Published by Self Published on 11/14/17
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She's bad at love, but he's even worse...
Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She's hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn't a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.
Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be the sexy Brit's girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.
There's only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing-- they'll date each other. On paper, it's the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.
They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.
Note: This full-length romance is a complete standalone with no relation to any other books and was inspired by the Halsey song "Bad at Love."
It does contain ample amounts of profanity, filthy language and graphic sex scenes.
Sensitive readers should be advised.
I am a swooning mess. One big ole mess of pure mushy, gushy feels. These characters are downright perfection. I’m so enamored by this book, this story, this everything. And this novel slid right into the TOP FAV OF 2017 pile. I’m completely smitten. YOU NEED TO READ THIS. It’ll make you feel so good. SO HAPPY. So amazing. It’s romantic and sexy and fun and sweet. I just LOVED every second.
I am OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK. I am so friggin crazy in love. And as Marina would say, my heart is all rainbows and unicorns and confetti and mushy gushy feels for these characters. I mean, holy freaking moly. What a ride. What a sweet, magical, absolutely delicious ride. From start to finish, I was like an addict for this story. I couldn’t put it down. Couldn’t stop thinking about it. Couldn’t even deal with my LIFE until it was done. This is ‘THE FEEL GOOD OF FEEL GOOD’ books! And I cannot get over it. I swear, I’m on cloud nine, so happy and whole and fulfilled, and it’s because of this gorgeous romance that swept me away.
Okay.. so this is the thing. Bad at Love is a friends to lovers romance. It follows Laz and Marina–which, I must say, have great character names, btw. Typically when I read a book, I have to go back and look at what the characters names were when I write a review. LMAO. I know, it’s terrible, but with this book they were imprinted on my brain. All things were…
LAZ LAZ LAZ LAZ.
MARINA MARINA MARINA MARINA!
Like seriously, I was stolen by not only their names but by them. I want these two as my friends. I am so smitten. So enamored. So friggin charmed.
God! I’m swooning again! Sigh.
THIS IS A SIDE EFFECT OF READING THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NOT STOP SWOONING. There will be random moments where you zone out and re-live scenes from this delicious book. You will want to dance in the rain after it’s done, eat all the candy, snuggle your kindle, because SWOONNNNNNNN! Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. God, guys. I just CANNOT STOP HAVING A MINUTE OVER THIS BOOK. I know these shouty caps are over the top and totally indulgent, but how can I contain myself?
This story was magical. Laz and Marina warm your heart and soul. They are the most amazing thing. And their romance and friendship is so #goals. Truly, they are REAL friends. Like best best friends. And man are they ever adorable! While they’re great at being each others friends, they’re really bad at falling in love with other people. Marina cannot get past the third date with ANYONE, and Laz can’t stay in a relationship more than a couple months. He’s a serial monogamist. Just moves from one relationship to another. He has no idea how to be alone. And Marina doesn’t know how to find the guy who will understand her brand of weirdness. They’re a mess when it comes to love. So, Laz (being super brilliant) has this idea that they are going to help each other out. He’s going to fake date her past the third date and she’s going to pretend to be in relationship with him. <<— can we say winning? Yep. So they’re going to do that, and then they’re both going to critique each other and try to fix what’s broken.
AND GOSH DARN IT. THIS IS A MACIAL CRAZY BOOKISH SITUATION THAT I JUST COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF.
Not only is their friendship so real and authentic, but individually Laz and Marina were my kind of people. I got their weirdness, and I loved it. Marina our quirky beekeeper is so happy that she made my happy, even happier. And Laz our moody, broody musician and poet made me feel all melty inside. These two are fun. And it only gets funner when they get together.
AND HOLY SPARKS OF YUM!
YUM. YUM. YUM. YUM!
This book is Hot. Romantic. Delightful. Wonderful. YOU NEED TO READ IT. LIKE RIGHT NOW GO READ IT. I honestly, can’t get over Bad at Love. A TOP READ OF 2017 for me. And actually, this makes TWO books that Karina has on my TOP reads of 2017 list. Before I Ever Met You and now, Bad at Love. Hooray!
