The One I Love to Hate

Amanda Weaver
The One I Love to Hate
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Carina Press
Release Date
March 2019
Book 1 of The Romano Sisters
Contemporary Romance

Don't hate the player…

Achieve lifelong dream of becoming a reporter? Check.

Land dream job working with her idol at the Brooklyn Daily Post? Check.

Navigate working across the street from her college nemesis?

Okay, yes, hate the player.

But Jessica Romano doesn't have time to be bothered by the likes of Alex Drake. She's struck up a fiery online flirtation with a mystery man and—thanks to Alex's family's gossip website, competitor Click News—she also has a newspaper to save.

But she is bothered by Alex. She's bothered by the fact that Click News keeps scooping the Daily Post's stories. And by how Alex always gets what he wants.

And she's really bothered by how she can't seem to stop staring at his stupid, sexy face.

Or how their competitive banter is starting to sound like familiar foreplay.

Suddenly Jess isn't just bothered by Alex; she's hot and bothered. Hot sex and swoony romance are almost enough to make her forget the vast divide between old media and new…and the Romanos from Brooklyn and the Drakes of Manhattan.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 29, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
58 people found the following review helpful
Sexy and swoony, THE ONE I LOVE TO HATE is a must-read for romance lovers, especially those who dig the friends-to-lovers trope. I love everything about this book--the banter between Alex and Jess, their sizzling chemistry, their tender and hot romance, and Alex. Did I mention Alex?

Seriously, Alex Drake tops the Book Boyfriend list. He's perfect and perfectly hot. He's the son of a media tycoon, rich, privileged, but he's unlike most wealthy, entitled heroes I've read. Not sure if it's because of his age--at 24, he may not have had the time to turn cynical yet. Or maybe it was because of how he looked up to Jess. In a way, Jess is his role model. She inspired him to be the best he can be, and perhaps it's this that made him turn out into a nice human being. I love how he carried a torch for Jess all the way from their first year in college. Quite the role reversal here, because while Jess may have acknowledged to herself once that she was attracted to him, she buried it under a wall of rivalry and animosity.

Jess Romano is a likeable heroine. She comes across as real and relatable. I like her principles and the way she stands up for them. I love her banter with Alex--even when they were already together--and was always looking forward to their scenes. I was rooting all the way for them both to have their HEA.

The secondary characters provide depth and conflict to the story. It was easy to guess who could be the villains, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story one bit. I especially like Dan Drake. Where authors usually portrayed the parents with one-sided attribute--they're either good or bad--I love the shades in Dan's character, which I feel is in sync with the position he holds in society.

My first read by Amanda Weaver, and it won't be my last! I'm going to glom her backlist while waiting for the next book in the series, which will feature Livie, Jess's younger sister. Highly recommended!
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