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Love, in Spanish: (A Love, in English sequel) by [Halle, Karina]
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"Angst, drama, and HOT HOT love scenes, expect to experience a riot of emotions that culminate in the perfect kind of ending." - NYT Bestselling author A.L. Jackson

The sequel to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a follow-up of about 60K words, told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While some moments from LIE are touched on, LOVE, IN SPANISH is not a "re-hash" of the book - it is a whole new story based one year later, expanding on Vera and Mateo's passionate but tumultuous relationship and their struggle to reach a "happily-ever-after."

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"Halle created a singular seductive atmosphere in this novel and I was enthralled by it. I lost myself in Mateo’s beautiful heartwarming declarations as well as steamy passionate encounters. Five stars." - Reading is my Breathing


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.

***Love, in Spanish contains the first chapter of Where Sea Meets Sky, a full-length Love, in English spinoff starring Vera's brother, Josh Miles, coming March 2015 from Atria Books***

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  • Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (Nov. 11 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I absolutely loved this story, a continuation of Love In English #1, I usually don't read the second book, if narrated by the guy, but I loved #1, so I bought #2 right away, (Love in Spanish).

I was not disappointed. Mateo is truly a hero, faced with insurmountable problems, a mean ex-wife, the love of his daughter, paparazzi that were determined to wreck everything and his new love, his true star. Mateo kept his cool, and got the girl in the end. I can't wait to read about Josh, Vera's brother.
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I can't really say I'm surprised, i love it, mateo and vera area amazing couple that just shows love can with stand anything! I am glad that this wasn't a re telling but a sequel not that i don't like different POV i always want to know what happens next! I'm glad that it wasn't smooth sailing for vera and mateo and they had new bumps to overcome but again i felt that Karina had a very realistic love story. Don't miss out everyone read Love in Spanish you will NOT be disappointed!
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By alison phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2014
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I was waiting for this one for a while now and I was not disappointed..you must read Love, In English first before you read this book. Oh Mateo, you make me want to go to Spain to track you down...I loved you in LIE but I absolutely adored you in LIS. The love and passion for have for Vera is awe inspiring...I loved reading their story through his POV...excellent continuation and ending to Vera and Mateo's love story.
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Karina Halle creates her own universe when she writes about, Spanish men. Mateo's POV was a different story altogether. Not a re hash of Love in English. Beautifully done. Buy this book!5
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44ad7a4) out of 5 stars If the affair in Love, in English is an earthquake, then Love, in Spanish is the tsunami that follows immediately afterwards. Nov. 13 2014
By Gail H - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is simply beautiful, and by beautiful, I mean it shows the stark-naked-ugly- hairy-a$$- truth about two people who fall in when they weren't supposed to fall in love. If you are looking for a sweet love-conquers-all fairytale, please allow me to show you the exit door, because $hit just got real in this book.

Before I plunge into my review, let me just say that I want to take a hard copy of LiS, grind it into powder, pour it into a spice jar, and slap a "Mateo" label on it. Eggs tasting a little bland, sprinkle a little Mateo on them, having a bad hair day, sprinkle a little Mateo on your head; not feeling so fresh down there, sprinkle some of that Mateo powder on the cooch. MATEO MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER! I think that the author should contact me so that we can get a plan in action. If you see a 3 a.m. As-Seen-On-TV infomercial for Mateo powder, you can thank me for improving your life. Okay, okay, let's talk about the story.

***Warning: Possible Spoilers Below***

Love, in Spanish (LiS) picks up where Love, in English (LiE) ended, but this time the story is told from Mateo's POV. The story is NOT a rehash of the first book; it's a continuation of Mateo's and Vera's life after their scandalous affair. This book is as important IF not more important than LiE, because it tells the story of the aftermath left once news of Mateo and Vera's affair goes public, and Mateo leaves his wife and home to be with Vera . This story is so remarkable and powerful because it shows that love, sometimes it's downright ugly, and just because two people love with all their heart and soul, even that isn't always enough to sustain the relationship. Love, in Spanish gives a big dose of reality; it brings to light what often occurs when a person leaves one commitment/marriage to be with the one who brings him to life, who breathes air into his soul. Before Vera, Mateo was the man who had everything and nothing at the same time; and now Mateo is the man who has nearly nothing and everything at the same time. Vera made Mateo realize that he was living the wrong life. However, just because Mateo makes the huge decision to choose Vera over his lifeless marriage in LiE, that doesn't mean that the worst is over and that they get to live happily ever after.

