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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Bad at Love’ by Karina Halle

Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!


Book InfoBad at Love by Karina Halle
Release Date: November 16th
Genre: Contemporary Romance



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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5 ‘Find your weirdo flower’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I seriously don’t know how this amazing woman does it but her books just check all my romance expectations! I’ve been completely hooked since the first book I’ve read be hers and I loved everything that I’ve read since that moment. I do have to say, I am always into lighter romance novels (I still have to check out Karina’s darker side! Lol) and all Karina’s newest releases are so I am definitely not complaining! And, of course, she just added another masterpiece for me to love because Bad at Love is absolutely beautiful!

So, Bad at Love is already LIVE and this baby is a standalone romance that happens to involve one of my favorite romance troupes: friends to lovers. Marina and Laz meet through one of Marina’s best friends who also happens to be Laz’s stepsister. Their connection is instant, but the circumstances decide for them and they do not act on their attraction: actually, they become best friends. Four years pass and these two are the most weirdly adorable friends but there is just one thing: they don’t know how to remain in love relationships. They are bad at love! Or that is what it seems… Everything changes when Laz presents a new “strategy” to Marina: to date each other. And as you can imagine, the sparks start flying all over the place!

“Darling, you deserve all of that and more. And you will have that. I promise you, you will find love. You will find that man who will wrap his arms around you as you drift off to sleep. You will find everything you need.” I pause. “You’ll find your flower.” 

Okay, I am IN LOVE! Yes, Bad at Love is just that good! Let me just say it: this is now on my top favorite novels by Karina Halle. There, I’ve said it. And you may be wondering why… Well, because of the outstanding couple that features this book, of course! Laz and Marina are perfect for each other. They are two lovable weirdos who still deal with very difficult situations from their pasts, but everything seems to disappear when they are together. These two have a beautiful friendship but when it becomes more, it made me melt all over! And not just because of the off-the-charts chemistry they have!

“Marina,” he says, reaching for my face, his fingertips holding my chin until I’m looking at him. “Let me in. Let me be here for everything, all the good, all the bad. All your light and all your dark.” 

Obviously they do have SOME STRONG CHEMISTRY. Because, holy mother of God, when they are together, things get oh-so-sexy. In my opinion, Karina is one of my favorite authors when it comes to the hottest sex scenes. The woman knows how to write, that is for sure! And not just the sexy stuff, oh no! When things get difficult and emotions rise, wow, just WOW. Marina and Laz are amazing together and not just because of their friendship and their hot chemistry. Also because they are always there for each other in difficult times and because their feelings will make you love them even more. The sentiments in Bad at Love run high and that is what makes it such a fantastic book!

“I wish you could see yourself as I see you. See how unbelievable you are. Every single inch of you is pure poetry.” […] “I want to write you with my tongue.” 

Also, did I mention it has a great list of characters? Not only the main characters but also the secondary ones! I love that. I love familiarity and friendship. I love that even though this is a light book it’s still has lots of emotion and some drama in it. That is what I love in a good romance novel: that it has a little bit of everything. And what do I even love more? A good ending. A good, sexy and emotional ending. And Bad at Love did not fail on that either. The ending is brilliant and that is always important to me. It is one of the other reasons I gave this rating to the novel. Because it made the novel finish perfectly. It made it magical!

It was her.
It was always her.
My kind of weirdo.

Therefore, my rating for Bad at Love is 5 STARS because I fell in love with absolutely everything this book has: the plot, the outstanding characters, the beautiful and sexy chemistry between the couple, the emotions and the ending! Marina and Laz stole my heart completely and I am sure they will steal yours too! Karina Halle is ending this year with a fantastic release and I can’t wait to read more in the next one. Highly recommend reading this one!

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.

Kiss me.

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.

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KarinaHalleKarina 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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