Book Review: If You Hate Me by Helena Hunting

The cover for this book caught my eye and I knew I had to have it in paperback. The synopsis pulled me in and I knew I had to read it. Plus, it's written by Helena Hunting so I knew I was going to love it... and I absolutely did! If You Hate Me was an entertaining and steamy read that I could not get enough of!

Book Review: If You Hate Me by Helena Hunting
If You Hate Me (Toronto Terror #1) by Helena Hunting

A brand new standalone hate-to-love, brother's best friend hockey romance.

My new roommates are two pro hockey players.
First, my f-boy of an older brother, and second, his seriously hot best friend (who I seriously hate).
This was a last resort.
No one should be sleeping on a futon that smells like Cheetos and man sweat.
But here I am, trying to get my life together.

Tristan Stiles is the bane of my existence.
He never wears a shirt.
We can’t seem to stop fighting.
He’s an arrogant playboy with a filthy reputation.
Sure, I had a crush on him when I was fourteen but that was a long time ago.
I know better than to trust him.

I just need to survive long enough to find a new job and get a new place.
And not accidentally let Tristan show me exactly how well deserved his reputation is.

5 out of 5 stars

If You Hate Me was the best kind of dirty fun and I loved every second. Can a book catch fire because seriously, this baby was scorching! I loved getting to know Rix and Tristan and watching their hate banter turn into so much more. I loved the build, the sexual chemistry, and all the entertaining moments. I never wanted to put it down and read it way too fast because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.

Rix and Tristan were everything. I loved the witty yet wicked barbs flying between them, the tension was palpable. However, I could see the cracks forming and I loved those moments shining through when you could feel the sweetness and playfulness between them. I loved the building feelings they were denying. When that tension between them finally spilled over… just WOW! I've read some hot books before but I swear I smelled smoke when these two got together. Beyond the sex, there was drama, pain, and emotional upheaval as they opened up and shared the issues they were dealing with and I liked how they worked through them. The humor was fantastic and I loved Rix and Tristan’s internal dialogue. This was filled with so many laugh-out-loud moments and I loved them all. I liked that it was dual POVs so I could get inside their heads and truly understand what drove them.

I loved all the characters involved. I love how Rix found a core group of friends and the laughter and support they brought. I loved Tristan's teammates and their camaraderie, and how they brought the wisdom when needed. A lot of people were introduced and I can't wait to see who will get a story. I’m hoping Rix’s brother and Tristan’s best friend Flip gets one, this guy needs to work himself out! I love how their different relationships with Flip factored into the story and the complications it added.

This was a super entertaining and addicting to read. I absolutely loved all the heat but even more than that, I loved Rix and Tristan coming together, opening up and being vulnerable, and getting to their HEA. It was the best!

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Do you enjoy sports romance? Let me know! I love them! It seems hockey might be my favorite even though I've never seen a game and everything I know about it I've learned from romance books. 😉