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Hate Thy Neighbor

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,477 ratings  ·  476 reviews
An Enemies-to-Lovers Standalone Romance.

Fresh out of a failed engagement, Olivia Hales is in dire need of a fresh start. Tired of being the charming and accommodating girl that always gets stomped on, she’s determined to change her outlook on life.

When she finds her dream job in a small town in California, she thinks she’s finally found her place in life. That is, until s
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published July 27th 2020 (first published 2020)
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Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it

1.5 Stars

So, this is one of those books where the main leads completely ruin the vibe of the entire book for me.

Olivia is in her twenties; she just broke up with her fiancé and moved into a new town. There she meets her brooding neighbor Ronan. Let me rephrase that, HOT brooding neighbor. She tries to strike polite conversations with him, but he always shut her up by a complete jackass. BUT that did not stop Olivia from still trying to embarrass herself.

Even though it practically kills
❤️ Nanda ❤️
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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Hate is definitely a word as much strong as Love.

Since this book starts with Hate, I'll tell what I didn't liked in it first (I didn't hate anything, but I could've pass without a few things).

Olivia is looking for a fresh start after the break-up of her six year engagement. She's new in the city, in her job and in the neighborhood.
She's super excited to be independent for the first time in her life.
That's until her first encounter with her hot nextdoor neighbor Roman.
3 stars

I’m always looking for a new enemies to lovers book and I’ve been meaning to check out S.M. Soto so when I saw Hate Thy Neighbor was available on audio, I picked it up straight away. There was a lot I liked about, and a few things I wasn’t crazy about. This one was a bit of a mixed bag for me.

Our hero, Roman, was such a jerk at times. Once I heard more of his story I liked him more, but he rubbed me the wrong way the first half (least). I liked Olivia for the most part but I didn’t lov
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was actually looking forward to this coming out. It looked like a really cute story. Until I realized that he is bringing home random women to f@&$, still, even at 50% of the way through the book. It really hurt the heroine because she likes him,and as his neighbor she has to watch all of this. Their bedrooms are teen feet apart, so of course there was the gratuitous scene where she watches him with a woman and masterbates 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 Continuing the trend that all the crap authors have been going w ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
when i say this one sentence, “𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝘀𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗲.. 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿.” sums up my entire mood for the book, i mean it.

i’m all about enemies to lovers and hate to love relationships, but if they are done really well.
to be honest, i was actually excited about this book because let’s be real the cover and the blurb represent a good summer read and even though the book did start off well, but around half way through the book i had gotten so annoyed and frustrated with the same thing over
C.L. Matthews
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Laugh-out-loud, swoony, with a dash of arrogance, this next door neighbor hate story is exactly what you need to fulfill your angsty RomCom needs.
Kim Whitehead
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and exciting book! The bantering and jokes made for a fun read! But the emotional journey was so touching! Hate turned to love! And lollipops have a new meaning! S.M. Soto has touched my heart! Five fantastic stars for this fantastic story!!
Book Maniac Forever

⭐️ 4 "Sunshine" Stars ⭐️
"𝙔𝙤𝙪'𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙚. 𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨, 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙩𝙝 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙫𝙚𝙨."
Hate Thy Neighbor was so entertaining! The palpable pull between Roman and Olivia was electrifying all read long and I was dying for them to jump each other already, lol! While the book started a little slow for me, I loved where the story went with a profound story line.

I’ll admit right away that the reason I didn’t rate this novel hi
Vanessa (When Vane Reads)
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book is soooo good, and so addicting, absolutely brilliant. Hate thy neighbor is a emotional, passionate and fun romance that captivated me from start to end. When Olive comes to live in her new house, she meets the jerk and sexy neighbor Rome who makes life impossible for her, and despite being so asshole to her, all the other neighbors love Roman.

I laughed out loud with their first encounters and the pranks they make to each other, but despite everything, the electrifying chemistry betwe
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
hate thy neighbor??? nah hun, more like hate thy book.

