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On the Corner of Love and Hate

(Hopeless Romantics #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 ratings  ·  487 reviews
For fans of Christina Lauren and Lauren Layne comes a delightfully sassy and sexy romance about a campaign manager who reluctantly works with the local Lothario to help revamp his image for the upcoming mayoral elections, only to discover that he’s hiding something that can turn both their lives upside down.

What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking char
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Anytime I was alone with him, which was why I actively avoided it, I was transported back to that eleven-year-old girl who realized that the belly flutters she got when he walked in wasn’t a lactose allergy but her first full-blown crush. At twenty-eight, those feelings didn’t remain, but the reminder of what they felt like did.

”ON THE CORNER OF LOVE AND HATE” is a frenemies-to-lovers romance which takes in the political arena. This book cre
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

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Enemies to lovers… it’s a troupe that I adore. There’s a fine line between love and hate… Cooper and Emma walk that line non-stop. They used to be the best of friends growing up. Now, they’re more like nemesis than friends.

Emma and Cooper work together, but lately Cooper hasn’t been pulling his weight. He’s running for Mayor and has a ton on his plate. Emma’s dad is the current Mayor and is endorsing Cooper. Emma decides to help Cooper even though being around him more isn’t somethi
Whitney Atkinson

There's nothing wrong with this book; it's sassy and brooding and cute, but I found it to be worryingly average, and on top of that, 100% of it is focused on the main characters' jobs. This is a sensitive year for me to be reading workplace romances, and for this book to have absolutely no reprieve from the everyday grind that is these characters' hard job, I found it laborious to read because there were no fun or cute scenes to chop up the down-to-business gritty scenes that were often diffi
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
Two adult children of prominent politicians. A love/hate relationship that spawned from a childhood friendship gone wrong. A work relationship where one person is super organized and the other is a flake. What could possibly go wrong? This was a cute, quirky story that reminded me a lot of The West Wing with lots of political content. If you were a fan of that show, and liked the drama side of things, you would probably enjoy this. I particularly liked Emma, the type A overachieving heroine, who ...more
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Dating is like shopping the clearance racks: you sift through a lot of pretty yet questionable items in the hope of lucking out and finding that one perfect outfit. The same could be said about the men I’d been with lately.

EMMA THOUGHT: For a hopeless romantic, you’re awfully hopeless.

Anytime I was alone with him, which was why I actively avoided it, I was transported back to that eleven-year-old girl who realized that the belly flutters she got when he walked in wasn’t a lactose
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳Finished in one sitting! Review coming soon!

➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Sylvain Reynard
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended. This has a great cast of characters, local politics, and a couple you'll cheer for.
Nina writes with charm and good humour and her characters leap from the page.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, netgalley
Emmanuelle (Emma) and Cooper were friends growing up, but their friendship mostly ended during their college years. After college, they both returned to their hometown of Hope Lake. Now, they both work for the community development office. Emma once wanted more than friendship from Cooper, but that desire ended and their friendship never recovered.

A frenemies to lovers story. Emma is a workaholic who loves to be organized and in control. She is single and occasionally dates, but she keeps her sc
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I had to get my hands on this book! The cover is to DIE for!!

I was excited to read this due to the enemies to lovers premise. I think I've figured out this is my favorite type of romance :).

This was a tad bit of slow burn for me and I don't usually do well with slow burn novels. I wish that the relationship between Cooper and Emma had more chemistry throughout the story. It was lacking big time for me in this particular area and just couldn't connect with either one of them.

I also am not a big
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Emma Peroni is a 28 yr. old woman from a small town in northern Pennsylvania called Hope Lake. Her dad is the mayor, and she herself has a government job as well. She worked in an office together with her childhood friend Cooper Endicott. They were considered the home base for the town, and had their hand in pretty much everything. When emergencies happened, they fixed them, but lately Emma finds herself picking up most of the slack since Cooper is busy runnin
Sandra Hoover
On the Corner of Love and Hate is a small town, enemies-to-lovers romance featuring childhood friends turned enemies Emma Peroni and Cooper Endicott. Emma's father (outgoing mayor) talks her into being Cooper's campaign manager in an effort to revamp his shady ladies-man image and help him get elected as the next town mayor. Emma reluctantly agrees to it even though she continues to hold a long-time grudge against the man who once broke her heart. As they begin working together, the sarcastic re ...more
Emma Peroni works in the Community Development Office (CDO) in the small town of Hope Lake. She works with her childhood friend Cooper Campbell-Endicott, who is now running for office as mayor of Hope Lake. Cooper has a political pedigree; his mother is governor. He's the beloved golden boy of Hope Lake. But he also has a playboy reputation, and his opponent, Kirby, is capitalizing on it. If Cooper loses, Kirby will set back all the progress of the CDO in Hope Lake. So the current mayor--who jus ...more
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Type: Standalone book 1 of Hopeless Romantics series
POV: First Person - Female

Emmanuelle (Emma) Peroni loved her small town. As a local government employee, she dedicated her time in helping to make Hope Lake thrive. With the upcoming mayoral election, the town was abuzz with candidate Cooper Endicott’s not-so-savory past exploits. She was strategically roped in to help his public image and political campaign. The only problem was they couldn’t
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
rounded down to 3.5 stars

I finally got a chance to read this one after having download issues with the widget, and I'm really glad that I read it! I love enemies to lovers tropes and Nina Bocci did a great job with this one. This was my first time reading Bocci's book but it definitely won't be my last.

