Title – Hated
Author – Christine Manzari
Publication Date – September 18, 2017
Series – Hearts of Stone #3
Frankie DiGorgio has returned home for the summer to fix up and sell the home she grew up in. But when Frankie discovers Austin Stone is also back home and right next door, her summer suddenly seems more exciting than the motocross tracks she races on.
Four years ago, Austin was her best friend. Her first love. The only boy who saw more than just her rough edges.
But Austin left Frankie behind to perform in Las Vegas with his brother Dallas after winning Rising Stars. And Frankie didn’t wait around for him. Instead, she disappeared with no explanation and she hasn’t spoken to Austin since then.
Austin hates Frankie now.
Unfortunately, they’re next door neighbors again and Frankie and Austin can’t avoid each other anymore. With little more than bitterness, heartbreak, and secrets between them, they soon find themselves reverting to their childhood habits—prank wars. As Frankie and Austin’s past is put back together and old feelings resurface, they discover it’s a fine line between love and hate.
And the secrets Frankie has kept could cross the line right into hate.
How could you read the blurb for Hated and not be utterly enthralled?! I was so tickled pink from the moment that Christine Manzari started giving the details for what this book would entail. It just so happened to be some of my favorite tropes tied together and I knew I’d need to dive in as soon as I could. With a combination of friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and a second chance at love – how could anyone resist?
“Watch my back? More like watch my heart. The boy I fell in love with? He hated me.”
Frankie and Austin had one of those relationships that I could surround myself in like a warm blanket. In memories of their past, readers received a foundation of their love – before they even labeled it as such. These two best friends became everything to each other at a young age, and I loved the way it unfolded. Frankie allowed Austin to see her vulnerabilities and in turn, he became a piece of her. She would protect him however she had to, leading to an incredible bond between the two. Though the majority of the book is filled with a back and forth, enemy vibe, I think it was plain to see the tension broiling and passion igniting. The chemistry between Frankie and Austin was explosive, and I never wanted it to stop. There was also a very playful banter and youthfulness to their personalities that instantly made me fall in love with them as a couple.
“Sometimes when things were broken, they were broken for good.”
Manzari truly knocked it out of the park in what I consider to be her best book to date. Hated took everything I love about a novel and packed it into one explosive little gift. The physical attraction and sexual tension was sizzling, the storyline was cute and mysterious, and the writing was an addictive breath of fresh air. That trifecta left me aching for more and I definitely would not be upset if there was another book in the works for this couple (hint, hint, nudge, nudge)!
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Don’t Miss The Other Books in the Series!
Hooked (Hearts of Stone #1)
Hitched (Hearts of Stone #2)
The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.