Published by Self-Published on 12/26/2016
Nina can’t let herself fall in love with the man she’s going to marry. Both of them have experienced the sting and sham of love and have no intentions of falling victim to it twice. Love is expensive—hate is free.
Three years. A million dollars. A solution to both of their problems. They planned it all, from the story of their first meeting to the date of their divorce. Nothing could go wrong.
But what they didn’t consider was chemistry, and Nina and Max have no shortage of it. After too many near-kisses, Nina convinces herself that hating Max is better than loving him, and the more she gets to know this soon-to-be-husband of hers, the more she discovers just how very much she truly, madly, and deeply . . . hates him.
This isn’t a love story. This is the other kind.
Hate Story is an adorable, captivating, romance that I didn’t want to end. Nicole Williams did a fantastic job with this book and these characters, even taking old clichés and breathing new life into them to make them fresh and fun.
Reading this book was like watching a really great romantic comedy for the first time. You know the kind I’m talking about. I’ll use You’ve Got Mail for example because I’ve watched it no less than 5 times this holiday break. It gives you that warm, gooey feeling in your chest, it makes you laugh, it makes your heart ache, and the romance sweeps you completely off your feet in the most magical way. That was this book.
Nina is a character that I can really respect and appreciate. She’s independent, strong-willed, and hard working. Failure is not an option. I loved her strength and determination.
And then there’s the charming and handsome heartthrob Max. He is an infuriating enigma of arrogance, dominance, gentleness, and sweet. He’s kind, thoughtful, protective, and caring. I loved every single interaction between he and Nina, whether they were fighting, making up, or playing pretend.
I got way more heart with this book than I expected. I thought I would get a light rom-com, and what I got was a well-rounded love story that I fell head over heels for and one that I will be putting permanently on my bookshelf.
Just as I equated it to You’ve Got Mail earlier, it’s not one of those rom-coms you watch once in the theatre and say “that was cute”, only to forget about. This is one you can experience over and over again, with the same fondness as the first time. I highly recommend and I’m happy to say I have my first great read of 2017!