- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4125 KB
- Print Length: 402 pages
- Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (14 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GT91LT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bad at Love: A Standalone Friends-to-Lovers Romance Kindle Edition
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BAD AT LOVE is a friends to lovers romance which to me embodies what I love most about the trope. The tentativeness and hesitation of taking friendship to the next level vs the blistering chemistry and emotion that lies just beneath the surface.
Marina and Laz are long time, firm friends who are basically pretty Bad at Love. Marina is a wonderful character who is free with her feelings, thoughts and emotions. She’s an open book, but for the life of her, she can’t find someone to hang around long enough to hear her story. On the other hand you have Laz. He’s an enigma of sorts with his broody artistic ways, when it comes to love he’s happy to be in a relationship, but can’t seem to find someone who can read him the way Marina can.
In an effort to help identify where the other is going wrong, they agree to “date.” It has the makings of a recipe for disaster, but when they get a taste of what life could be like, there’s no going back.
In terms of a cute and sweet read, BAD AT LOVE is the bee’s knees.
This book was quite melancholy and dark in places but it was well balanced with humour. It really is all about love and finding your person. Low angst. High passion after a bit of a slow start.
Bad at Love is about Marina, a beekeeper, and Laz(arus), a poet who are best friends. Marina can’t seem to progress beyond a few dates during her forays into romance, and Laz is a serial monogamist, his relationships ending after one or two months. So an experiment between friends is in order to work out why they are bad at love.
Wow. The emotional intensity of this novel took me completely by surprise. My heart seemed to swell like an overblown balloon and thudded in my chest close to bursting while reading this slow-burn love story. The build-up to love was so amazing that I was breathless, hyperventilating over the chance that they might… TOUCH and then ohmygoshohmygosh they might…KISS! Let alone do anything ELSE. Hot. Dang!
To me the sex and language was inoffensive because of the perfect context. The sex was bound up with the love and was not gratuitous - it was hot between two characters I loved.
There were genuine laugh out loud moments (oh the waggle dance!) and pure heart-pounding sexual tension and fill-my-heart romance. Great minor characters and insights into bees, poetry and instagram. I loved it all.
Reading this book and feeling the physical (heart) effects it had on me, makes me want to go back and reassess the 5 stars I’ve given to other books. Some pale in comparison. What an amazing writing ability, Karina Halle. Whew! I am now a fan. I know for certain I will be hoarding this author’s books. And stalking her on Instagram (lol).
Marina was an amazing character, one of my favorite heroines. She is loyal and nurturing, taking care of everyone else. She’s beautiful even if she doesn’t realize it, and as Laz says, she is an “odd duck,” just like him. And, she’s a beekeeper!!!!! All these things combined endeared her to me. I wanted to be Marina’s friend.
Laz is drop dead gorgeous, but it’s his other qualities that make him stand out. He is a poet, and in a band. The man reads Keats for God’s sake! He also has a killer sense of humor. Plus, he is an “odd duck” like Marina is.
I totally loved these two together, and the book was extremely well-written. Not only is it a romance, but there is also a secondary plot involving Laz’s mother, and Halle weaves it seamlessly into the storyline. One of my favorite friends-to-lovers romances but also an important story of family and friendship!
***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
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i look forward to reading more from author!!, .
What an amazing read, read in one sitting, I laughed, got frustrated but it was so worth it! Highly recommend.
Laz and Marina are brilliant, kooky characters.Read more