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Love, in Spanish

Love, in Spanish

4.8 17
by Karina Halle

The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - Love, in English - is finally here! LOVE, IN SPANISH is a sequel about 60K words, told from Mateo Casalles' POV. This is not a "rehash" of LIE and is instead a whole new story about Mateo and Vera on their quest to a happily-ever-after.

“She sat beside me on the bus


The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - Love, in English - is finally here! LOVE, IN SPANISH is a sequel about 60K words, told from Mateo Casalles' POV. This is not a "rehash" of LIE and is instead a whole new story about Mateo and Vera on their quest to a happily-ever-after.

“She sat beside me on the bus – and she changed my whole life.”

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.

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From a rock music journalist to a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author for The Pact, Where Sea Meets Sky, The Artists Trilogy series, and over 20 other books, Karina Halle has seen a lot of the world. Luckily, all the years of dabbling in different careers and traversing the globe has given her the perfect background for her stories. Whether it's writing horror romance, romantic suspense or contemporary romance, Karina manages to combine very real people and relationships with very edgy circumstances. When she's not writing about flawed characters or chilling situations, you can find her on Salt Spring Island, BC, drinking wine in her 1920's farmhouse with her husband and their adopted pitbull.

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Love, in Spanish 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Love In Spanish is the sequel to Love In English by Karina Halle. Love In English had mixed reactions from readers of the romance genre. It's subject matter, a forbidden love between an older married man and young free spirited woman rocked the norms expected in a romance novel. This book did not condone adultery. It was a story of two people that found their once in a lifetime soulmate at the wrong time. While Love In English was a beautiful love story, it was also brutally honest about the repercussions of an illicit affair. It portrayed the ugliness of betraying a marriage, hurting all those that you love, losing the respect of your friends, piers, and general population. It portrayed the death of a relationship and the grieving of that loss. It was a story of picking up the pieces and moving on in life. Moving onto the life that was meant to be lived and celebrated. It was not an easy road and the characters wore their battle wounds with pride and regret. Love In Spanish occurs one year after Love In English. Mateo Casalles and Vera Miles have survived the initial shock that their forbidden relationship has rendered. They are building a life together after tearing apart the lives they once lived. The road is not easy for this couple. They have a lot of obstacles to overcome before their relationship can be a true success. These obstacles could destroy the beautiful bright shining love they have found with one another. Mateo Casalles is a high profile individual. He was a former soccer star and married into a very affluent family. He was also a highly successful businessman. When he left his wife for a younger Canadian woman it created a scandal that the paparazzi is exploiting. Not only is his relationship with Vera being exploited, they are exploiting his relationship with his young daughter, feeding fuel to his ex wife's grievances, and exploiting his new career. If that isn't enough to destroy his and Vera's relationship, they have other things working against them. They are from different countries and citizenship issues may pull them apart. There is also the fact that their nationalities create a vast difference in their cultural upbringings and beliefs. There is also the issue of their age difference and maturity levels. Mateo is at the age where he is more settled, confident in his maturity, and has a firm grasp of what he wants in life. Vera is still quite young. She has not finished her degree and settled into a career, she has not thought about what she wants out of a lasting relationship, in fact she has never been in a serious relationship. She is insecure with her inexperience. Mateo is insecure with his age. Vera and Mateo have a lot of obstacles to overcome. They will have to learn what works best in their relationship. They will have to choose how to handle all the negative press that is destroying their lives. They will have to choose to fight for their love or let their relationship burn out. Neither one is willing to let this happen. Love In Spanish is a beautiful continuation of a difficult love story. There is never a question of Mateo's and Vera's love for one another. It is beautiful how they cling to one another when the world is tearing them down. Karina Halle wrote an emotional love story that is brutally honest. She did not skim around the ugly issues that comes in the aftermath of divorce. She allowed these characters to suffer the ramifications of their affair. This made their love more credible. It also made their relationship stronger. Both Mateo and Vera grew as human beings. They also learned that love is worth fighting for. I highly recommend Love In Spanish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. What an emotionally charged book! I literally could not put this down, reading it cover to cover in one sitting. I absolutely loved being in Mateo's head. Karina Halle has proven again that she truly is a gifted writer and can write the male POV flawlessly. It was wonderful to catch up with Vera and Mateo. This book answered the question of, "What happened next?" when Love, In English ended. It had all of the feels and more. Fantastic follow up book for fans of Love, In English!
