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Bad at Love

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,938 ratings  ·  449 reviews
She's bad at love, but he's even worse...

Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She's hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn't a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.

Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be the sexy Brit's girlfriend, but he gets bo
Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Metal Blonde Books
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.5 stars!!!

She’s bad at love, but he’s even worse…

Karina Halle did an amazing job with this book! Bad at Love is one of the best friends to lovers books I’ve read in the longest time. Marina and Laz are fantastic characters and I loved their story to pieces!

Mariana and Lazarus have been friends for a long time, and even though they have loads of chemistry, they’ve never taken their relationship past friendship. Why? Because they’re both bad at love. Horrible at it, in fact. Mariana can’t ge
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DNF @ 20%

I tried but this book wasn't for me. Sorry. My bad.

The writing is good as always, after all KH used to be one of my favorite authors.

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Jennifer Kyle
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it


I very much enjoyed this story of two people who are so very bad at love finding love within one another. Their transfer from the best of friends to lovers was very well done. I found the characters' humor was spot on and super entertaining as was the quirkiness of the poet’s fall for the beekeeper.

"We go on some dates. Definitely at least three. And see what we’re doing wrong.”


The story has just the right amount of fun while both characters have very serious family issues. Laz an
Dilek VT
Normally, I would have passed this book as soon as I see it is between a serial-dater rock star and a virgin. I hate to read about virgin hero or heroines. However, I saw a quote my dear friend Carol shared and I decided to read this book despite my prejudice and thank God, I did because otherwise I would have missed a very good book that made me very happy!

So, now I am confessing:

I loved it although she was practically a virgin.
I loved it although he was a serial dater and commitment-phobic.
3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute, easy read. I liked the idea of "finding your weirdo", and that they loved each other's quirks as much as everything else about them. They were fun mcs that I instantly liked and was rooting for the whole story. Some mistakes were made, some mean words exchanged, and I teared up some -- but we got some decent grovel to make up for it all in the end. I wouldn't say this is going on my favorites shelf or will be all that memorable in the long run, but it
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Over the years I've read a lot of books. So many characters, so many book boyfriends, so many off the wall heroes and heroines. Being introduced to Marina in this book brought me a mix of emotions. I loved her yet I rolled my eyes at her, I laughed at and with her yet I wanted to strangle her. And lucky for me, I'm getting to read about the brooding, confident (or it seems), sexual, over achieving, and hot as fuck character Lazarus, or Laz as his one million Instagram followers call him....

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5 AMAZING stars

Bad At Love was such a beautiful story.It was heartwarming , sweet,funny and sexy.I can’t even express how much I loved it.I had a smile on my face all the time. Marina and Laz stole my heart.


They are both amazing characters.I couldn't get enough of them and when I finish the story I was sad because I need more.Both are cute,funny,sweet and sexy.I adored them and the concept was so good.This one especially felt so natural.Marina is weird in a great way and so funny.I could easily
4 Stars

I forgot how much I used to love Depeche Mode. Thank you much, Laz.

Oh, and this book was absolutely delightful. You better bee-lieve it!
Alessandra Torre
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The chemistry was OFF the CHARTS, and I could FEEL the explosive energy between these two. Karina Halle has a gift for sexy story telling, and she flexes every muscle of it in these pages.

Sexy, unique and honey-drippingly romantic. The perfect friends-to-lovers romance!
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK. I am so friggin crazy in love. And as Marina would say, my heart is all rainbows and unicorns and confetti and mushy gushy feels for these characters. I mean, holy freaking moly. What a ride. What a sweet, magical, absolutely delicious ride. From start to finish, I was like an addict for this story. I couldn't put it down. Couldn't stop thinking about it. Couldn't even deal with my LIFE until it was done. This is 'THE FEEL GOOD OF FEEL GOOD' books! And I cannot get ...more
4.5 “My Kind of Weirdo” Stars

Bad at Love was a delightfully sweet friends to lovers romance with an emotional punch. It was sweet and swoony and made me laugh. Marina and Lazarus are the best of friends and become something so much more. Their story was one of the best friends to lovers stories I’ve read in a while.

