Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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SMUT is a super enjoyable new adult read, with unforgettable characters and hilarious laugh out loud moments.

Amanda was horrified when she was teamed up with Blake in their writing class for a final project. She didn’t like Blake because he was and has been derisive of her since the start of class, and anyway, she didn’t think he really knew how to write. What was a business major doing taking up a writing class? She was sure their final project was toast, but she thought she should make an effort, if only to show their teacher that she’d done her best. To her surprise, Blake’s writing was good, and his portrayal of the main character had depth. Before she knew it, her opinion about Blake was changing and her attraction to him was weakening her resolve to keep things only about the project…

I love Blake! While he’s the usual hunky, muscular, gorgeous hero, I love that the author gave him a weakness. He’s afraid of spiders! It made him more human and believable and relatable. Plus, his love for his family, especially his stepbrother, made him adorable. All these combine to make him unforgettable. (And that’s enough of the -able adjectives. LOL)

Amanda is great, too. Her relationship with her parents and their family dynamics are depicted well, the push-and-pull of the child on the cusp of adulthood as against her parents are all too familiar and relatable. She has a “weakness”, too. She pukes in extreme nervous situations, and that made the prologue all too memorable. Both of them together are hot; their chemistry almost exploding off the pages. The author is very good at heightening the sexual tension with each page until it combusts in that library scene. Yeah, never gonna see libraries the same way again.

The story is told in alternating first person points of view, and I love it! In my opinion, it’s better than the sole 1st person POV (though it still can’t beat the 3rd person POV). I love knowing what’s happening from both the male and female perspective, their thoughts and feelings toward the object of their desire.

Funny and romantic and hot, SMUT is a must-read for romance junkies.

Rating: 5 stars

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Summary:

When I first met Blake Crawford, all I wanted to do was hit him in the face.

Maybe the groin.

Okay, maybe I wanted to kiss him too, but that’s neither here nor there. I mean, he may have a gorgeous English accent, sexy full lips and an ass I’d like to bite but…

Where was I?

Right.

Being in the same creative writing class, he’s the last person I wanted to speak to, let alone be paired up with for my final assignment.

But here comes the kicker…not only did our project end up getting us both As but we found out we work well together.

Really well together.

I hate him and he hates me and yet we churn out gold.

We’ve started writing self-published erotica under a pen name and let me tell you one thing…
Writing dirty sex scenes with the sexiest, most infuriating man you know is a lot harder than you think.

And keeping our hands off each other?

Well that’s another story…one with an ending I didn’t see coming.

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