HATE YOU (NOT) by Ella James
4 Small Town Crowns
I love Ella James her writing is so effortless and charming, and this book is a reflection of that. Her ease with words draws you into her stories and wraps around you like a warm blanket on a cold night, warming you up from the inside out. Reading her stories feels a lot of times like coming home, and it’s a genuinely nice feeling.
His mouth clamps over mine so hard and fast that I gasp. When I do, his tongue glides into my mouth. He kisses with what has got to be some pent-up lust.
Burke plays at being a bad guy but really, he’s just a broken man trying to keep his life together. Tragedy ultimately brings him and June together, but slowly as they spend more time together you can feel the connection between them growing. They couldn’t be any more different coming from such polar opposite backgrounds, but I think that’s why they work so well, those differences help them heal.
He tastes like peach and nighttime, like pool water and pain and just a pinch of starlight.
June is the ultimate girl next door she is a sassy stubborn woman and I loved it. She never backed down from Burke, she stood up for herself and her family, even when he was being a monstrous ass. I think that’s one of the things that drew Burke to her, he is so used to woman just throwing themselves at him he wasn’t used to one openly hating him. And I think that her openness and truth of how she felt about him helps him to see something more in her.
It’s like jumping off a cliff—this fierce attraction and admitting it. Off-limits, insensible and reckless.
These two characters are damaged in their own ways, they’ve had a lot of tragedy in their individual worlds, but I think that their souls can feel a kinship because of that. Everyone want’s someone to understand them and help them when they need it. It’s a universal human trait to want that connection even if you’d never considered it before. So, I think when your soul meet’s it’s mate you will find your way to each other eventually.
I have the sense he’s been waiting for me. His eyes hold mine, and I’d bet the whole world that he has been.
Ella has created a heartwarming tale of the power of family, forgiveness and acceptance. These characters are lovely and when you read this you’ll feel like your reading about long lost friends.
4 sweet and heartwarming CROWNS
I think it’s apparent from the start that the author loved writing this book. It’s got so much heart that you feel wrapped up in its warmth. I loved the sense of family she’s given us here and although a tragic event is at its core, it doesn’t dwell on the inevitable sadness that brings. Instead, the focus is on family and friendship, with June, despite being the younger member of the group, standing front and centre doing her own thing and winning at life. She’s got a fantastic personality and I loved the way she stepped into the role of parent to her orphaned niece and nephew. She’s fun and quirky, a hardworking young woman, and I couldn’t imagine anyone better to take on the responsibility for raising these adorable children. I liked her a lot.
I think it becomes clear very quickly that Burke is not really the bad guy he’s initially made out to be, although he did take some warming to. He’s used to the finer things in life and that makes him very stuck up, arrogant and selfish initially, but really he’s damaged and hurt and a little lost. I love the way he gets swept up by June’s family and doesn’t really know what’s hit him once they decide to bring him into the fold as it were.
I really enjoyed the push and pull of their relationship. Their witty banter was great as they tried to resist their attraction, until they couldn’t. Yes there’s ups and downs but overall, despite the subject matter at its centre, I would say this is a feel good story, intense in parts but overall fairly low on angst. Add in some gorgeous sexy times and a very sweet epilogue and you have the ideal enemies to lovers romance.
I didn’t know I was that person. You know—the one who gets the kids. But that’s what the will said. June Lawler: Legal Guardian.
My niece and nephew are 6 and 9, and all they’ve ever known is San Francisco. I arrive the day after the wreck, pack up my sister’s mansion, and fly them back to Georgia.
The small-town farm where their mom and I grew up isn’t what it once was, but it’s home. That’s all they really need.
I was courting an investor when it happened. Tromped all up and down the Himalayas, and he didn’t even buy in. It was a week before I found out what I’d lost. My little brother meant the world to me. Now even his kids are gone.
Spirited away to Heat Springs, Georgia—population 298.
They’re living on a farm that’s half a breath from bank foreclosure with a 26-year-old who didn’t finish high school. Nowhereville is not the place for little Mastersons. But I’ll get them back. It’s the money she must want, and I’ve got lots of that.
“June Bug” Lawler is poorer than that red dirt she comes from. I can make her dreams come true—and do one last thing for my brother.
I hate him.
She makes me crazy.
He thinks he can buy me off! I’ve never met a man so arrogant.
There’s no woman anywhere more stubborn.
I wish I had never met him.
But that’s not the story.
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About the Author:
Ella James is the USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of twenty teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
Ella is an Alabama native who makes her home near Boulder, Colorado, with her writer husband, three young children, and hyperactive dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking the foothills, taking nature photos for her Instagram account, and swilling vanilla cream soda.
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