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Love the One You Hate

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Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.
For good reason.

His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.

His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.

Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.

Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.

We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.

What’s worse?
He knows it.

They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.

One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.

332 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 4, 2020

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R.S. Grey

43 books11.4k followers
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five romantic comedies. She loves books, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband, two daughters, and dog. Visit her at rsgrey.com.

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Profile Image for Katerina.
422 reviews16.9k followers
May 9, 2020
Angst, longing and HEART (and a couple of tears)

Maren Mitchell – less than.
The world was never kind to Maren Mitchell. For years she’s been struggling to curve her place in a society that rejects her, and she’s come to anticipate one setback after the next. What she never anticipated was to be offered the chance to work at Rosethorn, a lush, Gilded Age mansion, owned by the powerful and disgustingly rich Cromwell family. Her employment, the time she spends with Cornelia Cromwell and the stuff, they are a dream coming true, an oasis in a life full of hardships. But there is someone threatening to shatter her glass castle, and turn her carriage to a pumpkin.

Nicholas Hunt.
Cornelia’s grandson is always suspicious when it comes to new people entering Rosethorn. But after a scandal that rattled their peace, his hackles are raised and he will not allow anyone to upset his grandmother again. Maren Mitchell reeks of danger. Of schemes. He has investigated her past, and he is sure she cannot be trusted. He will do anything to remove her from his family's estate. He will not be fooled by her luscious curves, her innocent smile, the way she’s hurt when he’s cruel. Or will he?

R.S. Grey is the source of constant surprise. She has always been my solace when I’m in need of romance to sweep me off my feet, and Love the One You Hate was no exception. It was an exception, though, to her funny – sexy – sweet golden rule, and in all honesty, that was a good thing. Because Love the One You Hate was an emotional roller-coaster. It was different from her previous books, more focused on wrecking hearts rather than showering with chuckles. Maren’s life, the way she was treated, constantly faced with extreme prejudice because she was a foster kid, it was a punch to the gut. Always condemned at first sight, losing opportunities for trusting the wrong people, for having the misfortune of being orphaned; she was a resilient character, practical, not eager to believe in fairytales. However, she found her fairy godmother in the face of an elderly woman who was tired of feeling lonely. She was dressed with fine clothes and glass slippers, she was the protégé of the queen of the realm, and even though she knew the dream was bound to end, she was for once content. Only Prince Charming was not so charming at first. He hated her, hated what he thought she represented. And overcome by fear, he hurt her. But something changed. His heart of ice melted and showed the kindness and the fire that burned brightly.
And this passion, it consumed them.

Decadent, luscious and spicy, Love the One You Hate is a modern fairytale, a whirlwind of anger, tenderness and passion. A story of many types of love, of family ties, of acceptance, set in a luxurious society, with lavish descriptions of fancy dresses, balls and charity events, of a life that seems far away yet so close thanks to the amount of soul R.S. Grey pours into her words, to the chemistry between Maren and Nicholas, to the slow-burning romance, to the scorching encounters and the small and big heartbreaks. You will read and read until your eyes sting. You will burn and bask in the glorious tension. You will finish it with tear stained cheeks.

And your heart will be full in an exhilarating way.

*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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1,031 reviews247 followers
May 7, 2020
Until this book, I have had a similar experience for each R.S. Grey book that I have read: I have loved them.Unfortunately, with this novel though, I didn't have that exact feeling. I did like it and it was still a good story but with her other novels, I felt like a madwoman racing through the pages because I couldn't get enough. With this novel, even though it was a good story, there was something missing that didn't have me fully attached.

If I was to compare this novel to anything, I'd say it's a mixture between "Pretty Woman", "Cinderella", and "Beauty and the Beast" (all stories that I LOVE). In respect to the plot, I think it was done well and I also loved the atmosphere of Rosethorn. As well, I loved the characters of Maren and Cornelia. Their relationship was heartwarming and that may have been the most enjoyable part of the novel for me. I did like the character of Nicholas and he did make a good male lead, but I didn't feel like we get to know much about him. This story seemed more focused around Maren so her character felt fully fleshed out but the romance felt more like a subplot and there weren't as many details regarding Nicholas.

