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The author of the “hilarious...joyful, elegant” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) To Have and to Hoax returns with an effervescent, charming, and swoon-worthy novel about a man and woman who never agree on anything—until they agree to a no-strings-attached affair in this Regency-era romp.

The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous am
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Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Atria Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is cure to my bleeding soul and dark, sulking mood! It’s not chicken soup but it’s definitely quite lovely, refreshing, brightening vaccine to rejuvenate me! All we need is now to read this kind of sweet, swoon, smart, entertaining books to energize us, putting genuine smile to our faces, motivating us to get through our moody, grumpy natures ( grumpy already became my first name after surviving through 2020 and I’m counting my days to get rid of that bitch! )

A brief introduction to the s
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Lily Herman
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know about y'all, but between the pandemic and the upcoming U.S. election, I just can't emotionally handle anything other than romance novels that make me feel a bit emo. And lucky for me, Martha Waters' upcoming release To Love and to Loathe is cuuuuute AF and easily satisfies my never-ending quest for tension-filled enemies-to-lovers stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed Martha Waters' debut novel To Have and to Hoax (such excellent dialogue!), and I feel like To Love and to Loathe really built
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Chloe Liese
Thank you to Atria and NetGalley for this advance review copy; all opinions are my own! Full review with quotes included to come closer to Pub Day but for now...

Everything I liked about To Have and to Hoax was even stronger in To Love and to Loathe. Sharp banter, dynamic characters, fast-paced and deliciously domestic setting. There's something cozy about Waters' writing--while she keeps the narrative moving and engages you with the plot, you know you can rest easy in her hands, that happily eve
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
The mighty fall.
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I think it will be tough for this author to follow up on her first book but this story is a wonderful addition to her series. With delightful characters that seem to come alive, they capitulate you right into the story.

Do you know those personalities that just love to pick on and annoy each other? Regardless if it’s a love or hate situation you know those types of people. In this story, the title speaks for itself.

Delightful banter, teasing, and manipulation to the
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD I'M OBSESSEDDDDDD.

Okay....As you may remember, I had been sent a link to an e-galley for To Have and To Hoax late last year and almost passed it up because I had never read a historical romance before. Long story short I picked it up on a whim, devoured it in a day and have since went back to read different passages over and over again.

When I found out that this book was being written, I prowled the author's social media pages and NetGalley/Edelweiss for the day that I woul
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Being called an idiot by Diana was better than any of Lady Helen's flattery—or, indeed, any other compliment he'd ever received.


On my blog.

Rep: lesbian character

There’s nothing quite like picking up a book you know you’re going to love, for whatever reason. I knew, going into To Love and To Loathe, that I was going to enjoy it, given how much I loved To Have and To Hoax. It follows two of the characters I desperately wanted to see more of after the first book, and develops their relation
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rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]
AHHHH I GOT AN ARC!

I am ready to sell my kidney for this beauty. The first book was amazing and how a romance novel should be done and I can't wait for this!

#1 [ To Have and to Hoax ] ★★★★☆

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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Ashlee Bree
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Only a fool could find anything to loathe about this book.

What we have here is droll and scrumptious. It's pure chocolate-y goodness for the soul. It's full of all the fluffy, scintillating, one-two jabs you need from a historical romance featuring two bantering idiots who have been at odds; who have been dancing around each other on tiptoes, pecking at each other like two teasing mules, "facing off" in society's trenches for years and years!

I am telling you that you will not regret a single mo
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Ilhaam
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
enemies-to-lovers. violet and audley. jeremy being soft. his grandma🤠. everyone being funny. is there another reason for anyone to want to read this?
(now gimme Emily and Julian’s book😈)

read as an arc provided by the publisher. this has no effect on my rating or review.
Breanna
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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ARC provided by Atria Books through NetGalley.

To Have and to Hoax was a gem of a book that I had happened upon last year and ended up absolutely thrilling me. I knew immediately after finishing that I would read whatever else Martha Waters wrote, and I’m so pleased that To Love and to Loathe shines just as bright as it’s predecessor.

The only thing better than the promise of a frenemies-to-lovers situation, it’s when said book delivers successfully on that
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Trianna/Treereads
Oct 31, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF @55% I could possibly see myself coming back to this one, but I just did not care about anything going on. This book reminds me of why I thought I did not like historical romance. I did like some of the themes that were going on that subvert the classic HR tropes, but I could not get into the story.
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

The excellent follow up to ‘To Have and to Hoax’, we follow the widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham who are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation.

After an argument ensues that turns into a serious wager—Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. Shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy’s country estate, Diana is shocked whe
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Kristin
3.5 rounded up

To Love and to Loathe is the follow up to Martha Waters' debut To Have and to Hoax. It features all the same cast of characters, but focuses on the relationship between the young, wealthy widow, Diana, and Jeremy, a second son who inherited his title after the tragic death of his older brother. Diana is the younger sister of Jeremy's Eton friend, and they've always an underlying attraction, each masked with teasing disdain for each other.


Jeremy has a reputation as a rake and wastre
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
oh yes. oh yes yes yes. after the pettiness of To Have and to Hoax, I am very ready for this ...more
Mere
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria (the publisher) for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me preface this by saying I enjoyed the first book in this series. I thought Waters had an interesting take on Regency Romance. It was a fun adventure, the first book. I remember laughing out loud during the entire book, and being unable to put it down. Thus, I was VERY excited when I heard that there was going to be a second one about Diana and Jeremy. I knew that I had to read it, an
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Allison
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I got really into historical romances in 2020 because, like some of you I’m sure, I wanted a momentary escape from reality. I’ve always loved stories, whether books or shows or movies, that take place in the 19th century and during the Regency period (Pride and Prejudice will forever be a favorite of mine). So, with all of that, I was so thrilled that I received an advanced copy of Waters’ upcoming release, To Love and to Loathe.

