Monday, March 18, 2019
Hate F*@k 1-3 by Ainsley Booth
I push her buttons. I want to push them in the good way. Dirty, up-against-the-wall, my-hand-in-her-pants kind of way.
But that’s not possible, because I’m dark and she’s light, and we both know it.
So I push her buttons in the bad way, making her hate me.
If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d ask for Cole Parker to never look at me again, that I’d forget the dark promise in his eyes, and that just once, before he vanished from my life completely, that he’d push me up against a wall and make me scream.
Then I’d go wash my mouth out with soap.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
Sometimes, I have a bad habit of picking up books for strange reasons. I like reading books based on their cover, or an interesting, weird, or funny title. Therefore, when I saw Hate F*@k by Ainsley Booth, I knew I had to read it based on the title alone. Unfortunately, it left me disappointed. I didn't enjoy the book at all.
There were so many things that I didn't like about Hate F*@k that I'm not sure where to start. I guess I should start with the male main character, Cole. He was a jerk, borderline on being emotionally and mentally abusive. He was very controlling and possessive. Sometime with alpha male characters, that's not a bad thing. However, he took it too far, especially int he first part of the book. It made me extremely uncomfortable to read, and definitely made the whole series a less enjoyable reading experience. He did get better towards the third part, but still not enough to forgive him for his previous actions.
Another thing I didn't like about the Hate F*@k is that things weren't explained clearly. With Cole's job, the reader is kind of left in to infer what happens. I don't like that. The author does try to explain it at one point, but it's explained in such a confusing way that the reader is still left to infer a lot of the important details by the end of the third part. Speaking of, I also didn't like how abruptly the book ended. It seemed like there were a lot of unresolved issues going on with the Cole, Hailey, and The Horus Group. There is a sequel, but it's not about the same characters, so I don't know that all of those will get resolved.
All in all, I did not enjoy Hate F*@k at all. The love interest was controlling, among other things, almost to the point of being borderline abusive. The only reason why I'm giving it two stars is because I really enjoyed Wilson's character. He cracked me up in his interactions with Hailey. I also loved his knitting scenes. There is a sequel to this book. I own it because I got it free on Kindle quite some time ago. I don't think that I will read it though because of how much I disliked this book.
I give Hate F*@k: 2/5.
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I received parts 1-3 from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.