Bad at Love by Karina Halle
Release Date: November 16th
Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!
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.
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.
5 Stars!!! Absolutely adored this book and the characters! Laz and Marina are TERRIBLE at love. Laz is a serial monogamist, and Marina can’t get past a third date. The two have been friends for years, and they think it will be a great idea to date one another. They decide to go on dates, pretending to be different people, judging each other and finding out what each is doing wrong. Yeah, this isn’t going to get complicated in the least. From the prologue, I already knew there was a connection and an attraction between them, so I knew once they crossed that line, things would never be the same.
Marina was an amazing character, one of my favorite heroines. She is loyal and nurturing, taking care of everyone else. She’s beautiful even if she doesn’t realize it, and as Laz says, she is an “odd duck,” just like him. And, she’s a beekeeper!!!!! All these things combined endeared her to me. I wanted to be Marina’s friend.
Laz is drop dead gorgeous, but it’s his other qualities that make him stand out. He is a poet, and in a band. The man reads Keats for God’s sake! He also has a killer sense of humor. Plus, he is an “odd duck” like Marina is.
I totally loved these two together, and the book was extremely well-written. Not only is it a romance, but there is also a secondary plot involving Laz’s mother, and Halle weaves it seamlessly into the storyline. One of my favorite friends-to-lovers romances but also an important story of family and friendship!
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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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