November 15, 2014

REVIEW: Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle
Adult Contemporary Romance

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

*The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after." Note: It should be read after Love, in English and it is mostly new material (aka not just rehash of LIE).

More Mateo? Yes, please. In LIE, I fell for this couple despite the hurt they caused. And more importantly, I fell for Mateo. Even though LIE was told from Vera's POV, Mateo's voice was just as loud to me. I connected with him, fell in love with him, and felt empathy towards him and his situation. So learning that LIS was going to be told from Mateo's perspective, AND that it was a continuation of the story had me pretty psyched. 

Instead of me recapping the story or going on and on about how achingly beautiful Halle's writing is, I'd rather talk about what I learned from this story. What I learned was that these two people fell in love. The circumstances surrounding their new found love, was a bit...difficult. But, they continued on. Sacrifices were made, hearts were broken, and they still loved. In this continuation of their story, Mateo and Vera are dealing with the after math of their decisions. It wasn't pretty, but it was the truth of their situation. When they should be basking in the haze of love, they have to deal with life. 

Relationships aren't easy. Combining lives can be difficult. Love can sometimes hurt. Jealousy and resentment can tear a couple apart. Doubt...doubt is one of the most difficult to overcome. Trusting in your love, trusting in the person you love, is critical. That is what this story was about for me. Mateo and Vera had to decide how much their love was worth. They had to trust each other, have faith in each other, and most importantly, have faith in their love. They had to make it through the hard, to get to the peace. 

I know that some readers will pass over books dealing with infidelity and admittedly, it's a sticky point for me. But, the thing about this couple is that you understand why they did what they did and you see how deeply they fell in love. It was hard not to fall in love with them and root for them. If you haven't read Love, In English yet, please go read it. It's one of my favorite books of this year and shouldn't be missed. Love, In Spanish was an extra special treat. I promise you, you will fall in love with Mateo and Vera! 

Quotes:
"The only thing easy is in all of this is my love for her. It is pure, it is simple, and it is true."-pg 1

"I follow every part of you, everywhere. You go before me, Vera. You always will."-pg 41

"I've said it before and I will say it again and I'll go down in my grave saying it. You are my star, my light, my love. And it doesn't matter if you believe in it or not because it is the truth and the truth always finds a way to shine."-pg 213

"...I don't care which country or where or under what stars but without you, I'm only me."-pg 247




With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

Karina is represented by the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.


4 comments:

  1. This sounds great. I've only read The Artist's trilogy by her and I loved it. I'll have to check this one out.

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  2. Ooh...the topic is iffy like you mentioned. I'm intrigued by this book and the first one by your review but I'm not sure I'll feel comfortable reading it.

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  3. Lovely review :) I loved this book myself! It made me fall in love with Mateo even more.

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  4. Great review! I loved the first book so I'll definitely pick this up!

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