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Hate to Love You by Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 28th
Rule #1: No hot guys.
It might sound ridiculous. I get it. It kind of is, but college was supposed to be my sanctuary. It was my place to start over. The rumors, the whispers, and the jealousy I endured through high school would all be gone.
No one would know me at college.
Rule #2: No drama.
I’d major in pre-law. I’d make a few loyal friends. Everything would be easy breezy. No one was going to use me or hurt me. I wouldn’t let them.
Rule #3: New year. New place. New me.
And all because of Shay Coleman.
Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight . . .
. . . and he was about to break all my rules.
I was almost grinning from delight as I shoved open the back door. If I hit him, hey, all was fair in the war we were fighting of who could piss each other off the best.
He was leaning against the wall, the back of his head resting on the brick, and he looked over to smirk at me. “I want to see your room.”
I thrust my hand out. “I’ll take those notes.”
That smirk just widened. He patted his bag and pushed off from the wall. “They’re in my email. I need to get on a computer.” He patted my arm and moved past me, heading inside. “I can use yours.”
“Hey!” I followed him in.
He was looking up the stairs. “Sabrina said you were on the fourth floor. You saw my place. I want to see yours. It’s only fair.”
He wasn’t waiting for my go-ahead. He was already up and rounding second floor to third. He’d be at my floor before I could get there. “Stop! I am not okay with this.”
He was at the third-floor door. He glanced down with that same goddamn smirk. “Better tell me which room or I’m going to hang out in the hallway.”
“Why are you always smirking? Is it permanently attached to your face?”
“What room, Clarke?” He was at my hallway door.
Fucking hell. I gritted my teeth. “Wait. Just wait. My door automatically locks.”
He’d opened the door but let it shut. Waiting as I covered the last set of stairs, I refused to let him see me panting. I stood there, purposely holding my breath until he narrowed his eyes and cocked his head to the side. “Breathe, Clarke. You’re going to pass out.”
I almost burped out the small pocket of air I’d been holding. “I hate you so much.”
“Yeah, yeah.” He waved that off. “We get it. Eternal damnation in hell, the whole shebang. Whatever.” He nodded to the door. “Stop stalling. I want to see your room.”
I was picturing pitchforks and fire. Maybe that was the burning smell he mentioned. It was hell, and all the fire in there. I yanked the door, glaring as I did. “Was this Sabrina’s idea?”
“Nope. All mine.” He was right behind me. I could feel his breathing. “She refused to tell me your room number, said I had to call.”
My eyes widened at the thought of him coming up by himself, strolling down the hallway, and then knocking on my door. Good Lordy gracious. Too many would’ve seen him at my door. I would’ve been the talk of the dorm.
I shuddered, unlocked, and entered my room.
3.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
Tijan is widely considered the Queen of New Adult college romance, Hate to Love You is another edition to her catalogue of books that brings a little angst to the forefront and a bad (ish) boy to love. I can’t help but compare this to Fallen Crest High, even though it is vastly different, it follows the same enemies to lovers kind of storyline.
Hate to Love You casts a plethora of characters to tell this story, some you will love and some not so much. The two main players – Shay and Kennedy – took a while for me to warm up to. I wholeheartedly understood the reservations Kennedy had, starting a new college in the shadow of her brothers. Her social history made her paranoid and she wanted to live her own life, make her own friends and not feel used in the process. To a degree, she manages this. However, these secrets seldom stay hidden for long. Shay was a little confusing for me. Touted the ‘hot’ guy, the player, the arrogant jock – I never really got that impression and I felt there was little effort on the author’s part to compound these things also. He was simply a nice guy. The terse relationship between him and Kennedy felt unfounded at times and I often wondered why on earth Kennedy didn’t like him. There wasn’t all that much to back up her argument. Maybe I missed something?
As much as I enjoyed this story, I also felt a little disappointed. I didn’t think it had the gripping storyline that Tijan’s previous books have had. I felt Kennedy flip flopped throughout the book, her character changing often and it wasn’t easy to keep up with. I also didn’t quite get her actions at times and her reasonings for things. The intensity is there for sure but other things fell flat for me. One or two scenes I interpreted as a little ridiculous in places and was left shaking my head.
There’s a lot going on in Hate to Love You. Drama, bitchy girls, parties…all that you would expect from a college romance. The serious themes tackled are exactly that – serious. I’d like to say the author dealt with these with excellence but again I felt some disappointment, more so with the input from the main characters. I think for once the group of guys surrounding the main characters were not total douchebags.
If you’re a Tijan fan and love college romance that sits firmly in New Adult, then there’s no reason for you not to enjoy this book. For me though, there was plenty room to tighten the plot and perhaps focus more on the mains than the however many characters it took to tell this story. I think you’re going to love a little bit of Shay though. Still a recommended read.
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
To find what to read next of hers, go to www.tijansbooks.com
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