Friday, November 17

*** BLOG TOUR & REVIEW *** Bad at Love by Karina Halle


Bad at Love by Karina Halle Release Date: November 16th

Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is LIVE!!!

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 his 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.


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. Kiss me. 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.  
My Review 
5 “My Kind of Weirdo” Stars
Bad at Love was a delightfully sweet friends to lovers romance with an emotional punch. It was sweet and swoony and made me laugh. Marina and Lazarus are the best of friends and become something so much more. Their story was one of the best friends to lovers stories I’ve read in a while.

Marina meets Lazarus. Lazarus has a girlfriend. Lazarus ALWAYS has a girlfriend — a different one but still. Marina never has a boyfriend. She never gets past date 3. But after Marina and Lazarus meet through Marina’s best friend and Laz’s stepsister, they become fast friends. Fast forward 4 years and it’s the same ol’ same ol’. Laz can’t keep a girlfriend and Marina hasn’t figured out how to get a boyfriend when Laz has a proposition. Go on three days with each other so they can figure out what they’re doing wrong. But so much could go wrong. Especially when they’ve each been trying to deny their own attraction to the other since they first met. Now they have a decision to make but their pasts and their own demons seem to keep getting in the way. 

I was hooked on this story. I loved both Marina and her wackiness and Lazarus and his easy come easy go attitude. I loved how they were with each other and I was giddy to see them end up together. There was also a depth to this story that kept me grounded in their faults but made them relatable. After the main conflict came and went I was hoping for just a bit more angst but I was so happy with the ending that it didn’t even matter. This is the first Ms. Halle book I’ve read in a while and it was a definate winner. 

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Meet Karina:

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.

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