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The Trouble with Hating You

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  6,779 ratings  ·  1,291 reviews
A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy debut about first impressions, second chances, and finding the love of your life in the most unexpected way.
Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door i
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Forever
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3.35/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

This was definitely spicy by default, but it still had some issues that I just couldn't get past.
I enjoyed the story itself, I really did, but I am about to say what I truly thought of The Trouble with Hating You.

First of all, by now I think it is pretty obvious that my favourite kind of trope is the hate-to-love one. There's no doubt, hands down the best trope. So, of course, I was excited about this (it has the word hate in the title, I a
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I haven't been reading as many romance novels lately, but THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU was such a great book to get back in to the genre with. It's one of the best romances I've read in a while, and part of that is because of a really great cast of supporting characters, but most of that is because I love, love, loved both the hero and the heroine of this romance: Liya and Jay.

Liya is a lead biochemical engineer that is in hot water. She
♛ may
the biggest plot twist of the year is that i actually enjoyed this book bc phew after reading the first 10 chapters i was READY TO DITCH

The Trouble with Hating You is a hate-to-love romance about two very different characters. Liya is a very independent, outspoken, successful biochemical engineer and Jay is a charming, sweet, family-oriented lawyer.

Liya's parents want her to stop this independence nonsense and settle down with a nice indian boy and since she won't listen to their pleas, they tr
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

As much as I wanted to love The Trouble with Hating You, I found its storyline frustrating and I'm ready to spill some tea.
While I appreciated the way in which Sajni Patel incorporated serious issues into her narrative, I couldn't push aside my annoyance towards her main characters. Yes, they did have chemistry and their own character arcs but I wasn't a fan of the way in which Liya Thakkar was portrayed. She's a self-proclaimed feminist who more than once states that she's not a
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm starting my very first buddy read with the lovely Aoife💕 ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Forever Pub for the free copy in exchange for an honest review
"More times than not, I was happy to come home to an empty apartment. Peace. Quiet. Freedom. I didn't have to answer to my parents or some man, or hurry to make dinner for anyone."

I really enjoyed this newest addition to the many Forever titles I have read. It was well-paced, dramatic, and romantic. It did have a few problematic/annoying tropes that I'll get into in a minute.

So, what's this book about?
Renaissance Kate
This book comes out next week and I hope you add it to your reading list as soon as possible! This was such a fun read and I couldn’t put it down!

Liya is an ambitious biochemical engineer in Houston whose recent promotion has her working around the clock to ensure her company stays afloat. Ostracized by her rumor-mongering, conservative Indian community for being too “American”, Liya finds solace in her job and her close-knit group of girlfriends, each of whom faces expectations of her own. One
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
I've really struggled to put together a review for this book. In fact I have lost sleep as my brain has whirred trying to piece together something semi-coherent. Massive apologies as I fear I may have failed to do so! 🙈
Let me start by saying this is not a bad book. In fact many have really enjoyed it and I hope you will too. It is just not the type of romcom I typically reach for. It was a little too dramatic towards the end & more fade to black than the steamy reads I prefer which is a pity as
Sunny ✨wordslikefury✨
I love this one ❤️ Need more Indian love stories in my life!
GENRE: contemporary romance
TROPES: enemies to lovers, workplace romance
TRIGGER WARNINGS: sexual assault when the heroine was a teen, emotional abuse, grief
SONG: M.I.A. Bad Girls

why more people aren't reading this book?
where are my romance contemporary readers at?

Liya is a hard person to warm up to. She is set in her ways and by the time you realize exactly why she is that way most of the readers won't like her.

And in case you need it spelled out. I LOVE IT!!!

Because she gives t
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book for many reasons - I loved learning about Indian culture, and modern dating despite the strict tradition; enemies to love trope in a clean romance; nod to pride and prejudice; addressed important themes on sexual and emotional abuse; great side stories on amazing friendships and focus on families.

I gravitated to Liya and Jay’s non traditional way of meeting - despite the too frequent coincidences. It worked and made for a fun story with funny banters, but the word panties we
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

This was such a great story, I loved it from the very start till the end! Jay and Liya were both fantastic, I adored them!The storyline was fantastic with one of my favorite tropes enemies to lovers!


I connected with both characters and I find them cute and sweet.Liya is an amazing heroine, and Jay is swoon worthy!

The trouble with hating you is full of emotions , a great romance and the perfect amount of drama!I'm looking forward to read more books from this author!


May 16, 2020 marked it as dnf
Dnf @ 31%

Cultural misrepresentation at it's best.

Indian food is not equal to Indian culture. Thank you, next.

Buddy read with The Boss
Sep 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Repeat after me:
I'll never read this book to understand or have a deeper look at Indian culture.

