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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
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.
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