Book Review: SMUT by Karina Halle

Genre: NA, Romance

Pages: 315

Released on: May 16th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

My Review:

I feel like any time I think of this book I need to fan myself. No joke.

As a writer, this book about a girl in a writing course trying to get her degree in pursuit of making writing a viable career really resonates with me. And as a writer who has written a few smutty scenes, this book is everything I want out of life.

The two main characters, Amanda and Blake, start things off pretty rough. They don’t really like each other, but neither one is really sure why – which I appreciated because then it felt like their “hatred” for each other held no real malicious intent. In other stories where the classic trope of enemies to lovers happens, there is usually some real heat behind that hatred (which is why I don’t like that trope most of the time), but here, it really is just a case of “I don’t like that you sleep with all the girls in class” and “I don’t like that you’re so good at everything and I’m not.” That really left a lot of room for character growth for them and really had me convinced when they started to like each other as friends. AND THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. They were friends! Before they moved on to the hot and spicy times (which…oh my god…) they were friends. They got to know each other and really learned to help one another; it was beautiful and felt like a real friendship.

So when they decided to team up together and write smutty books to make some extra cash, the sexual tension just builds and builds until it freaking explodes into a sexy, fiery, and steamy scene in a library. And so much more.

That’s where the real story takes off, I feel. They start to get to know each other on a different level and it becomes evident how it effects their “friendship.”

Overall, I really enjoy the way the story paces itself. It goes from “we have to work together” to “we want to work together.” Their passion and their love, it all felt believable simply because it wasn’t rushed like most new adult/adult books like to do.

MY RATING: 5/5

p.s. the smut in this book is so great.

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