: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person
: attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship
: a person you love in a romantic way
Sounds easy right? Maybe. Maybe not. For most I think the emotion alone is super easy. It’s all the baggage that love brings with it that’s not. Love, in Spanish is the story after the fairy tale. It’s what happens when the first book ends, when the credits roll after you’ve watched your favorite romantic comedy. Only this time, Love, in Spanish is told from Mateo’s point of view. I wouldn’t say this is a standalone. You really should read Love, in English first. You need to see the whole picture before picking up where the first book ends.
Karina Halle did a phenomenal job creating Mateo. I have never been more in tune with a character before. He’s so charismatic, loyal, protective, passionate, he feels every emotion so deeply that you can’t help but to fall for him. And I did, hook, line, and sinker. Mateo oozes from the pages of Love, in Spanish and I stayed right there soaking him all up, all night long. I felt his pain. I appreciated his journey. I loved how he loved.
You see, love is a strange thing. It can disappear completely. It can leave you so far gone it is just a mark on the horizon, and you wonder how you ever felt love to begin with. But even with hit gone, fragments still remain. There are imprints. You can destroy a house and ruin it to the ground but you’ll see indents in the earth, the way the ground is different where the house once was.
Vera and Mateo’s relationship may not have started traditionally. In fact it was definitely scandalous and I by no means recommend it. However, while reading both books I couldn’t help by try to put myself in their shoes. What would I have done? How would I handle the situation? I don’t think there are any right or wrong answers. Except at the end of the day they both realized that their love was more. Their love meant being happy. Their love meant sacrifice. And it begs the question, what would you do for love?
I’m so afraid the stars will take their brightest one away from me.
Love, in Spanish is an emotional journey about two people, from different continents, different backgrounds, different beliefs, trying to navigate their love for one another. Vera is in a country that’s still foreign to her, trying to figure out life, knowing she can’t live without Mateo. Mateo is battling is his own war, trying to keep the peace with his ex-wife, while trying to figure out what direction he wants to head in now that he’s an older man, all the while knowing he can’t live without Vera. There are many obstacles to overcome. Their age difference being one of them.
This is series has been my favorite of Karina Halle’s and I’ve read just about all her books. Karina Halle has the ability to strip you bare, tear down your walls, rip away the layers and make you feel all these intense emotions. She takes you on a journey to foreign lands and allows you to explore those places with just her words, making you want to be on the next flight out. Karina Halle writes with maturity, eloquence, and passion.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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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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