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.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in and around Dulane University.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Shay Coleman and Kennedy Clarke. Kennedy is no stupid girl. She will not let anyone or anything stand in the way of her studies and her future. After being burned in high school, Kennedy has rules that she is going to follow to a tee, so that she doesn’t get sidetracked by supposed football gods and mean girls. Unfortunately, her rules nor her snarky personality do anything to deter the top football god: Shay Coleman from seeking her out. As much as Shay irritates and slides Kennedy off her axis, he starts getting underneath her skin little by little. As Shay and Kennedy get closer and closer, sinister forces set their gaze on the new pair. Can the newly minted couple keep their romance under wraps? Or will others seek to destroy the little happy haven Kennedy and Shay have made for themselves?
Plot: This is part romance, between the main characters, and part dark things that get swept under the rug at universities.
Writing: This novel is written in first person point of view of Kennedy and is a standalone story.
Curb Appeal: This cover definitely represents Shay but I don’t feel like it conveys the storyline all that well. As for the blurb, I feel like it only communicates half the story. There is a darker side of this novel that plays a major role but is barely mentioned at all in the blurb.
Ultimately: I didn’t expect the crazy twists and turns that this novel presented! I thought it would be a fairly easy-going college romance story but it really touched on some hard and dark subjects. They were written in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel connected to each and every character that went through something tragic. All in all, if you are in the mood for a heroine who doesn’t take anyone’s BS and a hero who just wants to get to know this amazingly feisty girl, then come check out Hate to Love You!!!
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