It’s Friday and time for a Friday memes of Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted @ Rose City Reader, First Lines Fridays @ Wandering Words, The Friday 56 hosted @Freda’s Voice. So the idea for this post is to share with you a few first lines from a book that I have decided to feature today, and to share a snippet from page 56 or in case of eBook a sneak peek 56% into the book. Let’s not keep you waiting and look at today’s featured book.
Yesterday was the official release day for a new standalone hate-to-love romance by one of my favourite authors – Love The One You Hate by R.S. Grey. And the cover of the book is just gorgeous, one of my favourite cover designs by R.S. Grey so far. But let’s not make you wait any longer for some snippets from this wonderful book.
The first lines of the book
He stands across the ballroom, a devil in black. His tailored tuxedo glides over his tall figure. His half-mask conceals most of his face, but the parts I can see hint that the unveiled image would stop me in my tracks. He has a strong jaw, dark tick hair, and unsmiling lips.
Just brief glance from him makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I don’t know him, but he’s staring like he knows me. Like he hates me, rather. He tilts his head as he continues to study me an my heart is a hummingbird, racing in my chest. I have the urge to get away even before he starts to cut through the crowd to get to me. A hunted animal knows when it’s time to run, so I do. I slip through the double doors that lead out to the empty garden.
But the devil follows.
I love this prologue, so atmospheric and exciting. I got goosebumps on my skin and couldn’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. I just wanted to see their first interaction and never stop.
Chapter 1 – Nicholas
“Money beyond what most of us can imagine. Lineages dating back to the founding fathers. Connections that ensure barriers to entry don’t exist for them. We’ve all wondered what life is like for America’s wealthiest families, and today we’re going to take you behind the gilded doors for an exclusive look inside the private lives of Cromwells.”
The producers cut to a montage of footage they’ve captured of my family over the years: my mother and father at the New York Opera, my grandmother’s annual Easter egg hunt, me leaving a bar back in college, annoyance evident on my face when I spot the cameras.
So my first thought was that we will have some reality TV show about Nichola’s family, however, that’s not the case here. Also I love the name Nicholas, that’s alone made me fall for him and the picture on the book’s cover 😉 now I just want to know him better on this emotional and fun ride of a romance. Nicholas’s loyalty and love for his family was very admirable.
56% into the book
Chapter 19 – Maren
I sit down in the chair across from the bed and look around my cabin in disbelief. Nothing about this makes sense. No one deserves this life, no one – least of all me. It’s why I fight Cornelia tooth and nail about every little luxury she tries to toss my way. It feels like too much, and while it’s nice, it’s not necessary. It doesn’t change who I am at my core.
It looks like Maren has some problems with self-worth and confidence. We can see that as an orphan who has had some hard-ships in her life, Maren had a hard time accepting the generosity of Cornelia, so it should be very rewarding to see Maren grow and change for the better during this emotional roller-coaster of a novel.
Title: Love the One You Hate
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
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.
Thanks for stopping by! Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey was more than just a sweet and sassy hate-to-love romance, it was a story of Maren growing into a new, more confident woman, it was a story of beautiful female friendships, and it was an emotional story with lots of heart and depths.
If you haven’t added this standalone contemporary romance to your TBR already, then just go on and to it, right now, because it’s going to to make you smile and fall in love with these wonderful characters 😉
Let’s chat: What kind of atmosphere and tone do you prefer in your contemporary romance reads? Do you need some humor to lighten the mood or you prefer some over the top drama or heart shattering darkness? Can you share some great romantic comedy with hate-to-love trope recommendations for me?
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