Title: Hate at First Sight
Author: Penelope Bloom
Publication Date: 18 June 2018
Taken from Goodreads
Eight years wasn’t long enough to forget what he did.
I didn’t forget the secrets, the lies, and the betrayals.
I didn’t forget that he single-handedly ruined my life.
But now he’s back, and he’s still not done with me.
My nightmare. My dream. My dark, broken prince.
He was my own personal apocalypse,
But I moved on. I healed. I built a new life.
It took me eight years, but I did it.
Then he came back.
He came into my life just like the last time.
Other guys wanted my heart to make their own,
But Zach wasn’t like them. He wanted my heart for a trophy.
Like a prize to hang on his mantle.
And I’d be damned if he was going to get it.
It would’ve been easier if the years had been hard on him,
But nothing was easy with him.
Zach is a rock star now.
Household name. Sex symbol. Filthy rich.
It’s not long before I’m sucked back into his life,
And a six-month blackmail contract that says I have to tag along on his tour.
He thinks he can walk over me like the old days,
He thinks this is going to be easy.
But I’m going to enjoy proving him wrong.
I met Aribelle while she was trimming my hedges.
And no, that’s not a euphemism.
She was a gardener’s daughter,
and she should’ve been invisible to me.
She looked at me like she had a right to,
Like she was the one who should look at me with pity,
Like she somehow knew I was broken inside.
That wasn’t why I decided to ruin her life.
She dated one of my best friends and learned my darkest secret.
But eight years is a long time.
I never got what I wanted back then, and now’s my chance.
She’s back, and I’m not stopping until claim her heart.
She’s still not over what happened.
Tough luck, Gardener Girl.
I don’t lose, and the game is on.
I was granted a copy of the book via Booksprout. I really love the author’s work! I have read the two previous books she wrote (Baby for the Beast and Baby for the Brute) and I loved them!! This book may not have the mafia element but I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers romances!
Zack Thornwood is being an a**hole from page one! He’s mean to everyone for everything and he loves revenge. From the time he sets his eyes at Aribella, the gardener’s daughter, he instantly hates her. The reason for his hate is that he finds her sexy and she doesn’t lowers her head like the others. His hatred intensifies when Aribella is dating his friend and band mate. After an incident Zack blackmails Aribella out of town. Fast-forward 8 years later, their lives cross again when Aribella works as a stagehand in one of Zach’s concerts. His obsession with her is still there and he finds a way to blackmail her to keep her close.
It’s frustrating how he does everything in his power to make her miserable, even though in a way he cares for her. Zach’s so complicate; he wants to destroy her but doesn’t want to either! I don’t want to give too much away, but after a while I started understanding Zach’s behavior better; I don’t excuse it but I understand it!
The double POVs makes the story even better and let us readers understand the characters’ actions and feelings. I loved the book, especially the two epilogues at the end. Even though I was frustrated many times with both the leads, I really enjoyed it. At times the book gave me some serious “Vicious by LJ Shen” vibes (I need to read it again :-p).
All in all, this is a book I totally recommend and I can’t wait to see what comes next from the author!!
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