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Love, in English (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Karina Halle
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A standalone, contemporary romance about the ultimate forbidden love...

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 456 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1497454999
  • Editeur : Metal Blonde Books (20 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fabulous read!! 22 avril 2014
Par Virginie
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Wow. Brilliant author and undoubtedly one of my very few favorite books. I would go for more than 5 stars if we could... and Vera wouldn't contradict me here.

You can read any of Ms Halle's book, whatever the genre (yes, she is that brilliant that she can handle anything), and you are just swallowed up in the action, living it without realizing you are reading fiction, and then you turn the last page but you never want it to end... and you are sent back to reality, feeling confused, on the line between reality and fiction, more than happy for the experience, but weird and marked.

You feel so much that when it's over you are hungover, exactly the same feeling as after an amazing trip and you are back to your real life, your head full of memories and enriching experiences... Except here we are talking fiction... Weird indeed, but it shows how amazing this author is.

As a former backpacker and grown-up traveller, I completely identified with the emotions the main character, Vera, goes through. The experience here bleeds with accuracy and once again, I completely forgot I was reading fiction.

As a woman, I was utterly moved by the story that unfolds, the emotions that perspire throughout the novel, and the difficult subject matter developed here. I loved the way it was handled.

Thank you Ms Halle, always a great pleasure to read you!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A 6-STAR TREAT FOR YOUR SENSES - AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ! 20 avril 2014
Par Natasha is a Book Junkie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"You can't fall in love in a week."
"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. Her relentless pursuit of temporary `Band-Aids' for her loneliness leads her to a month-long stay in the Spanish countryside as part of an English tutoring program for Spanish-speaking residents. But what appears to be nothing more than just another desperate attempt to cure her own apathy in a long string of impulsive and sudden decisions on her part, proves to be the very place where Vera's heart would finally come to life.

Mateo Casalles is a man who feels stuck in a life he never truly wanted. A former soccer champion, he has had to put his passions aside to become the man everyone expected him to be, now trapped in a loveless marriage and living a life devoid of true happiness. When he meets Vera, the gentle-natured but heavily tattooed walking contradiction, he is enthralled by every single facet of her colourful personality. She lights up the spark in him that he believed was long gone, every moment spent in her company bringing forth more and more of the man he once used to be.

"You made me stop chasing the days. You made me hold onto them."

Regardless of their unquestionable mutual attraction, however, the obstacles before them are many and they are impossible to ignore. Vera's own life has conditioned her to value the sanctity of a family over anything else, ever her own happiness. She resists the pull between them with every fibre of her being, while her heart breaks each day further and further. When they finally succumb to the chemistry between them, all we see is the once-in-a-lifetime quality of their bond and the irrepressible desire that makes them gravitate towards one another. But finding love is not the same as keeping love, and what they both recognise as a life altering connection proves to also be their greatest challenge.

"Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest."

As we follow Vera and Mateo's hesitant romance, from a shy and hesitant flicker at first to a blinding supernova of emotions in the end, we are reminded of how much the right kind of love can change a person, even when born under difficult circumstances, and how desperate the human heart is to love freely, completely, selflessly. This is not a traditional love story, there are no heroes or villains in it, no black or white scenarios to cling onto, as every element of this tale is painted with just another shade of grey for us to ponder on and reconcile with our own lessons in life. You may feel inclined to judge these characters' decisions at some point in time, but remind yourself frequently of how unpredictable life can be and how little control we have over our own hearts.

"Sometimes you are stuck being the person you are and not the person you were. Or could be."

Love has no regard for time, age, geography, or what others believe we should feel - when it is true, love blooms against all odds and eventually finds a way to survive even when we try to extinguish it. Vera and Mateo found love when they were searching for themselves, and that love is palpable on every single page of this incredible book. Deeply passionate, heartfelt, unpretentious, this story is told with such raw honesty and indisputable skill, that we are able to understand these two characters to the point of feeling every single emotion running through them. We feel their uncertainty, their struggle, their desperate attempt to preserve their own integrity and do no harm to others, but we also feel their undeniable attraction, need for each other, knowledge that they are complete human beings only when in each other's arms. It is one of the most well-rounded stories I have ever read and it is also one of the most beautiful.

If you have never read a Karina Halle book, let this be your first one. But be warned, everything after it will pale in comparison...

"Love, in English, is love..."
"Love in Spanish is you."
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wanted to love it!! 24 avril 2014
Par S. Patterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Don't get me wrong - this was a good story that definitely kept my interest, but I just didn't fall in love with it and was never able to fully connect.

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.

If contemporary romance and new adult books are your thing, definitely give this a shot. I know I am in the minority not being completely in love with this book, but I just couldn't fully connect like I wanted to.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mateo & Vera 21 avril 2014
Par Brianna @ Renee Entress's Blog - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Wow. I must first say that cheating is a big no no for me in books but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read this book and I'm glad I did. This book sucked me in from page one. I loved Vera and Mateo. I loved their story although it was hard to read sometimes and very real.