So yeah, overall, I had the BEST time reading this. And I want everyone to read it and feel the same way. What a great read.
PS: Standalone romance.
PPS: I am sorry for all the shouty caps. I told myself I was going to be less OTT this year and more eloquent, but darn it all, this book just makes me feel shouty. It makes me feel so freaking shouty. It’s sooooo good.
PPPS: PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
PPPPS: ARE YOU READING YET?
PPPPPS: GOOOOOOO. READ. THIS. BOOK.
Bad at Love is an adorably sexy yet angsty friends to lovers romance full of awkward banter and steamy sexual tension. This was exactly what I needed just now, this witty, fun, sweet little love story surrounding characters who are far funny and relatable, their storyline perfectly peppered with delicious emotion and heartache. The friends to lovers romance trope has been done so often that it’s hard to find one that still feels fresh and new. But unsurprisingly, Karina Halle delivers ANOTHER original romance this year, this time surrounding a poet and a beekeeper, that feels refreshing and unique and quirky and I devoured it in one sitting.
Marina might be the most quirky, adorkably eccentric character Karina Halle has ever penned. She’s an open book, a beekeeper with a colorful personality who’s terrible at dating, wears her heart on her sleeve, and who’s just as bad at love as her best friend, Lazarus.
Lazarus and Marina are your quintessential best friends, the type that happily ignore their silent attraction in order to preserve there friendship. But with Lazarus blowing through failed relationships and Marina unable to get past the 3rd date, the two agree to date to help each other figure out what they’re doing wrong. Of course things get messy and complicated when the friends test that blurry line between friendship and attraction, making for a deliciously tangled story that I just adored.
Bad at Love is definitely one of the best friends to lovers romances I’ve read this year. Laz and Marina are charmingly awkward as they navigate the uncharted territory that exists on the other side of the line they’ve avoided crossing until now. What I love most about their love story is that it feels very relatable and authentic, with the two naturally uncomfortable with the change in their dynamic, wanting to say so many things but fearful of what those changes might bring. This book was everything. I loved it. It’s adorably sweet, always uncertain, and it broke my heart in such delicious ways before putting it back together in the way only Karina Halle can. Super sexy, witty, and smart, this friends to lovers romance is another fantastic book to add to the lengthy list of my favorites from this author. I just loved it!
The place is called Tanner Smiths and is one of those trendy bars with a prohibition theme. It’s packed and dark and there’s a small dancefloor by the door so that when you walk in, you’re sucked into a group of people grooving all up in your space. Beyonce blares from the female DJ in the corner and everyone is drunk and happy.
“I approve of the vibe,” I say to Laz.
“What?” he yells back mockingly over the noise, cupping his ear. Then he leans in, close. Very close. “What you havin’ to drink, sweet girl?”
His breath is hot on my ear and I momentarily close my eyes, letting the feeling sink along my skin, down my back, all the way to my toes. “Anything,” I manage to say.
I open my eyes and his face is still at my neck, lips at my ear. “I had no idea you were so easy to please,” he murmurs and I swear his lips are grazing my skin. Goosebumps spread and I’m hot and cold all at once.
My throat feels thick as I speak. “Only when it comes to drinks. Anything else, you might have to work at it.”
“Is that so?” he says, pulling back enough to look me in the eye.
There’s fire inside him. God, how I want to burn.
“We’ll have to see, won’t we?” I tell him.
His languid gaze drops to my lips, his nostrils flaring with impatience.
Fuck, do it, just fucking kiss me.
He leans all the way back, gives my hand another squeeze before letting go. “Don’t you dare go anywhere.”
“Bossy,” I comment, my stomach summersaulting like crazy.
“You have no idea,” he says. Then he winks, a bit of a smile, and heads down to the bar to place the order.
I watch him. I watch him and I watch the girls in the bar watching him and I know tonight, tonight he’s mine. I have him.
I’ve never felt so alive before, a swarm of electricity underneath my skin, my heart happy, happy, happy with anticipation, knowing what might finally happen between us.
About the Author
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.