If I ever have to pick a book, with a massive cultural and religious misrepresentation blunder, this one is it. I wanted to DNF it after reading 1st chapter only, but just had to see the extent of this fuck up.

It's like "5 most common stereotypes about Indians" was googled and somehow added in the book.
Also, their were many errors about Hinduism, I'm not even a religious person and still was able to
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Around Day 4,742 of lockdown I found myself getting a little burned out on reading and had to look for another way to pass the time instead. Oh, and for the first time in 20+ years I was living in a truly C.L.E.A.N. house and had a yard full of green grass and flowers so homegirl was truly in dire straits. That was the moment when I discovered . . . . .

The plethora of Indian romantic comedies on Netflix. Ummmmmm yes please. I’ll h
Lily Herman
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no better feeling than seeing a book on NetGalley, getting intrigued, reading it with no outside opinions to bolster you beforehand, and falling in love with it on the spot.

That was the magic of reading Sajni Patel's debut novel The Trouble With Hating You.

Often new authors struggle to give their characters the space to really hate each other (I don't want people who only dislike one another for a chapter and then are in love!), but the simmering enemies-to-lovers storyline in this book
Laura ☾
The Trouble With Hating You follows Liya and Jay, while they both struggle with their own demons and cultural expectations.

I feel like this book had so much potential in its premise, but the execution fell flat for me. While they both had their struggles, which could have been delved into more, they actually felt more like a plot device? And I struggled to really like either of the main characters somehow.

There were some lovely aspects - like the Shah's family dynamics and Liya's group of fema
Dnf at 30%

I had high expectations going into this book and I was sooo disappointed 😔
It felt like any other Rom com with Indian characters
I expected more Indian culture in this book
But the representation felt flat
I think it might be a "its not you its me" situation
I am so done with the way lndian parents are focused in negative light in most of the books🙁

I got so uncomfortable while reading this book
Especially with the part how Liya's father reacted to her getting sexually assaulted 😡
I know the
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review to come!! I liked this one
Shreya Karnati
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recently I have been trying to read books with more Indian representation so I though I would give this book a chance. This book covered a lot of hard situations that characters were going though. Liya and Jay are so cute together! They both are able to help each other with difficult situations in their past. Liya also has a really close group of friends that support her through her tough times. There were some problems brought up in their lives that were never resolved, but overall this was a r ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Now I know why this book has many good reviews. This book is such a delight. There are so many issues and moral messages in this book. This is romance book with a whole lot of punch.

I am not Indian and not familiar with their culture, but the matchmaking from family member is something I can relate to. This book put it with humor. Jay and Liya chemistry is off the chart. Miss Patel done a wonderful job putting a lot of fun and cute banter between them. Their banter makes this book alive. Deeper
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, contemporary
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Liya loves her mother, has a contentious relationship with her father, and while enjoys the community aspect of her culture, she doesn't like the judgment. Living by herself, unmarried, and more of a modern bent attitude towards romantic relationships, Liya doesn't want to get married. She has had it with her father surprising her with these matchmaker
Bree Hill
"You should spend more time in the kitchen with your mother and learn how to cook. What will you feed your husband and children."
"A woman should be able to cook three fresh meals a day. You don't want your husband to starve."

"I'm sure if it came down to starvation, he could figure things out."

There is no way The Trouble With Hating You wouldn't be a five star read from me. The convo I mentioned above is a conversation between the heroine Liya and her Father and showcases a lot of what is going o
book bruin
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: forever
3.5 stars

The Trouble with Hating You was a good take on the enemies to lovers trope and definitely gave me Pride and Prejudice vibes at times. I was not expecting it to also deal with much more serious topics like sexual assault, death of a parent, and emotional abuse, but the author handled those very well. I really enjoyed getting more insight into Indian culture and traditions and loved that Liya and Jay were not the cookie cutter hero and heroine romance readers generally encounter. The fema
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sassy, emotive, and sweetly romantic!

The Trouble with Hating You is a fresh, heartwarming tale that transports you to Houston, Texas and into the lives of Liya Thakkar, an assertive, independent, Indian-American woman who is more than happy being single and is completely uninterested in any of her parent’s matchmaking abilities, and Jay Shah, a persistent, handsome, young man who takes his family obligations very seriously and is not easily persuaded.

The writing is heartfelt and light. The chara
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No one is sadder than me for rating this book so low. I saw that most of my followers have enjoyed this and I’m truly sorry that I’m not one of them because this was one of my most anticipated books from this year. I was so excited to pick it up, but in the end it didn’t meet my expectations, and maybe that is one of the reason that I didn’t enjoy it much.

