Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE
by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
Bad at Love by Karina Halle
Release Date: November 16th
4 Waggle CROWNS
Bad at Love Karina Halle has written a best-friends-to-lovers romance that will have readers loving the characters and rooting for Marina and Laz to break down their walls and see what they could be together.
What readers are going to love most about this book is the characters, Marina and Laz. Sharing similarities with their parental history, they quickly form a bond that establishes a lengthy friendship. It is one centered on acceptance and love. It is evident from their first meeting that there is a mutual physical attraction, but for reasons that become clearer as the author develops their characters, they put up barriers that prevent them from moving into a romantic relationship. As the story jumps years, we get to see these two as adults, and readers will love the adult versions as much as the 20s versions of these people. Karina Halle has allowed them to mature and grow while also keeping true to their roots. Marina is still this weird and quirky woman with a love of bees and a plethora of knowledge that seems useless to others. Laz is still the musician/lyricist/poet who has women swooning while maintaining his emotional distance. When these two are together, whether they are talking about random topics, dating to improve Marina’s techniques, or engaging in more intimate moments, the chemistry between them is authentic and tangible, which is what really makes me enjoy the book.
Bad at Love, while fun, romantic, and sexy, did not hold many surprises for me as a reader. The trope of the story, along with the characterization of the hero and heroine, the conflict and general story-line are made clear to the reader, and the author doesn’t really deviate from them. The story is still fun, and the issues she brings up – scars from childhood, parental acceptance, the need to be loved and to love in return – are all engaging, but there are little to no surprises in terms of character choices, conflict, and resolution.
Although Bad at Love has not been my favorite Karina Halle novel, it still has all the attributes that make me a fan of her writing: lovable characters, sexy and romantic moments, and a story that is fun while also commenting on issues that are relatable for readers, and I predict many readers will become enamored with Marina and Laz’s journey.
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.
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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.
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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