Mateo choosing to be Vera is like an earthquake, and just like a real earthquake, sometimes the most damage is not brought on the quake itself, but by the aftershocks or a tsunami. Have you ever wondered about a real-life affair that was so powerful that it caused the demise of another committed relationship, yet the couple fell apart afterwards? LiS shows us that the hardest part of a forbidden affair isn't the decision to leave significant others so that the two people can be together; it's living that life afterwards that's the toughest.

Mateo soon learns that his affair wronged not only his wife, but every wife in in their social circle, school, and city, and none of them are going to allow neither him nor Vera to forget that pain and humiliation. Mateo also discovers that when he divorced his wife, he ended up divorcing his friends and supporters. He planned on losing his house and wife, but he didn't plan on losing a majority of parental rights and decisions, friendships, loyalty, respect from others, his image, admiration from his countrymen, and social status; his wife got custody of all that and more from the divorce. This is why so many affairs end; people don't foresee all the other losses. Mateo does gain a few things, but nothing like he anticipated; he inherits ruthless media, negative publicity that plays out his private life in the tabloids, scorn from the other parents, disrespect from former friends, a big pile of guilt, insecurities and doubts. In addition to all the losses, Mateo recognizes not only the age gap, but the language barrier and cultural difference between him and Vera. Mateo prefers swilling scotch in his apartment, whereas Vera enjoys getting drunk and dancing all night. Mateo is a man of traditions, Vera is very much a free spirit; Mateo is rooted, while Vera is the star in the sky. But like Mateo said, "You don't keep your eyes on the ground once you've seen the beauty of the stars."

At times I found myself irritated with Vera, some of her behavior brought embarrassment to Mateo, as well as hardship. Then I remember that Vera is only 23 y.o., and also a free-thinking, inked-up, non-conformist, who is living in a foreign country where she is vilified, and not only does she not have any family connections, but she doesn't even speak the language and could be deported any day from the man that she loves. How the hell do I expect her to behave?

My heart ached for this couple, how long should they have to carry around that big bag of guilt and shame, and how long should two people be punished for falling in love? They deserve family and friends who love them, instead of choosing to judge them. Never has that old adage, "Nothing worth having comes easy", been truer than with Mateo and Vera.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44ad9f0) out of 5 stars In Review: Love, in Spanish (LIE #2) by Karina Halle Nov. 11 2014
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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No one writes gorgeous, imperfect, complicated love like Karina Halle. Her words are so beautiful and heartfelt and she pulls all the emotions from me as I read. I've yet to pick up a book and not get hopelessly wrapped up in her characters and their stories. Her books are full of feels and I always wind up in tears at some point. Love, in Spanish was no exception.

I was so in love with Vera and Mateo after reading Love, in English. Their love was so real and raw. I was thrilled to get more of them, even if it meant I knew there was likely difficult times ahead for one of my favorite bookish couples. I wasn't wrong about that. They were together in Spain, but things for them were still far from perfect. They were deeply in love and mostly happy with their situation. It was just outside forces causing problems. A lot was up in the air for them because they were both facing changes and choices. I won't get into all of it because I don't want to ruin any single bit of the story for you though. It was every bit as heartfelt and emotional and sexy as the first book, and maybe even more so because it was told from Mateo's POV... and Mateo is one passionate man.

I didn't think it would be possible to love Mateo more than I did in Love, in English. I was so, so very wrong. Being treated to an entire book from his POV is one of the highlights of my bookish year. I never once doubted his feelings towards Vera, but it was still nice to know that this charming, beautiful man was every bit in love with her as I thought. She changed his life... and he, hers. Vera was in a rough spot during this book. She was trying to adjust to life in Spain. She was having a difficult time finding herself and making her own place. Anyone who has ever felt totally out of their element will easily be able to relate to her in this book. She'd do almost anything to be with Mateo, but she didn't want to lose herself along the way.

