Friday, June 26, 2020

#BLOGTOUR #ARCREVIEW Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez

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Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 29th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
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A fake relationship could help Princesa Sofia save her kingdom. Only problem: she’ll have to fake it with the man who broke her heart.

Ten years ago, wild child Princesa Sofia Maria Isabel de Esperanza y Santos fell in fast crazy love with heartbreaker Aish Salinger during one California harvest season. Now, all grown up and with the future of her kingdom on her shoulders, she hates him as passionately as she once loved him.

Even if her body hasn’t gotten the hate memo.

Faking a relationship with the now-famous rock star for the press and public will ensure the success of her new winery and the prosperity of her kingdom. All she has to do is grit her teeth and bear his tattooed presence in her village and winery—her home—for a month.

Trying to recover from his own scandal, fallen superstar Aish Salinger jumps at the chance to be near Sofia again. Leaving her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and he’s waited ten years to win her back.

He never counted on finding a woman who despised him so much she didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

A war of wills breaks out as the princess and rock star battle to control their fake relationship. She wants to dictate every action to keep him away from her. He wants to be as close as he can be. She’s already lost so much because of Aish—he won’t be the reason her people lose even more.

But he also won’t make her break her life’s most important vow: to never fall in love again.

I wasn't too into the first book in this series, I had some issues with the dubcon in it, but I really liked Mateo's little sister so I wanted to read her book. Honestly? I felt like I was reading about a completely different character here.

I love enemies to lovers, but I felt like this one missed the mark on the trope. One of the reasons was that it just took too long for the text to finally tell us what exactly happened to make Sofia hate Aish so much. It's a huge misunderstanding, but I understood why she felt the way she did but it took too long to come out to say it that I was scratching my head waiting for the big reveal.

This book was super steamy, so I liked that. I did like that we got to see Roxanne and Matteo HEA here, as this was set a few years in the future.

Not going to lie, the ending was full of drama so if you like that sort of thing (some readers do!) this one would be up your alley. It is definitely a wild ride for sure, but I just don't think it was really my cup of tea.

*I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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