I think my main issue with this story is that although I love a 'slow burn', this relationship took it to the extreme. There really wasn't much character interaction between the two main characters until the last quarter of the novel. I'm not solely talking 'romantic interactions' either, they just weren't together at all which made it difficult to connect to their overall romance.

Even though I didn't love this novel as much as I had hoped to, it was still an enjoyable read regardless. I can say with absolute certainty that I will continue to eagerly await each and every novel that R.S. Grey writes with anticipation.

***Thank you to the author R.S. Grey for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Profile Image for keira.
420 reviews174 followers
May 11, 2020
i read a review of someone saying this book was lacking that r.s grey magic and i couldn’t have put it better myself tbh

the romance was dull, i didn’t care for any of the characters, i didn’t really like Maren or Nicholas and i was disappointed in the writing bc i KNOW this isn’t her best work and i am sad

if this wasn’t one of my fav romcom authors then i would’ve undoubtedly dnf halfway through but i marched on ok

i see you r.s grey I SEE YOU
May 22, 2020
1.5 DNF Stars

Super boring. Couldn't get into it at all. Heroine and Hero don't have any real interactions or conversations, or even actually meet, until about 25% in, and only about 6 short conversations 60% in, which is when I quit. This book didn't even feel like a romance. It felt like a book about the heroine getting lucky and going from rags to riches, and also adjusted pretty well while leeching off of others with no shame.

No chemistry, no witty banter, and pretty insta love with how little times they actually see each other. Everything felt very forced, like the MCs didn't care for each other at all, we were just told it, and they just seemed like afterthoughts to each other. They were literally getting jealous of the other MC being seen or whatever with another person after like 2 super short interactions, it just didn't make sense.

This is definitely not the usual steamy slow burn or humor that RS Grey usually does. Instead all the scenes were filled with the heroine enjoying or discovering her new life, and her with side characters, that I really just didn't care for. Like do we really need multiple scenes of her playing tennis with the side character? Same character that felt pretty fake and befriended her way too fast IMO.

This is my 5th RS Grey book, and definitely my least favorite, which sucks because this is also my favorite cover of hers. Hopefully her next book makes up for it though...
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286 reviews217 followers
November 8, 2020
Aaw that epilogue left me with a big grin on my face. For whatever reason, this doesn't happen very often anymore which is why I'm bumping this otherwise 3.5* read to 4*.

As you might know, I'm a sucker for the having-prejudices type of stories, so I may be a bit biased but all in all, I'm quite happy with this book. Of course, I would have liked it more if the story's main focus were on the romance rather than on Maren finding herself but fortunately, the romance didn't come too short (as I initially feared it would be) so I'm okay with it.
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Author 11 books7,635 followers
July 7, 2021
Another solid romance from R.S. Grey. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved this so much I made a book trailer for it:

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1,142 reviews1,672 followers
June 15, 2020
Good story but a little underwhelming when it comes to the romance between the characters. Love the One You Hate gives you a Cinderella-enemies-to-lovers vibe as Maren Mitchell landed a new job and she has to live in a luxurious family. Cornelia Cromwell met Maren at a nursing home where she visits a friend and instantly had a soft spot to her. When Maren was wrongly accused for something she didn't do, Cornelia offered her a proposition to work in her place instead.

Maren's love interest is Cornelia's grandson, Nicholas Hunt. They had a bad impression with each other and Nicholas is against her. He thinks Maren is taking advantage of his grandmother's fortune. However, Maren proved she isn't an opportunist and does her job diligently. Of course Maren have dreams and she wants to achieve that and she's thankful for Cornelia's generosity. When Nicholas loosened up, apparently he's a protective, sweet and loyal guy. There isn't much drama and the chemistry between them just simmers. Maybe because Nicholas is away most of the time and the romance isn't developed. I wasn't convince by it and it was a letdown as an enemies to lovers fan. I'm craving for more tension and angst.
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375 reviews379 followers
August 7, 2020
i was literally thinking the other day about how much i am CRAVING another rs grey book. I manifested this. in which case, you're welcome.

but honestly, TAKE MY MONEY. all of rs grey books are truly chef's kiss, and i know this will be tooo
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598 reviews118 followers
May 1, 2020
Choked up, tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over is how I finished reading this book. Such a perfect read, ending in such a perfect way. Thank you Rachel for breathing and writing life into Nicholas, Maren and the rest of this fantastic set of characters who’ve stolen my heart.

