Growing up, Dex and Abby were close friends – and occasionally, something more. But things never quite worked out for them, and some harsh words exchanged at the Overlook forever changed things between them. Now, eight years later, a chance meeting brings all of those repressed feelings to the surface, but can Dex and Abby get over their past trauma – and their new, adult problems – to rekindle their old feelings?
I’m a sucker for a second chance romance, so I had no qualms about jumping straight into this one. I was so happy that Dex was a down-to-earth mechanic and not some gross billionaire alpha who’s used to getting everything he wants – I know that’s such a thing in the genre but I am so sick of it. I was also happy that Abby was her own person with her own successful career who was totally capable of standing up for herself and getting what she wanted.
I loved Abby and Dex together. They clearly had deep, lasting feelings and enough history to overcome just about anything. The thing that I didn’t like was how they let such petty drama get in the way for so long. Call me crazy, but I really don’t think that the big drama of the book was actually that big of a deal. For that reason, I have to be honest and say that I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes in such a short book.
Still, it’s a cute, sexy romance about teenage lovers/friends who reconnect in adulthood. This was my first book by Amelia Wilde, but I’ll keep an eye out for more from her in the future.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆
Hate Loving You is only available to Amelia Wilde’s mailing list. It is not available for purchase through any major retailer.