I LOVED her first book, To Have and to Hoax, and I absolutely ADOR
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jaz
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
rep: lesbian side character

i'm completely obsessed with this gang. what's this sound? surely not me opening to have and hoax for a re-read...

this is the perfect book to pick up if you're in need of a light-hearted story that makes you laugh and snort to yourself alone in your bedroom. in the usual waters fashion, this is about two absurd, impossible people trying to rile each other up at every opportunity. which is a very interesting dynamic considering this is a friends with benefits romance. d
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Enemies-to-lovers can be fun, especially if written in a witty manner with sparkling dialogue and heartfelt characters (as with Pride and Prejudice). And although the writing here with To love and To Loathe is fine, I found I didn't get invested in the plot at all. It lacked the likeable characters of Pride and Prejudice while also missing the bite and lessons of the repartee in Dangerous Liaisons. Several scenes just
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Living My Best Book Life
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
To Love and to Loathe is an enemies to lovers regency romance filled with witty banter. Martha Waters' characters are complex and clever never leaving a dull moment in the read.

The story centers around Diana, Lady Templeton, and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham. To say that they don't get along would be an understatement. They have always pushed each other's buttons and enjoy seeing the other squirm. So, no one expected them to ever be cordial let alone enter into a 'friends with benefits' type o
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Monika
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diana, Lady Templeton is a widow, but she is strong-headed and precocious. She sassy and never apologises for asking what she wants. Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham is charmingly famous for his flirtatious affairs. He is a likeable character one can never say no to *wink wink*. One night at a Regency Era Ball, Diana and Jeremy go head-to-head and make a bet that if Jeremy gets married within a year Diana will have to forfeit a 100 pounds. Later, Jeremy comes to Diana with a rather untraditional p ...more
Nadia
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay so I’m first going to state that everyone who loves historical romance will like this book. Those who do please read the book and ignore my review.
I used to love historical romance but I can safely state that I’m not a big fan of it anymore. The problem was that the story was tedious at times. It took me a long time to finish. I was so happy to be done. I feel bad stating that but it’s true. Sorry to the author! The main character of Diana grated on my nerves. I thought she was a horrible
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Leslie Ann
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marth Waters does it again! This author made me rediscovered my love for historical romance when I read To Have and to Hoax at the beginning of the year. I have to admit I was a little worried that book 2 wouldn't live up to the hype I had built up in my head, but I shouldn't have doubted one of my new favorite authors. To Love and to Loathe was simply amazing! All of the wittiness from book 1 was alive and well in this book. So many swoon-worthy moments between Diane and Jeremy. I also loved ho ...more
Terry
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unique and fun with loads of witty banter. Enjoyable and entertaining read.
Ceylan (CeyGo)
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
To Have And To Hoax is definitely one of my favourite books of 2020. It came at a time, right at the beginning of the pandemic, when I needed something light and fun, and I laughed so much reading it .

To Love and To Loathe is the sequel and it will be coming out in April 2021 . It is a delightful romance and I really enjoyed this and read it in one afternoon ! I loved Jeremy and Diana. They were so fun to read about.



Thank you to Simon Schuster Canada for an advance reader copy of to Love and To
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dina
Jul 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
I absolutely loved James and Violet's book so I'm excited for Jeremy and Diana since the breadcrumbs we had in to have or to hoax......the flavour is there i can see it ...more
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India Holton
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored To Have and To Hoax with all my heart, so To Love and To Loathe had some pretty high expectations to meet. And meet them it did. I loved this book! How much I loved it came as a bit of a surprise, because although I found Diana and Jeremy fun in TH&TH, they weren't exactly the kind of people I usually resonate with. I thought I was likely to enjoy their story but not especially connect to the characters.

But I did! They turned out to be such interesting and heart-rich people, which of co
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Caden
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars!

A huge thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for sending me an E-ARC for an honest review.

I was super excited to read this book. I heard really good things about it, and I am always a fan of Historical Romance.

I did really enjoy reading this book, however, I did not love it as much as I wanted to. I think the reason it turned out to be 3 stars instead of 4 stars was that I felt bored in some areas of the book. The plot was not as fast paced as I wanted. I really only found myself
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Samantha Hastings
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There’s so much to love and nothing to loathe in this book!

Diana wagers 100 pounds that Jeremy will be wed within a year (they’re both friends from TO HAVE AND HOAX). He accepts the bet and offers her another deal: a no-strings attached love affair. A recent lover complained about his prowess in the bedroom and he’s eager for an honest opinion. Neither Diana (already widowed) or Jeremy are interested in marriage, but the more they reveal of their true selves to each other, the more they realize
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Jess
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you Atria Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC and the opportunity to read and review early.

Okay, I have read a lot of Regency-era books and romances in the past but it's been a while. Maybe a year or so. This one sounded really fun – enemies to lovers, and based on the cover I expected it to be more of a rom-com than a romance.

Light spoilers ahead.

The premise was solid, but I found the execution a little bland. Widowed Diana seeks out a lover to indicate to other men that she's open for cour
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Martha Waters is the author of To Have and to Hoax and To Love and to Loathe. She was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. By day, she works as a children's librarian, and loves sundresses, gin cocktails, and traveling. Sign up for her newsletter for periodic book news and reading & travel recs: http://tinyletter.com/marthawat ...more

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