 days ago by NMreads
I'm giving this book 4 stars ONLY for Mateo. Mr. Casalles is a dream... Vera, however, I don't even know what to do with her. I'm so conflicted. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth
A blogger friend of mine, whom I adore and whose judgement on books and authors I trust completely, had raved about this author and novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kez's Korner
I'm a big Karina Hale fan and I liked the story, but it's LOADED, end-to-end, with errors. This book seriously needs to be re-edited.
I am utterly and completely destroyed. ..ruined for any other book...EVER! I am so in love with all that is this book. Destroyed in the best way... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andy Leticia Barba
Decent story. Characters were ok, not great but not awful.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book so much I downloaded the second Love in Spanish as soon as I finished it. Read that one in two days. Left me wanting more.Published 3 months ago by Donna
I bought this book a while back and hate that I waited so long to finally read it. I dove right into this story and it consumed me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sandy