Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Release Day... Isabelle Richardson's Hate to Love You

Hate To Love You is LIVE! 

Opposites in every way, Chase and Arianna have been bitter rivals since childhood. Constantly in competition, they fight incessantly, making it nearly impossible for them to be in the same room with each other. Until they slept together.

Sex changes everything.

In one emotional evening, they go from enemies to lovers. Hate quickly evolves into passionate lust, but old habits die hard. The love growing between them can’t erase a lifetime of animosity. The two quickly fall back into old routines of spite and vengeance, and their relationship crumbles under the weight of their deep-seated distrust.
Chase and Arianna spend the next two years on opposite sides of the globe, avoiding each other at all costs. Despite the lies they tell themselves, neither one is ready to let go. Even though they are both engaged to other people, they can’t find it in their hearts to forgive each other or to move forward.
A family emergency calls Arianna home, where they have no choice but to face each other again. Will they finally admit the truth, or will they remain forever trapped between love and hate?

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~~Emmy’s Review~~
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Many thanks to Sassy Savvy Fabulous PR and Isabelle Richards, who provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

“Hate to Love you” is an appropriate phrase for this novel, because I alternately wanted to both hug and smack both of the main characters, sometimes in the same paragraph.  Chase and Arianna are just like fire and gasoline, like chocolate and peanut butter, an unholy alliance that either causes wondrous pleasure or complete disaster.  

Arianna is the child of a famous football star and a famous tennis star, and is famous herself for her proficiency on the tennis court.  Her mother died both tragically and young, and her death and the life after her death have produced a woman both driven to succeed and haunted by failure.  Chase and his twin sister Charlie (Charlotte) grew up with Arianna, as their fathers are best friends.  Chase and Charlie’s father is a famous baseball player.  The families raised the children all together, and while Arianna and Charlie became best girlfriends, Arianna and Chase have been competing against, fighting with, and pretty much trying to oneup each other since day one.  

Arianna has returned to the US after a couple of years abroad.  She has suffered from a career-ending injury, which has affected her in more ways than just physically.  She is strung so tightly that you can almost hear the high tension wire hum of her nerves twanging every time you read her POV.  She’s engaged to a man that she doesn’t truly care for, although they give every indication to the slavering press that they are madly in love.  She’s concerned for the future of her career, and the emergency that called her home. These stressors are more than enough, but it is encountering Chase at every turn that puts her over the edge.  Every scene between them is fraught with both sexual and martial tension - you really don’t know if these two characters are going to jump each others bones or start swinging fists.  Chase is also engaged, also to someone he doesn’t care for, and this grinds Arianna’s nerves just as her own engagement grinds Chase’s.

This story is told in both Ari and Chase’s POV’s with  the timeline jumping around to tell you the backstory of just why these two despise each other with the venom that they do.  Admittedly, I didn’t pay attention to the dates that head the flashback chapters, but it was simple enough to realize when the story was set back in the past.  Chase has become a famous football player himself, and her father is his coach, so Arianna and Chase are constantly forced to deal with each other.  Their encounters range between heartbreaking and hilarious as we watch these two trying to pick each other apart, bit by bit.  It’s obvious to this reader that all of this snark and biting commentary is the by product of a great deal of hurt and miscommunication between them.  Their mouths are so busy screaming “I hate you!” at each other that neither one of them realizes that what they are really saying is “You hurt me!”

You see what I mean about wanting to both hug and smack them?  

I fell in love with this author’s previous Fates series.  I can’t say that the Love/Hate series will feature the cloak and dagger action that so drew me in before, but I can report that this author’s characterization skills remain in top notch form.  Ari and Chase are both complex and maddeningly A type personalities.  You feel for these two, and I’ll bet you a doughnut that you will be either screaming at this book or searching for the Kleenex. You may be doing both in the same chapter!

The next book in this series, Love to Hate you, will be released on October 7th.

Till next time,

Coming October 7th...

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Isabelle Richards Bio
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 Isabelle Richards spent years as a speechwriter before attempting to write fiction. An avid reader of all genres, Isabelle is drawn to romance novels as they provide an escape from daily life. Through her complex cast of characters, Isabelle creates a sanctuary for readers to dive into for a break from reality.

When she is not writing, Isabelle works as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Washington, DC. Her two yellow labs are her writing partners, although they frequently sleep on the

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