Hate Thy Neighbour - S.M. Soto
HOLY ...What did I just read?!
Fresh out of a failed engagement, Olivia Hales is in dire need of a fresh start. Tired of being the charming and accommodating girl that always gets stomped on, she’s determined to change her outlook on life.
Moody. Foul-mouthed. Jerk.
And the hottest man on the planet.
At a sprawling six foot five, he was coldly distant and physically intimidating. Not only was her new neighbor a God that was good with his hands, he was also a grade-A jerk. Trapped on the same street, sharing the same space together, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous, never-ending game of insults and pranks that result in the destruction of two perfectly good homes.
They say you’re supposed to love thy neighbor, but that was the furthest emotion she felt when thinking about Roman. Hate was all there was to their relationship. At the very least, that’s what she tried to tell herself.
(The actual synopsis is longer - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46141161-hate-thy-neighbor)
The blurb doesn't really do justice to how amazing this book was. I went into it expecting a cliche enemies to lovers story but believe me when I say - I was swept off my feet! I read this book non-stop till I reached the end. I was awake till 5am reading this. This is my first book by this author and I'm already scoping out her other books to read!
Olivia has recently moved into a new neighborhood after she's tired of her over-protective parents and wants to learn to be independent. She's kind, quick to forgive and loves easily.
Roman Banks is hot. And we're made aware of that like almost every other chapter. I probably would be ranting about this but the story kept me so enraptured that I didn't even mind the few roadblocks along the way. I don't want to disclose anything about him because discovering his character slowly through the book is half the fun! (The other half is watching them fight the attraction they have for each other)
One of the things I loved about this book was the hate - love (which goes on well enough into 200 pages). I love the slow progression of their relationship a lot.
The story throws so many curveballs that I didn't see coming. Both the characters are hiding secrets that are slowly revealed through the book. So many interesting twists to the plot - I loved it! This is one of the main reasons I loved the book because it kept me hooked to the book wanting more.
There were a few minor places that I wanted better from the book. For example, Olivia's past and struggles could be explored more so I could understand her character better. This book's main focus in the hate-love between the leads that I felt a few other tidbits were overlooked. And maybe it was for the best because this book is already quite long at 360 pages.
Pick this up if you're looking for a fun hate-love romance between neighbors and a story that's gripping and well written!