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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When Alexandria Ray's romance series becomes an overnight sensation, the world and its demands close in on her. After years of struggling to maintain the pace her publisher, agent and the world expects, she needs a break. Enrolling as a student at Columbia University is step one to finding herself again. Finding Arsen Daniel was not on her list. Arsen Daniel, along with hi ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

I give this 4 cranky stars.

This is the story of an introverted bitchy writer and an online matchmaker company partner. Each has a rocky past.

When Alexandria and Arsen meet it was the proverbial sparks fly. It was also almost literal when she pulled a taser on him. Like I said she was cranky and didn't like to be touched.

Both are dealing with past issues Lex was a bit more complicated. The story starts with Lex losing her crap in an epic way when her manager wants her to
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
At first, this book intrigued the heck out of me. I fell into it reading like a mad women because the plot. Then it came to a part that made me put on the brakes, big time put them on. It changed how I looked at the hero completely. (view spoiler) ...more
S.F. Benson
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
C.L. Bond’s “Insta-Hate” should be titled “Insta-Love”!

I loved how Bond captured Alexandria—a writer born under the sign of Gemini with some deep issues. The woman was highly opinionated and not easy to please. Then we learn there’s a very real, very tragic reason for her behavior.

I’ve read books about authors writing a novel as part of the plot. This was the first time I read a story about an author who had issues with being an author. Alexandria wasn’t sure she wanted to continue writing. A l
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

I didn't actually pay all that much attention (if any) to the blurb before I decided to grab myself a copy as I really, really liked the cover and the title alone made me want to give this one a shot. And now that I read the blurb.. I think it's kind of off. Or at the very least I think that the story should have a slightly different blurb where there is at least some focus on the fact that our heroine happens to be
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book, and I can't begin to tell you how incredibly grateful I am to Casey for allowing me to read this story.

I honestly thought it would be just a light-hearted contemporary romance, but it's SO much more. What Lexie goes through in her life is horrific and saddening. But how she comes out of it is heroic and applaudable. With two hilarious sidekicks in Jillian and Ava who spit out lines like "Do I need to cut a bi**h?" they bring levity to the very serious layers tha
AK Mama Reads
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy wowzers, this one really is a doozy. I would cry harder than a 5 year old who just got kicked in the shin by their best friend one minute, spit out my coffee laughing the next, on this roller coaster ride. I can honestly say this book haunts me, in a good way. I try to stay away from books that seem light hearted but end up going deep and dark, but Casey Bond has this way of tricking me, even though I know none of her books are light and fanciful, they are always raw and emotional. Somehow, ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been wanting to read a Casey L Bond book for a while and seeing Insta-Hate's cover and blurb, there was no way I was passing up to be able to read this one. I'll probably be the first to say it took me a few chapter to get really invested in the characters, I was a bit confused, however, that didnt last long and now looking back the beginning makes a lot more sense to me and I loved how it was presented. CL Bond was very detailed in her writing, once I Arsen was presented, I was hooked. H ...more
L.L. Hunter
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What to say about this amazing book? When I read the blurb I expected a book about an author and the Hollywoodish style book I've been loving lately. But it was so much more. It was hilarious and emotional. I laughed and cried and related to Lexi and swooned at Arsen. If you're looking for your next addictive read, look no further. Loved it!
❤️Melanie G.
Loved this emotional, heartbreaking, soul searching and second chance at love book. Alex and Arsen are wonderful together and their banter was perfect.
Ethan Gregory
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

"It was because I was walking straight towards a future I didn't want and felt powerless to change But sometimes, life changes a person's circumstances. Sometimes, the circumstances of a person's life change them forever."

As a huge fan of C. L. Bond, I knew I was going to devour anything she put forth into the market. While I've been an avid fan and reader of her YA/NA material, I hadn't taken the plunge
Trish Leger
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I've read a TON of books, Romances, Thrillers, Suspense, Sweet, but it's pretty rare when someone's writing style (and skill) impress me enough that I want to go purchase her (or his) whole backlist. Reading Insta Hate pretty much sealed the deal, and quickly!

Alexandria is having a hard time of things lately. She's a bestselling author and the overwhelming need to write to what her agent wants becomes too much for her (that sounds very whiny, but it's not like that in the book, promise!).
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
When I heard that Casey had a new release coming out I knew I had to read it!! I wasn't disappointed in the least! This is the first book in this genre and she did a great job!

Alexandria is a best selling author that decides she needs a break and decides to take a class called Psychology of Love which leads her life to take a total turn into something she wasn't expecting at all.

