Love the One You Hate
Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.For good reason.His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls. We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust. What’s worse? He knows it.They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love. One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.

Love the One You Hate Details

TitleLove the One You Hate
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Love the One You Hate Review

  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    Angst, longing and HEART (and a couple of tears)Maren Mitchell – less than.The world was never kind to Maren Mitchell. For years she’s been struggling to curve her place in a society that rejects her, and she’s come to anticipate one setback after the next. What she never anticipated was to be offered the chance to work at Rosethorn, a lush, Gilded Age mansion, owned by the powerful and disgustingly rich Cromwell family. Her employment, the time she spends with Cornelia Cromwell and the stuff, t Angst, longing and HEART (and a couple of tears)Maren Mitchell – less than.The world was never kind to Maren Mitchell. For years she’s been struggling to curve her place in a society that rejects her, and she’s come to anticipate one setback after the next. What she never anticipated was to be offered the chance to work at Rosethorn, a lush, Gilded Age mansion, owned by the powerful and disgustingly rich Cromwell family. Her employment, the time she spends with Cornelia Cromwell and the stuff, they are a dream coming true, an oasis in a life full of hardships. But there is someone threatening to shatter her glass castle, and turn her carriage to a pumpkin.Nicholas Hunt.Cornelia’s grandson is always suspicious when it comes to new people entering Rosethorn. But after a scandal that rattled their peace, his hackles are raised and he will not allow anyone to upset his grandmother again. Maren Mitchell reeks of danger. Of schemes. He has investigated her past, and he is sure she cannot be trusted. He will do anything to remove her from his family's estate. He will not be fooled by her luscious curves, her innocent smile, the way she’s hurt when he’s cruel. Or will he?R.S. Grey is the source of constant surprise. She has always been my solace when I’m in need of romance to sweep me off my feet, and Love the One You Hate was no exception. It was an exception, though, to her funny – sexy – sweet golden rule, and in all honesty, that was a good thing. Because Love the One You Hate was an emotional roller-coaster. It was different from her previous books, more focused on wrecking hearts rather than showering with chuckles. Maren’s life, the way she was treated, constantly faced with extreme prejudice because she was a foster kid, it was a punch to the gut. Always condemned at first sight, losing opportunities for trusting the wrong people, for having the misfortune of being orphaned; she was a resilient character, practical, not eager to believe in fairytales. However, she found her fairy godmother in the face of an elderly woman who was tired of feeling lonely. She was dressed with fine clothes and glass slippers, she was the protégé of the queen of the realm, and even though she knew the dream was bound to end, she was for once content. Only Prince Charming was not so charming at first. He hated her, hated what he thought she represented. And overcome by fear, he hurt her. But something changed. His heart of ice melted and showed the kindness and the fire that burned brightly. And this passion, it consumed them.Decadent, luscious and spicy, Love the One You Hate is a modern fairytale, a whirlwind of anger, tenderness and passion. A story of many types of love, of family ties, of acceptance, set in a luxurious society, with lavish descriptions of fancy dresses, balls and charity events, of a life that seems far away yet so close thanks to the amount of soul R.S. Grey pours into her words, to the chemistry between Maren and Nicholas, to the slow-burning romance, to the scorching encounters and the small and big heartbreaks. You will read and read until your eyes sting. You will burn and bask in the glorious tension. You will finish it with tear stained cheeks.And your heart will be full in an exhilarating way.*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*Review also posted on Booknest!
