The Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan
Published: August 15, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee’s older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn’t uncommon they’d befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.
Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.
Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.
He was her first kiss.
Her only secret.
Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?
During the hurricane last year, I went through a reading binge and totally abused my kindle unlimited privileges. I went through all the books on there that had a theme of falling for the best friend or falling for the best friend’s brother or falling for the brother’s best friend. It was a great binge haha. Anyway, The Boy I Hate falls into the best friend’s brother category and it really stood out to me because it didn’t just deal with the romance. It dealt with relationships, best friends, and family. It had some painful hardships that were discussed, some that still shock me when I think about it (I’m still shocked about the father!). It’s New Adult so prepare yourself for some risky stuff but it was nothing too exciting. I’ve read more graphic NA so this is fairly safe.
Samantha and Renee’s relationship was really nice albeit I felt that Samantha was kind of too dependent on Renee. Not in the sense that she needs Renee to pay for her stuff and all but that she feels like her life is over now that she’s getting married. I understand that change is hard, especially when it’s been them two for so long but come on. You have your own life. I also didn’t understand the need to keep the kiss a secret from Renee. If she was that amazing a best friend, it really shouldn’t matter that you love her brother. But I guess that fear of losing her as best friend is enough to make you keep it a secret.
I love Tristan. He’s mysterious and intriguing and I like him. He’s sweet when he wants to be and he’s funny. I love the banter between Sam and Tristan. It felt natural and not forced. It’s definitely a better relationship than the one Sam has with her current boyfriend Steven. He was … annoying. But was he annoying because I preferred Tristan? No, scratch that. Steven was a poor excuse of a boyfriend. The plot is predictable but they usually are in this category but there were some good twists with Renee and Tristan’s family. That was really shocking and more heartbreaking than Sam and Tristan’s story. It was an entertaining read and it was cute and fluffy with banter and tension. The usual.