Love, In English by Karina Halle – Jenn’s Review

love in english


LOVED the blurb and it’s been getting great reviews!


5 stars


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.

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I finished this book a few days ago, but hesitated in writing a review.  Not being a writer myself, just a book lover, I wasn’t sure I would be able to find the words needed to convey what Karina Halle’s story made me feel.  Normally, I try to sneak in a chapter here and there during the day when I’m reading something new, but I felt as if I was cheating on this book if I didn’t give it my undivided attention; and by undivided attention, I mean shutting myself off from all outside contact and hiding under the covers in a dark room.

When an opportunity to teach conversational English at an isolated resort to a group of Spanish professionals presents itself to 23 year old Canadian, Vera Miles, she jumps at it.  She thought she would meet some new people, learn a new culture and have a good time.  She never expected to fall in love with a 38 year old married man.

Mateo Casalles is at a crossroads.  In the last eight years, his life has taken a turn he never expected or wanted and he’s lost and feeling trapped.  Mateo is a well dressed, married business man, a polar opposite from Vera’s pierced and tattooed free spirit.

From the moment Vera and Mateo meet on the bus, you know their relationship is going to be special.  It wasn’t instant love, like we are so used to seeing in books today, but a mutual respect.  During their four weeks at the resort, their friendship continues to grow.  As they get to know each other, Vera can tell she is falling for Mateo, but refuses to accept or acknowledge her feelings, at risk of being the “other woman”.

I was reluctant to start this book because I generally avoid all books with a love triangle.  While I like a little strife and angst, love triangles frustrate me.  Even though Mateo is married, this book did not come across as your typical love triangle.  Vera and Mateo spent weeks fighting against their attraction to each other, but this wasn’t a case of searching for love… Love found them.  This was a story about making choices that might not be popular.  This is a story about following your heart, no matter the consequences.  This is a story about being brave and decisive and fighting for your own happiness.

Love, In English is not a story to be missed.

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