Review will go online on May 7th. Stay tuned!!


Today (April 20th) is Cover + Synopsis reveal day, yassss!!!

Over on my blog > http://melissasfandomworld.com < I'm doing a cover reveal post later today, so come check it out! I think this is my favorite cover by RS Grey to this date and THAT synopsis!!! I'm so frigging excited to read this upcoming release. It looks SO GOOD! You definitely want to add this one to your TBR.
Profile Image for bruna.
229 reviews126 followers
May 4, 2020

Maren Mitchell is definitely the star of this book. She captured me from the very first pages and it was amazing to see her making friends, traveling and believing in herself. I loved how determined, smart and strong she was even when people doubted her time and time again. ⁣

Nicholas Hunt was grumpy in the sweetest kind of way because he was only like that to protect his family and friends better. I loved how close he was to his grandma and his friends, especially Tori. Their interactions were one of this book's highlights for sure. ⁣

Also, it was incredible to see that he used all his knowledge and wealth to work with an Innocence Project. It's not common to see privileged white characters really caring and working about this stuff, so he definitely earned a few brownie points because of that. ⁣

I liked the side characters a LOT. Cornelia Cromwell helped Maren in a way that's just indescribable. It was never about the money, but the real compassion Cornelia felt for her. She was the mother Maren unfortunately didn't have during her teenage years. Their interactions were beautiful and really moved me. ⁣

However, what made me a little disappointed with the book was the lack of romance. I was expecting a book heavily focused on the "enemies to lovers" trope, but it was more about Maren's journey on finding herself and building the courage to chase her dreams. ⁣

Obviously there's nothing wrong with this plot and I loved to witness Maren’s growth, it's just that I kept waiting for more romantic scenes and I didn’t get them, so that kinda ruined the mood for me at times. This is the common case of "it's not you, it's me" hahahaha⁣

Besides that, this was an amazing book, full of sweet and funny characters that will make you swoon and wish you were living in a big mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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310 reviews1 follower
May 3, 2020
This is a sad, sad day everyone. A VERY SAD ONE. The dreaded day has come: I've finally hit a wall with R.S. Grey and I am SO FUCKING SAD about it.

I've said this before and it won't change: RS Grey is a queen when it comes to rom-com... BUT, lately I've found myself not connecting with her books and I feel it's because they don't change that much between one and other and, also, because the character growth is almost non-existent. And hey, maybe that's just me.

When I started reading this book it felt like I was going back to the things I liked about her stories, but as I kept reading, I realize I wasn't. We have the usual poor girl with lots of problems (most of them related to money) and we have the (yet again) super rich guy. It seems like he hates her from the very first second he lays eyes on her and she doesn't even know why... These two characters' interactions are very small and short, so we don't truly see how it could possibly become something else. The only thing I liked about this whole story was Maren's and Cornelia's relationship, because I was actually able to see how it grow and I could actually feel how much both cared about each other, but that was pretty much it.

I'm truly sad. I was super excited to read this book because it sounded like her old ones, like something that was going to cause a whole lot of emotions, but it never did.

I might just need a little bit of space. *Sigh*
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507 reviews638 followers
June 14, 2020
Last few books by RS Grey were disappointing so I don't know if my expectations got lower or her writing got back to her standard. Either way after a long time I enjoyed her book. This one especially felt like a watching a romantic movie, it was light and heart-warming at the same time. If the chemistry between Maren and Nicholas were stronger, it would be a perfect read.
The cover is probably my favorite but I don't think it is fitting for the story.
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2,434 reviews4,592 followers
May 7, 2020

R.S. Grey is the best in enemies to lovers romance and this one was so good!Whenever I start a book of her she makes my mood!

I love her writing and her characters are fantastic!I loved the teasing between Nicholas and Maren, they have a great chemistry!And it has slow burn so another plus!

Overall it was a great read!


