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Bad at Love by Karina Halle
Published by Indie on November 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.




“You’re like moonshine on the darkest night. You shine a light on who I am and make me want to be a better person.” 

Bad at Love is quirky, fun and smoking hot. I honestly didn’t expect to devour it as quickly as I did. Halle’s writing is effortless and easily sucks you into the world that she is creating. From the moment I meet Laz and Marina, I feel in love with them. All the signs are there and you can’t help but pull for them, knowing that they belong together.

Laz and Marina had an instant connection when they met and you can tell that they are attracted to each other but they ultimately end up friend zoned and become best friends. Fast forward four years later and they are single at the same time and things begin to change. What should have been a test relationship to help each other get better at dating ends up showing these two just how compatible they are for each other and shines a light on their true feelings.

Sometimes it’s hard to stand out these days in a best friends to lover story because its been done several times. While it seems simple, what stood out for me is how quirky and weird the two of them are.

“Find your weirdo. Once you do, everything else falls into place.” 

Laz is that broken musician and poet who bleeds sexuality and sensitivity. It’s one of the reason’s why he’s a serial monogamist. He’s always faithful but they never last long. He wants to be with someone but he just doesn’t know how. At least not for the long haul. But once things turn serious with Marina and he risks losing her completely, he realizes that he could be good at it. He just needed the right person.

Marina wants the ultimate package. Love. Someone to hold her and love her. But her awkwardness scares a lot of people away. Her passion for her bee business isn’t always received well. I found her absolutely adorable. I embraced her weird and loved every moment of it. Laz does the same thing and it melts my heart. I just love quirky characters and Marina has to be one of my top favorites in the past couple of years.

If you are looking for a fun and quirky read that will make you laugh and melt your heart, then Bad at Love is the book for you. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a brooding musician/poet falling for a quirky bee keeper. It’s sounds so wrong but it’s oh so right.





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.


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About Karina Halle

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, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 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 Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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