Review: Smut by Karina Halle

Posted October 8, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Smut by Karina Halle
Smut
by Karina Halle

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 16th 2016
Published by Self Published
Format: Audiobook
 

“Overall, this was a light and fun read.  It’s sweet but with the right amount of spice to keep things interesting.”
~ Under the Covers

My last Karina Halle book was not a success for me, so I was a bit scared going into this one because I didn’t think I could take two in a row that didn’t work for me.  I’m happy to report that SMUT was quite cute and adorable.

The premise is a lot of fun.  Two aspiring authors in college are assigned a final project to write together.  They do such a great job at it that they end up writing an erotic romance book together and self publishing it under a pen name.  They both struggle with the concept of writing the genre because it’s not what they originally wanted to write, and writing an erotic book while dealing with their underlying attraction to each other just amps up the sexual tension in this book.

I wouldn’t say either of these characters stand out to me for anything in particular, but I really enjoyed them together.  They have great chemistry while working together and getting to know each other.  All that sexual tension jumps from the pages to reality in creative and heated ways.  But they also help each other deal with some of the more serious issues in their lives, like their families.  All in all, they worked very well together!

While this was mostly fun, there was a spark missing from making me really get involved with either of them which is why the rating isn’t higher, even though it was an enjoyable read.  Also, I couldn’t help but feel a strong dislike for the characters due to their feelings on the erotic romance genre at first and what they were writing.  They really thought they were lowering themselves to writing smut instead of their “real writing” (like the fantasy novel the heroine was writing), and they were basically doing it because of the money.  I’ve seen authors express these types of views in the past and I don’t read them because of it.  So maybe that put a dent on my enjoyment of the characters as well.

Overall, this was a light and fun read.  It’s sweet but with the right amount of spice to keep things interesting.

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About Karina Halle

The daugh­ter of a Nor­we­gian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Van­cou­ver, Canada with trolls and eter­nal dark­ness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadis­tic appre­ci­a­tion for freak­ing peo­ple out. Like many of the flawed char­ac­ters she writes, Karina never knew where to find her­self and has dab­bled in act­ing, make-up artistry, film pro­duc­tion, screen­writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, travel writ­ing and music jour­nal­ism. She even­tu­ally found her­self in the pages of the very nov­els she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screen­writ­ing degree from Van­cou­ver Film School and a Bach­e­lor of Jour­nal­ism from TRU. Her travel writ­ing, music reviews/interviews and pho­tog­ra­phy has appeared in pub­li­ca­tions such as Con­se­quence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNo­mad Travel Guides. She cur­rently splits her time between her apart­ment in down­town Van­cou­ver and her sail­boat, where a book and a bot­tle of wine are always at hand.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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My last karina halle was just ok so I am leery of reading more from her :-/

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Happy to hear this measured up. Thanks!

Timitra
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Thanks for the review Francesca. I’ve been turned off by authors who share that view as well

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Thanks for the review, I have numerous books by Karina Halle on my TBR pile but haven’t tried any yet.