Review #85

Title- The Trouble With Hating You

Rating– 3/5

Genre- contemporary romance

POV- alternating two POV, first person past tense

Trope- arranged marriage, forced to work together, “bickering to lovers”


Liya- successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman.

Jay- gorgeous, charming, lawer

All the overbearing mothers, fathers, and well-wishing aunties who won’t mind their own business


The moment Liya realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.

Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. He’s also infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late-night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?

Best part- happily ever after


This was advertised as enemies to lovers but it was a bit more like “bickering to lovers.” The theme of female empowerment felt a little forced and redundant. By page 100, I was kind of thinking, “yeah I get the point” … don’t need to lay it on so thickly. I enjoyed the heroine who says what she thinks and held nothing back. Reading about Indian cultures is also enjoyable for me. But the arranged marriage trope has been a bit overdone for my recent romcom reads so it felt too repetitive. (I’m glad the author put a trigger warning in the beginning for sexual assault theme.)

Pacing- Prose were easy to read, but overall, I read this a bit slower since I wasn’t as interested

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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