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Smut by Karina Halle

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Karina Halle
Fiction, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
May 16, 2016

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Maria’s Review

“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!

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