BOOK REVIEW | SMUT BY KARINA HALLE (SPOILER-FREE)

June 9, 2018

Wassup guys, it's your girl Kathlyn back at it again with another book review!

I've been watching so many Ashley and Rachelle videos that their intro. is translating itself into my blog posts lol. But forreal, I'm so excited to be doing another book review. Over the past month, I have been knocking out books left and right and I'm so happy. Getting out of my year and a half reading slump has been one of the best feelings I've had in a long time. But enough about that, let's get into this book review!



Synopsis
Smut is a standalone, tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy from the NYT bestselling author of The Pact.

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 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. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there's make-up sex now.

But even as they 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? -Goodreads


My Thoughts
Smut is one of those books that is meant to be a quick and light read. Our story is told in two POVs, Amanda and Blake's. In the beginning, the two are paired together to complete a writing project for their creative writing course. After succeeding on the assignment, the two pair up together to write erotica centered books to sell on Amazon. One thing leads to another and the two start mirroring the characters they write about. I found the plot to be very easy to follow, and not something that required a lot of emotional investment or attachment.

I went into this book with average expectations, and I wasn't let down, but I wasn't completely satisfied either. The nature of Smut is to be entertaining and amusing, but so many things fell flat for me. It's pictured as a romantic comedy, but little to nothing in this book felt romantic or humorous. The main characters were hard to connect with, both lacking individualism and chemistry. I found there to be more spark between them BEFORE they started hooking up and developing feelings for each other. Once their relationship started to grow, I found it really hard to see a connection between the two. It always felt like one character was more interested and invested than the other, and that was a little annoying. I'm not a fan of one-sided love stories, and this was just that. I also wanted to see more depth with both characters, as I felt that they fell flat. For instance, their past relationships and relationships with their family would've been excellent to explore. The beginning of this book was much stronger than the end, and I found myself zoning out and losing interest from time to time.

With all that being said, I still did enjoy this book for the most part. There were some really incredible scenes that I found myself lulling over. The smut was super steamy, but unfortunately, was the only thing that carried the last half  of the book. From the frequent writing errors, to the lack of chemistry between our main characters, Smut is basically a step up from a typical Wattpad story.

No tea. No shade. I love Wattpad, but this story is just average. Enjoyable, but easily forgettable.

My Rating
3/5 STARS


Have you read Smut? What are your thoughts? If you haven't read it, does it seem like something you'd be interested in picking up?

Until next time, 

k.m. 

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