"Didn't take you for the type, Olivia." "What type?" I whisper, fear settling into the marrow of my bones. "The type to spread her legs for anyone."

roman is constantly rude and ignored h because he assumes she's dating/having sex with her boss. WHEN HE IS THE ONE FUCKING OTHER GIRLS WHICH THE h WITNESSES !!! hate authors who do this and leave the h untouched. fuck off.
Aundi Living That Book Life
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Sunshine Crowns

Brooding Asshole ✔️
Fiesty heroine ✔️
Enemies to Lovers at it's best ✔️
Of The Charts Banter ✔️


This book is so much more than an Enemies to Lovers romance, this story will pull at your heart strings and cause an ever-present ache in your soul. Roman and Olivia are pure angsty perfection with their angry banter and kindle melting chemistry that burns with a white-hot flame every time they are near each other. Be prepared to love to hate this perfection of an asshole named Ro
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This was a tough one for me. I have always been a sucker for the enemies turned lovers trope and will say that the author did deliver on that aspect but everything else was… ugh.

The main characters pretty much ruined this for me and I have to admit that Roman and Olivia were thus far the most frustrating characters I have ever come across. Normally I would like one or either, and at rare occasions both but both of these characters made me want to pull my hair out and the constan
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4,5/ 5 stars

This book was what I call romcom + emotional hybrid gold! It was just so good! So entertaining, so many laugh out loud moments and so many emotional ones too. I loved these two, they were both a match made in hell and a match made in heaven, it was all in their attitude towards each other.

The hatred, the pranks, the trying so hard and failing to make the neighbor like you. Roman was a hard shell to crack but so damn fun, it was all worth it. And what a pearl he was! A bad boy
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book. Right off the bat I was hooked. I honestly didn’t expect to be hit with so many emotions. Roman and Olivia’s story is a whirlwind—they’ll have you laughing and swooning, but they’ll also punch you with all the feels.

Olivia is determined to live an independent life and do what’s best for her. She’s so kind and optimistic even though life can be cruel. I loved her positivity and outlook on life. She has the biggest and purest heart and she’s just a ray of sunshine—I loved her s
Blythe The Word Junkie
3 out of 5 stars!

The hate-to-love trope in this one was intense to the point that I wanted to choke the hero for his asshole-ness. The hate was justified on some point though. I wanted to give this story a higher rating than 3 stars but it did not really feel more than that.

I found their connection off and kinda narrator-forced, with all the invisible drawing force they're describing between them. I have no problem with imperfect characters but the way they easily walk out in each other after
The Romantic Rush Blog
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MY GOODNESS did I love this book! Hate Thy Neighbor is a riveting and soulful love story- so full of heart and teeming with emotional meaning that I found myself quite moved. This book is more than just an enemies turned lovers romance, so much more than a delightfully entertaining rom-com- although it has both of those elements. This book is about the belonging of love, about being lost within the consequences of your own life and finding freedom simply by finding your missing piece, even if th ...more
Shatarupa  Dhar
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Rene Hales is twenty-five and is moving into her own house, finally. Much to her parents' concern. One of whom is a psychologist, the other a sex therapist. You can imagine how it gets. After the recent break-up with her fiancé, she's looking forward to a new beginning. A fresh start which calls for her being independent.

Max is a husky who is the neighbor's dog. The neighbor – Roman Banks – is nothing but a twenty-six-year-old mechanic who is a boor to Olivia. But let's just
Books Wine and Besties
I guess I have been under a rock because holy moly how have I not read SM Soto before. This book. It was everything I love about contemporary romance.
I don’t know when enemies to lovers, next door neighbor became one of my favorite troupes but I am here for it. I mean hot angry stubborn neighbor ... yes please.

“You know the saying, ‘love thy neighbor’? Well, I’m really starting to f**king hate thy neighbor.”

