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(Hearts of Stone #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  53 reviews
***This book can be read as a standalone***

Frankie DiGorgio has returned home for the summer to fix up and sell the home she grew up in. But when Frankie discovers Austin Stone is also back home and right next door, her summer suddenly seems more exciting than the motocross tracks she races on.

Four years ago, Austin was her best friend. Her first love. The only boy who saw
Published September 18th 2017
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 Prank Wars Stars

Hated the 3rd book in the Hearts of Stone series and can be read as a stand alone as I didn't read any of the other books and I followed it just fine. I haven't read any books by Christine Manzari and I enjoyed her writing style. I love the friends to lovers, and second chance tropes and I got plenty of that in this book. I really liked both Frankie and Austin. I thought they made a cute couple. They were both a little immature at times but since they are young adults it
Candace Robinson
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!!!
Tracy *To the point Reviews*
Christine Manzari? Where have you been all my life?!

This book offered the perfect balance of laugh out loud moments, hurt moments, romantic moments and backstory resulting in one really good read.

Frankie is another one of my favorite heroines. Tough, no nonsense, funny and charismatic. Austin was sweet, sexy, broody (for good reason) and emotionally balanced. (None of that caveman BS here. And even if, Frankie would never fall for it!)

When she returns to repair her Nana's home and put it up for
Christine Manzari
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy Frankie and Austin's pranks as much as I enjoyed writing them.
"If you want a war, you’ve got one, sweetheart.”

New-to-me author, Christine Manzari, made my heart skip all over the damn place with book three in her Hearts of Stone Series! In this interconnected contemporary romance standalone, we are introduced to Frankie DiGorgio, our feisty and bold heroine - and Austin Stone, our broken hero with a HUGE chip on this shoulder. Frankie returns to her hometown only to find the boy she fell in love with years ago, has returned as well. Neighbors once agai
Frankie DiGorgio was the tomboy sister with three older brothers. Brought up by her mother and then by her nan whilst her ne'er do well father spent most of her life in prison for one con after another she was the original girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her great passions were dirt bike riding and Austin Stone.

Growing up, Frankie's BFF was Austin the boy next door, a nerdy cello-playing musical prodigy who, with his twin brother Dallas went on to win a talent show and took their duellin
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this story, from the first to the last. It was hilarious and heart-wrenching. The story of two former friends and lovers finding their way back to each other just flowed and took me right along. Loved the heroine because she was always on equal footing with the hero - without having to prove herself to anyone. It was simply her. What a story! Absolutely loved it.

***I received an ARC for this book from NetGalley.***
Laura Ward
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Manzari has done it again. This is my favorite read of hers to date. The humor, sexual tension, and chemistry between Frankie and Austin is off the charts! Trust me and pick up this fabulous romance. You won't be sorry!
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy via Net Galley and voluntarily left a review

Nothing gets my motor running like a second chance romance, something about the characters already knowing each other so immensely and passion smoldering all over again, it just does it for me. Throw in a new to me author and characters who were best friends and now are involved in a prank war, and you have me transfixed and ready to pop some popcorn and have the characters get down to business! Soon Frankie and Austin had me engross
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I kind of went about it backwards and read book number 3 first. At least it can be read as a standalone so I didn’t spoil the other books for myself!

This was a really enjoyable second chance romance.

The book starts off with Frankie going back home for the summer to fix up and the house she grew up in. What she wasn’t expecting was to find Austin Stone, her childhood crush and first love living in his old house next door. It’s clear from their fi
Nalla Reads
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ok so I came in at book 3 on this series but I SO don't regret a THING! This book has it all! Angst (soo much angst!), romance, past loves, a RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING TWIST, heartbreak of the good and bad kind. JUST LOVE IT ALL! Hated will give you the second chance romance that will refresh you love of happy ever afters.

Frankie is back in her family home after spending years away. The memories that come back to her of her young love, Austin, threaten to break her hear
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top
Hated is an amazing second chance love story. It is well written with POV from both Frankie and Austin, and the story also describes past and present time. The whole story is heartbreaking, emotionally and also funny with their prank war. I really like it. Both Frankie and Austin are developed with a lot of baggage and pain. The story unfolds with each page you read and you can stop it until you figure out what will happen, how will it end. RECOMMENDED; HIGHLY!
I volunteered to review an ARC of t
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great young adult-ish, second chance romance. Frankie and Austin are perfect for each other and have been best friends and lovers until childhood, but they grow apart after one fateful night... the plot was predictable but still enjoyable, and my heart really broke for Austin's twin brother Dallas. "You're not a goddess... You are my future. My muse." This book definitely had some great heartfelt, swoon-worthy moments!!
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started (and finished) the third book, Hated, in the Hearts of Stone trilogy and seriously loved it! It’s such a great hate to love, second chance romance and obviously couldn’t put it down once I picked it up
Now I’m just sad I don’t have any more to read! I still think Hooked was my favorite of the three. But I really enjoyed them all.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great read! This book has everything I could want -- hilarious pranks, a fierce female lead, romance and LOTS of swearing! I had no idea what to expect going into reading this one and I was so immersed in the story of Frankie and Austin that I read the whole thing straight through!

