HATE CRUSH by A. Zavarelli
Release Date: November 21st
3.5 I Can Keep a Secret Crowns
I’m in love with A. Zavarelli’s mafia romances so I was highly intrigued when she stepped away from her norm and went with a Bully Romance. And since bully romances are a serious weakness for me, I was excited to read this. There are multiple aspects of this story that I loved and just a few that kept this from being a 5-star read for me.
She is a curious dichotomy of fire and fragility if ever I saw one.
I enjoyed the forbidden aspects of this story. You could feel his dominance pour from the pages in a delicious wave. Sebastian screams Alpha all the way. He’s strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone. He’s completely closed himself off due his past. And ultimately doing a job he hates because of a tragedy. Which in turn makes him super bitter and angry all the time. He’s a broody delicious Alphahole to the extreme.
I want to taste him. I want to melt him in a spoon and inject him into my veins.
Stella has the potential to be so strong. This girl has been through a lot and has many issues because of it. One of those main issues is abandonment. Everyone in her life has left her for one reason or another. And she’s stuck at this new school trying to cope with her new life. She doesn’t have a lot of friends and or family. And she ultimately doesn’t know what she wants or who she wants to be. Stella is on a path her mother has placed her on and she doesn’t want to be. She’s struggling with lots of issues and her own dark desires. “I knew you were poison the first time I saw you, but I wanted to drink you anyway.”
Okay so this is where it gets tricky for me. I felt that due to her abandonment issues she lets Sebastian do anything. She just sit’s there and takes it. She’s constantly just trying to gain his approval. I wanted her to stand up and make him work for her. Also, I didn’t feel the connection between them, I didn’t feel them fall in love. I was waiting for the ultimate connection to pull through and it just lacked that for me.
“Cruelty is just pains gatekeeper.”
Don’t get me wrong I love this author and will read all the things she writes. This one just didn’t quite do it for me. I completely devoured it from the moment I started, and I would recommend it, but for me it just needed a little more depth and Stella’s apathetic nature just kind of killed it for me.
Blurb: They call him the devil.
When I crash-landed into him on my first day at Loyola Academy, I was sure that couldn’t be true.
He was the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen in real life.
Little did I know he was also the cruelest.
I went from starstruck to stunned the moment his cynical eyes cut through me.
I can’t tell you what it was that made him want to punish me. But from that day forward the brooding recluse of a man made it his goal to torment me.
I want to loathe him, and some days, I do.
But good or bad, nobody’s attention has ever tasted so sweet.
What do you do when you have a hate crush on your bully?
Worse yet, what do you do when he’s also your teacher?
Download now with Kindleunlimited
There’s something about Stella that makes me believe she will always go the extra mile to seek approval from those with authority. I can see it every time she looks at me. And before the end of the hour, I’ve made up my mind. In the past, I picked easy, obvious targets for my projects. Without fail, they failed me. They couldn’t withstand the expectations of their peers and their family and the machine that is Loyola Academy.
But Stella won’t fail. I feel it deep in my gut. A spark of hope that I haven’t had with any of the others. A want I haven’t experienced since my own college days. I will push her harder than I’ve pushed anyone else before her, and she will cling to hold onto herself in the face of any storm I might bring her way. I will open her eyes to the realities of this world. And in the end, she will despise me for my ruthlessness, but she will be grateful.
Stella LeClaire, welcome to my final project.
About the Author:
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.
She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.
She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.
Connect w/A. Zavarelli:
Newsletter Signup: http://www.azavarelli.com/#!mailing-list/c46c