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  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    January 1, 1970
    Until this book, I have had a similar experience for each R.S. Grey book that I have read: I have loved them.Unfortunately, with this novel though, I didn't have that exact feeling. I did like it and it was still a good story but with her other novels, I felt like a madwoman racing through the pages because I couldn't get enough. With this novel, even though it was a good story, there was something missing that didn't have me fully attached. If I was to compare this novel to anything, I'd say it Until this book, I have had a similar experience for each R.S. Grey book that I have read: I have loved them.Unfortunately, with this novel though, I didn't have that exact feeling. I did like it and it was still a good story but with her other novels, I felt like a madwoman racing through the pages because I couldn't get enough. With this novel, even though it was a good story, there was something missing that didn't have me fully attached. If I was to compare this novel to anything, I'd say it's a mixture between "Pretty Woman", "Cinderella", and "Beauty and the Beast" (all stories that I LOVE). In respect to the plot, I think it was done well and I also loved the atmosphere of Rosethorn. As well, I loved the characters of Maren and Cornelia. Their relationship was heartwarming and that may have been the most enjoyable part of the novel for me. I did like the character of Nicholas and he did make a good male lead, but I didn't feel like we get to know much about him. This story seemed more focused around Maren so her character felt fully fleshed out but the romance felt more like a subplot and there weren't as many details regarding Nicholas.I think my main issue with this story is that although I love a 'slow burn', this relationship took it to the extreme. There really wasn't much character interaction between the two main characters until the last quarter of the novel. I'm not solely talking 'romantic interactions' either, they just weren't together at all which made it difficult to connect to their overall romance. Even though I didn't love this novel as much as I had hoped to, it was still an enjoyable read regardless. I can say with absolute certainty that I will continue to eagerly await each and every novel that R.S. Grey writes with anticipation. ***Thank you to the author R.S. Grey for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
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  • keira
    January 1, 1970
    2.5i read a review of someone saying this book was lacking that r.s grey magic and i couldn’t have put it better myself tbhthe romance was dull, i didn’t care for any of the characters, i didn’t really like Maren or Nicholas and i was disappointed in the writing bc i KNOW this isn’t her best work and i am sadif this wasn’t one of my fav romcom authors then i would’ve undoubtedly dnf halfway through but i marched on ok———i see you r.s grey I SEE YOU
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  • CourtRocks
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 DNF StarsSuper boring. Couldn't get into it at all. Heroine and Hero don't have any real interactions or conversations, or even actually meet, until about 25% in, and only about 6 short conversations 60% in, which is when I quit. This book didn't even feel like a romance. It felt like a book about the heroine getting lucky and going from rags to riches, and also adjusted pretty well while leeching off of others with no shame.No chemistry, no witty banter, and pretty insta love with how littl 1.5 DNF StarsSuper boring. Couldn't get into it at all. Heroine and Hero don't have any real interactions or conversations, or even actually meet, until about 25% in, and only about 6 short conversations 60% in, which is when I quit. This book didn't even feel like a romance. It felt like a book about the heroine getting lucky and going from rags to riches, and also adjusted pretty well while leeching off of others with no shame.No chemistry, no witty banter, and pretty insta love with how little times they actually see each other. Everything felt very forced, like the MCs didn't care for each other at all, we were just told it, and they just seemed like afterthoughts to each other. They were literally getting jealous of the other MC being seen or whatever with another person after like 2 super short interactions, it just didn't make sense.This is definitely not the usual steamy slow burn or humor that RS Grey usually does. Instead all the scenes were filled with the heroine enjoying or discovering her new life, and her with side characters, that I really just didn't care for. Like do we really need multiple scenes of her playing tennis with the side character? Same character that felt pretty fake and befriended her way too fast IMO. This is my 5th RS Grey book, and definitely my least favorite, which sucks because this is also my favorite cover of hers. Hopefully her next book makes up for it though...
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  • Lien
    January 1, 1970
    Aaw that epilogue left me with a big grin on my face. For whatever reason, this doesn't happen very often anymore which is why I'm bumping this otherwise 3.5* read to 4*.As you might know, I'm a sucker for the having-prejudices type of stories, so I may be a bit biased but all in all, I'm quite happy with this book. Of course, I would have liked it more if the story's main focus were on the romance rather than on Maren finding herself but fortunately, the romance didn't come too short (as I init Aaw that epilogue left me with a big grin on my face. For whatever reason, this doesn't happen very often anymore which is why I'm bumping this otherwise 3.5* read to 4*.As you might know, I'm a sucker for the having-prejudices type of stories, so I may be a bit biased but all in all, I'm quite happy with this book. Of course, I would have liked it more if the story's main focus were on the romance rather than on Maren finding herself but fortunately, the romance didn't come too short (as I initially feared it would be) so I'm okay with it.
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  • Nas
    January 1, 1970
    i was literally thinking the other day about how much i am CRAVING another rs grey book. I manifested this. in which case, you're welcome.but honestly, TAKE MY MONEY. all of rs grey books are truly chef's kiss, and i know this will be tooo
  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    January 1, 1970
    Good story but a little underwhelming when it comes to the romance between the characters. Love the One You Hate gives you a Cinderella-enemies-to-lovers vibe as Maren Mitchell landed a new job and she has to live in a luxurious family. Cornelia Cromwell met Maren at a nursing home where she visits a friend and instantly had a soft spot to her. When Maren was wrongly accused for something she didn't do, Cornelia offered her a proposition to work in her place instead. Maren's love interest is Cor Good story but a little underwhelming when it comes to the romance between the characters. Love the One You Hate gives you a Cinderella-enemies-to-lovers vibe as Maren Mitchell landed a new job and she has to live in a luxurious family. Cornelia Cromwell met Maren at a nursing home where she visits a friend and instantly had a soft spot to her. When Maren was wrongly accused for something she didn't do, Cornelia offered her a proposition to work in her place instead. Maren's love interest is Cornelia's grandson, Nicholas Hunt. They had a bad impression with each other and Nicholas is against her. He thinks Maren is taking advantage of his grandmother's fortune. However, Maren proved she isn't an opportunist and does her job diligently. Of course Maren have dreams and she wants to achieve that and she's thankful for Cornelia's generosity. When Nicholas loosened up, apparently he's a protective, sweet and loyal guy. There isn't much drama and the chemistry between them just simmers. Maybe because Nicholas is away most of the time and the romance isn't developed. I wasn't convince by it and it was a letdown as an enemies to lovers fan. I'm craving for more tension and angst.