Mateo and Vera meet at a four week long vacation of sorts where Spanish speaking professionals meet up with English speaking people at a resort. The point is to learn conversational English. Vera decides to do this during dinner break and meets the very married Mateo. During their time, they grow very close. Their lines begin to blur towards the end and then they are crossed.

Mateo is a 38 year old married retired soccer turned restaurant entrepreneur who speaks fluent Spanish and little English. He has a 5 year old daughter. Vera is a 23 year old college student who is covered in tattoos and piercings. She speaks no Spanish at all. She lives by the seat of her pants and never commits to anything. These two couldn't be more different but the attraction and pull they feel towards each other can't be denied.

This story really picks up once they return home, Vera to Canada and Mateo to Madrid. I liked how Mateo finally did the right thing and eventually left his wife though it was hard for him to do because of his daughter. It was obvious he loved Vera but he wanted to make the right decisions for his daughter. I loved them together. He brought the best out in Vera and vice versa. They really completed each other. She was his Estrella, his wild side... she brought out the life in him like no other. He, on the other hand, kept her grounded and gave her a purpose. He made her feel loved which she had never really felt.

The only thing I wish this book had done was expand on their relationship some more. I felt the ending was rushed. For a minute I didn't think it was going to have a HEA. I wanted to see their future with marriage and babies. I wanted to see Vera, Chloe Ann, and Mateo... how life turned out for all of them. We never get to see their interaction excerpt for the short scene. Maybe a follow up novella will be in the future for these two. I'll definitely be keeping my fingers crossed!

I highly recommend this book! You won't be disappointed.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Lust, in english is more like it 25 juin 2014
Par Audrey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book was recommended to me by many. So many that I lost count. That's how great I was hoping this to be.

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. I felt that people surrounding them actually supported their connections and the advices they actually makes me feel uneasy.

And back to Vera, coming from a broken home (my parents divorced when I was a teen), it's true that it's harder to take and left you with lots of emotional scars and drive you to your rebellious side, so I could relate to it though I think everything it's much more dramatic and instead of making her stronger, I feel like Vera turned out to be a weak heroine. I get it that she's still young, so that's probably that which is why I ended up hating (yes.. Hating) Mateo.

Bottom line, I just don't get it. I don't get their relationship, their love and their feelings that I should feel to understand why they need to be together.

The writing is great, the storyline is promising, the execution.. Just making it even more clear to me why this "love" they had is simply wrong.

2 stars only for the writing and for taking me to Spain with it.

Sadly, this one not working for me.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 A glamorization of an affair between a man in mid-life crisis and an immature 23-year old! 17 juin 2014
Par The HEA Junkie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
For a book who wanted to show readers the gray areas of love, this book is pretty much a cliched black and white. I was up for an unconventional heroine who fell in love with a married man. Not an easy subject to write about but if there's anyone who could have pulled this off, it would have been Karina Halle. I know this author can definitely write edgy and raw.

But no dice. Not even close.

For one, I was bored. Just bored. The first 50% was all about Mateo and Vera taking seistas and talking about the stars. I was bored. The secondary characters were two dimensional and boring. It was established early on that Mateo and Vera wanted to hump each other. This seems to be okay with everybody else except for Lauren. Lauren, of course, is a beyotch, whereas the people who didn't really bat an eye at Vera and Mateo's blatant affair were good, decent individuals. In fact, these people assured them that it's okay to cheat on Mateo's wife since you can't stop love. *insert roll eyes here*

I quickly found out that this was going to be a recurring theme throughout the book. And here in lies my problem. It wasn't really the cheating per se that bothered me; it was how the whole thing was set up. I don't know if it was a conscious decision by the author or it was just an unfortunate coincidence, but there were only two types of characters in this book. The ones who are for Mateo and Vera's relationship, regardless of the fact that he's married, were portrayed as good, non-judgmental people. They were Vera's champion and they were cool about Vera and Mateo getting it on because, you know, its twu lurve and it was written in the stars and all that jazz. And then there's the second group. And these are those people who "disapproved" of their relationship or disapproved of Vera, composed of her mother, her sister, Lauren and of course, Isabel. They were lumped together into the judgmental beyotches category. It was blatantly obvious from then on what the author wanted to me to feel; hate these characters. These characters deserved to be cheated, hated on because they're judgmental beyotches.

Okay, gotcha'!

Forget the shades of gray, you won't find those here. It's just another overwrought romanticizing of a cheating husband and his younger mistress.

