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My Life in Shambles by Karina Halle

My Life in Shambles Book Cover My Life in Shambles
Karina Halle
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
April 11th, 2019

When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.

They say bad things happen in threes.

After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can definitely attest to that.

They also say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.

Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.

A rugby player with a proposition for me:

Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.

It sounded simple enough.

It was anything but.

Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.

Not when there are secrets that could break you.

They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.

This is my life in Shambles.

This is a full-length contemporary standalone romance

Jenny’s Review

Sometimes it just takes a kiss…..

“I know that a simple kiss isn’t so simple at all and nothing will be simple after this.”

I know now that when I dive into a Karina Halle book, I need to prepare myself, well maybe?. I went into this blind. Wouldn’t want it any other way though. So those of you that don’t know much about it, keep it that way. Just know that this book is amazingly breathtaking!!! My god the feels in this story makes it even that much better. You feel it deep in your soul, it’s so perfectly told. My heart broke, I didn’t cry, I sobbed. I laughed, I swooned, and god did I hope I’d get what I needed in the end.

It definitely makes a read when it feels like what you are reading is so damn real. I can’t recommend this one more, one of those books that stay with you and lasts a very long time ♥️

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.