Love the One You Hate by R.S. Grey
Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.
For good reason.
His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.
His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.
Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.
Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.
We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.
He knows it.
They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.
One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.
In typical RS Grey, this book was a fairy-tale like.
Maren is 23 and she has had a pretty bad hand dealing with life. When she was just 13, she was left in the hands for fate, after her parents died in a car accident. Now, she is taken under the wing of Cornelia Cornwell, a very wealthy woman who decides to change Maren’s life.
I couldn’t help but waiting for the other shoe to drop and discover a hidden reason for Cornelia’s intentions, but she was genuine.
At the Rosethorn Estate, Maren is taught to behave lady like and accompany Cornelia through her social affairs. But, when Nicholas Hunt, Cornelia’s grandson learns about Maren, he has to chase her off. It doesn’t help the background check he has on her.
This book was set in a world of highborn upper class, where we get a glimpse of what it could be.
There are some things I have felt were a bit stretched, like Cornelia being in her 80’s and the epilogue is after 10 years. I feared a sign of illness, but nothing there. Also the fact that nobody questioned Nicholas wanting and having Maren. I expected a lot of social scrutiny, but again, nothing of that.
All in all, this was a good time and I enjoyed the world RS Grey built in her book.