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371 reviews245 followers
May 10, 2020

I liked this one, especially the first half was really good, then it went a bit predictable and too comfortable for my liking. I didn't see enough of the "hate" for me to believe they actually disliked each other except the first two interactions. After that it was clear they were attracted to each other and were already in the "lust-love" phase. Still a great book and would recommend, but if you're a fan of R.S. Grey like myself, it was nothing new from this author.
May 6, 2020
This book kind of reminded me the old harlequin romances. The rich rude stuck up H and poor beautiful h. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t have the harlequin charm.

The h is very poor who is suddenly appointed as a companion to a very rich old woman. I doubt the word companion as the h is living like a princess there. She has no work to do except accompany the old woman to balls , eat food with her etc. She gets to wear the best dresses. Living in the best suite. I hardly think this was a job and so does the h.
The H is the old woman’s grandson. He hates the h even before seeing her. He thinks she is a leech taking advantage of his grandmother. And honestly I was not at all offended by his rude behavior towards the h. Of course, he will be doubtful about the h. She has criminal records. Plus when he sees her first time she is wearing his mother’s necklace (which the grandmother made her wear).

The story is very simple. Hate turns to love. Fairy tale romance of poor girl getting her rich prince. The road to HEA is filled with drama, which was useless and boring.

Sorry this is definitely not my book. I have read better books with similar plots.
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875 reviews84 followers
September 17, 2021
For some reason, I couldn't really feel the romance between the main characters. Maren literally went from rags to riches and the plot was getting a bit unbelievable. Nicholas's grandmother was way too generous and Maren just kept on accepting her charity. Nicholas and Maren didn't have any witty banters, they just met two or three times before developing feelings for each other and the insta-love was hard to accept but I guess they kind of got cute after the 78% mark.
This feels more like Maren's lifestory because I felt like I knew about her way more than Nicholas. His side of the story should also have been focused on maybe then the book would have made up to the four star mark for me.
Overall, it wasn't bad and the epilogue really put a huge grin on my face but it wasn't the best this author has written.
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510 reviews38 followers
June 2, 2022
2.75 stars
I REALLY ENJOYED the first 31% of this book but after chapter 13 or 14 it just became boring and I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters especially Nicolas. So I skimmed all the way to the end.
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3,466 reviews472 followers
October 22, 2020
i enjoyed this one
there are a couple of books by this author I didn't like but overall she is an author I have read almost all of her books and usually enjoyed it very much..
if you are looking for some light, could easily be rom com movie books - check this author out!!
Profile Image for Jan.
894 reviews175 followers
May 15, 2020
DNF at about 45%. I read enough to give it 2 'it was ok' stars, but I couldn't be bothered reading anymore. The billionaire and the poor woman trope is OK, but for me this book wasn't really working. The way that the heroine ended up employed by and living with the hero's grandmother just seemed ridiculous and unbelievable to me. Perhaps there's some big reveal later that explains why it happened so suddenly, but sadly, I just wasn't engaged enough with the characters to want to read on and find out why.

I didn't enjoy the descriptions of the hero's grandmother's OTT overdecorated old-money Gilded Age mansion. It came across as slightly tacky to me rather than sumptuous and lovely. So that didn't work for me either.

I have really enjoyed some books by this writer, but others haven't worked for me. Sadly this was one in the latter category. Many others may enjoy though, so go right ahead and try it for yourself. This one just wasn't for me.
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Author 1 book72 followers
July 20, 2022
I really didn't like this. These characters were immature and kind of bland....really forgettable. And this plot would have worked if it wasn't as cliche as the author made it out to be.
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320 reviews123 followers
May 7, 2020
Won’t rate since I didn’t finish got to chapter 13 and I just couldn’t go on. It was just boring for me. It took me so long to read and I really tried
Profile Image for Ashley.
501 reviews229 followers
May 7, 2020
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

It’s no secret I love R.S. Grey’s books – she’s one of my very favorite authors for a fun read! This book is reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice (so I’m told, I haven’t actually read it myself – ha!). I love how this book started out with a young girl (Maren) being swept away from her stressful and underprivileged life by a mysterious elderly benefactor. Little does Maren know, Cornelia’s grandson is about to make her life a living hell!

Usually, Grey’s books are a guaranteed four or five stars for me, but unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the connection I hoped to with Love the One You Hate. This book seemed a bit scattered and unorganized for my tastes. It was less about the enemies to lovers trope and more about Maren’s day to day, until the very end of the story. I also wasn’t a big fan of the scenes with the random character from Maren’s past in the latter half of the story either. It felt unnecessary and thrown in for moments of forced character growth.

