Smut Book Cover Smut
Standalone
Karina Halle
New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Metal Blonde Books
May 15th 2016
Kindle
315

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?

This book was loads of fun!

Smut really made me giggle a lot.

smut book review

I swooned over Blake, for like, I dunno how many thousand times. I fell in love with the characters and rooted for them. I loved reading every minute of this.

Also, for a book that’s titled Smut, you’d think that it’s the only thing you’ll get out of it. It really surprised me how it not only dealt with romance, but it also dealt with some real life shit that all of us go through in our every day life, less the handsome dude, of course.

The story follows Amanda and Blake who both have issues with their past relationship. One was about to get married, but didn’t think it was right, while the other got cheated on by the person he loved the most.

Both shares the same writing class, and both, it would seem, have mutual dislike for each other. My guess was that their teacher felt it, so she decided that Amanda and Blake should write their final project together. Two people who obviously have a distaste for each other gets partnered together? Might not be a good idea.

1. I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE CHARACTERS

All the characters in this book were fleshed out. Each had their own personality. Normally, in books like these, the only person you get to really know are the main characters, and for some books, that isn’t even true. But in Smut, you get to understand all of the character’s quirks and personality, and yes, even the minor ones.

2. BLAKE. CAN I HAVE HIM?

Oh yes. Blake. I just love this dude. Who wouldn’t love this beautiful, sexy, hot, and very British man??? Who wouldn’t really? To be fair though, he isn’t all just that. This man has layers to him that, even though it is quite cliché, made him more relatable. I loved that he values his family and his stepbrother. Plus, this guy loves reading. Who doesn’t love a guy who reads, and writes too??! I love this guy’s sense of humor too.

“We’ve gotten together every night this week and the time she leaves I have blue balls the size of Donald Trump’s head.” – Blake

Oh boy. And that panty-dropping smile. Oh man. I cannot. Oh did I mention dimples too?

3. STORY. YES. THIS BOOK HAD A STORY.

When you talk about New Adult, I wouldn’t want to generalize but, let’s all be honest here, they don’t always have the best stories. Most of the time, we have a fuck boy and an innocent girl who meets, fuck boy falls for the girl, fuck boy changes because of girl, then that’s about it. But Smut was more than that. It actually has a story, a plot. We follow the story of a girl who didn’t want to settle for what was easy, for what was expected of her, and for once, she wasn’t the poor girl. Also, we follow this guy, who wore his heart on a sleeve until something happens that changes him whether he wants to admit it or not. To add to that, there is family drama on both sides, too. So yes, this book is so much more than just sex – THANK GOD!

4. BLAKE + AMANDA = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

In New Adult books, I mostly root for the guy. Haha. Why? Because they are hot as fuck, and I want them all to myself. What about the girl you say? Well, normally, I’d hate them because they’re written so poorly, and have very little to no character development. Lucky for me, I loved both Blake and Amanda. I thought they were perfect for each other. Their characters were both flawed. They both have issues that they need to deal with together and on their own. I love myself some love-hate relationships in books, and this book definitely gave me that. They have so much chemistry and I love it when they fool around tease each other. They were so much fun to read about. Oh and let me not forget about the hot steamy moments these two have. Best shit ever! Plus, it was great seeing the relationship between these two develop first before they start fucking each other. It took quite a long time before it happened, and boy did it satisfy me, probably not as much as Blake satisfied Amanda though. LOL.

5. THIS WAS HILARIOUS!

This book cracked me up quite a number of times, especially during those times when Amanda and Blake were writing that story of theirs. They were thinking of story titles, and the titles they thought of were, let’s just say… completely cheesy… ahahaha. One example of it was: Spread Open – A Gynecological Story. Hahahaha. Oh dear Lord!! hahahaha. But it wasn’t just that, there were other scenes involving other people that just made me giggle so much. The humor in this book was amazing.

6. DON’T SAY IT’S OVER UNTIL THE BOOK SAID SO

Just when you thought happy ending was just around the corner, you are wrong. This book wants you to feel for these characters, to sympathize for them, to want them to be happy, and you definitely will. At some point in the book, you think you’ll finally get what you want, but it will only give you a taste of it, then completely do something else you weren’t expecting. All sorts of emotions ran through me when this happened. No spoilers though. No spoilers.

7. SUCH AN ADDICTING WRITING STYLE

KARINA HALLE’S WRITING IS MAGIC. It has the write amount of sass and humor. But even with that, she makes sure that you also feel for the struggles of the characters. The humor does not outweigh the issues that the characters were going through.

Okay. This book wasn’t perfect. So here are some of the things that I didn’t like about the book, although nothing too major.

1. TOO EARLY PREJUDICE

“Look, darling, I know this may come as a surprise to you, but I have a life that involves more than getting my dick sucked.” – Blake

Initially, I didn’t really like Amanda, too much. Why? Well, let’s just say I don’t appreciate prejudice. The reason why Amanda didn’t like Blake was because he sleeps around – a lot! Basically, that’s what I got from her ranting about Blake, that he was a manwhore, and that she didn’t want anything to do with him. But she and him, prior to starting their assignment together, never had a proper conversation, at all. She judged him prematurely. She judged his character, based on what other people have been telling about him. Blake never really tried defending himself, but still, I just don’t like it.

2. OH THERE YOU GO. THAT DRAMA AGAIN.

When a book has drama, most often that not, it’s about family drama. This book was no different. Blake and Amanda both have family issues on their own. Amanda’s parents were pretty unsupportive, while Blake’s father was having issues with his current wife.

Smut made me remember how fun it was to read a New Adult book. I remember giving up on the genre because of how similar each NA book were becoming. They all had the same plot, only with different characters and settings. Smut made me want to read more from this genre again. I loved the fun and hilarious banter between these characters. The interactions between Amanda and Blake, and the other characters were really enjoyable.

If you are looking for a New Adult book to read, then I definitely recommend this!