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The Man She Loves To Hate

(The Eligible Bachelors #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,270 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Three reasons to keep away from Cole Rees...

1. My mom had a scorching affair with his dad--just think how awkward that "meet the family" would be...

2. His arrogance drives me mad--he might be a gorgeous billionaire, but I hate how he knows it!

3. Every time he touches me I go up in flames...and it's utterly terrifying.

Come on, a fling with the man I love to hate? Like that
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Harlequin
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Most of my HP Group friends
I truly loved this book. I was worried, because all my friends raved, and I didn’t want to be disappointed. But I can truly see why this is a hit. The depth of character, the intensity and emotion, the freshness, and the humor. I loved how this romance unfolded, the manner in which Jolie and Cole come back into each other’s lives as adults and get the chance to make a go of a relationship together. Their relationship wasn’t just about sex. It was about two people who met each other’s emotional n ...more
Lisa Kay
Queensland Gondola

★★★★½ Man-oh-man! I love my GoodReads app! (Who said I’m not ready for the New Millennium?)

I went out in the rain yesterday to run an errand for a friend. I figured, while I was out and about, I’d stop at the library (yeah, twist my arm). I checked out the “Friends of the Library” for-sale-books and there were a bunch of Harlequin Presents (my guilty pleasure!). I used my iPod/Touch and connected to GoodReads. I was able to see there were a bunch of 4 and 5 star reviews for th
I enjoyed The Man she loves to hate. Jolie Tanner's friends deserted her when it came out that her mother was having an affair with a married man and that has coloured her life ever since, people don't want to know her, they only judge her by the past and her looks, but she's learnt to deal with it, with different masks to hide her shyness, she doesn't trust that easily and doesn't work and stay in town.

She comes to comfort her mother after James Reese dies. Her mother loved him, and he loved he
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents Extra
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No, but part of the Dirty Filthy Money "Extras"
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Okay the official blurb is pretty awful. While it covers the main points, it almost makes the book seem as though it will have a first person POV and it
Absolutely Loved it,the story is similar as "After the Night",liked Cole a lot and my heart went out to Jolie she suffered so much for no fault of hers,Cole-Jolie-Hannah all have known each other from childhood,Hannah-Jolie were BFF but cause of actions of their parents Hannah broke her frindship with Jolie even Cole reacted badly which had an impact on Jolie after that she became a loner did'nt make much friends earned a reputation of a Whore for no reason it became very difficult

after few year
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin, hqn
I'm still wondering what I didn't like it as much as I initially thought I would. Here are some possible reasons:

a) Cole was almost an adult when he pushed Jolie away from Hannah. He should have known better.

b) Having pushed Jolie away from Hannah, I found it weird that he lusted after her all the time and still treated her like %^&* all that time.

c) The switch on Cole's side from 'I-wish-you-were-dead (well, almost)' to 'I-can't-live-w/o-you' based on ONE physical encounter just made it a very
Jacqueline J
Another winner from Kelly Hunter. If you just ignore the little continuity errors that concern their ages at various points in the book, this is a great story. The characters seem so real as do the emotions. There are some amusing moments and the physical connection between Jolie and Cole is very hot. The hero is a great guy who sees what he wants and refuses to listen to any reasoning that doesn't get him the heroine. The whole story line about their parents being involved in an affair was diff ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

I have tears in my eyes as I write this because the ending of this story was so beautiful, romantic and it made me feel like I needed to hug somebody. I simply had to write this review right away. If a reader is looking for a book with characters they can believe in, then The Man She Loves to Hate is a winner.

The title can be a bit misleading, making a reader think it’s going to be full of angst, darkness and over the top conflict. I
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jolie, the heroine, has returned to her hometown to help comfort her mother after her long term lover passed away. Although Jolie loves her mother, she has always hated the fact that her lover was a married man and the father of her former best friend, Jolie has faced a lot of scorn over her mothers actions as well. As a favour to her mother she goes up to collect some of her mothers stuff from the ski cabin that belonged to him, however she gets stranded on the mountain after an avalanche with ...more
That's a man I love to hate. ...more
Cole Reese and Jolie Tanner have an unfortunate history. Cole's father and Jolie's mother had a long term affair that everyone in their town was aware of. It didn't help that Cole's mother did everything in her power to make things difficult for Jolie.

So when Jolie hears she'll be sharing a gondola ride down the mountain with Cole she is less than thrilled. It would've been bearable if it weren't from the avalanche and the snowstorm. It's one thing to stay civilized and polite during a ten minu
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Jolie Tanner and Hannah Rees are best friends and Jolie has a bit of a childhood crush on Hannah's brother Cole.
This friendship comes to an end when a long lasting affair between her mother Rachel and their father James is made public. (he remains married to his wife for the Rees company)

Ever since that people treat the Tanners differently, especially Jolie.
The affair continues till James dies.
Jolie goes up to the cabin that James and Rachel used as their meeting place to collect things and take
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I could not get over the hypocrisy throughout it. Jolie was twelve when the affair came out to the public, TWELVE. Yet everyone blames her, not the father. Cole's housekeeper quit when she found out they were dating, but did she ever once comment on the fact that a married man cheated on his family with no regard to his families feelings? No. Neither Cole nor Jolie were in relationships. They were of legal age. There was no basis for the raging hatre ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Oh my stars. I loved this! I started it in car line while picking up my girls and finished it this evening. I didn't even want to put it down for a potty break :)

Jolie and Cole knew each other as teens, she was best friends with his sister. All that came to an abrupt halt when Cole and his sister found out their father had been having an affair with Jolie's mom. Flash forward ten years and you have to people who are trying to live outside the shadow of their parents choices. They run into each o
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, betrayal
Jolie grew up treated with the town judging her for her Mothers affair with a well known and wealthy resident. At the time it didn't matter that she was best friend with his daughter or admired his older son, they all shunned her as if she too were equally involved in the affair. Jolie became a strong woman and despite the constant rumors she was stunningly beautiful and could draw any man to her web, she was far from the rumored truth.

