Every time I read anything by Karina I always set a couple of hours to dive into the world she creates for her characters. In My Life In Shambles we meet Valerie who has been laid off from her job, and is convinced that she must try to just live in the moment for a little bit by saying ‘yes’ to everything. Personally, I enjoy characters backstory so I was hooked. Padraig is a hot rugby player, who’s famous enough he can’t go for a walk without people recognizing him. First, rugby player *chef kiss*. That is all. Just kidding. I felt like I knew the characters very well, the story is told in two povs equally. I really liked Valerie’s live in the moment resolution especially knowing where in life she was coming from. Padraig is hiding something from everyone until Valerie confronts him. Another thing that I liked about this story was how this secret was weighing on him making him more of a ‘tall and mysterious’. This is definitely a more emotional story than I anticipated, Padraig has to move back home because of his father’s ill health. I took a step back from this book because of this. But I returned and picked up right where I left off and loved Valerie’s and Padraig’s story. I definitely recommend, it’s a beautiful story that made me reflect how life is so fragile and yet love finds a way to find us through it all.
My Life in Shambles, a full-length contemporary standalone romance by Karina Halle is now live!
When Valerie Stephens made the resolution to say yes to new adventures, she never thought she’d end up in the tiny town of Shambles, fake engaged to one of Ireland’s top rugby players. But there’s a first time for everything.
They say bad things happen in threes.
After my boyfriend broke off our engagement, and I lost my apartment, and was laid off from my job, I can more than attest to that.
They also say life happens when you say yes to new adventures.
So when my two sisters invited me to ring in the new year in Ireland, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and go for it. I was going to let “saying yes” be my new resolution.
Little did I know I’d spend New Year’s Eve having a hot and dirty one-night stand with Padraig McCarthy, one hell of a sexy Irishman. I also didn’t know that the brooding and intense sex god was one of Ireland’s top rugby players.
A rugby player with a proposition for me:
Come with him to his tiny hometown of Shambles and pretend to be his fiancé for a few days, just so that his ailing father can have some peace of mind.
It sounded simple enough.
It was anything but.
Not when a town gets up in your business, not when the media hunts you down, not when your past comes back in the picture, not when there are real hearts and feelings at stake.
Not when there are secrets that could break you.
They say life is what happens when you say yes to new adventures.
This is my life in Shambles.
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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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