Love, in English was about Mateo and Vera finding love and giving into it. Love, in Spanish was about them trying to keep their love strong. We don't often get to see what happens after the "happily ever after" in our favorite books. That's what we get here. Love isn't easy. It takes work and, often, compromise. It's a give and take. Karina illustrates this all with beautifully-turned phrases, gorgeous words and tons of feels. This was definitely an emotional read for me. I felt like I was being ripped wide open at times. But, it also had plenty of moments of the playfulness and passion between Vera and Mateo. Fans of Love, in English will not want to miss this one for anything.

Just to be a total tease, I have to mention the special treat you'll get at the end of this book. You know Karina's next book, Where Sea Meets Sky, is about Vera's brother, Josh, right? Well, you get to read the first chapter at the end of Love, in Spanish. All I'm gonna say is "Khal. Drogo." *faints* As if I wasn't already dying to read this book...

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44ad9b4) out of 5 stars Beautifully real and raw, this sequel is EVERYTHING. Nov. 11 2014
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on Amazon.com
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"Through it all we have each other, two exiled souls. We pay for our sins with each kiss, we feel our mistakes with each touch."

Karina Halle's 'Love, In English' remains one of my absolute favorite reads of the year. Halle returns to deliver more of Mateo and Vera's volatile romance with 'Love, In Spanish,' told from Mateo's point of view. Not at all a retelling but rather a whole new chapter in their story, Love, In Spanish is an unexpected, unpredictable journey through the precarious reality Mateo and Vera have settled into.

Halle captures the voice of Mateo perfectly. I love a great story written from the male point of view, but more so, I love a great story written in the point of view of a character with a distinct personality, a captivating presence, well-developed and layered. Mateo is a man of control, staunch in his beliefs, his values, his culture. Everything that embodies Mateo is captured and delivered in his words, both his inner monologue and his dialogue.

Love, In Spanish reaffirms the epic love between Mateo and Vera the two first discovered in Las Palabras. That love ever present, continuing to grow, in many ways stronger than ever before. But as their love grows, so does the problematic reality of their current situation. The obstacles of the first book seem like a miniscule blip on the radar compared to all that they are up against now. So much change and turmoil surrounds them, the fragility of their relationship a tangible thing. Through Halle's vivid prose and brilliant dialogue, we're immersed in every torturous ounce of Mateo's physical and emotional struggle to maintain some semblance of control over his rapidly deteriorating circumstances. The resilient, strong Spaniard we'd come to know is suddenly a fish out of water, his sense of control diminished. Rife with angst and uncertainty, Love, In Spanish unfolds and unravels like a whirlpool, the characters spinning and spinning out of control until there's nothing left to do but be swallowed up by the impossibility of all that wishes to drown them.

Karina Halle's writing is as strong as ever in this book, drawing out every facet of emotion from the reader. I could feel Mateo's desperation to salvage everything he felt slipping through his fingers, that sadness and discontent of knowing deep in your soul that some things can't be saved. The self-doubt, his questioning of his choices and whether or not everyone else was right, that he and Vera are truly wrong, their age gap too vast, their differences too staggering. I felt it all. Halle captures perfectly the all too real and unfair existence of parental alienation, the sad reality that no matter what a father does, he is powerless against a mother who can unjustly snatch away the thing he holds most dearly just because she can. That loss of control, of being the fixer, always having the answer and suddenly being weak, of not knowing what or how to fix the most important problem you've ever faced. The fear of change happening too quickly to grasp, of feeling untethered to the reality you so deliberately sought. And the brutality of the loss of hope, the searing pain of having everything you've ever dreamed of stolen away. I felt it all, the emotions of these characters and their dire state a palpable thing, seeping in and saturating me completely as I read.

