Wednesday, December 11, 2019

REVIEW: The Younger Man by Karina Halle

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A reckless, obsessive soccer star. A forbidden affair that could ruin her career. The locker room has never been this steamy.
The Younger Man, an epic standalone forbidden age-gap sports romance, by New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle, is LIVE!

Dear Karina Halle,

Take all my book money. 
The end.

Not enough of a review? Fiiiiiine. 

The Younger Man was the age gap romance I've been waiting for and I didn't even know it. Or maybe I did? I'm a happily married woman in the age range of Thalia, the protagonist, and so I'm not looking for a driven, younger man to light my world on fire but daaaaang, Alejo. Dang. The chemistry between these two was evident from their first meeting and it was all I could do to not jump on the first plane to Spain and see the eye candy that I imagined from reading about the beautiful men in this book. Gah. 

And while the men and women were beautiful, it was just the idea of this story that was so appealing. I love that an older woman can have just as much fun and an equal chance at all the good stuff as a younger woman can. I love that Halle doesn't shy away from the challenges that come with this romance--whether it was work, a friend (insert lots of !!!! thoughts here about a certain "friend"), Alejo, or any of the other obstacles that came up in this novel--I appreciated that they weren't just brushed aside and ignored. I loved that Thalia was a strong, ambitious woman taking on a role that was boundary-breaking and therefore made her cognizant of expectations and assumptions. I liked that she addressed the conflicts that came with the job and the rewards and hardships that followed. 

And just as much as I truly enjoyed Thalia's side of things, Alejo's development over the course of the novel was equally gratifying. Halle didn't make him a flat, one dimensional sexy thing, she really fleshed him out and gave him room to be more than a confident, brash, athletic wunderkind. The more I knew him, the more I looked forward to reading more of what he was thinking. 

I think I must always say this about Karina Halle's books but so be it--if there's any way we can stay in this world, explore some of the secondary characters a little more, I'd be so excited. Regardless, I know I need to pick up Mateo and Vera's book since I somehow missed it when it originally came out. I know reading this will sate me while I wait for the next new Halle book to hit my Kindle.

Starting over was her only option.
Forty-years old and still reeling from a public and painful divorce, Thalia Blackwood is looking for a fresh start, somewhere far away from her upside down life. When she’s offered a new job as the sports therapist for a football (soccer) team, she jumps at the chance. This is just what she needs to leave the heartbreak and shame of Manchester behind, trading it in for the warmth and hopeful vibrancy of Madrid.
He was her only desire.
Twenty-three year old Alejo Albarado is rising up the ranks in his career. As the charming forward for the Real Madrid team, Alejo’s life revolves around women, parties, and being a tabloid darling, that is until the new sports therapist joins the team.
Their passion could not be ignored.
What starts out as a strictly professional relationship between Thalia and the young Spanish player, slowly evolves into something more. Much more.
Their relationship was forbidden.
But their combustible chemistry and simmering sexual tension can only go so far—should Thalia give into Alejo’s advances, she’s at risk of not only losing her job, but succumbing to a much younger man will drag her through the spotlight again.
Alejo might be worth that risk.
Unless he breaks her heart in the process.
The Younger Man is a full-length standalone romance. Characters from Love, in English make a cameo in this book, however The Younger Man is intended to be read as a STANDALONE.
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Meet Karina:
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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