Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle
Published on November 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The companion to the highly emotional, scandalous and USA Today Bestselling love story - LOVE, IN ENGLISH - is finally here! Love, in Spanish is a Love, in English follow-up novel told from Mateo Casalles' POV. While Love, in Spanish touches on some events that happened in LIE (you know the ones!) it is a whole new story set a year later that continues with Vera and Mateo's "happily ever after." Note: It should be read after Love, in English and it is mostly new material (aka not just rehash of LIE).
“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.
***Love, in Spanish contains the first two chapters of Where Sea Meets Sky, a full-length Love, in English spinoff starring Vera's brother, Josh Miles, coming March 2015 from Atria Books***
Love, in English is one of my favorite reads of the year, so it goes without saying that I wanted more of Mateo and Vera’s love story. Told in Mateo’s POV, this is a beautiful continuation that definitely lived up to my expectations and showed a new side to both characters that I already had so much love for.
Love, in Spanish picks up a year after the end of Love, in English with Vera living in Spain with Mateo. They are still very much in love and devoted to each other but are struggling to find some normalcy in the chaos created by their affair. Mateo has been offered a new job that has him once again under public scrutiny. With the press and paparazzi dragging their names through the mud, a crazy ex wife, and their age difference, there is a lot of extra pressure on their already misunderstood relationship.
“Through it all we have each other, two exiled souls. We pay for our sins with each kiss, we feel our mistakes with each touch.”
I felt like this was a very truthful continuation for Mateo and Vera. As much as we all want them to be happy and not deal with outside influences negatively affecting them, that wouldn’t be realistic after how they came together. What I love is that through it all you can see them both truly fighting for each other and what they have. I never doubted their feelings for each other, this novel just reinforced for me how much these two were meant to be together. I knew they would find a way to get through the challenges they were facing.
“Our journey has never been easy. The only thing easy in all of this is my love for her. It is pure, it is simple, and it is true.”
I really connected with Vera when I read Love, in English so I would have been happy to get this story from her POV, but I was really excited when I learned it would be told from Mateo’s perspective. He is such a passionate man and it was amazing to see the different sides of him. From being this vulnerable, deep thinker to this raw just… man. He is the perfect mix of sexy and sweet.
I feel as if I am nailing her to some place –perhaps this world, this moment, and I want nothing more than to be so deep that I leave some permanent reminder of myself. She is mine, all mine; she is mine now and forever, this beautiful, soft, wet woman of my dreams and my heart, and I am going to fuck her until she’s screaming my name.
This book broke my heart a few times, it’s seriously heart wrenching to watch some of the things they have to overcome. Mateo’s voice comes through so clear and his longing and desperation to make things work really got to me at times. The writing was poetic and had such an honest feeling about it. Mateo and Vera are two characters that really leave it all out there, blood, sweat, and tears and you just feel it… their love, desperation, hope, everything. I’m so glad we got the continuation of their story and I can’t wait for Josh’s book, Where Sea Meets Sky and to get some glimpses of them in the future.
“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.”