Marina meets Lazarus. Lazarus has a girlfriend. Lazarus ALWAYS has a girlfriend — a different one but still. Marina never has a boyfriend. She never gets past date 3. But after Marina
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Find your weirdo flower' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I seriously don’t know how this amazing woman does it but her books just check all my romance expectations! I’ve been completely hooked since the first book I’ve read be hers and I loved everything that I’ve read since that moment. I do have to say, I am always into lighter romance novels (I still have to check out Karina’s darker side! Lol) and all Karina’s newest releases are s
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

I love almost all of Karina Halle's books and this one is no exception. Laz and Marina met over four years ago when she goes to see her friend's, Jane, band perform. That's where she meets Jane's stepbrother, Laz. She's immediately drawn to him but Jane warns her off since he's a serial monogamist.

So, they become best friends instead. Both are quirky (I think I learned more about bees than I ever wanted to!) and both feel unfulfilled. Laz comes up with the idea to fake date so they can e
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

5 "The poet and the beekeeper" stars.

"...sometimes even the best intentions and the purest hearts can get fucked over by love."

I sit here, enjoying the emotions swirling inside me, sipping my Blue Moon and grinning like a fool, because THIS BOOK. This romantic, funny, and heartwarming book.

There's no secret I love Karina Halle's writing. I have enjoyed and loved her stories. But you know there are always some of them that hold a special place in your heart. And Bad at Love has fallen into th
Ana O
Nov 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
I'm bad at love, but you can't blame me for tryin'


Oh yes. This is my kind of book. Shut up and take my money.

OMG! This was so so SO GOOD! I love EVERYTHING Karina Halle writes! One of the BEST friends-to-lovers romances I’ve read this year!

BAD AT LOVE is just another example of how FREAKING TALENTED this author is! Sexy, angsty, swoony, funny, and just an all around BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE, this friends-to-lovers masterpiece just stole my heart and ran off with it, and I don’t even want it back. The characters…these characters were EVERYTHING! A hero that will completely MELT your heart and a heroine who is
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it


I have to say, I’m really enjoying my Karina Halle revival this year. I adore her WILD RIDGE series and I had so much fun reading her contemporary standalone, AFTER ALL.

BAD AT LOVE is a friends to lovers romance which to me embodies what I love most about the trope. The tentativeness and hesitation of taking friendship to the next level vs the blistering chemistry and emotion that lies just beneath the surface.

Marina and Laz are long time, firm friends who are basically pretty Bad at
4.5 stars.
I was really smitten by this story about the poet and the beekeeper.
A definite feel-good and oh so sweet romance. Funny, tender and I loved the writing.💖💖💖
Melanie (mells_view)
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 “Because life is short and love needs to be indulged often.” Stars!

Best friends to lovers.
A serial monogamist rocker poet male.
A quirky bee-keeping California girl.
They are both bad at love.

They pretend to date to help each other out, and well... you’ll have to read to find out. I really enjoyed Laz and Marina’s story. I loved that their friendship does feel sweet and natural, before it turns into a relationship. This romance truly feels unexpected even though it’s absolutely expected as the r
DNF 65%

Bored out of my mind. bored I started people watching from my balcony just to avoid reading. Here’s what I learned: Mrs G from across the street got new boobs...that was a newsflash...could not miss them in her tank top. Mrs R next door is hanging her Xmas lights in eye-competing booty shorts. Mr and Mrs W are playing with kids out front...Mr W is enjoying an eyeful. Mrs W is fit to be tied. Mr J on the other next door is looking mighty fine (he’s single Pringle too, so I can co
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
You're right in that you don't deserve my love.
The man who deserves my love is somone who gives as much as he takes.
Who faces the fear head on and moves past them. Who has hope. Who tries.

