Sunny Shelly’s Review: Hate You (Not), by Ella James



HATE YOU (NOT) by Ella James
Release Date: February 12th


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I didn’t know I was that person. You know—the one who gets the kids. But that’s what the will said. June Lawler: Legal Guardian.

My niece and nephew are 6 and 9, and all they’ve ever known is San Francisco. I arrive the day after the wreck, pack up my sister’s mansion, and fly them back to Georgia.

The small-town farm where their mom and I grew up isn’t what it once was, but it’s home. That’s all they really need.


I was courting an investor when it happened. Tromped all up and down the Himalayas, and he didn’t even buy in. It was a week before I found out what I’d lost. My little brother meant the world to me. Now even his kids are gone.

Spirited away to Heat Springs, Georgia—population 298.

They’re living on a farm that’s half a breath from bank foreclosure with a 26-year-old who didn’t finish high school. Nowhereville is not the place for little Mastersons. But I’ll get them back. It’s the money she must want, and I’ve got lots of that.

“June Bug” Lawler is poorer than that red dirt she comes from. I can make her dreams come true—and do one last thing for my brother.

I hate him.

She makes me crazy.

He thinks he can buy me off! I’ve never met a man so arrogant.

There’s no woman anywhere more stubborn.

I wish I had never met him.

But that’s not the story.


Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Another entertaining book from Ella James. Hate You (Not) is a slow burn, enemies to lovers romance. When her sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in an accident, farmgirl June finds herself the guardian of her young niece and nephew. She moves the kids from their ritzy home in San Francisco to the sticks of Georgia — and their wealthy uncle, Burke, soon comes knocking on the door wanting the kids back.

As he spends time with June and the kids, Burke can see how the lifestyle June can provide for them may not come with all the belles and whistles that his financial status can afford them, but is a much more solid and loving foundation. He relents in his quest to gain custody of the kids, and along the way finds himself falling for June. And despite her initial insistence that Burke was Satan, June falls for him right back.

This book didn’t give me all the feels that some of Ella’s other books did, however. I felt like I turned the page and suddenly Burke had changed his career with no build-up or explanation, had developed feelings for June but was trying to keep his distance from her, and she had fallen for him. There is one hot night in the swimming pool that is more or less hate-sex, but I didn’t feel like I saw them falling for one another. And that’s what made all the difference for me in how highly I rated this book.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:
Ella James is the USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of twenty teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella is an Alabama native who makes her home near Boulder, Colorado, with her writer husband, three young children, and hyperactive dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking the foothills, taking nature photos for her Instagram account, and swilling vanilla cream soda.


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