I Hate You, I Love You Hits Shelves Today!
I Hate You, I Love You
By: Elizabeth Hayley
Publisher: Random House - Loveswept
Releases On: October 9, 2018
There’s a fine line between love and hate. And these two can’t decide which side they’re really on. . . .
Poetry professor Naomi Price is loved by her students, happily works around the clock, and has credentials no one could deny. Except, it seems, for her arch-nemesis at Hainamor University. The man never has anything polite to say, and now the two of them are competing for a prestigious honor that just so happens to come with a cash award. With every move Naomi makes to impress her colleagues, her rival is right there beside her, elbow to elbow, making it impossible to ignore how devastatingly hot he is—even if he is a total bastard.
Sebastian Blake knows what Naomi thinks of him, and he’s trying hard not to care. Maybe he’s been grouchy with her in the past, but she isn’t making his life any easier with her crusade to win over the Personnel Committee and earn an honor that is rightfully his. Naomi just doesn’t quit, and though he’d never admit it, there’s something sexy about her. Something that has him tied up in knots. Something that makes him want to move beyond his painful past and take a chance—at least for as long as it takes to kiss her silly and see what happens next.
Warning: Intense bickering leads to intense sexual chemistry!
An hour or so later, Sebastian stood and packed up his things. She knew he had a class in about twenty minutes, and even though it was only upstairs, he always arrived early. He gave her a slight nod on his way out, which Naomi returned.
As soon as he left their office, Naomi let her head fall to her desk and her leg began jiggling again. “Fuck this,” she mumbled before she leapt up and strode after him.
She caught up to him quickly and pulled him into an empty classroom, shutting the door behind her.
He’d offered a small grunt of protest when she’d steered him toward the room, but he didn’t say anything else until she closed the door. “Well, this is...alarming.”
She chuckled despite herself. “Shut up. I need to talk to you.”
“And you needed to kidnap me to accomplish that task?”
“You’re so dramatic,” she scolded.
His lips twitched again, but he gave nothing else away.
Naomi took a deep breath. “You kissed me.”
His eyes narrowed. “I don’t feel like it was a one-sided act. Nor was it the first time it has occurred.”
No, it wasn’t. But it felt different in some way. The kiss after Lit Day had been arousing, and the words that had followed had held promise. But then so much had happened that they’d never revisited their feelings for one another. They’d never expounded upon the simple words they’d breathed against one another’s lips. And now, Naomi needed those words. She needed some reassurance that they were on the same page, even if they were at opposite ends of it. Exasperated, she fisted her hands at her sides. “I know. But I want to…talk about it.”
“Why talk when we can reenact?” he said as he set down his messenger bag and took a step toward her, crowding her against a wall.
“That is a…a very good point. We could…do that. But talking maybe…too…at some point. Later.” Christ, she sounded like a moron. Her body warred with her brain, and she was pretty sure the latter didn’t stand a chance.
Sebastian moved even closer, settling his hand on her hip. “I think I short-circuited you. That kiss is all you’ve been able to think about, isn’t it?”
“You’re very smug.”
“I’m also very right.” And with that, he pulled her the rest of the way to him and brushed his lips over hers.
The fireworks were back. The sizzle and crackle that flowed between them ignited like a vibrant display of energy. Naomi’s hands gripped his shoulders as he took control of the kiss, deepening it so that she was nearly bent backward.
He almost literally swept her off her feet, and there wasn’t a damned thing she wanted to change about it.
Eventually he pulled back and looked down at her with a smile. He placed one more kiss on her mouth before stepping back.
She felt immediately bereft.
He was still smiling when he picked up his bag. “I think we both already know where this is heading. Probably have for a while. To deny that we’re attracted to one another would be a blatant lie, and I’m not really up to lying to myself anymore. So let’s just…see where it goes. Not make any promises or put any restrictions on it, but instead just let it be and see what it becomes.”
That seemed like a difficult task to Naomi. This wasn’t some random attraction to a guy she met at a bar. This was an inferno of feelings for a man who she’d had strong feelings about from the beginning, even if they hadn’t always been positive. But Naomi had a strong suspicion that Fantasy Sebastian might live within real Sebastian—that he’d maybe be even better, and she didn’t just mean in the bedroom. That possibility was too tempting to ignore. “Yeah, we can do that.”
The smile he flashed her was breathtaking. “Good.” He approached her again. “I have to get to class,” he said before giving her a peck on the lips. “But I’ll see you later?”
She definitely hoped to see him later. Preferably naked. “Absolutely.”
Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. They learned a ton about each other through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly. They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.
Naomi Prince loves her job, she spends her days teaching students English at Hainamor University, and she is pretty darn good at it too, her students and colleagues love her... well except one colleague that is! From the moment she met fellow Professor Sebastian Blake something felt off about their encounter, he had a huge chip on his shoulder and for some reason he seemed to dislike her, even being a little rude too. From there each time they crossed paths the hatred between them grew, and it was not uncommon for him to go out of his way to point out her shortcomings, and embarrass her in front of others. He is a jerk, with a capital "J", and she tries her best to avoid him as best she can, but now that they are both up for the same award, the University has found it necessary to force them to work together... and that just adds fuel to the fire, in more ways than one!
This was an entertaining take on the enemies to lovers trope, from the moment it started I could tell there would be lots of heated banter ahead, and boy was there ever, these two went rounds at every turn. One moment they were fighting the sparks bouncing around between them, the next they were battling over their credentials and the competition for the award. It took me a while to warm up to Sebastian, the man could be a real jerk, and I couldn't help but feel for Naomi, she never really had a fighting chance with him, he ran so hot and cold. But little by little he started to grow on me, and I could see there was actually a good guy there, it just took a little while for him to make an appearance. Once he finally started to come around, tensions seem to lesson, the sparks took hold, and from then on it was watch out!! This was a fun little battle to watch unfold, it had moments to weaken the knees, moments to make you laugh, and of course moments that put a good squeeze on the heart, overall I'd say it was a nice well rounded tale. Highly recommend!
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Publisher: Random House - Loveswept