Book Review: Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

Title: Love, In Spanish (Love, In English #2)
Author: Katrina Halle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 290 pages
Rating: 5 stars

The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story – LOVE, IN ENGLISH – is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles’ POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo’s “happily ever after.” Note: It should be read after Love, in English and it is mostly new material (aka not just rehash of LIE).


“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

Michelle's Review
Well the cover model alone had me panting that’s for sure. Do you all know that Love in English was supposed to be a standalone? I didn’t. Did you also know that Karina Halle received probably many emails, Facebook and Twitter requests for another installment that she decided to write Love in Spanish? Oh and guess what? She wrote LIS in Mateo’s POV. And if you think it’s a retelling of LIE, nope, it’s not. This book takes Mateo and Vera’s relationship into the present.

Like many other readers, I fell in love with Mateo in LIE even though he was married and had a 5-year-old daughter. I couldn’t help myself. I’m still in love with Mateo especially getting into his head. The opening lines to LIS sets the precedent for such love. I am in love with a villain. At least, she calls herself a villain. But I do not see her as a villain. I see her as a girl, as a woman, as a friend, as a lover, I see her as my star, one she thinks has burned too much for the both of us. As here comes the waterworks.

So you already know (and if you didn’t stop reading this review, scoot), there was a HEA, I just wanted to mess with you and make you think there wasn’t. But it wasn’t your typical HEA.

Vera is now living in Spain with Mateo. The obstacles these two must endure in order to make their relationship work was torture. Poor Vera always seeing herself as the “other woman” that broke Mateo’s marriage. It takes two to tango Vera, he’s just as guilty. Mateo’s ex-wife Isabel is a big deterrent in this book. Although Isabel knows in her heart that she and Mateo just didn’t mesh, she’s still the woman scorn. I get it, but she’s goes about everything surrounding Mateo and Vera’s relationship in the most bitchy like way. This is the price you pay I guess for breaking your vows.

Vera still has her issues of self-worth especially on how is it that she’s with someone not only so much older and wiser, but she feels so unworthy of his love for her. Mateo’s puts that perspective in the only way he can through his sexy, swoon worthy words and his body. “Look at me, my Estrella. Don’t you know what that means? You’re my star. How many people on this earth have their own star? And you shine just for me. How could anyone else ever compare to this?”

More angst in this book, more tears, more conflict. Through it all, Mateo and Vera will have their HEA. Just wait until you get towards the end and where they end up for their anniversary. What I loved most is how Vera’s mother finally came around and stopped treating Vera like the black sheep. Not a fan of Vera’s sister, but I do love her brother Josh. I was so excited to read the first few chapters of Where Sea Meets Sky which will be Josh’s story and coming out in 2015. So yeah, I’m jumping through hoops, etc. to be over the top in love with Mateo Caselles. I, too, want to be his Estrella. Mateo has made it to the top 5 of BBF. So thank you Karina, for bringing Mateo into my life. I hope they will be a novella (hint, hint).

– Michelle



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