I can’t write this review without mentioning the main event. Enter Roman. Talk about gru
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads-2020
Hate Thy Neighbor is a fantastic enemy to lovers romance that is full of wit, charm, laughs, and steam. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I was complete hooked from the very beginning.

Olivia is starting over. New home, new town, new job. She is determined to prove that she can take care of herself without her family constantly hovering. She wants her new neighbors to like her, especially her gorgeous, leather wearing one, Roman. Roman comes across as a jerk and he defini
Elle's Book Blog
Hate Thy Neighbor by S.M. Soto is MUCH different than the other books I’ve read from her and I LOVED IT! The cover makes it feel like a light and airy read but honestly, it’s a deep book with well built characters and realistic emotions that come off to the reader as being truthful. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely FUNNY parts to this novel, but there are also serious pieces that make it a well-rounded and realistic read. Gosh, I loved it so much!

S.M. Soto has taken over my LIFE with
Oumaïma  (readwithmima)
I didn't like this book for the following reasons:
- Gaping plot holes
- An unlikable and unrelatable main character
- A bully of a love interest I didn't like one bit
- The most unrelatable miscommunication trope you can see

If any of these elements bother you, maybe you wouldn't like this book as well
shre ♡
Jul 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
dnf @ 15% cause i can’t sit through any more than that.

also got spoiled some things and heard the guy slut shames her at some point in the book and that’s just not ok at all in whatever context in my eyes so goodbye.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-publication
This book reminds me (as if I need it) all the reasons I hate men.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: its-a-no-from-me
hate thy neighbor? more like hate thy book.

i did not like this book and i know im in the minority for saying this but this book was utterly disappointing.

i saw this cover and immediately ran running to goodreads to read the blurb and then i read the blurb and got even more excited for its release.

this book started off so promising. their banter was off the charts excellent. the pranks they played were adorable, but then it all started to go downhill. im genuinely upset and tried so hard to fi
Keri Loves Books
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting because I LOVED this story! An enemies to lovers romance with emotion and so many feels. It was so much more than I expected, but it doesn't surprise me as this author always makes me FEEL and delivers the unexpected. You are going to love this jerk...HARD!

Roman was protective, alpha bossiness that will become your addiction. Starting off, his first name should have been JERK!! But he will win you over with his sexy smirk and big heart. Plus you can't beat a refor
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
ETA: This Book has been put into question with plagiarism as well. While I don’t know fully what book so I Can do a comparison i will leave this review up with a 3 star rating.

OG review. 4.5 stars
This isn’t your typical romcom, as any of SM Soto’s stories, you’ll get some major angst and this is no different.

Roman, oh man even when he’s a jerk you love him. So we can’t blame our girl Olivia to be obsessed with the broody neighbor next door.

Olivia, not perfect, had many faults but I believe he
Marta Bo
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HateThy Neighbor is my first ever Soto experience and whoooaaaa I'm b*lls deep into this story (HOWEVER it sounds like🙈).

Damnnnnnnnnn damnnnnnn damn!!!!!!!!!!! Call me Mrs. Roman Bank's since today - mark my words Ladies, Rome, the-not-that-nice-piece-of-a-man is a truly reason for ours panties melting time! I swear!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I'm obssesed with Roman. I can't stop thinking about Olivia.... I'M WALKING MESS right now!!!!! Their story is one of the best love to hate story I've r
♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛
Oct 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-no-no
1 star

This book was so dull. I did not like the main characters; they got on my nerves every second of this book. The only character I liked was Mad Max, the dog.

ashlee l.
I don’t condone plagiarism.
I removed my star rating.
Lilith  Seven
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing


OLIVIA is looking for a fresh slate in life...She shifts to a new neighborhood and is looking for ways to prove to everyone that she is independent and does not require any man in her life to be happy...
ROMAN is the arrogant neighbor but oh so swoon-worthy...all the woma
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S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of do ...more

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