Love, In English by Karina Halle was a tumultuous journey and I enjoyed every painful second.
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 f*#king 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 Latino 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.
I’m not usually an affair with a married man trope kind of girl. In fact, any kind of book about cheating is usually a huge turn off and I never pick the book up. (Especially after surviving Thoughtless.) However, I heard such great things about this book and I enjoyed the excerpt I read.
I loved this novel because it was realistic. This was a messy situation where love must conquer all including a move half-way across the world and dealing with scorned ex-wifes. I’m getting ahead of myself. Vera was a realistic twenty-something who sleeps around and tries to find herself in an adventure to Spain. Mateo is a realistic older man with a family, a job, responsibilities and feels so weighed down by it all that his heart is crushed by the pressure. When these two meet, it’s like fireworks.
Normally, they would meet and live happily ever after but not here. Vera does everything in her power to forget and get away from Mateo and her feelings since he’s married. Mateo goes back and forth between caution and complete abandon. The forbidden tension between them was wonderful and once they finally decide to get together an appropriate (and realistic!) amount of time goes by. I fell in love with these two.
I could so relate to the “camp” feel of the teaching English trip. It really does feel like you’ve known everyone for a lifetime after a few short weeks. This book was heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. But the ending was satisfying.
If you like turbulent love stories with realistic characters who have passionate chemistry, this book is for you. Give it a try.
STARS: 5 out of 5