Mateo is a one-dimensional character. He's portrayed as perfect in every way except that, oppss, he's married. I'm supposed to sympathize with him because he's stuck in a bad marriage with the worst wife possible with his kid being used as a pawn by said wife when he met Vera. But then as the book progressed, I realized that Mateo is just a guy in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Too early for it, being only 38 years old, but his actions were of that same guy. That guy who is trying so hard to recapture his youth. Mateo is that guy. He wanted to feel young again. He wanted his life back pre-wife with all the parties, the wild nights, the beer drinking, no responsibilities, nada. Every time he calls her estrella and talks about building a new universe with her, I wanted to punch him in the nut.

A little of his POV might have helped. Probably. But I doubt it. Maybe it would have been a better read for me if I saw him at least trying to save his marriage or tried to resist Vera. But he didn't. Mateo was a selfish, whiny, entitled brat who preyed on the emotions of an insecure young woman.

The whole angle on the wife doesn't make sense to me and it's what really bothered me the most. Mateo, aside from being a football player, doesn't seem to have any life plans at all. When he was injured, he got "lost" so to speak. His career was over and he doesn't know what to do. His wife was there and basically organized it for me. And she was vilified for it. She seems to be instrumental in pointing him towards being a businessman, investing in his restaurants but his family made her out to be this fame hungry, gold-digging beyotch who is far from being the "perfect" wife. It was insinuated that she shouldn't complain at all since she's far from being the perfect wife. Well, duh! To me, it doesn't make sense.

The fact that this book had to vilify the wife in order to justify Mateo cheating was just lazy storytelling. It was too drama-llama for me. Even that confrontation scene was ridiculous and trite. I probably would have liked the story better if it was simply because Mateo and Isabel just grew apart and didn't really have passion in their marriage anymore or that Mateo simply found someone better. I mean, yay for them. Instead, it was the wife's fault, y'all! It was predictable and boring.

Vera, I actually liked at first. But then she fell in love and she became this whiny, insecure, and immature little girl. I don't blame her for falling in love with a married man but the way she handled herself was annoying. Again, I am inundated with the whole cliche of her family being mean to her. Forget the fact that her mother was right in the first place. She shouldn't have left school and go live with a man who, for all intents and purposes, was still married. But since her mom is a beyotch, of course, it was okay for Vera to not listen to her. The kicker was that Vera herself was a product of divorce due to infidelity. But hey, her mom was a beyotch so she deserves it.

Can you sense a theme here?

Her relationship with her mother wasn't really explored. I was hopeful when Vera went back home after her stint in Spain and meeting Mateo, maybe she will grow up some and get a whole new perspective on life. But again, nope. Instead, all I got was emo Vera. I had to check and blurb again just to be sure I didn't misread her age. She's 23. I was right. But she acted like a sulking 13 year old. My 12 year old niece acts more mature than her.

Look, I get that there are characters that are purposely created to annoy the heck out of readers but this was just ridiculous. It didn't serve the story well. Frankly, it didn't make Vera and Mateo likable because it was so obvious that it was done to make the their "love" acceptable. It was disingenuous to portray those who disapproved of her and Mateo's relationship as bad people and those who approved as "good people"? Really? I couldn't really accept that even Mateo's family didn't even blink an eye when they found out that he had Vera in his house even before the divorce was final and he was still battling custody for his daughter. And I'm supposed to believe that these people have his daughter's best interest?

Even Josh, her brother, who I thought was the only sensible person in this whole debacle, disappointed me. That whole justification about divorce was insulting. And Vera, the nit-wit became this pathetic character who bailed after things got too hard. Boohoo! Really pathetic. Where was this free-spirited girl the blurb talked about. She was nowhere to be found.

But my ire is probably reserve for Claudia. Good God, no wonder Vera is a mess. This woman was an enabler of bad behavior and I'm supposed to like her? It was also telling how the women were portrayed in this book. Generally, those who disapproved of her Vera and Mateo were women. The men were jealous of Mateo because his tattooed mistress while the women looked on with disdain. Now, I don't know why but that really irked me.

Overall, I found this book just lacking. Lacking in depth, lacking in sensitivity, and lacking in perspective. Mateo's ardent declarations of love for Vera, his star, and universe had me rolling my eyes too much. Overly romanticizing cheating men is not my thing. And Mateo is just that. You may dress him up, pretty him and put beautiful words in his mouth but it doesn't change a thing about him. I'd rather have an honest portrayal of him as a flawed human being who cheated and get his comeuppance first before getting his HEA. But this book portrayed him as anything but. Same with Vera. Her issues were supposed to make me sympathize but it ended up annoying me most of the time.

To me, this book tried too hard to sell Vera and Mateo's love for each other as acceptable and okay. I generally don't like to be forced into feeling something for certain characters. Not to say that no one can convince me but it has to be an organic thing for me, you know. I wanted to root for them because they deserved it. But it seemed to me like the only way the author knew how to do it was to make some people the villain, which doesn't make sense to me because I thought the whole point of the book is to show that when it comes to matters of the heart, there are no villains. Not Vera or Mateo and certainly not the wife also. I was wrong.
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