Smut by Karina Halle | Book Review

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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. 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. But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed?

“I slowly pull my lips away and press my forehead against hers while she lets out a small breathless gasp. ‘What was that for?’ she asks.’For you,’ I tell her before breaking apart.”

Here is what I liked about this book in a nutshell:

√ Hilarious   √ Romantic   √ Smart characters   √ Super hot    √ Witty banter   √ Tarantula

I had seen this recommended a few times on different blogs a little while ago and finally got around to pick it up after a recent mention. I ended up reading this in one sitting because I was completely hooked on Blake and Amanda. Their chemistry is off the charts from the beginning – when of course they still hate each other – and the more time they spent together, the more I wanted to keep reading about them.

This rom-com tale sees two college students thrown together for a class writing assignment. After many painful study sessions, some flirtatious banter and some interesting insults, the two begin to realise that they are actually really great writing partners.

When their teacher inadvertently mentions to Blake how much money authors can make off writing erotic novels, Blake and Amanda decide to continue their literary pursuits and create some smut of their own. Of course this therefore leads to some super hot sex chats that easily move their relationship from sort of friends to F buddies to pretend couple to real couple.

It’s a f’ing emotional journey for these two up in this book.

“I thought you’d be entirely self-sufficient.”

“Oh I am,” I shoot back.

“You should see my vibrator collection.”

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Amanda is a pretty cool and refreshing character. I really like that she isn’t taken by Blake’s charm like every other girl seems to be and has no issue asserting her dislike for him. She is a really talented writer with a heart of gold who has a complicated past when it comes to relationships – namely puking all over her pretentious ex-boyfriend at a pivotal life moment…in front of all her friends and family. I’m not going to lie, I had a little giggle when it happened. It was great to see her slowly become more comfortable and vulnerable with Blake as they begin to write their first erotica book together.

Blake must be book boyfriend number 27 by now but I can’t help it, I adore him. British, smart, loyal, cocky, fearful of spiders, a family man and ripped to shit, Blake is a pretty great leading man. What I really like about him is that he helps bring Amanda out of her shell and is quick to jump to her defence when need be. As an added bonus, he has a brain! I could write so much about how great Blake is, but you’ll have to just pick it up for yourself to revel in him.

Special shout out goes to Fluffy…the pet tarantula. Yup.

Written by Her World’s bookworm and entertainment editor

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