Book Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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Oh Smut! This book reminds me so much of the Tangled series by Emma Chase. And if you’re an avid NA reader like myself, you’d know that anything comparable to Tangled is close to perfection. And this one, definitely, is close to perfection.

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Title: Smut
Author: Karina Halle
Date Published: May 16th 2016
Date Read: June 19th to 24th 2016
My book format: Kindle edition 


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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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I was in dire need for a quick and happy read when I decided to pick and read Smut. I initially saw Pearl‘s review of this a couple of weeks ago and I was instantly hooked just with the blurb so I decided to give it ago 🙂  I knew beforehand that it was something I would love, the sucker for NA that I am. And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I loved every bit of it!

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Smut is about two university students – Amanda and Blake – finishing both their degrees and taking up this particular writing class as a requirement. Blake and Amanda are a hundred percent opposites – Blake is your typical univ jock while Amanda is the oh-so-perfect straight A student. No common ground at all, except that they are both aspiring authors and both are apparently into geeky and nerdy stuff. They then get partnered up in final writing project and that’s where the real action begins.

Although the title suggests that it’s totally going to be a smutty read, it was way more than that! It isn’t just your typical smut novel without a plot. Both Blake and Amanda has their own story to tell, plus author Karina Halle delved into what really goes in the minds of erotica authors and how they do it! It’s just that we have a twist here and that’s for you to find out if you haven’t read this!

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Amanda Newland

Amanda is such an endearing character! I was able to relate to her in so many ways. She is very determined to finish her studies, she wants to be an author and she’s working so hard for it. She’s an overachiever – and she won’t allow anything to come between her plans of graduating from univ and becoming a sci-fi published author.19110249._SX540_Definitely a no-non sense kinda girl. I feel like we can be best friends! 🙂 But despite how she appears to be all firm and stiff, I like how she was able to show her other side – her smutty side, ha! – whenever she’s around Blake. Their contrast in personality definitely added to the chemistry between the two, and everything just goes flaming hot whenever they are together.

Blake Crawford

Man, this guy is hot. And a bookstore owner! Ha! That alone won me over and that alone made me swoon over Blake! Well. It’s technically his Dad who owns Crawford Books but he’s inheriting it so yeah, he’s a bookstore owner! 🙂

Blake is anything but sweet. He’s funny, he’s sexy. He’s raw. So raw. Like everything he says makes you wanna swoon over and surrender every inch of you to this guy! Yes, that hot! He’s practically slept with every woman in school and women seemed nothing to him. He doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t do serious. Well, until he meets Amanda, that is. Again, what else can I say, this guy is perfect.


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4 Stars

That’s a 4.5! 🙂 4.5 smutty stars for this one! Overall, I loved loved loved it! It was definitely what I needed during the time that I was all so stressed about school and I just needed something to pick me up, and pick me up it did! It’s definitely what an NA novel should be! 🙂

Highly recommended, guys!

Happy reading!

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In A Reading Slump! Noooo!


Guys! I think a huge reading slump is coming! HEEEELP 😦 😦 😦

So for the past couple of days, I have not been reading. And I mean, zero. Nothing. Nil. None at all. 😦 And oh my god, I don’t want this! Help!

Do you guys have recommendations that would get me out from this curse? Or at least prevent the slump from extending to a couple more days! I need to get out of this! I BADLY NEED TO!!! 😦 

Please, please. Recommend something I should get (contemporary, fantasy, stand alones!). I don’t wanna be stuck in here!!!

In dire need of help,


On a reading slump! Nooo!


I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t seem to finish Champion, the third book and final installment of the the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. Don’t get me wrong, though, I do love it, and aaaah, it’s probably one of my most favorite series of all time, but I’ve been meaning to finish it for the last three days but I just CAN’T! Somebody please tell me what is wrong with me?! 😦

Some excuses I tell myself to make me feel better:

1. I’ve been busy with family stuff. Had some family trips and family gatherings to attend to this past couple of days, so yeah, no time to read. (Even I am not convinced with this excuse! 🙂 ) 

2. Thesis. Though I am not really doing my thesis yet, I keep on thinking about it, and I keep on editing it in my head, and ugh, the thought of doing my thesis just wouldn’t go away!

3. Game of Thrones got in the way! Oh yes, this definitely is one of the reasons why I haven’t finished reading Champion yet! I just started watching GoT ‘coz a friend recommended it and I. AM. SO. HOOKED! Gah. I probably am going to make another blog post about it because I just have so many raves about it and it would definitely defeat the purpose of this post if I do it here 🙂 But yeah. GAME OF THRONES.

So yeah. Guess I got my answer there 🙂

Anyway, I am finally finally going to finish Champion today and I am preparing my heart to be broken. At least according to some comments in Goodreads that I saw. I still hope, though, that Day and June end up together ‘coz if they don’t, my world is defintely going be shattered 😦

So that’s it, I’ll se ya next post, and happy reading always!


The Legend Series by Marie Lu

Four weeks ago, I posted in my Instagram account (@thebooklander) one of the series I am most anticipating to finish this year – which is the Legend Series by Marie Lu.

I was so ecstatic when I finally get to complete the series in my shelf, but I had very limited time to read for the last couple of weeks because of it’s finals week, so I had to focus on all my acads. I finished Legend early March this year, but I crawled my way through Prodigy, for reasons not at all related to the book, but because school just got in my way. I finally finished it about two days ago, and I am finally, FINALLY!, finishing this series today! Reading Champion now, and I am having a book hangover already even if I haven’t finished it yet. It’s. That. Good. You guys have to definitely, definitely, check this series out!

I am not going to give a full on review on this post coz I wanted to have a series review once I finish reading Champion. I kinda semi-spoiled myself already when I went through the comments in Goodreads, but,  I still don’t know how it all ends, so yeah.

Honestly, I am SCARED on how it will all end. I am terrified that June and Day may not end up together. I just won’t be able to take it if that’s how it’ll end, I will hate Marie Lu forever if it happens that way! 🙂 Nah, but seriously, I cried of heartbreak when Prodigy ended, and I just don’t want it to happen again in Champion. Please, Marie Lu, no! So there’s my quick little update on my reading. I’ll hopefully finish Champion tonight and come up with a series review in a couple of days! Happy reading everyone! 🙂

Keep calm, and read on!

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