Hate to Love You by Isabelle Richards — Katie’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The blurb made the story seem full of angst, and I’m a sucker for a good second chance romance.

WHAT I RATED IT

3.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Opposites in every way, Chase and Arianna have been bitter rivals since childhood. Constantly in competition, they fight incessantly, making it nearly impossible for them to be in the same room with each other. Until they slept together.
Sex changes everything.
In one emotional evening, they go from enemies to lovers. Hate quickly evolves into passionate lust, but old habits die hard. The love growing between them can’t erase a lifetime of animosity. The two quickly fall back into old routines of spite and vengeance, and their relationship crumbles under the weight of their deep-seated distrust.
Chase and Arianna spend the next two years on opposite sides of the globe, avoiding each other at all costs. Despite the lies they tell themselves, neither one is ready to let go. Even though they are both engaged to other people, they can’t find it in their hearts to forgive each other or to move forward.
A family emergency calls Arianna home, where they have no choice but to face each other again. Will they finally admit the truth, or will they remain forever trapped between love and hate?

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KATIE’S REVIEW

I loved the premise of the book. You have so many different factors here: Second chance romance, enemies to lovers and back to enemies again, professional athletes, medical dramas, angst and love triangles, all wrapped up in one boy-next-door story! I did enjoy the book. There was quite a bit of angst and push and pull, which kept me sucked into the story.

The Hero, Chase, is a professional athlete who let the love of his life, Arianna, another professional athlete, walk out the door two years ago without a fight. Arianna and Chase have a tumultuous history, dating back through their entire lives. Throughout the years, they have hurt each other as a sort of verbal foreplay that it seems no one notices. Arianna, the heroine, has just returned home from spending two years abroad after she ran from Chase after her best friend’s wedding.

The author did a good job of bringing you into the story and making you feel as if you are there. As the story progresses through therapy sessions, flashbacks, and reminiscing with Ari’s best friend, you start to piece together what happened two years ago to send Ari fleeing the country. I am sure many people will love this book, and I did enjoy this, but I just didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I could have, due to the push and pull and stubbornness to put their pride aside at times. When I started reading this book, I was unaware this would be more than one book, and was caught off guard with the cliffhanger, but will more than likely be seeking out the sequel once it is available.

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