Review: SMUT by Karina Halle


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SMUT
Karina Halle
Published: May 15th 2016 by Metal Blonde Books
Pages: 315

What 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?


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“No gimmicks, just smut.”

Okay, I have to give it to Karina Halle. I’ve never met an author who could write so many different genres and do it extremely well, all the while coming up with unique concepts and very creative plot ideas. It’s like she can turn anything into a book, and that is freaking awesome, imo.

Smut was a really funny and light romantic comedy, where two people who really dislike each other were forced to work together. Surprisingly, it had less sex than the title suggested, focusing instead on other parts of the characters’ relationships, which worked just fine for me.

Blake and Amanda couldn’t be more different from each other, despite both being huge nerds. I enjoyed their banter most of the time, and their growing relationship with each other. I actually liked Blake quite a lot, especially the scenes with his stepbrother, Kevin, and those with Fluffy when he graced us with his presence. I had a hard time liking Amanda, though. I thought her a bit entitled and super judgmental – she was quick to jump on people’s throats based on preconceived notions she had about them –, so I was annoyed with her some of the time.

The writing was good and the pace worked pretty well for me. Nothing seemed rushed or skipped over, and I was very happy with how the main relationship between Amanda and Blake was developed. My one problem was with Amanda’s inner monologue, which during some parts seemed to just go on and on and on about things that were not relevant to the story.

Overall, this was a pretty fun read. It really focused on the inner workings of writing and self-publishing, while never turning boring and holding on to the humor that made me like this in the first place. I definitely recommend this to Halle fans and to anyone else who enjoys a quick smutty filled read that will make them laugh!


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