Saturday, 21 February 2015
Review: Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle
Series: Love, In English (Book 2)
Publication Date: 11th November 2014
The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after." Note: It should be read after Love, in English and it is mostly new material (aka not just rehash of LIE).
“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”
Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.
That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.
Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.
Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I loved Love, In English and was incredibly excited to read this book. I couldn't wait to read what came next for Mateo and Vera but I'm afraid to say that after finishing the book I was left feeling deflated and generally disappointed.
I enjoyed reading from Mateo's POV, I was captivated by the eloquence of his thoughts and his words. His love for Vera is deep and powerful. Passionate and all consuming.
It was wonderful to read but as the story went on it was like Mateo and Vera were lost and in their place was two needy, insecure asshats who didn't listen to each other and sure as shit didn't respect each other.
The a relationship that they had fought so hard for, that we so routed for, was damaged by their actions to the point I felt it wasn't worth the pain and angst they went through before the author managed to pull it back on track.
Unfortunately it was too little too late. The magic and sparkle had been lost and all that was left was disappointment.
I will read the spin off books featuring Vera's brother but I felt that this book could have been so much more than it was as Karina Halle is a wonderful writer.
I just couldn't put up with all the un-necessary drama and the inconsistency of the characters to enjoy this one.