Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle – Review

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.

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**This book is a standalone spinoff of Love, In English.

I am a gigantic fan of Karina Halle. Not only have I read every book she has written, I have truly enjoyed each one. I absolutely love her diversity; she can scare me to death in one book and make me cry in another. I am always a little nervous, frightened for the day when she doesn’t captivate me.  Happily, this was not the case with Where Sea Meets Sky. Every since Josh Miles made his appearance in Love, in English, I have been awaiting his story. There was something alluring about his personality that left me wanting more. He completely surpassed all my expectations and gives Linden serious competition as my all time favorite of Halle’s Contemporary heroes.

“Do you ever find yourself wanting something so badly but you don’t know what it is?”

The backdrop for this story is quite simply mesmerizing. Halle just doesn’t write about New Zealand landmarks, she gives the reader a first hand experience. I was on Google several times researching places and animals. It was refreshing to not only read a romance but truly live the adventure along with them.

Despite the gorgeous backdrop, this is an intense and angst filled read. Josh and Gemma’s relationship is anything but easy. Despite their instant physical connection, when it comes to the heart, both are scared to love completely. I found Gemma frustrating at times but could empathize with her plight. After all, Josh shows up unannounced, and emerges himself into her life. While I loved the dual POVs, I found myself drawn to Josh’s view most. He is such a charming character.

LiE and LiS fans will be happy to see little tidbits of Vera and Mateo as well. It’s amazing seeing how much Vera continues to grow in love. I am also thrilled Amber will be getting her book. She is a complete show stealer, and I can’t wait to read more about her.

“Everything that happens, I believe, leads us where we need to be.”


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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.







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