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I was, quite honestly, a little terrified. I went into Love, In English with great apprehension. I don't particularly like to read adultery. I don't mind cheating, but when it's married people, it has a whole other feel and I'm not usually comfortable with it. I ended up loving Love, In English but wasn't sure I wanted to be inside the married party's head. I was leery of how he would justify his actions as a married man who cheats. On top of that, he's a father and leaving his marriage ultimately means leaving the day to day relationship he had with his daughter. That is something that hits very close to home with me. I didn't want to end up disliking Mateo by getting a glimpse into his head. This is one of the more emotional reads for me this year. I did not have the same intense reaction I did to LiE, but it still pulled at my emotions more than most books would. You're no longer dealing with the falling apart of the marriage, but your still very much dealing with the aftermath of it. And how can that not be emotional? You have to reconcile your love, your guilt, your entire life. Everything changes and sometimes the love you leave a life for isn't enough to keep you happy. I now see Mateo differently. Both in good ways and bad. I now more fully understand his actions from LiE in regards to Vera and to his ex-wife, and that helped me love him a little more. However, I see him differently in respects to a father and the feelings I had on that end, well, they aren't all so great. I didn't ever question his loyalty as a father in LiE, but in LiS there was a moment or two were I felt like he was willing to put Vera before his child. As a mother, I wanted to cut his balls off. I don't ever want anyone to be more important in my life or my husband's, then my daughter. I don't expect anyone to stay in an unhappy relationship for the sake of the child, but I still expect the child to be the most important aspect of their lives. But I don't think his thoughts meant what my brain thought they meant. I had to really analyze what he was saying when those moments came about. After thinking it through, my thoughts softened slightly in that area, but never fully disappeared. As I stated earlier though, this is something that hits close to home for me and my personal feelings were possibly bleeding onto the pages. Which only makes it a more emotional read and I just don't get enough of those so I'm thankful that it pulled that kind of reaction out of me. My initial thought upon finishing was, "Effing Halle got me. Again." This is a genre I'm glad she is writing more of. She writes with emotion and gives characters that feel 'real'. Seeing the situation from another point of view was enlightening, sad, heartbreaking at times and it made me understand. Love, in Spanish gave me what I needed and made me face some strong emotions that I tend to avoid. It was almost ... cathartic. Really, how many times can you say you've read fiction that makes you feel like a better person after reading it?
snowfireangel More than 1 year ago
"Love, in Spanish" is written from Mateo's POV and continues Vera and Mateo's story from "Love, in English". "I fear the day when it all becomes easy. I fear that's the day when she'll be taken away. My lover, my friend, my star. She can only shine for so long. Until she's gone for good." - Mateo Casalles This story is such an amazing emotional journey and how Karina Halle writes the male point of view with will Blow. You. Away. I was seriously in tears on PAGE 4! The beauty of this whole book is that you will ride a whole spectrum of emotions from happy to sad to passionate to insecure to anger and back again. If this book was a concert, it would receive a standing ovation. Bravo Karina Halle, Bravo!
BookBellas More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and sexy and emotional!  "I follow every part of you, everywhere. You go before me, Vera, you always will."  Karina Halle has written a passionate, dramatic and very sexy story about two people deeply in love. This book is most definitely NOT a retelling of Love, in English, although I always love an alternate POV. Mateo is very sexy, very sensual, a little bit insecure and very, very human in this gorgeously written story.  "She is mine, she is mine, I am hers." As much as Mateo and Vera are made for each other, nothing in life is perfect and love can be very messy and hurtful as much as it can be beautiful and life-affirming. And Mateo and Vera have some very complicated things to work through in this story. I loved reading about Mateo's relationship with his daughter in this book. The writing flows effortlessly, the story is flawless and I fell in love with Mateo all over again. Love, in Spanish has a very different tone from the first book and it is absolutely captivating.  "I stared at myself in the mirror and didn't see a confident man in a sharp suit. I saw a little boy whose heart lay in someone else's hand." Love, in Spanish is another must-read book from one of my favorite authors. Don't miss this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Karina Halle has done it again. Her uncanny ability to switch effortlessly into a male POV is astounding. Yes she has done it time and time again, but let’s be honest you still get nervous that it’s not going to work this go round, but it totally does. “Just hang on to her and know that even if it's just the two of you for a while, if it's meant to be, the two of you is all you really need." I have once again fallen hard for the passionate, sexy and emotional Mateo Casalles. Within pages I am sucked back into Vera and Mateo’s lives, and FEELING EVERYTHING . Ms. Halle’s writing is superb and I am so invested in these characters that I can’t help but be teary by page 13! The ups and downs they go through here are heartbreaking, and halfway in I can’t even put it down because I need to know how this ends. "I have to be the one to stand tall and get us through this, to hold her above the water, this rising, raging tide." This book is not a retell. It’s 99% fresh material. What is retold in his POV is a scene I know many are dying to see from his POV. If you loved, Love, in English you’ll adore Love, in Spanish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**Warning, this review may have slight spoilers from Love, in English. Just as I wouldn't recommend reading Love, in Spanish without reading Love, in English first I also wouldn't recommend reading this review...and if you haven't read LiE yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!** Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle let's us have some time in the mind of Mateo who we all met and fell in love with in Love, in English. Mateo and Vera are hands down one of my favorite book couples and getting more of their story made my year! What made this book different than other male POV stories is that instead of it just being a retelling of the same story we got an insight into a period of time we hadn't yet seen. This story shows the aftermath of the decisions made in Love, in English and brings you on a highly emotional journey. If you enjoyed LIE I highly recommend diving into this one so you can fall in love with Mateo all over again! ...life doesn't always hand you things in a neat package. It dollops them out here and there in messy, confusing splatters, and when you see something amazing, you better drop what you're doing and hold on with two hands.  In LiS we are thrown into the turbulance that Mateo and Vera's life has become after they made the decision to follow their hearts instead of letting all of the reasons that could have kept them apart interfere with their love for one another. Starting a relationship with someone while still married to another person is never easy for anyone. Add in a pretty significant age difference, cultural differences AND moving Vera to another country and you pretty much have a recipe for disaster. This book shows a lot of the bumpy road they were forced to endure and we find out if love really can conquer all or if sometimes love just isn't enough. To me, Mateo and Vera are pretty much impossible not to love. Both of them are so real. They are flawed and broken but also both equally awesome in their own ways. Both of these characters wear their hearts on their sleeve. They fight hard, play hard and above all else love hard. In my opinion it is so refreshing to read about characters that aren't perfect. Although many of my favorite books are about these perfectly put together people Karina's books all hold a special place in my heart because of the many different ways I can relate to her characters. Thank you, Karina, for this wonderful companion novel! Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love Mateo and Vera any more you proved me wrong.  5 stars for Mateo & Vera! You're my star. How many people on this earth have that, their own star? And you shine just for me. How could anyone else ever compare to this?
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
So good! Loved being in Mateos head
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The cover stopped my eyes. The story stopped time for me. I love a great love story. I wanted to read this slowly so I could feel the words seep into my mind, my heart. Wonderfully written with words of silk and steel. I am glad I overcame my fear of not being relateable. Mateo is real and my hero.
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MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Fabulous look at how Mateo and Vera's relationship progresses, stumbles and finds its footing again from Mateo's point of view. I fell in love with Mateo and Vera in Love, in English so continuing on with their relationship was a blessing to me. It felt right to really explore where their world goes after the other book finishes. It's not an easy road, Vera has to learn how to navigate Spanish culture, Mateo has to keep his ex-wife happy so he can see his daughter and well, the tabloids just want to sell papers which creates more chaos for them. The romance, chemistry with true love and devotion is all there as they navigate this minefield called life.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
More Mateo? Yes, please. In LIE, I fell for this couple despite the hurt they caused. And more importantly, I fell for Mateo. Even though LIE was told from Vera's POV, Mateo's voice was just as loud to me. I connected with him, fell in love with him, and felt empathy towards him and his situation. So learning that LIS was going to be told from Mateo's perspective, AND that it was a continuation of the story had me pretty psyched.  Instead of me recapping the story or going on and on about how achingly beautiful Halle's writing is, I'd rather talk about what I learned from this story. What I learned was that these two people fell in love. The circumstances surrounding their new found love, was a bit...difficult. But, they continued on. Sacrifices were made, hearts were broken, and they still loved. In this continuation of their story, Mateo and Vera are dealing with the after math of their decisions. It wasn't pretty, but it was the truth of their situation. When they should be basking in the haze of love, they have to deal with life.  Relationships aren't easy. Combining lives can be difficult. Love can sometimes hurt. Jealousy and resentment can tear a couple apart. Doubt...doubt is one of the most difficult to overcome. Trusting in your love, trusting in the person you love, is critical. That is what this story was about for me. Mateo and Vera had to decide how much their love was worth. They had to trust each other, have faith in each other, and most importantly, have faith in their love. They had to make it through the hard, to get to the peace.  I know that some readers will pass over books dealing with infidelity and admittedly, it's a sticky point for me. But, the thing about this couple is that you understand why they did what they did and you see how deeply they fell in love. It was hard not to fall in love with them and root for them. If you haven't read Love, In English yet, please go read it. It's one of my favorite books of this year and shouldn't be missed. Love, In Spanish was an extra special treat. I promise you, you will fall in love with Mateo and Vera!  Quotes: "The only thing easy is in all of this is my love for her. It is pure, it is simple, and it is true."-pg 1 "I follow every part of you, everywhere. You go before me, Vera. You always will."-pg 41 "I've said it before and I will say it again and I'll go down in my grave saying it. You are my star, my light, my love. And it doesn't matter if you believe in it or not because it is the truth and the truth always finds a way to shine."-pg 213 "...I don't care which country or where or under what stars but without you, I'm only me."-pg 247
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