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The Way I Hate Him

By: Meghan Quinn
Narrated by: Vanessa Edwin,Teddy Hamilton
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Summary

From USA Today and Amazon Charts best-selling author Meghan Quinn, and narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Vanessa Edwin, comes a new stand-alone age-gap rom-com featuring a new cast of characters that will immediately have you hooked. This steamy, laugh-out-loud enemies-to-lovers small-town romance delivers the perfect happily ever after every romance lover craves.

Why am I holding a box of stolen memorabilia in my arms? It's called...revenge.

After failing my last semester of grad school, I decided to come back to my hometown and wallow in my boyfriend’s sympathetic arms. Instead, he proceeded to dump me...for being boring!

Now, I'm not typically a spiteful person, but there's only so much I can take. Hence why I’m holding the box of his most cherished possessions...stolen possessions no less! 

The plan? To give the box back to its rightful owner and rat my ex out. How’s that for being boring?

But plans never go the way you want them, because instead of dropping off the box with a note, I’m pinned with the crime by the true owner of the box himself.

Hayes Farrow is grumpy, arrogant, and stupidly hot in a way that makes it hard to even look him in the eye. Not to mention he’s my brother’s nemesis so I fully intended to stay far far away from the gorgeous jerk.

But to add insult to the injury that has become my life as of late, Hayes gives me two options: Turn me into the police and press full charges...or work it off. How could I possibly work for someone I can't stand? Easy, I don't look good in orange.

But working for Hayes isn't as horrible as I thought it would be. The way I hate him begins to turn into something else—something I never thought I'd feel. But the way my brother reacts when he finds out I’m working for his enemy? He’d prefer me in prison orange.

©2023 Meghan Quinn (P)2023 Meghan Quinn
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The smut! The storyline!

The only thing I dislike is with audible not the book and it’s that the guy sounds so awkward during the sexual scenes.

Everything else I loved!

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The lead woman is far too woe is me

I'm a genuine fan of Meghan Quinn but this one disappointed. Billed as a romantic comedy, it is far from that. Not even a third into the book Vanessa Edwin s take on Haddy grated immensely, but to leave a well rounded review I finished the book. So here goes...

This is the typical saga of nobody loves me, I disappointed everyone University dropout meets Rockstar with abandonment issues and ,well, a shady Rockstar past, coming home to small town America to regroup and lick some wounds.

This trope was predictable and boring . It was not the usual serving of quick whit and hilarity followed by more chaos, belly laughing, happiness and fabulous ever afters. Haddy spent most if the book crying, and some crying would have been okay as she lost a sibling. The problem I have with this is that it happened a year ago and she carries on as though it was just last Wednesday

To not completely trash this book because I would never criticise the craftsmanship of a writer when I am not one myself, I will note that it all ends well but this story could have been told with in 5 hours max

There were a few moments of banter that had me smiling and the most interesting characters were the best friends of both leads.

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Age-Gap Romantic Comedy

This is a great age-gap romantic comedy, and small town romance. Hayes and Hattie's grumpy/sunshine romance is beautifully written, and engaging. Hattie is such a wonderful character, sunshine, smart, and determined. Hayes is grumpy, enigmatic, and handsome. They are perfect together. I liked the banter, the instant attraction, and the sizzling chemistry. The storyline has some emotional parts too. Teddy Hamilton and Vanessa Edwin did an excellent job bringing this story to life. I enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it.

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Terrible story.

I decided to pay for this book based on a few reviews and because of the narrators.

But I wash I hadn’t. The story is told twice. Which is so irritating. Something happens like some Abusive behaviour and then in the next chapter the character tells a friend what happened. It’s also dragged out. With many similar scenes.

And the story …. For 2023???? An arrogant and abusive man. A woman who doesn’t know her own worth and puts up with it.

A really terrible story. Really really bad.

