“No one should be judged by what they read, nor should authors by what they write.”
➦I completely agree with this statement that Karina Halle wrote in her acknowledgements. Sometimes I don’t even bother explaining to people that I like reading dark erotica or M/M novels. I just say I like romance. A lot of people just don’t get it!
➦This book is about two aspiring writers, Amanda and Blake, who get paired up to write a novel for their college course. Unfortunately, they don’t fancy each other at all. Amanda has an aversion for Blake because he is a bit of a manwhore. Blake thinks Amanda is a stick-up know it all. When these two come together, however, magic happens! They quickly discover what talented writers they both are and how well they are able to work as a team. And so their journey begins.
➦Karina Halle gives us an insight into what it takes to be a writer of erotica. She even gives us a recipe! What to have a go at it? 🙂
“Dirty talking alpha male. Extremely large penis. Built like The Rock. A millionaire is good but a billionaire is better. Make sure sure he donates to Africa or does some charity work even though he’s an asshole with a damaged past. Must possess pillowy lips and intense eyes that gaze into your soul.
Heroine is gorgeous but she doesn’t know it. Perfect body even though she complains about having a small waist and big boobs. Has a cunt that tastes like honey. A virgin is preferred but she must be able to get off on command. Condoms aren’t necessary but ropes and whips are. She must refer to her vagina as “her sex” and be clenching constantly.”
➦The best part of the book was the humor. Halle managed to infuse humor even into unpleasant confrontational scenes.
➦The chemistry between main characters was amazing. I loved watching their relationship evolve from dislike to friendship to love.
➦The worst part of the book for me was the whole opening scene having to do with vomit, which I found more yucky than funny… That was probably one of the only scenes I didn’t smile at.
➦I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves NA and contemporary romance genre. Pick it up for a quick paced, fun and steamy read!
About the Author
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, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 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 Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.