Series: LIE #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: April 20th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also in this series: Love, in Spanish
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
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.
Love, in English is more than a story of boy meets girl. It’s a story about two people finding each other despite the barriers of age, race, expectation and circumstance and falling helplessly in love. A love so big, so loud, so consuming that it cannot be denied. To me, the greatest love stories are the ones that never should have happened. So let me tell you and little more about Vera and Mateo….
Young. Tattooed. Promiscuous. Vera is what many would consider a bad girl. She forms no real attachments to anyone beside her family and even those bonds are shaky at best. All of these outward appearances maintain Vera’s facade as a wild child but she is more than meets the eye. In fact, she is smart (astronomy student), introverted, and kinda lonely. She has constructed a suit of armor that has kept many at bay.
Sensual. Passionate. Married. First and foremost, Mateo is a 100% gentleman through and through. Despite his many roles: former soccer player, business man, husband and father, Mateo in many ways is as lost as Vera. With no true sense of identity, Mateo finds a kindred spirit in the wild girl who sits beside him on the bus to Acantilado. Their friendship is almost immediate and Mateo and Vera develop a connection that starts to take shape and morph into something more….
Now to address the elephant in the room: Yes, this is a love story between a single woman and a married man. Yes, there is cheating. But I think one of the strongest points of this story is just how hard these two fight to not give in to those baser urges that come with the attraction and temptation. This is not a story where two people are carried away by their lust. Not all affairs are black and white. This is a story of two people falling in love because they had no choice.
I had the privilege of beta-reading Love, in English and to say this is Karina’s best work yet is an understatement. I love EIT. I love TAT. Pretty much anything Karina has written I have been a fan, because her characters are fun, her stories are exciting and she is the queen of sexual tension (Dex and Perry, anyone?). But her strengths as a writer were put to the test when a married man was the love interest. She managed to make two people so likeable, so connected, so full of love that it would be hard not to sympathize with the position they are in.
Love, in English is so much more than just boy meets girl. It’s a story of two people from opposite sides of the world that find something in each other that makes them question what it is to live and what it is to just be alive. I dare you not to be moved by the story of Vera and Mateo.