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 “Try not to fall in love with anyone….”

Love, in English was quite simply stunning; visually and the perfection with which it was written. An emotionally raw portrayal of love born under adversity and how this love can quite simply be written in the stars. It was our first Karina Halle and we experienced such beauty that this will most definitely not be our last. In our hearts and in our minds all our senses were evoked; we lived and breathed everything Spanish – everything love. The scent and taste; the heat and the passion. It was all there.

“You and I, we were always a memory in the making.” – Mateo

We can’t put into words how much this story gutted us and pulled at our every emotion as it made our hearts cry, then hopeful, bleed and then rejoice in the purity of love and the belief that yes, soul mates do exist and under the guidance of the stars courage and love will prevail. No matter what the obstacles may be.

“Promise me, you won’t give up on us.” – Mateo

Love, in English is incredibly powerful; the emotions that bleed off the pages straight from this Author’s fingers are incredibly intense. We didn’t merely read this story, we lived it – we breathed it. Upon finishing we felt as if we’d lived a lifetime such was the extent of our exhausted emotions and stress from Vera & Mateo’s story. A story so unique, so refreshing, so believable and so passionate. Bravo, Karina Halle we are in awe of you and will never forget this journey you took us on.

In and rut and disenchanted with her life,  23 year old Vera Miles takes off to Spain for a few weeks to teach conversational English to a group of business men and women. Vera instantly falls in love with Spain and feels a sense of belonging . There she meets 38 year old businessman Mateo Casalles, married man and devoted father to his daughter Chloe. What begins as a friendship and flirting soon intensifies as Mateo begins to break down Vera’s emotional walls and their hearts become involved.   Mateo and Vera are drawn to one another and experience a connection neither thought possible. As their feelings heighten and the course draws to a close, each must face the bleak prospect of returning to their lives without each other.

“There will be nights where you will feel alone and lost…..Where I will feel alone and lost. When that happens, I want us both to remember this, right now. Bring our thoughts back to this room, this moment. Where we aren’t lonely. Where we are both found.” – Mateo
“I hope it will be enough.” – Vera
“It will never be enough.” – Mateo 

Vera, beautiful lost and lonely Vera. She found her way into our hearts as she battled with her emotions and for what was the right thing to do. Which path to take.

“I’d never be loved and no one would ever want my love in return.” – Vera

Mateo, we fell in love with this passionate, possessive and mature man who had an incredible heart and a sensuality that left us breathless.

“Love is like a thief, it robs you of all thought and logic and all you have left is a heart that you can only pray is strong enough to survive the rest.” – Mateo

Love, In English quite simply spoke to our hearts and fed the romantic in both of us, it fulfilled our wanderlust and the passion of Vera and Mateo’s journey consumed and enthralled us.

Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars – Gilbert Parker

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**


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

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