I Hate You: an enemies-to-lovers standalone Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
WSJ best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new enemies-to-lovers second-chance romance between the football hottie and the feisty nerd girl he can’t forget.
I want you . . . even when I hate you.
Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.
She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.
Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Dumped her in front of all her friends.
At her own party.
So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please. She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)
Brainy girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.
Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.
So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?
Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life?
*Steamy and flirty with all the emotional feels, I Hate You is a new adult stand-alone romance.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 36 minutes|
|Narrator||Savannah Peachwood, Teddy Hamilton|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 10, 2019|
|Publisher||Little Dove Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #42,459 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#175 in Sports Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,303 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,181 in Sports Romance (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2019
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Thus why I'm reviewing the third in the series first. Let me just say, while this isn't my usual go to, I really enjoyed these books. I loved the fact that even though they still follow somewhat the formula of the hot star football players and the college students that worship them, they were each very different characters and they had back stories to contend with outside their relationships with the heroines they fall for.
Blaze is the hot footballer in this story and a character I fell in love with. I desperately wanted to tell him he was worthy. And Charisma is pretty kick ass too though so the book was a win for me.
These characters were already featured heavily in the previous book where they were involved with each other but this one kicks off with Blaze having dumped Charisma in front of practically everyone at the biggest party on campus after the big Homecoming game. She hates him for the public humiliation and the Jekyll and Hyde whiplash but secretly she's hurting like nobody's business. She's also confused as hell with no idea why it went from Go to Stop in 60 seconds flat.
Blaze meanwhile, appears at the beginning, to have completely moved on without a look back and partially that's because he's so damn good at putting on his public face. But one never gets the chance to hate him because his reasons for the huge mistakes he make come from such a heartbreaking background, such low self-esteem and such a desperate need at his one and only shot to prove to himself that he counts somewhere in life and that somewhere - the only place he's ever been able to rely on is football and a shot at the NFL.
These two were perfection for each other. They both have deep seated issues from growing up in putting themselves out there or believing that love is something that actually exists. That someone will stick around for you, that someone will mean what they say and follow through with action. I swear the walls these two both have constructed are equal to the Great Wall of China. But no matter their scars and no matter how bad the break up, the fact is that these two can try and shake it off all they want but their feelings for each other run deep.
Charisma was a tough cookie with a helluva of personality. And Blaze was her ideal match. Watching the push and pull of these two and reading from their POV's had me wanting to shake both of them hard and tell them to try putting themselves out there. The love is there but the road to the two of them finding it was fraught with misunderstanding, lost moments and fear of rejection. But when they finally put it together, it is so worthwhile! This wasn't your average football player looking to gain the world, this was a gem of a man looking for the one thing he never had.
"I'm never going to betray you. My feelings for you…are beyond anything else. I’m not that man. I want a happy ending, Charm. That’s who I am. I’m the guy in Say Anything who begs the girl to take a chance. I’m here."
I totally enjoyed this journey, adored the references to Say Anything and on an added note, I got to spend more time with Vampire Bill - damn, I love that foul talking bird!
****4 stars for taking chances, finding your own family in this world and being brave enough to love!
Blaze's background story really pulls at your heart strings and Charisma was the perfect heroine to love him. There was a little too much back and fourth between them for my liking, but overall a solid story.
On a side note Vampire Bill was my favorite character. He brought this book up from a 3 star read to a 4 star story.
I Hate You was so much more than I thought it would be. I thought it would be another hot football player that needed to be tamed by a quirky woman that is harder to get than the average football groupie. I got this. But SO MUCH MORE.
Blaze and Charisma have been waiting patiently for their story and I was curious where it would go. What was their backstory? What drew them to one another and would their story be believable??
Blaze and Charisma's story started their freshman year. But with each of them playing by their own rules, life, football and college took the forefront. And here is where our "enemies to lovers" romance took hold.
The banter, the character development, the friendship and the support these two had not only for each other but for their friends/teammates and family was what made their story special.
Blaze has a background that isn't so pretty and for that reason, he thinks the only person that he has is himself. HE's the only one that can get himself to his goals. No one else will do that for him. Then we have Charisma who comes from a great background, but there's a little wobble to her past too. For that reason she sets rules for herself in any relationship she may have. Her rules. Her way. Then no one can get hurt. But what happens when Blaze upends her rules?
"He's everything I never knew I wanted. He's perfection wrapped in a dark, deep lake, and I ache to swim in those waters, to discover his secrets and let him delve into mine."
To watch these two open up to each other and share parts of one another while still holding on to that "hate" they have, it's a special journey to be a part of. Blaze has such a sentimental heart, but no one will ever know that because he doesn't let anyone get that close. He definitely has a facade that he lets people see, but that is NOT him. He holds his cards close and it will take a strong person to break those walls down. Charisma also holds her cards close, but she has a heart that wants to care (I mean, look at the way she cares for Vampire Bill). She protects herself with her spit and fire. She's smart, beautiful and talented but also knows how to hold everyone at arms length. How will these two even get through when they are battling things inside that allows no one to get "really" close?
IF you want a New Adult romance but with a touching backstory that grows in a very poetic way, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Fun banter, great characters and friendships that are strong. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the story and their journey they had to take to get to their HEA. It was beautiful, fun and satisfying. I'm really loving this college football world Ilsa has created!
Loved this story for many reasons, but mainly the truth for so many can be seen throughout the book!
Looking for the next one!
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Charisma Rossi has been studying at Waylon University originally from the Bronx, she is not used to not speaking her mind but after a very public break up with the star wide receiver of the Waylon Wildcats last fall she has lost her mojo, but this semester her last semester she is determined that she going to make the most of her time left at university and she is not about to let Blaze Townsend ruin anything anymore. But one look at him and she knows that everything she has been telling herself has been lies, he still affects her body in a way that she has never felt before wanting to break all her rules. Trying to convince herself that she hates him but willing to try to be friends but can she truly hide the way she feels or will she give into the love she really feels?
Blaze Townsend the star wide receiver for the Waylon wildcats and all round ladies man wasn’t prepared for sassy and smart Charisma Rossi but she stomped into his life and all of a sudden his thoughts were consumed by the woman when he should have been focused solely on his football career, deciding to end things it’s not long before he realises his mistake but now she hates him, can he show her that they can be something special or is he destined to be what everyone has always made him think nothing to anyone?
I really do love this series and enjoy this writers work, this book had everything I look for in a sports romance and these two characters had a lot of depth and issues with themselves to work through together and apart. Highly recommended read and hoping the next book isn’t too far away.
More than just a college football story. Both characters have to learn to overcome their anxieties in order to see each other properly and realise that their future could be amazing together.
All it takes is faith, trust and Love.... have they got the courage to take that leap of faith together?
Really worth a read and great to catch up with the other characters in this series.... looking forward to reading Dillon’s story.... she will need to be pretty amazing to put a stop to his philandering ways!!! 😁😉
Blaze hasn’t had an easy life, and all he’s every cared about is football, until Charisma, being with her makes him want more out of life, something that throws him. Charisma doesn’t think love is for her, she’s seen how it’s broken the people around her.
Both Blaze & Charisma have plenty of insecurities and doubts, about themselves. But together their chemistry is off the charts hot, when they finally get their HEA, it will definitely leave you with a smile on your face.