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  • melissafandomworld
    January 1, 1970
    Choked up, tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over is how I finished reading this book. Such a perfect read, ending in such a perfect way. Thank you Rachel for breathing and writing life into Nicholas, Maren and the rest of this fantastic set of characters who’ve stolen my heart.Review will go online on May 7th. Stay tuned!! —-Today (April 20th) is Cover + Synopsis reveal day, yassss!!! Over on my blog > http://melissasfandomworld.com Choked up, tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over is how I finished reading this book. Such a perfect read, ending in such a perfect way. Thank you Rachel for breathing and writing life into Nicholas, Maren and the rest of this fantastic set of characters who’ve stolen my heart.Review will go online on May 7th. Stay tuned!! —-Today (April 20th) is Cover + Synopsis reveal day, yassss!!! Over on my blog > http://melissasfandomworld.com < I'm doing a cover reveal post later today, so come check it out! I think this is my favorite cover by RS Grey to this date and THAT synopsis!!! I'm so frigging excited to read this upcoming release. It looks SO GOOD! You definitely want to add this one to your TBR.
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  • lucie
    January 1, 1970
    Last few books by RS Grey were disappointing so I don't know if my expectations got lower or her writing got back to her standard. Either way after a long time I enjoyed her book. This one especially felt like a watching a romantic movie, it was light and heart-warming at the same time. If the chemistry between Maren and Nicholas were stronger, it would be a perfect read.The cover is probably my favorite but I don't think it is fitting for the story.
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  • bruna
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Maren Mitchell is definitely the star of this book. She captured me from the very first pages and it was amazing to see her making friends, traveling and believing in herself. I loved how determined, smart and strong she was even when people doubted her time and time again. ⁣⁣Nicholas Hunt was grumpy in the sweetest kind of way because he was only like that to protect his family and friends better. I loved how close he was to his grandma and his friends, especially Tori. Their interactions w 3.5 Maren Mitchell is definitely the star of this book. She captured me from the very first pages and it was amazing to see her making friends, traveling and believing in herself. I loved how determined, smart and strong she was even when people doubted her time and time again. ⁣⁣Nicholas Hunt was grumpy in the sweetest kind of way because he was only like that to protect his family and friends better. I loved how close he was to his grandma and his friends, especially Tori. Their interactions were one of this book's highlights for sure. ⁣⁣Also, it was incredible to see that he used all his knowledge and wealth to work with an Innocence Project. It's not common to see privileged white characters really caring and working about this stuff, so he definitely earned a few brownie points because of that. ⁣⁣I liked the side characters a LOT. Cornelia Cromwell helped Maren in a way that's just indescribable. It was never about the money, but the real compassion Cornelia felt for her. She was the mother Maren unfortunately didn't have during her teenage years. Their interactions were beautiful and really moved me. ⁣⁣However, what made me a little disappointed with the book was the lack of romance. I was expecting a book heavily focused on the "enemies to lovers" trope, but it was more about Maren's journey on finding herself and building the courage to chase her dreams. ⁣⁣Obviously there's nothing wrong with this plot and I loved to witness Maren’s growth, it's just that I kept waiting for more romantic scenes and I didn’t get them, so that kinda ruined the mood for me at times. This is the common case of "it's not you, it's me" hahahaha⁣⁣Besides that, this was an amazing book, full of sweet and funny characters that will make you swoon and wish you were living in a big mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARSR.S. Grey is the best in enemies to lovers romance and this one was so good!Whenever I start a book of her she makes my mood!I love her writing and her characters are fantastic!I loved the teasing between Nicholas and Maren, they have a great chemistry!And it has slow burn so another plus!Overall it was a great read!     4 STARSR.S. Grey is the best in enemies to lovers romance and this one was so good!Whenever I start a book of her she makes my mood!I love her writing and her characters are fantastic!I loved the teasing between Nicholas and Maren, they have a great chemistry!And it has slow burn so another plus!Overall it was a great read!    
