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Love at First Hate

(Porthkennack #11)

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First impressions can doom second chances.

Bran Roscarrock has been living in the closet all his life. As heir to an expansive family legacy in the town of Porthkennack, old-fashioned ideals of respectability and duty were drummed into him since childhood, and he’s never dared to live—or love—openly.

Sam Ferreira, an old friend of Bran’s brother, Jory, is a disgraced academi
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ebook, 325 pages
Published September 3rd 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~3.5~

In Love at First Hate, Merrow continues the story of the Roscarrock family, which began in Wake Up Call, the first book of the Porthkennack series.

I didn't connect the dots initially, but Bran is Devan's uncle, and he was positively cruel to Dev when Dev came looking for his birth mother. In this book, we find out why.

The story has several moody flashback scenes that explain Bran's rigid personality, his unwillingness to consider other points of view, his personal sense of shame.

Bran's fat
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Fabi
Another Porthkennack installment! I am strangely addicted to this series. I think it's the foreign flavor that the authentic Cornwall setting brings to these stories. The language, the accent, the climate and terrain all come together to give the reader a realistic travel experience.

You don't really have to read these books in order, but I think you'll get more out of this particular one if you read at least the previous J.L. Merrow ones. This story continues to follow the Roscarrocks introduced
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~Mindy Lynn~
I was given an ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sandra
While this is the 11th book in the loosely connected Porthkennack series, it's book 3 for the Roscarrocks; this one being about Branok (Bran) who was a real git in the first two books, and whom I'd basically written off as a jerk not worth my time.

Boy, was I wrong.

It could theoretically also be read as a standalone, though the characters from the previous two books make an appearance, and it would probably be best to read both of them before reading this one, to fully grasp the layers of Bran's
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Ulysses Dietz
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love at First Hate
By J.L. Merrow
Riptide Publishing, 2018
Five stars

Set once more in the fictitious Cornish town of Porthkennack, it is in this appealing series-within-a-series that J.L. Merrow focuses on the Roscarrock family and their sometimes-stormy relationship with the town itself. All of the authors who have taken on the Porthkennack setting for their books use its history and quirky Cornish culture as the framework for their narratives. Merrow zeroes in on issues of class and race in a mod
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Trio
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-r2r, mm, netgalley
I've enjoyed every one of the Porthkennack stories, and the differences between them all is a large part of the draw. In Love at First Hate Merrow pulls out an excellent friends to lovers tale by making the animosity between the main characters just as believable as their eventual romantic connection.

The pacing is slow, but I couldn't put it down and found myself craving to know more about the story than the romance, which I've gotta say, J.L. Merrow crafts a good one here. These men are both in
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


First, I must applaud this author for taking a real bastard of a character such as Bran and actually making him into someone who one can actually pity and eventually feel kindness toward. In the previous two novels, Bran is presented as a hard, cold individual and we get little to no background on why he is the way he is other than that he was the heir apparent and molded into a formidable likeness of his own hard-hearted father. Through a series of flashbacks, we b
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Roberta Blablanski
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review, m-m
***ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for honest and impartial review.***

Love at First Hate is set in the Porthkennack universe and features some of the characters from the previous books. however, it isn't necessary to read the previous books to fully enjoy this installment. I've read a few others, not in order, and I wasn't lost at any part of the book.

The is the slowest of slow burns. It took until about two thirds of the way before the characters kiss. I loved the build up to that momen
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Aerin
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked this series a whole lot, and I knew this next book was Bran's book and I got ridiculously excited. Bran was a complete asshole each and every time he made an appearance in the books in this series, and I love the redeeming story of a flawed character!

Alas, I was so disappointed after finishing this book, it took me a long time to find enough energy to write a review for it. There are so many things I was bummed about! Like the lack of passion and chemistry between Sam and Bran! Yo
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
Another visit to Porthkennack on the Cornwall coast in England, this time guided by the inimitable style of JL Merrow, who not only lends British authenticity to the tale, but who has a wonderful, understated sense of humor that creates multiple moments of quiet laughter throughout the story. Number eleven in this series that’s written by various British authors, this is one of three that focus on the Roscarrock family—founding members of the community, complete with the snobbery that goes with ...more
Lyra
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, here we are in the third of the "really are truly connected and not just set in the same town" books of the Porthkennack series! You need to have read book number one
Wake Up Call
and book number 9 One Under for this book to really go well.

First off, this book is kind of getting the side eye from me for pulling a "everyone is gay" on us. I mean, come on. Is there something in the water? We've got two brothers and a nephew, all of whom just happen to be gay. I'm willing to let the peripherals
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CrabbyPatty
We first met Bran at the beginning of this series and the wealthy Roscarrock family has been an integral part of life in the small Cornish village of Porthkennack. Bran's story is told against the backdrop of an exhibit being prepared for his personal hero, Edward of Woodstock, also known as the Black Prince (the eldest son of Edward III). Like Bran, Edward faced a huge amount of responsibility at a young age and often had to make decisions that didn't exactly endear him to others. Sam Ferreira ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Love at First Hate is a contemporary m/m romance novel by J.L. Merrow. I prefer historical romance to contemporary, but the premise sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try.

Sam Ferreira arrives in the small town of Porthkennack to help with an exhibition on Edward of Woodstock. He got the job because his friend Jory recommended him, and Sam sees this as the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. Sam clashes almost immediately with Jory’s older brother Bran, who is sponsoring the exhib
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Veronica
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Love at First Hate is the 11th book in the Porthkennack series but it can be read as a stand alone and it is the first one in this series for me. I chose it based entirely on the author, JL Merrow whose work I’ve read before.

