#NAAugust: Review of Smut by Karina Halle

Posted August 13, 2016 by Jamie in Blog Series, New Adult August, Reviews // 0 Comments

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#NAAugust: Review of Smut by Karina HalleSmut by Karina Halle
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 17th 2016
ISBN: 1533293082
Pages: 392
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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 brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might 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 together 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?


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Jamie’s Review

Okay so. I liked this one. It was cute and well written and easy enough to see how it would actually happen. BUT, I definitely enjoyed the bits where they were researching self-publishing erotica and coming up with their plots and characters much more than the rest of the book. I liked that Halle was honest about how self-publishing erotica works and why it is so high selling. And I liked that these two WERE successful at it. I just was kinda meh about the rest.

I liked that this was hate to love because it made it that much more tense. But I liked how Amanda and Blake’s relationship evolved. It was natural and didn’t feel forced. I also liked that their sex life pretty much mirrored the sex life of their characters. I think I would have just liked a bit more of them communicating and/or acting like a couple. They were like “YES WE ARE A COUPLE” and then the next day (literally) they broke up. And I was like, okay? It didn’t give me the dramatic “they could be over forever!” kind of feeling that you typically get (and want!) in this scenario because it didn’t feel real. They hadn’t been “dating” long enough for me to fully invest in them as a “proper” couple because until that point they were just sleeping together.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the fact that the best friends were just used as sounding boards. Sure, Rio basically got a book for herself, but Heath was just there to tell Blake that he was falling in love with Amanda (which we already knew). I did quite enjoy the scene with all four of them together though.

The sex scenes were well written but they were also like when you get a sext from a boy and sext him back while doing something else (like cleaning the bathroom) because I wasn’t … inspired by them. They were dirty and definitely sexy but I was very meh about them. Might just be a me thing, but if you read this one and don’t feel anything, let me know.

I did have a bit of a hard time getting into this one as well. I thought the writing (with the brackets) and the general fourth wall breaking was a bit annoying at times. I really found myself struggling at about 25% to stay focused and motivated to read the rest, but I did. And the writing got better but I still wasn’t WOW-ed by it.

Overall, this is an easy book to read if you want to transition into the New Adult genre. It has likeable characters, witty banter, hate-to-love, and some serious sexy times! This was a great start to my readings for New Adult August!

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About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, 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 Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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