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  • Daniela (Lost in a Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sad, sad day everyone. A VERY SAD ONE. The dreaded day has come: I've finally hit a wall with R.S. Grey and I am SO FUCKING SAD about it. I've said this before and it won't change: RS Grey is a queen when it comes to rom-com... BUT, lately I've found myself not connecting with her books and I feel it's because they don't change that much between one and other and, also, because the character growth is almost non-existent. And hey, maybe that's just me.When I started reading this book i This is a sad, sad day everyone. A VERY SAD ONE. The dreaded day has come: I've finally hit a wall with R.S. Grey and I am SO FUCKING SAD about it. I've said this before and it won't change: RS Grey is a queen when it comes to rom-com... BUT, lately I've found myself not connecting with her books and I feel it's because they don't change that much between one and other and, also, because the character growth is almost non-existent. And hey, maybe that's just me.When I started reading this book it felt like I was going back to the things I liked about her stories, but as I kept reading, I realize I wasn't. We have the usual poor girl with lots of problems (most of them related to money) and we have the (yet again) super rich guy. It seems like he hates her from the very first second he lays eyes on her and she doesn't even know why... These two characters' interactions are very small and short, so we don't truly see how it could possibly become something else. The only thing I liked about this whole story was Maren's and Cornelia's relationship, because I was actually able to see how it grow and I could actually feel how much both cared about each other, but that was pretty much it. I'm truly sad. I was super excited to read this book because it sounded like her old ones, like something that was going to cause a whole lot of emotions, but it never did. I might just need a little bit of space. *Sigh*
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  • Jules ✨
    January 1, 1970
    3.5I liked this one, especially the first half was really good, then it went a bit predictable and too comfortable for my liking. I didn't see enough of the "hate" for me to believe they actually disliked each other except the first two interactions. After that it was clear they were attracted to each other and were already in the "lust-love" phase. Still a great book and would recommend, but if you're a fan of R.S. Grey like myself, it was nothing new from this author.
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  • shre ♡
    January 1, 1970
    This was.....good.....but definitely not one of R.S. Grey's best. There was something lacking overall. The romance fell flat (but I wouldn't even consider romance to be at the focus of this book anyway). Dare I say it felt kind of insta-lovey. There was really no tension or any major conflict either? I was expecting a build up to some huge problem....but there was none. The ending was rushed....like it cut off out of nowhere. This one definitely lacked flavor and it kind of explains how R.S. Gre This was.....good.....but definitely not one of R.S. Grey's best. There was something lacking overall. The romance fell flat (but I wouldn't even consider romance to be at the focus of this book anyway). Dare I say it felt kind of insta-lovey. There was really no tension or any major conflict either? I was expecting a build up to some huge problem....but there was none. The ending was rushed....like it cut off out of nowhere. This one definitely lacked flavor and it kind of explains how R.S. Grey writes like one book every few months 🥴. Now that I've shat on it enough, the three stars are mainly for the relationship between Maren and Cornelia. I love the found family trope and I thought the way these two ladies found solace, comfort, and friendship in each other was so special. I also loved Maren's character development. Throughout her time at Rosethorn she grew from someone insecure and unsure of her life to someone who found confidence and was brave enough to aim for her dreams. This dynamic was very well done and I actually found myself wanting to read more about it than the romance. I actually feel like R.S. Grey might've been trying to attempt something kind of new with this. Overall, this was a pretty light and easy read. If you need an in-between book then I'd definitely recommend this one.
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  • Tianna✸loves books✸
    January 1, 1970
    This book kind of reminded me the old harlequin romances. The rich rude stuck up H and poor beautiful h. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t have the harlequin charm. The h is very poor who is suddenly appointed as a companion to a very rich old woman. I doubt the word companion as the h is living like a princess there. She has no work to do except accompany the old woman to balls , eat food with her etc. She gets to wear the best dresses. Living in the best suite. I hardly think this was a job and This book kind of reminded me the old harlequin romances. The rich rude stuck up H and poor beautiful h. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t have the harlequin charm. The h is very poor who is suddenly appointed as a companion to a very rich old woman. I doubt the word companion as the h is living like a princess there. She has no work to do except accompany the old woman to balls , eat food with her etc. She gets to wear the best dresses. Living in the best suite. I hardly think this was a job and so does the h.The H is the old woman’s grandson. He hates the h even before seeing her. He thinks she is a leech taking advantage of his grandmother. And honestly I was not at all offended by his rude behavior towards the h. Of course, he will be doubtful about the h. She has criminal records. Plus when he sees her first time she is wearing his mother’s necklace (which the grandmother made her wear). The story is very simple. Hate turns to love. Fairy tale romance of poor girl getting her rich prince. The road to HEA is filled with drama, which was useless and boring.Sorry this is definitely not my book. I have read better books with similar plots.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at about 45%. I read enough to give it 2 'it was ok' stars, but I couldn't be bothered reading anymore. The billionaire and the poor woman trope is OK, but for me this book wasn't really working. The way that the heroine ended up employed by and living with the hero's grandmother just seemed ridiculous and unbelievable to me. Perhaps there's some big reveal later that explains why it happened so suddenly, but sadly, I just wasn't engaged enough with the characters to want to read on and find DNF at about 45%. I read enough to give it 2 'it was ok' stars, but I couldn't be bothered reading anymore. The billionaire and the poor woman trope is OK, but for me this book wasn't really working. The way that the heroine ended up employed by and living with the hero's grandmother just seemed ridiculous and unbelievable to me. Perhaps there's some big reveal later that explains why it happened so suddenly, but sadly, I just wasn't engaged enough with the characters to want to read on and find out why. I didn't enjoy the descriptions of the hero's grandmother's OTT overdecorated old-money Gilded Age mansion. It came across as slightly tacky to me rather than sumptuous and lovely. So that didn't work for me either.I have really enjoyed some books by this writer, but others haven't worked for me. Sadly this was one in the latter category. Many others may enjoy though, so go right ahead and try it for yourself. This one just wasn't for me.