Emma and Coopper used to be childhood friends but now that they're adults, they definitely aren't, especially as Copper is preparing to take over as mayor, the job her father has held for years. E
A poor little rich boy known for his womanising ways needs someone to keep him in hand. After all, his mayoral ambitions are in jeopardy. Who better to do so, than a longtime friend who always had the hots for him but was cruelly subject to his numerous hookups over the years, to become his campaign manager and keep him on the straight and narrow for better media reception of the reformed manwhore?

That should have been my warning sign.

Some books do get better as you go on. For others, you get a
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nina Bocci Fan, Romance
3.25 Angst, Push/Pull Stars
* * *1/4 Spoiler Free
I was introduced to Nina Bocci's writing skill when she teamed up with Alice Clayton on a terrific book called Roman Crazy. I saw flair and talent and I am so happy to say Nina Bocci still has it. Her writing style works and when she wants to make you feel, you do.

In this new book and series, she has made a small-town wonder chalked full of interesting secondary characters really adding to the tale.

The core of the story is about two people who dee
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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On the Corner of Love and Hate is an enemies/frenemies to lovers type of story and follows Emma and Cooper. These two were once childhood friends that eventually grew apart after some heartbreak and now turned enemies. This is a trope that I can completely get on board with and I always love the tension that comes from stories like this. Unfortunately in this book that tension was a little too much and it never seemed to end.

Emma is a workaholic that's left running
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The first time this one caught my eye was when I saw it being compared to one of my favorite author duos, Christina Lauren. I was obviously excited to see that comparison because I seriously can’t get enough of rom coms lately, especially theirs, but this was really nothing like a CL book. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t bad at all, it definitely had its own redeeming qualities, but anyone expecting a similar book will be disappointed.

One of the aspects that worked really well for me here was th
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Mixed feelings here... 3.5 Stars
The title captured me because I think we all have those feelings where we love and hate someone at the same time. This book certainly proved that point because I also had a love-hate affair with it.

This book was a little complicated in that Emma and Cooper were best friends. However he broke her heart twice in her tender years and she never forgave him.

On one hand she was helpful and kind, but on the other hand she was angry, bitchy, and mean. Whil
Aug 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*DNF @ 33%*

I told myself that if I made it to 30% and it didn’t get better, I would DNF.

I got to 30%. It didn’t get better. So I’m DNFing.

That’s the review.
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Personally I find enemies-to-lovers to be the most fun type of romance to read, because I love that tension when the main characters think they are at odds, but I just know something is brewing between them! I also love when they realize they are attracted to one another, and that they challenge one another to be a better version of themselves. This was no exception!

Emma is the daughter to the Mayor of Hope Lake (which is an adorable town nestled between a lake and a mountain that I definitely w
alana ♡
Unfortunately, this book didn't do it for me.

I was excited when this book was pitched for fans of Christina Lauren books, but I can definitely say that that's really not the case. This had more of a Hallmark movie feel to it rather than a super hot/intense romance like Christina Lauren's books. I found myself bored throughout majority of this book because politics played such a huge role in the plot. If there was a little less politics and a lot more romance/tension between the two characters I
DNF@ 55ish%

Even though I love Nina Bocci's writing style and would most definitely read another book written by her, I'm not feeling On the Corner of love and Hate. Like, at all. I'm having a difficult time relating to either character and subsequently, I finding them both a bit unlikeable. I'd like to see Emma grow a pair and expect more from the folks around her. Cooper may turn out to be a likeable guy, but with his POV being excluded from the story, he comes off as childish and irresponsible
Laura In  Literary Land
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
|Thank you @netgalley @gallerybooks #partner|

On The Corner Of Love And Hate is set in the fictional small town of Hope Lake during a mayoral election. Hope Lake is written beautifully and becomes a character of its own. If a place like Hope Lake truly exists, let me know because I desperately want to move there. Nestled between the waterfront and the mountain, this town is quaint, charming, and picturesque.

Emma and Cooper are kind of like Hope Lake royalty. They grew up as best friends in Hope
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
book bruin
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an amazing start to the Hopeless Romantics series! I really enjoyed this childhood friends to enemies to lovers slow burn romance! On the Corner of Love and Hate will have you laughing out loud one moment and then tearing up the next. It's relatable and heartfelt and I fell completely in love with Hope Lake and its residents.

Emmanuelle (Emma) and Cooper have a complicated history. I couldn't wait to find out what drove these once best friends apart. Sparks fly as they bicker and verbally sp
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
3-3,5 stars

This is a frenemies to lovers story.I enjoyed the small town set up and the atmosphere.The romance was great and the characters good. I didn't feel connected to the characters and this was my main problem.


"He might have been the single most irritating person in the world to me, but still, I could appreciate his appearance."

I'm sad that I didn't like it a lotbutI'm definitely going to read her next book!


Susan's Reviews
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
So - this story was unnecessarily long and drawn out. Why two intelligent young people can't communicate is totally beyond me. The misunderstanding trope rarely does well these days, what with all the straight talking the youth of today are embracing (about time, too!) Some pages were difficult to get through. I felt like I was walking through quicksand, which was a shame because this writer has talent. There are too many words cluttering up the action. Oh, did I say action? What action: these t ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Rated 3.5 Stars

I struggled with On The Corner of Love and Hate in the beginning but it grew on me. It's a mash up of a few things, women's fiction, contemporary small town romance, friends to lovers and enemies to lovers with a political bent. It's also sweet with a bit of humor. I liked it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
Okay... Let's see how this review goes.

As the synopsis says, Emma is asked by her father to help reform Cooper's image and help him with the campaign.

That being said, this started happening from chapter 9. The first 8 chapters were there to, I guess, set the tone of the story. I just wonder why it took so long. At the moment, I remember loving those first few chapters. It wasn't until all the campaign strategies started happening that I started to lose interest, mainly due to the fact that I fel
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Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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