My first problem with the book appeared right at the beginning, I don’t know why but it was hard for me to get through it. I’ve read other rev
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has :
-hate to love romance (NOT enemies to lovers)
-realisticly written characters
-mostly all South Asian cast
-sweet love interest/standoffish, snarky main character
-amazing female friendship 🥺 loved the girls so much

Tw : physical and emotional abuse, parental abuse, molestation/sexual assault.
Renégade ♥
4 1/2 to 5 stars

"What are we doing?" she whispered.
"I don't know anymore."
"Why are you here?"
"You're not this quiet, lost person. Where did you go?" I cupped her cheek and searched her eyes for the vibrant, full-of-life fighter that was somewhere in there.
"Most people like me to shut up," she said quietly.
I grunted, "Not me. Where's the snarky, smart-mouthed, opinionated woman?"
"She's still here."
"I miss her," I confessed.
She craned her head back. "You miss that woman?"
"The world feels incomplet
K.J. Charles
Despite the romcom-ish title, opening, and marketing, this is a fairly heavy story about a Hindu woman who's been sexually abused, emotionally abused by her patriarchal bully father, and subjected to ongoing slut-shaming in her community. It's all very well drawn, including Liya's tensions between wanting to defy the misogynist crap and her own imposed but internalised feelings of shame about having a sex life. But tbh it felt like more than falling in love was going to fix--Liya's need to rebui ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
full review on my blog: https://www.bookwormsandbibliophiles....
i liked how this celebrated indian culture but at the same time pointed out some serious issues in the indian community!
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Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on her personal experiences, cultural expectations, and Southern flair to create worlds that center on strong Indian women. Once an MMA fighter, she's now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories. She currently lives in Austin where she no ...more

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“Where are we?” she asked when I pulled into a parking lot.

“The park.”

“Isn’t it dangerous at night?”

“Not here. Come on.” I pulled her out of her seat and grabbed a blanket from the trunk before trekking through the soft grass.

“You always keep a blanket in your car?”

“Yeah, for emergencies. Never know when you might need it. Food, water, first-aid kit, too.”

“Oh!” she grunted and caught my arm as one of her heels pierced the soft dirt and sank.

“You should take those off.”

“And walk around barefoot? Hello? Ever heard of hookworms and tetanus?”

“Ever heard of snapping your ankles as you fall flat on your face in the dark?” I asked as I squatted in front of her and slipped her foot out of the high heels.

“What are you doing?” she gasped, tumbling forward and grabbing onto my shoulders for support.

“Removing your obstacles.”

She landed a bare foot on the grass as I undid the other shoe. “So now I get tetanus?”

I looked up at her, my hands lightly stroking her ankles up to her calves. “You worry too much.”

“It’s a real risk. Ask Preeti.”

I stood slowly, moving up her body, and hovered above her.

“How…how far are we walking?” she asked.

“To the river.”

“In the dark?”

I nodded and handed her the shoes.

“Took these off and you won’t even carry them?”

“I’ll carry them,” I replied, swooped down, and threw her over the blanket on my shoulder.

Liya yelped. “Put me down!”

“So you can get tetanus?” I asked and walked toward the river.

She laughed. “I hate you!”

“You love it.”

She slapped my butt and then poked her pointy elbows into my shoulder as she arched her back. “Enjoying the view of my backside from over there?”

I slid my hand up the back of her thighs and tugged her dress down to keep her covered.

“This isn’t so bad,” she said.

“Oh, yeah?”

“Yeah.” She slapped my butt again. “Giddyap!”

“All right. You asked for it.”

Her next words were swallowed up in a scream as I took off at a full sprint.

She gripped my shirt, clutching for my waist, as the breeze broke around us. I ran the short distance to the riverside in no time, slowing only when the moonlit gleam on the water’s surface appeared.

I placed Liya on the grass, but she swayed away. I grabbed her by the waist to steady her and chuckled. “Are you okay?”

“You try doing that upside down.”
“She inhaled the steam rising from the coffee without touching it. “I’m very picky about my coffee.”

“White chocolate peppermint latte, half skim, half soy, no whip, extra white chocolate sauce on the bottom and a drizzle on top.”

Her gaze shot up, watching me over the rim of the cup with a hint of incredulity. “How’d you know?”

I shrugged. “Maybe we like the same drinks.” Or maybe Wendy had told me the other day when she balanced three cups of coffee in the elevator.

Liya clamped her mouth shut but covered the warm cup with her petite hands. Her glossy red nails clicked against the sturdy paper cup, drowning out the muted sounds of others in the hallway beyond the open door.

“It’s okay,” I assured her.

“I don’t think you did anything to the coffee.”

“I mean it’s okay to smile because someone brought you your picky-ass latte.”

She took a sip. “We’re not friends, you know?”

“No one forgets being told they’re not friends,” I said teasingly, knowing full well she didn’t want to be friends but yet, here we were.

A smile crept across her lips, even though she tried hard to stop it.”
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