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “Touching Maren feels like that, like I’m defiling an angel, kissing my way straight to hell.”R.S. Grey has done it again!! I fell totally, completely, absolutely head over heels for Nicholas and Maren. Love the One You Hate is definitely a favorite read of mine for 2020!Love the One You Hate follows the story of Maren and Nicholas. When we first meet up with Maren, she is down on her luck. She’s working a thankless job where she has been accused of things due to her past. Maren’s life has been “Touching Maren feels like that, like I’m defiling an angel, kissing my way straight to hell.”R.S. Grey has done it again!! I fell totally, completely, absolutely head over heels for Nicholas and Maren. Love the One You Hate is definitely a favorite read of mine for 2020!Love the One You Hate follows the story of Maren and Nicholas. When we first meet up with Maren, she is down on her luck. She’s working a thankless job where she has been accused of things due to her past. Maren’s life has been anything but easy, but she doesn’t let her past get her down and does the best that she can. Maren’s luck begins to change when she meets Cornelia. Cornelia has a proposition for Maren that seems too good to be true, but Maren would be stupid to turn down. As Maren spends time with Cornelia, she not only finds happiness, but discovers things about herself that she never expected. All is going well, until Cornelia’s grandson comes into the picture. Nicholas is arrogant and rude. He thinks he’s got Maren all figured out, but he couldn’t be further from the truth. The tension between Nicholas & Maren is sky high as sparks fly with every encounter and Nicholas & Maren will leave you hanging on every word, waiting to see what would happen next…..Love the One You Hate is the kind of book that once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Maren is such a likable character. Her character grows and blossoms so much. I loved seeing her transform and figure out what she wants out of this thing called life. And then we have Nicholas. In the beginning, he was rude and standoffish. He gave Mr. Darcy a run for his money. Yes, he had his reasons for the way he was. He wanted what was best for Cornelia and was afraid of people taking advantage of her. And let’s just say he made this story definitely rock a Pride and Prejudice vibe. Together these two had a lot of tension and brilliant chemistry. I loved the slow burning romance romance between them and the push & pull left me begging for more. I honestly couldn’t get enough of their story and couldn’t wait to see how things would play out.Love the One You Hate is a fantastic read from beginning to end. Nicholas & Maren will have you falling head of heels in love with their story. Cornelia is a force to be reckoned with and is hands down, one of my favorite secondary characters. She’s real, honest and is the kind of woman that everyone needs in their lives. Love the One You Hate is a story of romance, angst and self discovery. And I loved every single second of it…..*I was provided an ARC copy of this bool, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Nova B
    January 1, 1970
    Won’t rate since I didn’t finish got to chapter 13 and I just couldn’t go on. It was just boring for me. It took me so long to read and I really tried
  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one! I read this in one sitting and had a good time reading it. While it does have romance in it, I saw the romance as a subplot. However, I actually liked that! We got to see our main character, Maren, grow as a person and realize that she had so much to offer and was more than her past.I really liked Maren. She was easily likable and someone that you wanted to root for. Her past was hard and she kept getting judged for it by people who didn’t take the time to know her. She got a I enjoyed this one! I read this in one sitting and had a good time reading it. While it does have romance in it, I saw the romance as a subplot. However, I actually liked that! We got to see our main character, Maren, grow as a person and realize that she had so much to offer and was more than her past.I really liked Maren. She was easily likable and someone that you wanted to root for. Her past was hard and she kept getting judged for it by people who didn’t take the time to know her. She got a very good opportunity from an older woman named Cornelia. Which leads us to her love interest, Nicholas, as he is her grandson. Nicholas in the beginning, of course, came off rude. He was trying to get rid of Maren because he was unsure if she was trying to take advantage of his grandma. Once we got to know him and see him falling for Maren, I couldn’t help but adore him.Like I said before, this does have a romance between Maren and Nicholas. It was done well and they had some steamy times between them. With that, my favorite part about this book was Maren learning about what she wanted from life and that she deserved good things to happen to her. Overall, I enjoyed this one and hope that ya’ll pick this up when it releases! I received an ARC via the author for an honest review.Blog | Instagram
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  • Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up because I really liked the first 50% of this book."I live by your breath." I absolutely adored all of the little words of love that Nicholas spoke to Maren after he realized how much he had fallen. He was trying to convince her they belonged together, even if it wasn't clear how this would work. They were from completely different worlds, and yet they came together seamlessly.Maren is a girl that bounced around from foster home to foster home after her parents died and Nicho 3.5 stars rounded up because I really liked the first 50% of this book."I live by your breath." I absolutely adored all of the little words of love that Nicholas spoke to Maren after he realized how much he had fallen. He was trying to convince her they belonged together, even if it wasn't clear how this would work. They were from completely different worlds, and yet they came together seamlessly.Maren is a girl that bounced around from foster home to foster home after her parents died and Nicholas is American Royalty. Maren had some run ins with the law when she was younger, so she carries a stigma with her. When Nicholas learns his grandma has taken on a new employee/companion, he doesn't hide his opinion. Nicholas isn't very nice, he has dug into Maren's background and has reservations with her being in their family home. Once he meets her and day by day starts to get to know her better, you can see his opinions change.I saw a bunch of Pride and Prejudice resemblances and couldn't put the book down. The ending felt a little rushed, and it fell a little short for me. I really loved Nicholas' character but Maren became a little confusing towards the end, and bringing in her friend was supposed to show character growth, I think, but it just left me confused.
