Tuesday 1 March 2022

Book Review | I Love You, I Hate You by Elizabeth Davis | prettylittlewriter

'Victoria and Owen are bitter rivals.

Nora and Luke are friends online.
Who would believe these two couples have anything in common?

Of all the decisions brilliant lawyer Victoria Clemenceaux has made in her life, an unforgettable one-night stand with her opposing counsel Owen Pohl is either the worst...or the best.

One thing is certain: these long-standing rivals aren't going to let their searing attraction stop them from winning the biggest case of their careers. Thankfully Victoria and Owen have someone to vent to about their nemeses. But they have no idea that their online 'friends', Nora and Luke, are the very people they hate in real life.

As Nora and Luke grow closer online, and Victoria and Owen find their undeniable attraction harder to resist, the lines between love and hate blur. When the truth comes out, will their online chemistry work in the real world, or will their constant rivalry sever their connection?'
Since I read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne at the beginning of February, I've been really enjoying getting back into romance novels (they have been a lost genre for me for a few years now as I tend to go for thrillers or fantasy novels) and I am so happy I have as they are just so warming to the soul!

This book I picked up on a whim in The Works as it is quite short and I thought it sounded quite similar to The Hating Game. Upon reading it, it is very similar, with enemies to lovers (my favourite trope), a wedding and a 'sick day' visit, but also unique in it's own way with the online relationship!

I absolutely loved the character of Owen, I thought he was a sweetheart, and he was especially generous in the bedroom (I love a bit of smut and I wasn't actually expecting it which was awesome). 
Victoria is also a lovely character, but I found her more difficult to warm to as she was so darn stubborn when it came to letting anyone in (anonymity can be great, but not when you start to catch feelings for someone), so when she wouldn't let either Owen or Luke (her online love interest) in on who she really was, I found it a little frustrating. 

It's enemies to lovers, which is probably my favourite romance trope, and it was honestly such a breath of fresh air to read! The storyline itself is very clever, and as it's a short book, it has quite a fast pace which keeps you interested throughout.

The only reason I'm not giving this novel a full 5 stars is because I felt like the twitter exchange between 'Nora' and 'Luke' should definitely have been picked up on sooner by one of them, and I found it quite frustrating when the little things that Owen picked up on with Victoria that were similar to Nora weren't explored more by him to discover that they were one and the same! However, this did not take away from the enjoyment of the book as a whole

Overall, I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be recommending to any romance fans!

4.5/5 stars

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