This is a slow-moving story. A lot of time is spent learning about Bran and Sam’s lives in the here and now before they meet, as well as finding out about Bran’s past, his family, growing up and his firs
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Max
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Character that are perfectly imperfect, but learn to bend and fall in love.
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the 11th book in the series, and whilst I would definitely recommend that you read them all, and in order, I think that this is a good read in its own right.

A rather dramatic start to this book which results in Bran ending up in hospital. And not just the once ... which ensures he is even more grouchy than usual.

Sam has been given a second chance at a career, curating an exhibition about the Black Prince ... wh
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Idamus
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
I’m sure I was meant to root for these guys, but since I can’t find anything I like about either of them, it’s going to be a DNF. About 1/3 of the book read, I did give them a chance...
Amazonaute
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. Merrow conveys both points of view well.

I like stories like this, where the story is about the MCs and the contexts of their lives and culture.
Shirley
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a huge fan of any author who can change my opinion about a character. I had my doubts about J.L. Merrow’s ability to do that with Bran. He had a lot to make up for. He’s had at least 2 books before this one to have readers form a pretty bleak opinion of him. And to be honest, he even had his moments in Love at First Hate. Yet somehow, this author finally helped readers see the true man behind the mask he wore for pretty much everyone – even those closest to him.

Sam had a past th
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Thamy
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018
This is the 9th book in a series written by various authors, taking place in the historic little town of Porthkennack. And it's a rare case the ninth book is much better than the first one.

I'd say this was a 3.5.

We meet Sam, who has a phd as a historian, but his fame went the other way and now he's been unfairly disgraced by his peers, forced to work as a waiter. And there's Bran, who's always been as infamous in Porthkennack as he does his best to keep his family going and taking care of their
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Susan
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book should be subtitled The Reform of a Roscarrock, as J.L. Merrow tries but not quite succeeds in redeeming Bran Roscarrock, who was mean and spiteful in Porthkennack #1, Wake Up Call and slightly less horrid but still homophobic in Porthkennack #9, One Under. Turns out the poor bloke was just closeted all of these years, and all torn up from the pressure from his cold, demanding father. Merrow even throws in several flashback scenes to key episodes in Bran's youth and early adulthood to ...more
charlotte
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: gay mcs, non-white mc (Latino?)

Actual rating 3.5

J. L. Merrow writes some of my favourite slowburn romances, so I was really excited about this one, especially as it involves one of my favourite tropes ever: hate to love. And it definitely was a good hate to love romance. It just lacked a bit of tension, if I'm honest. There was a good period where they didn't like each other, but it kind of slipped straight into "oh now I like you, let's have sex" after one inter
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Emilie
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, I think. I was tempted to knock off a star or two because Bran was such a jerk, but some romance readers like a male protagonist who is a jerk and later realizes what a jerk he is. Although Bran realizes a few times that he has acted like a jerk in certain situations, he keeps on jumping to conclusions and losing his temper without listening to the other person or people's side of the story. This parallels how Bran would like to think that the Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, was a ...more
Annie
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars- A better finish than start

As much as I love the Porthkennack series collection, some of the books haven’t been as much of a hit as I would hope and I have to admit that I really struggled at times with Love at First Hate. Though this series is billed as a standalone, the collection of stories within the Porthkennack universe by Miss Merrow definitely overlap and should really be read in order to understand all the minor plotlines and references. Although there were definite pockets I
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Jackie
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another engaging entry by Merrow in the Porthkennack universe, one stronger on character development than on hotness. Bran Roscarrock, who featured as unkind uncle and brother to protagonists in Merrow's two previous Porthkennack books, here gets to play the title role. At the start of the story, white Bran is attacked and hospitalized, making it impossible for him to oversee the final few months before the opening of the new exhibition and museum his group has funded, a museum devoted to Edward ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love at First Hate  J.L. Merrow

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance, LGBTQIA

Porthkennack and Garret Leigh - real treat to read.
Like the Bluewater Bay series, also from Riptide, Porthkennack covers books written by different authors about the same place.
For me it means even when books are approaching double figures they still retain that freshness first books in a series have, as each author puts their own ideas and spin to the stories. 

I didn't connect this book with Wake-Up C
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Jacque
I’ve read a few books in the Porthkennack series, however, Love at First Hate is my first by J.L. Merrow. I’ve really enjoyed her other works, so I just had to see what she was going to offer to Porthkennack. I honestly don’t think not having read the previous books has affected my ability to keep up with the going on of this book because at no point did I feel lost. A bit let down but never lost.

It’s kind of hard to get into a book when you’re not really into one of the main characters and Bran
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Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars

I really disliked Bran when he was introduced in his brother, Jory’s story, and truthfully, it took ages for my opinion of him to change and I was never completely swayed. He was arrogant, snobby and believed he was better than everyone else, and it wasn’t easy to feel any sympathy for him even when he was beaten, battered, bruised and hurting.

Sam, I absolutely loved. He was not only likable, but I really loved that he stood up to Bran and didn’t let Bran’s stature and power intimidate
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Sherry
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This novel follows Merrow’s One Under in the Porthkennack series, and while I liked it better than the previous book, it’s not without flaws.

Part of the problem with the story involves pacing. Ostensibly, it’s a romance between Bran, a wealthy and very uptight man whose passion project is a museum exhibition honoring Edward the Black Prince, and Sam, a down-on-his-luck academic who is hired as curator. However, the two men don’t even meet until well into the book. There’s a lot of setti
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MariF
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful addition to the series, at least the ones I've read by JL Merrow and Garrett Leigh.
I was unsure how the author can make Bran likable considering his snide and aloof personality and his awful treatment of Dev, but the author has managed to turn my dislike of the eldest Roscarrock brother to reluctant respect and even liking.
After flashbacks of what his father put him through, I'm surprised he could function at all without years of therapy and medications. He definitely n
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