Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love, in English (Love, in English #1) by Karina Halle

Love, in English (Love, in English, #1) 
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 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.

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒ— out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I was surprised how much I ended up liking this book. Books that have one or more characters cheat on their significant other are usually hit or miss with me because they rub me the wrong way. I think that this book was different from others because there were other elements at play. Mateo has a wife and daughter which I haven't seen in this kind of book before. There are also things about his marriage that make this book unique but I don't want to spoil the book so I can't expand on that point. I liked Mateo. It is easy to see that behind the smiling businessman mask that he shows people that he is unhappy with where his life is and is struggling to make it through each day. I don't usually like characters like Vera but much like Mateo I found myself drawn toward her. She is filled with pain and seems to be looking for something and she isn't quite sure what it is. She tries to live life to the fullest but is lonely because the only people that she has who truly care about her in her life are her best friend and her brother. She is constantly judged by her family and other people because of the way that she chooses to live her life. I was able to empathize with her easily when the author expanded on who she was as a person and the trials that she dealt with. I appreciated her struggle throughout the book to do the right thing and be a good person. She saw herself as a villain and unworthy throughout the book but I saw her as human. She made mistakes but she tried to do right by everyone.   

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