Arsen runs a business that helps people find their perfect match, so he's asked as a favor to teach a class at Columbi
Amanda Lindsey Bursting Bookshelf Blog
One word comes to mind after reading this book. Pageturner! It held my grip until the wee hours of the morning. I was enthralled, gripped, inlove, teary-eyed, happy, sad, entranced, and so much more. An emotional rollercoaster of a novel! I had no idea what would happen at the end but could only hope it would turn out how I had imagined it. Plot twists were abundant. The characters read as if they were people I could imagine knowing. I felt connected to them immediately. I was amazed at how well ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
INSTA-HOT and totally addicting! I read it in one sitting, because I just couldn't put it down. This book had me rolling on the floor laughing. C.L. Bond writes some of the most hillarious lines I've ever read in a book, but Inst-Hate had so much more. I cried (real sobbing, sloppy crying), laughed (side stitching laughter) and also got darn right mad (throw your kindle mad). This book had everything and just when I thought I knew where the author was going with the story, she hits me in the hea ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Series: Instant Gratification
Category /Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Received from: C.L. Bond (in exchange for an honest review)

This is the first book in the Instant Gratification series. It does stand alone (no cliff-hanger), but, of course, I want to continue reading the series.

I was emotionally bi-polar reading this story. I want from laughing hysterically (good God, may I never receive a selfie like that
Julie Hicks
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a great page turner and I read it in one setting last night! This is such an emotional coming of age tale but it is also full of twist and turns. Sometimes you can meet someone and feel hate instantly but not be sure why. Maybe hate disguises itself as love.

C. L. Bond works on just that premises on this book. This book has several mature scenes so I say it is more new adult to adult reading. But I highly recommend it for these audiences. When you start it you will want to fini
Ashley Cestra
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, arc, favorites
Insta hate Is one of the best books I had ever read! I giggled and laughed, I cried, I gasped, I cursed... I exhibited partially every emotion while reading this masterpiece!! Casey Bond outdid herself with writing this one! The storyline and plot was AMAZING. The characters were great, and relatable. The dialogue between characters was contemporary and whole hearted! There was some suspense and intrigue in the first half of the story then the pieces just came at me in the middle and I ended up ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did not know much about this book before I started reading it and I insta-loved it! I am originally from the North and spent a lot of time in New York and felt like I actually knew some of the characters....although the names had been changed! It was like riding a roller coaster when you really love them! There are highs, lows, and twists and turns! The funny parts had me cracking up and people looking at me while other times I had to look like I lost my best friend. So very well written!
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Lexie, I want to be her Ava, or her bestie. Arsen, I wanted to smack some stubborn out of him, although it came from pain.
I've read this book twice in two days. Twice!!! And I do not read contemporary romance, ever. It's too sappy for my taste. But Insta-hate? Was worth every second of my time!

You must read this! Everyone of you should read this!
Well done Ms. Bond. Extremely well done!
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars? 4 stars??

I don't even know, not sure if I liked this book or hated it... it was so good and dramatic but then I found myself so angry at some points.

(view spoiler)
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I picked this up in a whim & a few hours later, was still on it & before I knew it had gobbled it all up! Loved it, early Lexie was more fun than later Lexie (same as Arsen actually who had wildly extreme behaviour), and I wished we could have continued with the teaching part of it but those are small-ish quibbles considering I wasn't expecting much from this.
Will definitely be reading more CL Bond
Stephanie Runion
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the witty characters in this story! Oh my gosh, there were so many one liners that I was crying laughing at some points! Seriously, I loved the storyline and the twists and turns that this book took me on. Talk about a roller coaster ride of an emotional journey! Grab this one and give it a try!
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting twist... great potential. Had a hard time with the narrative and writing style, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Felt like it was skimmed through a lot, so i skimmed through a lot
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
It was good, but the ending felt a little too abrupt. I was expecting a little bit more angst before the HEA.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shocking continuity

Its not a bad book. I just didnt like it. It was like trying to cram the art of war in to a synopsis, way too much going on.
How can you pass on a title like Insta-Hate? The cover was intriguing and so was the synopsis, so I knew I had to check it out!

The storyline hooked me immediately. The tension between Alexandria and Arsen was palpable and it quickly became a page-turner, as I was eager to find out what the big “secret” was. I liked the characters, they were well developed and the history and familiarity between the two, even though Lexie didn’t remember it to start with, made for a story that you couldn’t help b
Patricia Halligan
There are better books on which to spend your time.

I don't really have much to say about this book. It was awfully clean (until almost the end) considering it is part of The Instant Gratification Series. The ending was abrupt, and the epilogue was dumb. I don't plan to read anymore books in the series.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF. The story line was to horrify for me.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: funny
Very funny and well written until it wasn't. Then it became a poorly written predictable soap opera. Unfortunate
Melvina R.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Took too long to get going. I lost interest and moved on.
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Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fanta ...more

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