Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan

🌟🌟 out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee's older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn't uncommon they'd befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.

Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.

Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.

He was her first kiss.

Her only secret.

Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?

I was really conflicted over what to rate this book. It wasn't poorly written and it was likable but I had some issues. I felt like it was a typical second chance romance mixed with road trip romance. I think that if you are going to venture into one of those categories of the romance genre then you have to try something new and fresh to put a new spin on it. Unfortunately, there were no new strides made over the course of this book. It felt like it was the same old thing. Heroine knows hero when they are young, something happens between them, miscommunications happen, and then they both end up being prickly. Six years pass after these events that took place and now they are forced together in order to travel to Renee's wedding. I didn't have any huge problems with the story apart from lack of originality and the unbelievable nature of the feelings between Tristan and Samantha.  They shared one moment together six years ago and they are still pining for each other in present day. I just don't know if I am able to buy that. Maybe if it was established that they each had feelings before the moment happened or that they kept in touch over the six years that they were separated it could have improved the book but I'm not sure. 

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