Book Review: The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

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If you're reading this review because you are about 1/4 of the way through and questioning whether or not you should continue reading...KEEP READING. I will be honest, the main characters were making me mad for the first half of the book, and I wasn't sure if I could warm up to them and their impending relationship, given that this is a romance novel. However, as they grew closer, and the armor began to be shed from around their tender little hearts, I realized that this is a romance worth waiting for. I was so proud of their growth as friends and then as a couple, especially given the pressure on them from their families and their culture. By the end of the book, I had been put through the wringer of emotions, but it was so worth it. A rebel in her family, Liya Thakkar has no intentions of being a good girl and marrying a man her parents choose for her. Throwing away the rulebook is how she's lived her life since she was a teenager, and she intends for things to stay that way. After narrowly escaping a matchmaking dinner, she literally runs into the man who was intended for her, Jayesh Shah, and things don't start off well. Soon she's seeing him everywhere, even at work when he's hired on as legal counsel to help the failing company, and emotions fly. Mostly negative ones. Liya knows her reputation among the men at the mandir is that she's loose, wild, and not wife material. So that can only mean he's interested in her for sex...right? Jay knows Liya is going to be a tough nut to crack, but if they can get through the hard times, she is a woman worth fighting for. Let's start off with the things I loved - the girlfriends. The women who supported Liya, held her when she cried, told her when she was wrong, and laughed at her anti-traditional antics. They were a group of friends I think every woman would love to have at her side. Then there was Jay's mom, a darling woman who clearly wanted the best for her son, regardless of what others may think of that decision. I also loved Liya and Jay's relationship...eventually. I liked how Liya pushed Jay when he was wrong, and I liked how Jay refused to back down when Liya was being rude. Liya definitely pushed past the boundaries of rude into just plain mean territory, which I didn't like. She had her reasons, which we eventually learned, and it shed light on why she acted the way she did. And I mostly understood. But she really was horrible to Jay initially, for very little reason. I was thinking to myself, well, if someone as rude as Liya can get a man, there is hope for all of us. Seriously though, they were a great couple, but they certainly had to go through a trial by fire to get to a happy ending. It was great to see how supportive Jay was as their relationship became more intimate, and secrets were shared, on both sides. It was very realistic and showed that love doesn't always come easily. I can't read to more from this author! She paints a very real picture for her readers, and I could absolutely see this becoming a movie at some point. **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**