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  • Lisa (lifeinlit)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a HUGE fan of R.S. Grey's books. I've never read one that I didn't love, and thankfully this was no exception. I felt this one was a bit different than her others, mainly because the romance wasn't the focus for the majority of the book, like it usually is. This story was much more about Maren and her daily life than it was an enemies-to-lovers romance. The romance was mainly only at the end. But since I wasn't looking for a full-on romance, this story was really enjoyable to me. Another gre I'm a HUGE fan of R.S. Grey's books. I've never read one that I didn't love, and thankfully this was no exception. I felt this one was a bit different than her others, mainly because the romance wasn't the focus for the majority of the book, like it usually is. This story was much more about Maren and her daily life than it was an enemies-to-lovers romance. The romance was mainly only at the end. But since I wasn't looking for a full-on romance, this story was really enjoyable to me. Another great book by one of my favorite authors!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.It’s no secret I love R.S. Grey’s books – she’s one of my very favorite authors for a fun read! This book is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice (so I’m told, I haven’t actually read it myself – ha!). I love how this book started out with a young girl (Maren) being swept away from her stressful and underprivileged life by a mysterious elderly benefactor. Little does Maren know, Cornelia’s grandson is about to make her life a living hell!Usually, Grey’s books are a Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.It’s no secret I love R.S. Grey’s books – she’s one of my very favorite authors for a fun read! This book is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice (so I’m told, I haven’t actually read it myself – ha!). I love how this book started out with a young girl (Maren) being swept away from her stressful and underprivileged life by a mysterious elderly benefactor. Little does Maren know, Cornelia’s grandson is about to make her life a living hell!Usually, Grey’s books are a guaranteed four or five stars for me, but unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the connection I hoped to with Love the One You Hate. This book seemed a bit scattered and unorganized for my tastes. It was less about the enemies to lovers trope and more about Maren’s day to day, until the very end of the story. I also wasn’t a big fan of the scenes with the random character from Maren’s past in the latter half of the story either. It felt unnecessary and thrown in for moments of forced character growth.I was bummed the majority of the love story in this book was contained to the epilogue. This made the novel feel rushed and, honestly, a bit disappointing. There were some funny moments in this story, though fewer than we’re accustomed to. I’m chalking this one up to the author finishing up the book during a stressful time in our world. We can’t win them all and I will still eagerly be picking up anything and everything R.S. Grey releases in the future.
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  • Tahsin
    January 1, 1970
    It's come to my attention that this story is more women's fiction than romance. I have never intentionally read women's fiction so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. It's not a romance the way her other books are, that's for sure. So this kind of validates my feelings (or lack thereof) for this book.Am I just a stone-cold bitch or what, because this story didn’t tug at my heartstrings? It started off really strong and I had high hopes for it, just like I do for everything I can get my It's come to my attention that this story is more women's fiction than romance. I have never intentionally read women's fiction so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. It's not a romance the way her other books are, that's for sure. So this kind of validates my feelings (or lack thereof) for this book.Am I just a stone-cold bitch or what, because this story didn’t tug at my heartstrings? It started off really strong and I had high hopes for it, just like I do for everything I can get my hands on by this author. I feel doubly bad because I received an arc and I feel ungrateful for not having loved it like everybody else it seems.Back to the story - it starts off strong. And then it kind of dives off a cliff because nothing actually happens until like the last 20 percent. No doubt Maren’s backstory is incredibly sad, but that can’t be the only thing pushing the story on. The banter - when there was interaction - was great, but there was so little of it compared to her other stories. Almost everything that happens post-Providence is rather insignificant in the grand scheme of things.I dunno, I just wasn’t feeling this one, at all, which is why it took me 3 days to finish it instead of 3 hours.
