Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger? No? I’m the only one? Just kidding, I would never. Ever. Not usually. But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been....
Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica "Ronnie" Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago's finest restaurants....
Recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father's friend and business partner to something so much more....
Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception - but for all the wrong reasons....
Jessica Charles shouldn't have even been in London when the unthinkable happened. She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend....
Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it's the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have....
Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he's finally moving forward....
The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn't exactly make a good impression....
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright....
Charlotte Michaels is a designer-brands girl on a thrift-store budget until she lands the mother of all jobs as Vaughn West's wardrobe assistant on his latest movie....
It wasn't the way this kind of story was supposed to go...insta-love isn't supposed to turn into insta-hate. But that's exactly what happened....
Temptation has never come in a hotter package. I've always followed the rules. Too bad he makes me want to break each and every one of them....
It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance's new wedding. I should have ignored it. Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn't. I replied....
The night I met Drew Jagger, he'd just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills....
The first time I met Caine West was in a bar. He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out. When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight....
They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname....
I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum....
He's back. Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him. But I can't resist....
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.
Contains mature themes.
What I loved about this story is that the characters are aware of how cheesy and predictable romance novels can be.I could easily see this being a situation that plays out in real life. I love that the author doesn't take herself or the genre too seriously; so much so that she openly some of the classic tropes in contemporary romance. There were so many funny parts and of course steamy love scenes. The characters were very lovable and realistic and I found myself routing for them. Would definitely recommend. Very lighthearted and enjoyable story
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the female narrator was great. totally felt emotions thru her words. male narrator, not so much. just didnt care for his style of narration.
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I love books that make you laugh. This one did not disappoint. Even as you wanted to shake your head at their choices, I was still chuckling. Happy listening
2nd time I have listened to this book. It has great narration and truly laugh out loud moments. I also enjoyed the geeky stuff. I really liked this author's work! A light-hearted, fun book with some pretty hot moments too! Definately one of my favorites!!!
The story was different, interesting, usual. I loved the way these two characters came together, first out of a requirement and then out of need. The chemistry discovered from the first forced combination that made the second by choice work. And I'm not talking about sex either, although of course THAT was amazing on its own scale.
The author wove the main characters' back stories and family dynamics into the plot, causing either chaos or support, in places where it was needed. The whole book was well written. Another great example of talented writing by Ms. Halle.
And lets not forget the narrators who were on point. These two were new to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them. They were snarky, sexy, and perfect for the parts. And the British accent...yummy!
Completely grossed out by a scene twenty minutes in where the protagonist projectile vomits onto another character. Could not finish after that. Be forewarned
I thought this was a great book. The narrators were good. The story was cute. Worth the credit.
Nothing better than an author that can poke fun at themselves. This book has everything for a quick listen including LARPing, spiders, Estonians, and "smut."
This book surprised me. I expected guys typical hard core smut novel, but it was a well-crafted love story that captures your interest as their relationship developes, and when they finally start having sex it is smoking hot! thoroughly enjoyable and a HEA ending.
Smut is my first Karina Halle book, and now I know why everyone loves her so much. Very sexy, sweet and fun with excellent narration, I loved how Smut gave a bit of an insiders look at self publishing and poked a little fun at it. Hopefully it was meant in the lighthearted way I took it and not the snarky way.
Amanda is a nerd. She is obsessed with writing and is absolutely in love with her creative writing class, thriving on any scraps of praise or encouragement the professor gives her. Blake's father owns a struggling bookstore. Blake is just trying to get through college and get his business degree so he can help save the store. He is a cocky manwhore with a British accent, and Amanda can't stand him. So of course, when they get their final assignment, they are paired together to write a novella.
"So it’s pretty easy to tell that my classmate in Writing 200, and my current writing partner, Amanda Newland, hates my bloody guts. And, for once, I have no (effing) idea why. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have some idea why. Because I don’t particularly like her either. It’s become something of a chicken or the egg situation. Her obvious dislike of me has led to my dislike of her, and my dislike of her has led to me, well, trying to get a rise out of her whenever I can."
Since they have to work together, as they get to know each other the hatred turns to respect. The respect turns to a flirtatious friendship. They realized that they work really well together. Amanda is a literary snob. She wants to write award-winning epic novels through all the right channels--getting an agent, hoping for years to get a deal, then traditionally publishing. Blake has another idea.
"Basically, from what I figure so far, if I make up a pen name, find a stock image of a shirtless roid monkey, and write a twenty to thirty thousand word novella about some kind of romantic or sexual endeavour, and put it up on Amazon for ninety-nine cents, I could stand to rake in some dough."
But he knows he can't do it alone, so this is the perfect opportunity for him to keep working with her after the semester ends.
"She’s a bit much to take at times and I’m certain she still thinks I’m the world’s biggest wanker— literally and figuratively— but I was getting used to her company. Writing with her was fun. Fighting with her was even more so. Maybe even hot. And hot is exactly what we need to bring to the table in order to rake in the dough."
Blake has done a LOT of research on what sells on Amazon, and there is a little poking fun at the bestselling book titles and blurbs.
"Riding Hard: a bad boy crime boss MC ménage forbidden second chance romance standalone"
So when they are writing all the hot scenes, you can imagine how hot it gets between them. The chemistry and sexual tension were through the roof!
"I'm tired of pretending that I don't want to do to her all the things we're talking about".
•Light, sexy and fun, my perfect read.
•I love books that take place in the world of Indie publishing.
•I giggled out loud a few times.
•When they finally did the nasty, it was HOT.
•I loved her nerdy but funny personality.
•Blake's relationship with his stepbrother.
•Yum, a British accent.
•There was no instalove, they worked through hatred first, and it was past 50% when things started ramping up between them.
•I love an enemies to lovers book.
•Poking fun at the indie romance genre was fine, but I hope this doesn't give people unrealistic expectations of getting a bestseller, and I hope readers and authors don't get insulted by it.
•Blake's narrator's voice wasn't quite as sexy as I wished.
The Down & Dirty:
I really enjoyed Smut by Karina Halle. It gently poked fun at the indie romance genre, but it wasn't nasty, it was true. I love an enemies to lovers romance and Smut filled the bill with nerdy times, banter, fun, laughter and sexy times. It was cool to read what an author goes through, and what happens behind the scenes of publishing a quick smutty novel. The narration was was pretty good, though his voice wasn't quite as sexy as I would have liked. Still, if you are looking for a fun, light, sexy and unique read that delves a bit into the mind of an author, Smut totally fits the bill.
Rating: 4.25 stars, 4.25 Heat, 4 Narration