I was bummed the majority of the love story in this book was contained to the epilogue. This made the novel feel rushed and, honestly, a bit disappointing. There were some funny moments in this story, though fewer than we’re accustomed to. I’m chalking this one up to the author finishing up the book during a stressful time in our world. We can’t win them all and I will still eagerly be picking up anything and everything R.S. Grey releases in the future.
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355 reviews642 followers
May 16, 2020
This was.....good.....but definitely not one of R.S. Grey's best.

There was something lacking overall. The romance fell flat (but I wouldn't even consider romance to be at the focus of this book anyway). Dare I say it felt kind of insta-lovey. There was really no tension or any major conflict either? I was expecting a build up to some huge problem....but there was none. The ending was rushed....like it cut off out of nowhere. This one definitely lacked flavor and it kind of explains how R.S. Grey writes like one book every few months 🥴.

Now that I've shat on it enough, the three stars are mainly for the relationship between Maren and Cornelia. I love the found family trope and I thought the way these two ladies found solace, comfort, and friendship in each other was so special. I also loved Maren's character development. Throughout her time at Rosethorn she grew from someone insecure and unsure of her life to someone who found confidence and was brave enough to aim for her dreams. This dynamic was very well done and I actually found myself wanting to read more about it than the romance. I actually feel like R.S. Grey might've been trying to attempt something kind of new with this.

Overall, this was a pretty light and easy read. If you need an in-between book then I'd definitely recommend this one.
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1,414 reviews250 followers
April 30, 2020
I enjoyed this one! I read this in one sitting and had a good time reading it. While it does have romance in it, I saw the romance as a subplot. However, I actually liked that! We got to see our main character, Maren, grow as a person and realize that she had so much to offer and was more than her past.

I really liked Maren. She was easily likable and someone that you wanted to root for. Her past was hard and she kept getting judged for it by people who didn’t take the time to know her. She got a very good opportunity from an older woman named Cornelia. Which leads us to her love interest, Nicholas, as he is her grandson.

Nicholas in the beginning, of course, came off rude. He was trying to get rid of Maren because he was unsure if she was trying to take advantage of his grandma. Once we got to know him and see him falling for Maren, I couldn’t help but adore him.

Like I said before, this does have a romance between Maren and Nicholas. It was done well and they had some steamy times between them. With that, my favorite part about this book was Maren learning about what she wanted from life and that she deserved good things to happen to her.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and hope that ya’ll pick this up when it releases!

I received an ARC via the author for an honest review.

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1,369 reviews104 followers
May 7, 2020
3.5 stars rounded up because I really liked the first 50% of this book.

"I live by your breath." I absolutely adored all of the little words of love that Nicholas spoke to Maren after he realized how much he had fallen. He was trying to convince her they belonged together, even if it wasn't clear how this would work. They were from completely different worlds, and yet they came together seamlessly.

Maren is a girl that bounced around from foster home to foster home after her parents died and Nicholas is American Royalty. Maren had some run ins with the law when she was younger, so she carries a stigma with her. When Nicholas learns his grandma has taken on a new employee/companion, he doesn't hide his opinion. Nicholas isn't very nice, he has dug into Maren's background and has reservations with her being in their family home. Once he meets her and day by day starts to get to know her better, you can see his opinions change.

I saw a bunch of Pride and Prejudice resemblances and couldn't put the book down. The ending felt a little rushed, and it fell a little short for me. I really loved Nicholas' character but Maren became a little confusing towards the end, and bringing in her friend was supposed to show character growth, I think, but it just left me confused.
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695 reviews468 followers
May 8, 2020
I'm a HUGE fan of R.S. Grey's books. I've never read one that I didn't love, and thankfully this was no exception. I felt this one was a bit different than her others, mainly because the romance wasn't the focus for the majority of the book, like it usually is. This story was much more about Maren and her daily life than it was an enemies-to-lovers romance. The romance was mainly only at the end. But since I wasn't looking for a full-on romance, this story was really enjoyable to me. Another great book by one of my favorite authors!
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