Hate to Love You, an all-new standalone from New York Times Bestseller Tijan is available NOW!
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.
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~Top 10 Read of 2017 for Christie~
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! I literally read it from beginning to end within hours. I think I may have stopped long enough to get something to eat! This is one of my top 10 reads of 2017!!!!
College romances are one of my favorite genres to read, but sometimes they can follow the same format, but not this one!!!! Kennedy has sworn off hot guys. She wants no drama, so that means not many friends either. She has been burned in both departments, and she refuses to be walked all over again. She soon finds the “no hot guys” rules harder to maintain when the sexy, star quarterback, Shay Coleman, sits near her in class. There is something about him that keeps pulling her towards him, but he reminds her so much of her ex. He challenges her, and despite the way she lets him know she hates him, he just doesn’t give up.
“This guy wasn’t funny. He wasn’t sexy—his words, not mine—and there was no thawing at my hatred wall for him. Nope. No thawing at all. My body was warming because I had a sweater on….”-Kennedy
I loved Kennedy even though I wanted to strangle her at times. I could understand her resistance to `trusting others, but Shay and others she didn’t think of as friends proved themselves to her again and again. This is where Tijan worked her magic….the Kennedy from the beginning of the book was a different Kennedy by the end. Circumstances played a part in that, but Kennedy found the strength within herself and with the support of others to become an amazing woman by the end of the book.
Let me just say, Shay may have just ruined me for all other book boyfriends! He wasn’t the typical manwhore quarterback. He was so much more! He was intelligent, kind, and he was definitely protective of Kennedy. What really made me swoon was he understood Kennedy, maybe more than she understood herself. He appreciated her and respected her! Thankfully, he never gave up on her.
“I get the trust issues, but I like you despite them. I might even like you because of them.”-Shay
His personality really came to life, and yes, he wasn’t 100 percent perfect, but he certainly came close.
I have to add that I loved the secondary characters who supported Kennedy and Shay. This was a romance, but it was a story about friendship as well. I cannot leave out Kennedy’s brothers and OMG, her mother. She could have a book just written about her! LOVED her. There was one character at the end who definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. You will know what I mean when you are nearing the very end of the book. This particular character illustrates that some people aren’t all good or all bad. That was a genius move on Tijan’s part!
When I read the synopsis, I knew I was going to like it, but I had no idea how much depth this book would have. There was a twist in the end I didn’t see coming. But, most importantly, Tijan touched on an important subject that has been an issue from the beginning of time….violence against women….and the double-standards we as women face during our lifetimes. She did it in such a powerful way, not overbearing, but powerful!!!! Kennedy is my new HERO!!!! She also proved that there are men out there who are good and who love women for who we are and what makes us uniquely women!
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.
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