Release Day Review: Smut by Karina Halle

29381926What 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?

Rating: 5 stars | Romantic Comedy, New Adult

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Review

Let me regain my composure after the hilarious, enemies-to-lovers, utterly sexy trip that was this book. SMUT was the perfect heartwarming summer read – with a touch of nerdiness and a serious amount of kink, Amanda and Blake will win over your heart in the span of just a few pages.

Amanda is the geeky, smart girl, very passionate, (and my new best friend) with this carefree side that she doesn’t let herself show to many people so she might come across as standoffish – on the other hand Blake is very at ease with himself and he does let other people know, like the snarky, lighthearted inappropriate asshole he is, and it was fun seeing these two apparently opposite personalities be at each other’s throats every time they were together, but sooner rather than later they started to realize that they make a pretty good writing duo and, well yeah, they’re also starting to appreciate each other’s company, like, way too much.

“Regardless of who rubbed who first,” I tell her, trying not to smirk at my innuendo, “we need to at least try and get along is this is going to work.” I pause. “Or if anything, at least not to kill each other until the novella is done.”

Blake and Amanda half-admittedly can’t get enough of each other, so they find the perfect excuse to be together and at the same time, it also doesn’t hurt that they’re making good money with their writing skills, writing none other than smutty books – and oh, the temptation is real.

“I knew it. She’s a nerd on the streets and freak in the sheets”

Once their secret agreement is settled, as they’re getting to know one another they discover that maybe their personalities are not so different after all, that they share the same concerns any twenty-something would have, that no matter what type of family you were born into, there’s always certain pressure to live up to their expectations.

SMUT also includes a lively forty-something Estonian roommate with a weakness for gossip, (you’ll love her) a 9-year-old with a passion for all-things fantasy, and yes believe me, I was delighted as any other fantasy fan.

Filled with dorky characters SMUT was such a humorous, erotic-as-hell, super quick read. Blake and Amanda are so captivating, their nonstop back-and-forth banter will have you chuckling at almost every page.

Also, this might involve a tarantula and a man running around butt-naked, and yes it’s as hilarious as it sounds, read at your own risk.

Read an excerpt here

Thank you to the author for providing an ARC in exchange for a honest review

Pub Date: May 16th 2016 | Page Count: 315 pp | Publisher: Metal Blonde Books


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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.

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