Bad at Love by Karina Halle
Release Date: November 16th
Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
She’s bad at love, but he’s even worse…
Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She’s hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn’t a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.
Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be his girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.
There’s only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing– they’ll date each other. On paper, it’s the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.
They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.
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Each time Karina Halle releases a new story, I’m always amazed by how diverse of an author she is…how easily it is for her to write quality contemporary romance, new adult romance, dark romance, and even paranormal romance. Halle’s versatility as a writer is one reason romance readers adore her books and willingly follow her when she switches between her darker tales that place readers in quite the alternative settings and those straight forward romances that speak to the hearts of readers and take them on one heck of an emotional and powerful journey.
Halle’s newest release, Bad at Love, is so much more than a typical friends-to-lovers’ story because even though there are traditional plot points in the text that illustrate that specific trope, there are also life’s teachings included in the story line – lessons about loss, abuse, prejudice, and self doubt. Laz and Marina, Halle’s poet and beekeeper, are extremely relatable characters because it’s easy to both sympathize as well as empathize with their dating histories as well as the their family backgrounds and the situations they have had to endure because of the choices of others.
I see so much of myself in Marina that it’s mind-boggling. She’s awkward and quirky, but she’s also passionate and driven. She doesn’t have much self confidence when it comes to the opposite sex because she’s a nervous nelly, always feeling like she’s going to ruin a relationship before one even gets started, setting herself up for defeat right out of the gate. But anyone who took the time to see beyond her bee keeping stories and her weird idiosyncrasies would see how phenomenal of a woman she truly is and anyone would be lucky to be loved and cherished by her.
I’ll admit…it took me a bit to see past Laz’s view of himself as a serial monogamist…it’s true he never cheated, but as soon as he was done with one girl, he moved on to the next, never fully committing himself to any of them. I will say that the reasons behind his tendencies make sense once it’s explained, but it made me question his motives for ‘dating’ Marina and if he was capable of ‘real’ feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Laz; he had his own quirks and oddities, which made him real instead of an unattainable hot shot, which will have readers swooning over his poetry, his singing, and his protectiveness. And, I even knew that he would figure his shit out and make things right, but I guess the way he went from one woman right after another turned me off at first.
Bad at Love definitely has all the feels that romance lovers adore; there are sweet and swoon worthy moments as well as hilarious and downright peculiar moments, but the moments that stand out are the ones that are real…the ones that show no pretense of being merely fictional circumstances because the reasons behind Laz’s unwillingness to truly love and commit to someone and Marina’s fear that she’ll never find her ‘flower,’ her person, are thoughts and actions that will resonate with readers because these characters could easily be one of us, struggling to make the right decisions when it comes to our heart and trying to understand why the kind of love that everyone else seems to find, is always just out of our reach or we don’t think we’re worthy of it due to a past that has never been addressed.
Karina Halle, once again, crafts a heartfelt story that readers can get lost in…the pacing of the story was perfect because Laz and Marina didn’t start anything until it was clear it was what they both wanted and the intimacy between them truly illustrated where their feelings were headed…or maybe where they’ve always been.
4.5 Poison Apples
The place is called Tanner Smiths and is one of those trendy bars with a prohibition theme. It’s packed and dark and there’s a small dancefloor by the door so that when you walk in, you’re sucked into a group of people grooving all up in your space. Beyonce blares from the female DJ in the corner and everyone is drunk and happy.
“I approve of the vibe,” I say to Laz.
“What?” he yells back mockingly over the noise, cupping his ear. Then he leans in, close. Very close. “What you havin’ to drink, sweet girl?”
His breath is hot on my ear and I momentarily close my eyes, letting the feeling sink along my skin, down my back, all the way to my toes. “Anything,” I manage to say.
I open my eyes and his face is still at my neck, lips at my ear. “I had no idea you were so easy to please,” he murmurs and I swear his lips are grazing my skin. Goosebumps spread and I’m hot and cold all at once.
My throat feels thick as I speak. “Only when it comes to drinks. Anything else, you might have to work at it.”
“Is that so?” he says, pulling back enough to look me in the eye.
There’s fire inside him. God, how I want to burn.
“We’ll have to see, won’t we?” I tell him.
His languid gaze drops to my lips, his nostrils flaring with impatience.
Fuck, do it, just fucking kiss me.
He leans all the way back, gives my hand another squeeze before letting go. “Don’t you dare go anywhere.”
“Bossy,” I comment, my stomach summersaulting like crazy.
“You have no idea,” he says. Then he winks, a bit of a smile, and heads down to the bar to place the order.
I watch him. I watch him and I watch the girls in the bar watching him and I know tonight, tonight he’s mine. I have him.
I’ve never felt so alive before, a swarm of electricity underneath my skin, my heart happy, happy, happy with anticipation, knowing what might finally happen between us.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of 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 Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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