The Younger Man – Karina Halle – New Release + Review

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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!










„Does your heart make sense of us?”


Oh Lord…  Karina Halle slayed me with this book. The Younger Man is simply amazing- full of tension, sinfully forbidden, heartbreakingly beautiful and deliciously steamy. I was so hypnotized by this story that the real world didn’t exist for me. Only Alejo, Thalia and their taboo romance mattered. Karina took the risk with these characters, because for some they can be controversial, but the story she described is totally worth it. My heart alternately broke and filled to the brim with emotions. Every now and then I had tears in my eyes, and then I swooned and laughed and I was sitting with the biggest grin on my face. There are no words to describe this brilliance.


Thalia has my undying admiration. Despite the unpleasant and heartbreaking experiences, she is a strong, independent, brave, smart and level-headed woman. She draws conclusions from her mistakes and tries to be reasonable. She is a good woman and it would be an honor to have her among your friends.

Alejo has his own baggage of soul-crushing experiences, but despite that he’s a young man who is full of life and optimism. He’s the perfect combination of youthful cockiness and sensual maturity. This man is wild, passionate, caring and possessive. But he has also vulnerability in him that makes him such a swoon-worthy character. He’s just perfect- a passionate lover, fierce protector, caring and supportive partner… Okay, that’s enough, because I’ll have to divorce my husband if I continue to praise another man like that, lol.

Perhaps according to generally accepted morality their relationship is not typical, but that doesn’t mean that it’s inappropriate. I have not encountered such a level of fervour and such electrifying chemistry in a book in a long time. Alejo and Thalia are combustible. The heat their relationship is packing is ice-melting! Particular scenes dripped with such sensuality that I had to pause reading for a moment and take a calming breath.


The Younger Man is the most outstanding and magnificent sports romance I’ve ever read. It’s sinfully sexy, angsty and raw. It’s also deeply emotional and touching. I love how Karina showed that love is worth every risk. And I adore that she once again shared her travel experiences, because the way she presented beautiful Madrid made me want to pack my suitcase and move to sunny Spain. Everything in this book was perfect – the main characters, storyline, sports environment , scenery descriptions, secondary characters, every plot and plot twist. And in combination with Karina’s excellent writing style it resulted in masterpiece. I can’t recommend this book enough.




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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