Hilarious and sexy! Smut by Karina Halle #review

November 16, 2016 Reviews 7

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Hilarious and sexy! Smut by Karina Halle #reviewSmut by Karina Halle
Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Shaun Grindell
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Tantor Audio on July 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Narrator Rating: B

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 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 an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, 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 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.

Smut was a lot of fun. I like the enemies to lovers trope and Smut implemented it well. I also love that it’s quite a bit about the writing industry and how romance sells – and more importantly, is LEGITIMATE. I like the evolution the characters take in recognizing romance as more than a way to make money. Lots of fun little asides – especially for geeks everywhere (think Conventions with full dress in sci-fi costumes) and those who fear spiders.

The characters in Smut are really great. Our introduction to Amanda is fairly hilarious. I was LMAO at this dreadful moment when she’s proposed to and… well you’ll have to read it to find out why it goes so wrong. In an epic kind of way. That will make you laugh until you cry, if you’re like me. I loved Amanda because I can relate to her. She’s really serious and focused – and doesn’t really fit in with her family or their expectations. She wants to be a writer and is annoyed by playboy business major Blake who’s in creative writing class. So, of course, they get paired up to work on assignment together. Insults are hurled. Meanwhile Blake is projecting this playboy image (and that means acting like one most the time) but there’s so much more to him than that. There’s a hilarious scene involving a pet tarantula that makes you love him all the more. And, as an aside, Amanda’s older, Russian roommate going to cosmetology school is a brilliant little addition to this story. She adds so many fun moments.

Overall a very funny story, with some great sexy times as you’d expect, seeing as it’s called Smut. This is my first from Karina Halle, but it won’t be my last!

I really liked both the narrators, but I don’t think they complimented each other well. Alone they are quite good, but they are very different so I really FELT the chapter/POV changes in the beginning. It took me out of the book at times. I would, however, read listen to both Lidia Dornet or Shaun Grindell on their own without hesitation. And I did get used to the shifts by the halfway point.

4 stars Pretty Great

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7 Responses to “Hilarious and sexy! Smut by Karina Halle #review”

  1. Lola

    I usually don’t like the enemies to lovers trope, but it sounds like it was done well here. That’s fun it touched upon some writing industry and romance books topics. Sounds like this one has a lot fo fun moment and those awkward scenes where things go wrong can be great to read. Greta review!
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed the story, Berls, even if the narrators didn’t work well together. I’m going to have to look but I think these are the narrators for The Pact as well, which I listened to. If it is the same guy, he’s the one Lexxie and I talked about having a horrid Scottish brogue. 😉 Anyway, I have Smut sitting on my shelf waiting for the mood to strike. I think I’ll hit this one after I finish Hunting Season. A good laugh is always welcome once holiday season hits. 😀
    I hope you’re having a great week. Mine is going by very quickly! Tomorrow is Berk’s 16th birthday and I’m not ready. LOL Do you get all of next week off? Berk and Jax do, and James is taking off. Sky won’t be home until Wednesday evening though.
    I’m rambling! Have a great day!! Miss you and I send love }}!!
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  3. Katherine

    Oh this sounds fun and I love the thrown together trope! I also like that both characters sound intelligent and motivated in their own ways. I haven’t read anything by Karina Halle but I’m thinking I should definitely give her a try! I can see where the narrators would be an issue. To be honest I’m not a big fan of romance on audio at the best of times so I’ll probably go print with this one. Great review!
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