Published by Smashwords Edition on May 9th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
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 might 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 together 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?
I haven’t read an NA book in awhile, and I have to admit, I seriously miss them. Like, a whole lot. The romance, the smut, the whirlwind plot line, and the best part? You don’t have to worry about anyone dying, because there’s always a happy ending.
I was pretty eager to start on Smut, as it was about two very different writers having to work together on a project. Furthermore, I have always looove a good enemies-to-lovers trope. I mean, imagine all the fights that lead to the passion between the sheets! *smirky face* HAHAH okay, I’m sorry. If you didn’t know, I’ve actually loved reading Adults and NA books, BEFORE I started reading Young Adult genre. And I’ve missed it. So please excuse me if I’m a little too hyped up with this book.
Anyway, I definitely loooove the romance in this book. Like I said, it was the enemies-to-lovers trope, and hence, you can bet that there was a whole lot of arguments and name-callings. I practically looked forward to each and every scene between Blake and Amanda, and I’m just here like MORE MORE MORE.
Even though Smut was considered as a pretty slow book, I actually love the pace. It helps in giving us more insight to each of the characters, and of course more of Blake and Amanda’s scenes. Also, there were tons of funny moments in this book that had me laughing out loud, and I commend Karina Halle for achieving this, because it’s honestly quite rare for authors to pull off a romantic comedy.
I would definitely try out Karina Halle’s other books, because I think I am pretty much in love with her writing style!
“Even if I only wrote erotica, I wouldn’t care what you have to say. I make people happy! Blake and I provide readers with fun and entertainment and an escape from their lives, which is a damn good thing because life is hard and really sucks sometimes. Life isn’t a fairy-tale and not everyone in gets a happily-ever-after, but in our book world they do.”