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  • tai
    January 1, 1970
    “Yes, can’t you see?” he asks, bending to pull the blanket off my shoulders completely so it pools around my hips on the bench. “Haven’t you managed to discover the truth? I live by your breath.” I’ve been a huge fan of R.S. Grey’s books for quite some time now, and have enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so far. But, although I’ve enjoyed both main characters in Love The One You Hate, as well as the side characters, I felt like this one missed the mark in a few areas for me.To start it off, t “Yes, can’t you see?” he asks, bending to pull the blanket off my shoulders completely so it pools around my hips on the bench. “Haven’t you managed to discover the truth? I live by your breath.” I’ve been a huge fan of R.S. Grey’s books for quite some time now, and have enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so far. But, although I’ve enjoyed both main characters in Love The One You Hate, as well as the side characters, I felt like this one missed the mark in a few areas for me.To start it off, the characters barely shared any real moments for the first 70% of the book, and after that their relationship felt so rushed to me. They were cute in their later scenes, and some of their first few scenes were so fun to read, but I really missed that trademark R.S. Grey romance that is a big reason why I always fall in love with her books!And talking about trademark, as I was reading the book, I missed the fun banter that this author always includes in her books. There was one scene in the beginning during a dinner that was incredibly fun to read and that I found myself grinning so much while reading, but aside from that, there wasn’t much banter between Maren and Nicholas at all. I also missed the humor. Rachel is known for her romcoms, and I always laugh out loud reading her books, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for me at all while reading this one. Lastly, there was barely any Nicholas POVs! I wanted to know more of what he was thinking, and I wanted to get to know him better. I feel like due to the lack of chapters in his point of view, I didn’t get a chance to do that, and its disappointing considering how much I enjoyed his character! Now, for the positives, I have to say I loved the characters. I loved Maren, I enjoyed Nicholas, I LOVED Cornelia, and also Tori. The characters were the highlight of the book for me, and by far my favorite part of the story. I’m sad to say this is not going to be a favorite by this author. There was nothing exactly wrong about this book as I loved the characters and enjoyed the setting and plot overall quite a lot, but the romance was very lacking for me. I enjoy slow burn, but I feel like for it to be convincing, I need more than just 4-5 scenes between the couple in the first 70% of the book, I need more buildup and development. I would’ve liked to see them get to know each other better, I would’ve enjoyed more of the banter between them that we saw in a few of the scenes. And for sure missed the humor that is always a favorite part of Rachel’s books for me. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • readingsnfeelings
    January 1, 1970
    With enemies-to-lovers being one of my favourite tropes ever, I had high expectation going in Love The One You Hate. And like always, I wasn't disappointed in this RS Grey book. I always enjoy reading her books: they are heart-warming, funny, and always unique. They all have different settings with an impeccable world building.In Love The One You Hate, we are taken to Newport, Rhode Island where we are witnessing the elegant and luxurious lives of American royalty along with Maren. I absolutely With enemies-to-lovers being one of my favourite tropes ever, I had high expectation going in Love The One You Hate. And like always, I wasn't disappointed in this RS Grey book. I always enjoy reading her books: they are heart-warming, funny, and always unique. They all have different settings with an impeccable world building.In Love The One You Hate, we are taken to Newport, Rhode Island where we are witnessing the elegant and luxurious lives of American royalty along with Maren. I absolutely adored Cornelia and Maren' relationship with her. She learned and grew so much because of her endless support and help. She was like a fairy godmother! Her grandson, Nicholas, was a bit grumpy in the beginning and kept bickering with Maren. Their banter made me laugh at times and once they started to have feelings for each other they were so sweet together. Compared to her other books, I felt like the romance wasn't the only focus in Love The One You Hate. It was more than a love story. It was also Maren's jouney to self-discovery and finding herself during her stay at Rosethorn. We get to witness her growth and confidence in herself. Love The One You Hate comes out on May 7th and I recommend it to you if you love playful banters mixed with emotional moments❤️*ARC kindly provided in exchange of an honest review.
