Title: Hate to Love You
Author: Elise Alden
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sociology
Pages: 273 pages
Date Read: December 26-27,2015
(Cover Credit: Goodreads)
Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at eighteen. But it turns out all those sex-ed teachers aren’t just trying to scare you. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning, moments before meeting my sister’s snooty new fiancé.
Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body’s reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception.
I slept with my sister’s fiancé. Hot and sweaty, all night long in a room so dark he couldn’t tell I wasn’t her.
Said fiancé is the father of my child. The one I signed over my rights to just before he was born.
That was seven years ago.
It’s time to come clean.
If I could describe this book with one word, I’d say: Intense. I mean, I’d probably describe every New Adult book as intense, and Hate to Love You is not an exception. However, as many as New Adult books I have read so far, this book had its own way in grasping any reader’s attention.
Main Characters. Paisley Benton is a drug addict and alcoholic at a very young age. Her parents is ashamed of her, and her older sister is out there ruining her life. I have mixed emotions when it comes to her character, but mostly I like her. No matter how low her parents think she is because of her addiction, I am still amazed how smart this girl can be. I like how she held her head high no matter how people purposely wronged her. And being a bad ass chic is a plus!
James Xavier Scott-Thomas. Even his name is sexy. Tall, handsome and sexy. Those are just bonus when it comes to our male lead. Green-flecked-with-gold-eyed James is just as perfect as any other fictional guy in every romance fiction book. I would have probably had the same reaction as Paisley if I laid my eyes on someone like him. (I have a thing for guys with green eyes!) And although he’s not the #1 guy on my fictional husband list, he is SO close. Kind, loyal (to Paisley), family-oriented, responsible and mischievous. So, so close.
I told myself there was no need to panic because I was innocent. But since when has innocence ever guaranteed justice?
The Story. What hooked me to this book, although it was beautifully written, wasn’t entirely the romance. But what got me deep into reading this is that it shows a lot of honesty to how harsh reality can be (I have a thing for realism, although I love fictions and fantasy). I don’t have anyone close to me with a drug addiction, alcohol problem or has been sexually abused as a child, but I have seen documentaries and I had joined a school trip to visit a rehabilitation center before. Those people told stories that was similar to this book: Ashamed parents; Morally wronged by the people who was supposed to have faith in them; Judged by the society. You name it. And if those documentaries didn’t open my eyes wide enough, this book surely did the job. I was reminded how fast the society would reject someone with a dark history, but how people fail to see that change is possible, mistakes can be forgiven and that the past doesn’t have to define one’s future.
Meanwhile on the romance section of the story, however, got me a tiny bit confused! Right from the first chapter, Paisley discovered she was pregnant but she was still a virgin. Until James. But she just assumed that James wasn’t the father at all. I didn’t understand that until the last few chapters, so that’s a little bit of a downer for me.
The romance gave me goosebumps though! So glad I actually read this book. No regrets! Haha. After reading this, the first thing I thought of was to try the other books written by Elise Alden. I’m already excited!
If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend you do! If you’re suffering from a reading slump, this book might just do the job for you. I finished it in less than 24 hours. Got me skipping my school works again. LOL But really, everyone. I recommend this book! 🙂