Often, as readers, we're given a sequel where authors throw their characters through a gamut of unnecessary drama and angst just for the sake of angst. This is not that book and Karina Halle is not that author. This book feels very real, the story unfolding in the most unfortunate but most likely course of events that would transpire after where the first book left them. Love, In Spanish is a runaway train, all sense of contentment and certainty Mateo and Vera found at the conclusion of LIE rapidly flying off the rails. It's a painful, gut-wrenching, nerve wracking journey, with a soft landing unlikely and the passengers powerless to stop it. But it's real and raw and perfect in all its realness. Karina Halle's 'Love, In English' is a poignant, harrowing love story, captivating the reader with every word, evoking glorious pain and splendid joy in a way only this author truly can
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44adca8) out of 5 stars Whoa, Mateo! Nov. 11 2014
By Jamie Cleora - Published on Amazon.com
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"Do you think that we’ll get a happily ever after, after all of this?"

That is a great question, Vera! I found myself wondering if Vera and Mateo would get their happily ever after only about 357 times throughout the book. Wondering if I would have to go all Annie Wilkes (Misery) on Karina Halle. Holding her hostage while she rewrites the ending of the book. But...you'll just have to read the book to find out the fate of Ms. Halle. Muah ha ha ha ha!! I kid, I kid! I promise that no harm shall come to the author regardless of the ending.

As you can see by my moment of crazy above, I have grown very attached to Vera and Mateo. Vera is to me, like a crazy, irresponsible sister that I can tsk, tsk and shake my head at and say "what the hell were you thinking?" to, but nobody else had better put her down or treat her badly. And I had quite a few moments throughout the book where I wanted to throw my beautiful paperback across the room. Made even worse because I know that people really are this cruel. There are people who are so quick to judge. That can't look beyond their own narrow mind to even try to understand situations like this (I know, because I have been the judgmental one before).

"I think we will always pay for our sins, Vera, but our sins have been worth it."

I love that this is a real world view of what a situation like this would entail. It isn't unicorns and butterflies and rainbows. You see the doubt each of them let through every now and then (not in their love, but whether their love is enough).

I absolutely loved having this book in Mateo's POV - and Karina Halle (as usual) writes a male point of view in a way that is completely believable. It was beautifully written. Painful and heartbreaking at times (I cried...). I'm also glad that this wasn't a rehash of Love, In English, but from Mateo's POV. I love that it is a continuation. I loved this book!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44add08) out of 5 stars Get ready to feel the emotions! Nov. 11 2014
By Robin Segnitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Love, in Spanish is the new companion novel to the contemporary romance Love, in English. It’s a brand new story from author Karina Halle that offers a glimpse of characters Mateo Casalles and Vera Miles approximately one year after the events of Love, in English.

Karina Halle has created some impressive male characters, and she is exceptionally talented when writing from a man’s point of view. Dex Foray. Javier Bernal. Sage Knightley. Camden McQueen. And now, Mateo Casalles. Mateo is mature, responsible, a father who dearly loves his daughter. He wants to provide for those that he loves. Mateo is proud. Loving. Sexy. Territorial. Mateo claims Vera as his own. He sees Vera in his future. If you have read Love, in English you know this.

But circumstances have not been perfect for Mateo and Vera. They face problems which seem to be compounded by Mateo being a high-profile public figure. They are citizens of two different countries, struggling to overcome language and cultural barriers. Their fifteen-year age difference seems to be insurmountable. Mateo has a bitter ex-wife, the paparazzi is unrelenting, and they both have work-related issues.

If anything can go wrong, it simply does. For this reason, the tone of Love, in Spanish felt somewhat discouraging to me. But I also found it believable that a couple with this many differences is going to struggle with problems. It was how Mateo and Vera responded to these problems that felt real, emotional and true. This author’s words have a tendency to pull at reader emotions. I clearly felt the desperation and sadness of these characters through the writing. Karina Halle is a gifted writer. She has the capability of bringing a scene to life by combining random details with sensory descriptive words. The overall effect is extraordinary. Love, in Spanish is full of the same top-notch writing that her fans have come to expect. The writing just flows beautifully. For Love, in Spanish, Halle has earned a solid 4-star rating!