What I appreciated the most about this story was that the author was true to the characters personalities when writing the dialogue. She doesn't shy away from using profanity or innuendo which was refre
Wit & Wonder Books
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Arc provided by author for an honest review**
There is a thin line between love and hate, isn’t that what they say? In Hated, the third installment in the Hearts of Stone series by Christine Manzari, Frankie and Austin put this theory to the test. A story of best friends and first love destroyed by secrets and mistakes.
Frankie captivates Austin, a musical prodigy, from the moment she snaps her gum in his face. They become best friends, completely inseparable, they share everything, until Aus
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every story in this series has been a huge 5* read for me, and if the Hearts of Stone series would be a never-ending one, I'll read every single one of them.
Frankie and Austin's story was as sweet as it was sexy, as witty as it was heartbreaking. With a perfect doze of everything; humor, angst, chemistry, hate, friendship and love, and the author's solid writing, this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and would recommend to everyone.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
So this book was actually better than i thought and i enjoyed the pranks they did on one another lol. Also Loved how tough the main character was she was badass though...but that twist shocked me and it was so heartbreaking this book made me cry alot lol but he was so sweet that it had me clutching my chest like my feels i cant take this. I think it had a lovely ending.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome add to the series. Frankie and Austin have a rough past with years apart. They are thrown together by circumstance and have to finally face each other, as much as they might hate each other there is a thin line between love and hate. Can't wait for the next.
Bran Pendergrass
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
Ahh…the feel of being young and in love. When you’re seventeen the whole world is at your feet and you just know you’re going to love and marry the boy next door. He’s been there for your entire life and you cannot imagine are you are going to end up with someone else. Life gets in the way you become an adult and you drifted apart. Both of you have your own lives and go your separate ways. You love and care for new people. But what happens when fate brings you back together now that you are adul ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Hated is the perfect kind of NA read that doesn't come around too often. I've found with NA I either get children who act as if they're still young teens - immature, spiteful and bratty or would be adults who act as if they think they're mature and try to embody what they think adults are. But, Hated is different. Sure Austin and Frankie are young, and have youthful energy and even act somewhat immature at times. Hello, their prank wars are classic teen behavior, but oh so funny and witty! But, ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* I received an ebook from the author, but that in no way affects my review or opinions. *

This book is listed as book #3 in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The author is great about not having the reader have to start with book 1 (although, you SHOULD, because they are AMAZING). I have read ALL of author Christine Manzari's books and I love each one more and more! She writes in several different genres, several different series but they all have one thing in common, her love of
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hated is an interesting and amusing read of two old friends reunite after years of separation. Throughout a good portion of the book, I kept wondering what kind of betrayal took place that made these two best friends no longer speak to each other.

The way the two characters interact after not seeing each other for four years amused and frustrated me. The lack of communication between Austin and Frankie is frustrating. Too many years wasted over secrets. The secret was very drawn out and revealed
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Hated by Christine Manzari didn't completely knock my socks off, but it's engaging and I am always excited to read a new romance.

The two main characters, motocross racer Frankie DiGorgio, and professional cellist Austin Stone, grew up together. They were madly in love by the time they attended high school and were each other's first. Frankie was crushed when Austin and his twin brother Dallas moved out to Las Vegas to bring their magical music to the masses. Austin had no desire to leave, but he
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"She tasted of sugar, and summer, and bad decisions. And I wanted it all."
Hated, the third book in the Heart of Stone Series, can be read as a stand alone, and i have yet to read the first two books, but definitely plan on adding them to my tbr list.

Hated follows the story of Frankie, who was the girl next door, who had 3 older brothers, and was practically one of the guys. Even though her life wasn't ideal, whenever she fell, she always got right back up swinging. And follows Austin, one half
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankie & Austin used to be best friends, eventually their friendship evolved into a romance. After a being a no-show at an important event in Austin's life, they fall out of touch with each other. When a family emergency forces Frankie to return to her childhood home, she is surprised to find Austin next door, almost like old times. This time, however, Austin is no longer the boy she left behind in Vegas those years ago.

I haven't read any of the other Hearts of Stone stories, but I can say that
Amy Shelton
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

This was an exceptional read! The characters were fun and real, the plot was intriguing, and the emotions were off the charts! This book was absolutely incredible and I enjoyed every single minute of it!

I would call this book beautifully tragic! Some of the flashbacks were incredibly heart breaking. They felt incredibly real which made it feel like the knife was twisted a little further! That being said, the funny, the charming, and r
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan on Ms. Manzari and this series since I was hooked by Hooked. And I just cannot get enough of these Stone men!

"Austin Stone. The boy who was once my best friend. The boy who stole my hear. The boy I loved..."

He was so much more than that too, especially to Frankie. But when friends turn to lovers turn to enemies there is so much that happens to one's emotions.

"Looking at her, I felt a yawning cavity inside. I wondered if it was possible to heal a heart if it was ripped out
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-arc
5 Crazy Ass Must Read Stars!!!!!

Oh My Word! Or rather Christine Manzari's words. This book was amazing. So many moments that had me laughing so hard, crying big fat tears, and feelings of frustration. There were few times I wanted to reach into my kindle and shake Austin or Frankie.
I recently read an article from Oct 2008, stating that "Scientists prove it really is a thin line between love and hate". I was researching extreme emotions and stumbled upon this. It was weird that I read that artic
Isa LaCroqueuseDeLivres

3.5/4 stars

A really great surprise. I was new to this author.

This book is easy to read, the characters were consistent, there was a lot of humor with all those pranks, but also a great amount of drama and sexual tension, added to Frankie and Austin’s past, the whole story was beautiful.

The flashbacks worked very well for me too, I just wished I had a little more in the end, maybe more scenes of both Frankie and Austin in the future, or more steamy stuff, but this story was really great and made
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