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Mmm not my favourite…

While the duet narration was good, Teddy and Vanessa didn’t gel for me. As for the story, the pacing was really odd and the chemistry just felt forever, the hot-cold/on-off took up far too much of the story, and Hayes’ possessiveness read more toxic and controlling than the average possessive boyfriend shtick. It just did not work for me despite being a premise that is my kind of catnip. Alas, onto the next one

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A Hilarious and Heartwarming Romance

This audiobook was an absolute delight! Hattie Rowley's relatable journey of returning to Almond Bay after a tough breakup and academic setback immediately drew me in. The story takes an exciting turn when she decides on revenge by taking her ex's boss's memorabilia. Enter Hayes Farrow, the hot music god, and boss, who complicates things further when he blackmails Hattie into working for him. Their chemistry is electric, and their enemies-to-lovers dynamic adds a captivating twist. Teddy Hamilton and Vanessa Edwin's narration was exceptional, with perfect delivery of emotions and humor in the duet format. This story offers a blend of romance, wit, and small-town charm, making it a top-notch audiobook that had me laughing, swooning, and fully engaged until the end!

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Made Me Laugh, Made Me Cry ❤

I absolutely adored this book. Mostly it made me laugh, but there were some sad tears too, given the way certain parts of the story tugged at your heart strings.
I loved both Hattie & Hayes, and they were brought to life fantastically through Meghan's amazing writing and the fantastic narration skills of two of my favourite narrators. And Duet Narration 😍 Really spoiling us listeners by giving us a Duet Narration!
I loved the descriptions of Almond Bay, and some of the other quirky characters who live there. So, so happy that this is the start of a series. Can't wait to find out whose story we will get next ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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All the feels

Oh my this is a pure lesson in edging, or not so pure, this book is a total tease.
The narration is sublime, with a special mention for Teddy’s inflection on the cursing *chef’s kiss*.
I particularly loved the unexpected consequences of bringing your long term enemy flowers, and the pigeon laying Easter eggs.
MQ fans will not be disappointed x

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Small town, slow burn romance, perfectly narrated

I am reviewing The Way I Hate Him after listening to the audiobook and I have to say that Teddy Hamilton and Vanessa Edwin were amazing!!! They sounded so good together and honestly perfect for the characters in my opinion. This book is a small town, rock star, age gap, best friends little sister romance story and heck it should cover most bases for you.

Hayes is a solo artist, a guitar player and from his own trauma he finds it hard to trust and to engage in conversations, he is someone who used to abuse alcohol, drugs and women as a way to avoid dealing with his own issues. And then there is Hattie, who is just trying to allow herself some space to breathe following her sisters death.

I loved both characters, as well as the multitude of secondary characters in this book. Maggie was so funny and an amazing best friend to Hattie. And as for Mackenzie Oh My Goodness!! She is just the cutest.

I loved the small town vibe of this book and there is so much potential to expand this world and really flesh it out. It had the usual witty banter but the story in general was more heart warming and wholesome... with some naughty spicey scenes too of course. It wouldn't be a MQ book without them! Any fans of Meghan's recent back catalogue will also be delighted by the amount of easter eggs she managed to work into this one!

The Way I Hate Him was an easy, enjoyable listen. When a good book and great narrators come together, you are soon finished and wonder where it all went. It isn't a typical rockstar romance trope. More small town, best friends little sister vibes and I think the jeopardy of Hattie's older brother finding out definitely added to the suspense of their relationship.

Overall another great read from Meghan, with lots of back and forth chemistry, a quick witted heroine and a Hero that at first comes across as well you know.. but soon reveals his softer side and you fall in love with him anyway.. Hayes Farrow is no different.

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Heartwarming and funny

I had so much fun reading this heartfelt enemies to lovers small town romance. I loved the witty banters between Hattie and Hayes. As their relationship shifts, the flirty teasing and sexual tensions were so hot. The cast of secondary characters added so much depth to the story and I hope we would come back to Almond Bay soon.

I loved the duet narration performed by Vanessa Edwin and Teddy Hamilton. An absolute masterpiece!

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