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  • ~Dawn~TUG
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know if this makes sense, I've been trying to figure out how to say it...What you ask? The simple fact that this book is SO R.S. Grey but at the same time SO different! With that being said, flawlessly I am sure. I will try to explain. I have read and enjoyed every book Ms. Grey has published, I read Behind His Lens and LOVED it when it first came out in 2013 ish I think. OG Fan here. Love her rom-coms, sports romances, all of them, but this one is different, in the best of ways. I was a I don't know if this makes sense, I've been trying to figure out how to say it...What you ask? The simple fact that this book is SO R.S. Grey but at the same time SO different! With that being said, flawlessly I am sure. I will try to explain. I have read and enjoyed every book Ms. Grey has published, I read Behind His Lens and LOVED it when it first came out in 2013 ish I think. OG Fan here. Love her rom-coms, sports romances, all of them, but this one is different, in the best of ways. I was addicted from the prologue and couldn't read the words fast enough. The tension, friction, and deep dislike of these two from the get go had me panting with anticipation. I knew where there was smoke there would be FIRE. The friendship between a grandmother and lost soul had me tearing up at times, the special bond that everyone seemed to find with Maren was addicting to follow. Nicholas was shook, and it was so fun to watch that unfold. I felt it all. The FEELS, the want, need to fit in, and the solid family bonds that were made seared themselves into my reader fabric and will remain there. R.S. Grey always delivers for me, but this one went a little further, a little deeper and I enjoyed it immensely. Bravo girl xo
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  • Alla
    January 1, 1970
    Another very enjoyable book from R.S. Grey.The characters are fantastic, the story is wonderful and sweet and just gives you this overall good feeling after you finish it.R.S. Grey´s books are a "must read" books for me now and I´m always excited when I know a new one is coming out.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    23-year old Maren hasn’t had an easy go of things. Ten years ago, her parents both died, landing her in the foster care system. Now as an adult, some mistakes from her past are holding her back. She lives at a group home and works at a nursing home. Not the most ideal of situations, but at least she has a roof over her head and a steady job. But out of the blue, Maren gets a peculiar offer from one of her resident’s elderly friends—Cornelia Cromwell. Ms. Cromwell invites Maren to come and live a 23-year old Maren hasn’t had an easy go of things. Ten years ago, her parents both died, landing her in the foster care system. Now as an adult, some mistakes from her past are holding her back. She lives at a group home and works at a nursing home. Not the most ideal of situations, but at least she has a roof over her head and a steady job. But out of the blue, Maren gets a peculiar offer from one of her resident’s elderly friends—Cornelia Cromwell. Ms. Cromwell invites Maren to come and live at her Rosethorn estate as her companion, all while getting paid. To Maren, this offer sounds too good to be true, but it’s one she can’t pass up. Cornelia’s grandson, Nicholas is wary of any of his grandmother’s new hires. Her last driver stole from her and betrayed her, even slandering her on public media. So when she hires a young woman out of the blue from the wrong side of the tracks, Nick is hesitant. And he believes Maren’s intentions are anything but honorable. When Nick and Maren meet, it’s immediately hate at first sight for Nick. And Maren knows off the bat that he dislikes her, making her the hateful feelings. But neither of them are willing to back down or leave Rosethorn. And before long, their mutual hate turns into something far more complicated...Love the One You Hate by RS Grey is an enemies to lovers, Cinderella romance story. RS Grey is known for writing lighthearted rom-coms and this was no exception. Cornelia was Maren’s fairy godmother and had a heart of gold. I enjoyed Nicholas’s grumpy attitude and Maren’s strong-will. This wasn’t a new favorite from RS Grey, but it was a cute read. 4/5 stars. Thank you to InkSlinger PR and RS Grey for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Maren Mitchell’s life has been tilted on its axis. One day she was working as an orderly at a senior’s home and the next she’s been uprooted and whisked away to be Cornelia Cornwell’s companion, one of the most wealthy and influential women in Rhode Island. Nothing in my life has ever come this easy. There has to be a catch to this arrangement, some fine print I’m missing. It’s almost like a fairytale dream until Maren meet’s Cornelia’s grandson, Nicholas Hunt, who despises her on sight and t Maren Mitchell’s life has been tilted on its axis. One day she was working as an orderly at a senior’s home and the next she’s been uprooted and whisked away to be Cornelia Cornwell’s companion, one of the most wealthy and influential women in Rhode Island. Nothing in my life has ever come this easy. There has to be a catch to this arrangement, some fine print I’m missing. It’s almost like a fairytale dream until Maren meet’s Cornelia’s grandson, Nicholas Hunt, who despises her on sight and the feeling is mutual. But even in the palatial residence, they can’t seem to avoid each other sparing continual while stoking the flames of their attraction. Can the ill-suited couple overcome their differences and find a way towards happiness? R.S. Grey writes about self-discovery and growth with an expert hand developing an easily likeable character such as Maren who throughout the story realizes she’s more than her past and is finally able to figure out what she wants out of life. I love how Cornelia played a hand in all of this, she’s as important to the story as Maren and Nicholas. The relationship Cornelia and Maren’s relationship is lovely to witness and Maren and Nicholas may have come from different backgrounds, but their romance makes a compelling argument for the beauty of love and acceptance. This is the perfect read for anyone who loves slow burn romance with a dash of angst. “Haven’t you managed to discover the truth? I live by your breath.” ~ Nicholas to MarenLove the One you Hate a standalone contemporary romance by author R.S. Grey. It is told from both points of view with a happy ending.AMAZON -> https://amzn.to/3dsdlLL* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *
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  • Bex | TotallyBex.com
    January 1, 1970
    The epilogue is everything!(Review to come)
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