R.S. Grey’s new standalone romance, Love the One You Hate is out now!
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About Love the One You Hate
Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.
For good reason.
His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.
His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.
Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.
Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.
We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.
He knows it.
They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.
One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.
R.S. Grey’s stories always put a smile on my face, not only because she writes some of the best romcoms, enemies-to-lovers’ stories but also because the characters she creates and the dialogue she constructs for them makes my nerdy English teacher heart soar.
Maren Mitchell, the heroine of Love the One You Hate, is the kind of female lead character I love reading about because, as a reader, I can trace her transformation, witnessing how she felt about herself at the beginning of the story and how she changed based on her new circumstances and the relationship she had with Cornelia Cromwell, the woman willing to give her a chance for something better, understanding that Maren is not her past.
The way Maren and Cornelia connected and were there for each other, despite Cornelia’s grandson’s misgivings made Maren understand her worth and know just how much she deserved, and it gave her self-confidence and proved that the woman she was becoming was who she was always meant to be.
Nicholas Hunt seems to epitomize a rich, pretentious jackass – one who refuses to acknowledge when he’s wrong or when he misjudges someone because, as far as he’s concerned, how he thinks and feels about people and situations is always right, no matter what. Nicholas’ love for his grandmother and his need to look out for her and not allow anyone to take advantage of him guides his rude remarks and unnecessary anger, and it’s understandable that he wanted to protect his grandma, but when he was clearly proven wrong, it frustrated me that he couldn’t own up to it until it was on his terms, but at least he did, and when he truly saw Maren for the amazing woman that she was…I thoroughly enjoyed getting his thoughts and feelings for her from his perspective.
This is a sweet and slow burn romance – one that, in my opinion, is more about the growth of characters than it is about two people falling in love. Don’t get me wrong, I swooned over the scenes where it became clear just how deeply Maren and Nicholas felt for each other and I definitely enjoyed the way they sparred with their words, their dirty looks, and their pithy remarks at the start of the story, but at the heart of this story is Maren letting go of her past and how she was viewed because of it and finding her worth, and she definitely accomplished that while also putting Nicholas in his place, which just so happened to be at her side;)
4.5 Poison Apples
About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com