You, Laz, you're stuck in the past.
Stuck with what's easy, what's shallow.
You sing songs that don't belong to you, you pen poems that you don't let yourself feel.
You're a fraud, even to yourself.
You don't even know who you are."

I'm a sucker for a "friends to lovers" romance, hence perhaps why I gave this b
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

2018 Romance Challenge.
Category: Friends to Lovers

4 "Bloody Brilliant" Stars

I read Bad at Love on a whim. I had been meaning to try my hand at a Karina Halle novel for awhile now but never actually done it. This was my first, but certainly not my last. I’m not sure if this is still on for FREE-NINETY-NINE on Kindle Unlimited but if it is I would recommend giving it (and her eloquently named Smut) a second glance.

I’ve always enjoyed a good friends to lovers story, not as much as enemies to
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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I thought this was a sweet friends-to-lovers novel. Both characters were likable and it was interesting to get to the root of both of their problems with romance. Marina was a super awkward heroine but I liked that about her and that it made her unique. I did think that the story slowed down at times and it was a little hard to stay focused on it but I still enjoyed it.
November 23rd: I had to add this:

Not a single chance to read this.

That’s funny how things work. This is a 5 stars review, but so many things she mentioned would not make me a happy camper if I read this book. (view spoiler) Definitely not my kind.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


4.25 stars

"Wild and free and full of light. I want to be a part of that light in your eyes. I want to be the cause of it."

I was in the mood for a fun and light contemporary romance, and knowing that Karina always delivers, I decided to read this book. Let me tell you that I was not disappointed. I am a very difficult reader, and I am especially picky with contemporary romance novels. So it isn't that easy to grab my attention, and keep me interes
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
Una historia muy linda de friends-to-lovers, me encantó, con un ritmo fluido, diálogos divertidos y dulces que te ponen una sonrisa en la cara.
La relacion entre los protagonistas Is so sweet, so bee-autiful que te dejan sonriendo como tonta, you better bee-lieve it!!😊😍
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
Bad at Love is a friends-to-lovers romance, that features a loveable Mancunian hero who is an Instagram Poet (who knew?) and a nervous but adorable beekeeper with a quirkiness that I really loved.

Laz & Marina have been friends for 4 years, but decide that they are so bad at dating that they come up with a plan to date each other for 'practice'.

They had great banter which is always a bonus, but what I loved most was the chemistry that started off a slow sizzle and ended up pretty explosive!

Loved this book!!!! Laz and Marina are wonderfully quirky characters and have amazing chemistry together. Sweet, funny, sexy, heartwarming, and emotional -- I loved everything about this book! This is my favorite friends to lovers story and a top book of 2017 for me! Highly recommend!!!
4 Bee-utiful Stars

I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance. Lazarus and Marina are pretty much opposites in most ways. She is a bright, bubbly, bee keeping heroine who cannot move past the third date with a man. Laz is a dark, brooding poet who can't find the woman for him despite multiple attempts. Finally, the stars align and these two decide to fake date but it doesn't stay fake for long.
This book was quite melancholy and dark in places but it was well balanced with humour. It really is all a
Carla Bulian
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4,5. Não consegui parar de ler esse livro. Tão lindo, sincero e sentimental.
A autora conseguiu fazer com que os personagens principais tivessem uma quimica incrível. ADOREI!
Adoro essa autora!!!!
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Karina Halle is a former travel writer & music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Bad at Love & over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her adopted pup Bruce, where she drinks a lot of win ...more
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“Let me in. Let me be here for everything, all the good, all the bad. All your light and all your dark.” 10 likes
“As if he can hear my thoughts, Laz pulls me closer. “By the way, I fuck better than I dance,” he whispers in my ear. “Better than I sing. Better than I write. Better than I do most things.” He brushes my hair off my shoulder and slowly licks up the side of my neck before his lips come together right behind my ear. “Bet you didn’t know that about me. How much I love to fuck and how good I am at it.” 4 likes
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