Book Review: Smut

29381926Title: Smut
Author: Karina Halle
Pages: 315
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads: 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 ficti
on?

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My Review:

Smut: Highly developed stories with love lines and other things that appeal to women that also include a lot of sexually explicit scenes.
I went into this book blind as I do 80% of the time, so I had no expectations other than smut. I’ve read plenty of smut in my opinion ( 50 shades of grey included, that is smut right?) So I thought it was be a short read to have in between my fantasy kick. I was pleasantly surprised that this book isn’t typical smut, if it is even in that category. Basically this is about two aspiring writers who are finishing up a year of college and after working on their final project together, they end up working on writing some ebooks once the semester is over. What do they write? Smut of course. Now what they were writing is definitely smut that I’ve read before just way more raw.
What did I enjoy about this book?:
I really liked the two protagonists. Amanda is a relate-able character for us nerds out there. She loves to read but her passion is writing. Having been working on her own book for a few years, a fantasy no less, she takes writing very seriously. We get to see her do her research and how she builds her world. We even get a snip-it (maybe two) of what might end up in her book and its funny how I found it written better than Smut. Amanda is a 21-year-old woman who knows a lot of book to movie lines and uses them as references in conversations which is a lot of fun if you can catch them too ( but don’t worry they always address where the reference is from) She comes from a family who doesn’t understand her passion and she has to keep it to herself but she never gives up and that is my favorite thing about her. I like how throughout the book you see her became stronger and learn about herself more and become more brave. She’s shy but bold and serious but very funny and sarcastic. I really enjoyed her character.
Blake was hard to like at first, as is most men in these genres for me. But of course we find out a little about him eventually explaining his playboy actions. They make sense but of course are stupid in my personal opinion so that was a bit of an eye roll but typical. I can’t get upset. But after a few chapters you see a person who cares for his family and wants to help them in any way they can. You learn that he too is a nerd himself and has a passion for writing just as much as Amanda. He’s sarcastic and predictable with his inappropriate comebacks. But he is fun and he brings out what Amanda hides in herself.
This was a fun light read with a little sexy in it. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys New Adult or smut, it’s a nice middle ground.
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