Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Ulen Curtis
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Life can be messy,
And love can be too.
Most people say that it’s not important where you’re going, but instead, how you get there.
Unfortunately for me, the journey to love was absolutely agonizing. Love and Hate wrestled with my life day after day, year after year, and the only way to stop it was to let one of them win.
I fought to love harder. But I loathe my love story.
Warning: This standalone novel contains explicit language, sexual content, and potential triggers.
A Quickie review from Megan…
The Feels…OH THE FEELS!! This review will not be detailed, because I don’t want to give away any potential spoilers. Also, I went into this book totally blind, not knowing anything other than the fact that it was love story of sorts… and by doing that, it added to all the heart wrenching goodness that is this book.
I will share this… The book will induce an ugly cry, or several, so have the tissues nearby. In fact, here is an excerpt from a text conversation with Joanne while I was reading:
Me: I’m reading an ARC of Hate: A Love Story by Laurel Ulen Curtis…. and I am BAWLING my eyes out!! Ugly, ugly cries. I’m at –% and OMG! The tragedy!! I hope it fills me up with joy really soon, my tear ducts are empty. Ps… It’s really, really good, just very heart wrenching. Joanne: I read it toooooo! You’re OK. Keep going. Me: Are you sure? I’m rocking in the corner now…. My friend: LMAO…yes I’m sure! Laurel isn’t the kind of author to do that to you. 🙂
Shortly after this conversation, I was out of the corner, gripping my Kindle tight and pressing on. Then came the beauty….oh, the beauty! This book takes you on a journey from the depths of hell to the bliss of heaven on earth. It’s a difficult read at times because of the issues that are dealt with, but Laurel balances it out in the end with a fantastic blend of hurt, hate, humor, healing, and LOVE. I adored this book. I mean any book that makes ‘Friends’ references has a special place in my heart!
I had an obvious habit of using humor as an escape. Just call me Chandler Bing.”
This book is full of fabulous quotes… but here are the two that struck me to my soul:
Saying goodbye to someone you love isn’t really the hard part. It’s living every day, not being able to say anything to them at all.”
What’s it like?…To be loved by someone and know they love you back?” ”It’s…powerful…and completely debilitating all at the same time. It’s ecstasy and agony, and it’s one of the single most terrifying feelings in the world…. It’s safety and danger, and the thought of living without it after you’ve had it is almost enough to make you stay away. But only almost. It’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever experienced.”
Laurel nailed it. I can’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil anything. Just know, this book is simply amazing.
Megan’s Rating: 5 Stars, 3 Heat
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