Blog Tour & Review ~~ Bad at Love by Karina Halle
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.
Stephanie’s 3.5 Blush Review
Karina Halle has become a very versatile writer. Cowboys, rugby players, rock stars, and criminals. Her stories are unique and Bad at Love is no different.
The first half of the book was very slow. It was a struggle to get through. I’m not sure why I felt that way. We meet Lazarus, a hot musician, poet and her best friend’s step brother. Marina is a beekeeper. The attraction is there between Lazarus and Marina but can’t be acted upon.
“So, why is it I should stay away from him? He’s a manwhore?”
He’s not a manwhore. He’s a serial monogamist. He doesn’t date around, doesn’t sleep around. He’s just never single. He moves from one relationship to the next.
Fast forward four years. Lazarus and Marina have become the best of friends. Marina is quirky, funny, beautiful & smart. She embraces her quirkiness and loves to share her knowledge of all things “Bees”. She is just a beautiful, selfless person. But with all of that, she still can’t seem to make it past date #3 with a guy. She seems to self-sabotage them.
After another failed date for Marina and the end of yet another relationship for Lazarus, he suggests that they date each other.
“What if the two of us date each other? Just for a little while. Just as a test.”
“We go on some dates. Definitely at least three. And see what we’re doing wrong.”
As best friends they know everything about each other. Their quirks, likes, dislikes and habits. The musician and the beekeeper. They are quite the pair. They proceed to “date” and…. the rest would be a spoil.
The second half of the book progressed at a better pace. I really liked Lazarus better in the second half. His kindness, insecurities and quirks really came through. Lazarus and Marina had growing pains and some turbulence. I loved Marina throughout the entire book. Sweet, sensitive and so quirky.
“Find your weirdo, embrace your weird….”
I love Karina Halle’s writing. She has told many different stories. This was not my favorite story, but I will still read her next one.
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.
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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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