Years later Cole Rees is still angry with the aftermath of h
Heidi Rice
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing book. I read this story in one sitting, literally engrossed in every single scene. The emotional complexity is stunning, the characters and the course of their affair both brutally honest and richly involving. By the end I was choking back tears and yet smiling with heartfelt joy (my husband thought I'd gone mad!!)

Kelly Hunter has always been a writer I admire and whose books I know I'll enjoy... I mean, come on, three times RITA nominated, that didn't happen by accident fol
Duchess Nicole
Great storyline. I would have loved to read it as a longer novel. I adore reading about a couple that knew each other long ago and now have a chance to ignite something they couldn't 'way back when.' I didn't think I would like Cole because of the way he treated Jolie when they were younger. But you come to find it was more than just self preservation.
Jolie has lived in the shadow of her mother's affair with a very rich, very influential, and very married man who is also the father of her best
Lady Jaye
The rave reviews are right. This book is quite unlike most HPs Ive read in that it was dark, heavy stuff. And it is excellent.

Ms. Hunter writes great, fully-fleshed characters. I loved both Jolie and Cole, especially Cole (He's MINE, Lulu, you can't have him!) And she is a fantastic storyteller.

But here's my catch: I hate, hate, hate adultery stories, and I'm rather extreme in my dislike of them. There are very few cases in which I think it is justified, and this book was not one of them. Alth
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First let me say that back-cover summary doesn't give this story any justice. The story is hard, is strong and it's very emotional.

I expected a sort of light plot and I found myself in a story that I couldn't stop reading. Very very very good!
This book reminded me of another story like this, After the Night, another story I loved very much.

Kelly Hunter is a great author and her story deserves all 5 stars! I hope to read her again in my future.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a beautiful read! Makes me want to revise the rest of my ratings, because I can’t give it more than 5 stars and this means I’d have to subtract a (half)star from almost every other book I’ve rated so far.
I think it's safe to say all of Kelly Hunter's books are five star classics for me.

I like that Danielle in her review describes the nuance in this book. Hunter writes with economy, but every word is laden with depth, and that's what makes the story and characters leap off the page. The first time I read one of her books I was overwhelmed – it read like a literary novel, like poetry. I don't say that to demean either genre, but it's just so rare that I've read a romance written so well. What wor
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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The Man She Loves to Hate is among my top 10 releases of 2011! The romance between Jolie and Cole though complex was completely believable and well written. This book had it all drama, conflict, passion and a great romance.

The characters in this book were well rounded, I liked that the author gave Jolie an unusual profession that also provided her a creative outlet when she needed one.

Cole is just gorgeous without being overbe
So. That was pretty good.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a deep book. I never saw it coming.
Having enjoyed a book of this author I decided to follow it up another book of hers and chose this one because I like the enemies-to-lovers trope, but while I liked both MCs, I didn't really enjoy the romance between them. While human frailties behind the adultery between Cole's father and Jolie's mother and its repercussions -- the lingering unhappiness and bitterness amongst all the key people connected to the two-- was well written, it however hovered like a dark cloud right through the book. ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, for-review, 2011
I will start with the confession that I come from a bookishly snob family. I was brought up in the knowledge that romance novels weren't really literary books and weren't worth my time. I'll skip over how I discovered them in high school thanks to my best friend and just say that I think this demeaning attitude towards romance novels stem from the usually cheesy and cheap and ridiculous titles they sadly get.

I am so glad I wasn't turned off of this novel by its generic and cheesy romance cover,
Adultery is a difficult subject to write about, even as a backdrop to a story. In the Man She Loves to Hate, Jolie comes back to the Queenstown to console her mother when her mother's lover dies. Jolie's entire life has been defined by her mother's long term, and well known, relationship with a married man. She loses her best friend, who is the man's daughter, as well as any ability to make new friends in the relatively small town.

Cole has also spent most of his life under the pall of the extra
Cleffairy Cleffairy
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date: 21 July 2011
Review link:

Somehow, this book does not really work well with me even though I fell in love with the settings where the hero and heroine got trapped together in the snow and whatnot.

It's a wonderful book, don't get me wrong. This book provides everything a hopeless romantic could ask for. A wonderful form of escapism where one... or a few nights in the sheets turns pure hat
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Kelly Hunter book (the first was Wife for a Week) and I really enjoyed it. Wife for a Week was a little ridiculous but I found it hilarious. I was expecting something similar to that with The Man She Loves to Hate but it was surprisingly intense and sweet. I liked that the characters were fully fleshed out even though this book isn't that long. Looking forward to reading the rest of Kelly Hunter's books! ...more
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Australian born Kelly Hunter is a three time Romance Writers of America Rita finalist, a USA Today Bestselling author and loves writing to the demands of the short category romance form.

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The Eligible Bachelors (4 books)
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