Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Smut by Karina Halle

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Natasha's Experience:
I looooved this book. Let me scream this from a rooftop bar in New York City: I LOVE SMUT! There, that feels better. Karina Halle has outdone herself in this refreshing yet intensely sultry story about two young writers who come together (this pun is very well intended) to write smut under a pen name as an experiment in the world of self-publishing. What they aren't planning on is the insane chemistry that builds between them as they continue to put words on pages.

“He’s becoming something more to me, something very real but all we’re surrounded by is fiction.”

Blake Crawford is used to casually shagging women and keeping said women at arm's length. He loves literature, but is having trouble accepting the fact that he might have to take over his father's ailing bookstore. If he can find a way to somehow save the store -- and his future -- he will do whatever it takes. When a writing project pairs Blake up with the gorgeous albeit closed-off Amanda, he can finally see a solution. Because they work and write well together, what happens if they write and publish a smutty book? 

“She’s beautiful in this wholesome, pure, wild way, like she’s becoming the sum of all the beauty she sees.”

Amanda and Blake, the most unlikely of friends, become close and figure out a way to do what they love for a living -- write. In between writing some of the steamiest scenes, the flames between the two of them become all-consuming. Think temperature-of-the-sun hot. Basically, this book delivers on all of the fantastic elements that I look for in a great read: steam (totally delivers), hilarious banter, a story line that was incredibly interesting, and a hero with a British accent. 10/10 would recommend this hilariously hot romantic comedy! I can't wait to reread this one soon.


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About the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and the USA TODAY bestselling author of Love, in English, the Artists trilogy, and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920s farmhouse 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.

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