Title: Hate to Love You
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Sybron Adell, Rio Jachetta
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sybron Adell is forty-one and comfortable with his life, mostly. He has eye candy in the luscious form of his neighbor Finn and a job that is stable. Of course, there’s always a thorn to be found, and that’s Rio Jachetta, Sybron’s boss. They’re good friends, but sometimes, Rio pushes the limits. Just for fun.
And then Rio goes too far, with a merger and lost jobs being the least of Sybron’s worries. Rio’s cavalier attitude is not appreciated by Sybron, who is adept at pouring coffee on thousand-dollar suits, when necessary.
If Rio wants to fix things, he may have to overcome his natural arrogance and think of others for a change, in order to save his friendship with Sybron. Heaven alone knows if it will work, especially if he wants more.
Hate to Love You is a short and entertaining story that quickly captured my interest from start to finish. J.D. Walker writes fast-paced and interesting short stories that I easily enjoy.
Sybron is a forty-something man whose life has been on pause for some time. Sybron has a routine he lives by and pretty much doesn’t enjoy the company of others. Because he is a tad bit grumpy most of the time, he doesn’t have many friends and his life is working full time and then going home alone.
For years, Sybron’s boss and sometimes friend, Rio, has been driving him crazy. Rio’s love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle and his smooth disposition keeps Sybron on edge. Rio’s constructive criticism and teasing banter he shares with Sybron keeps Sybron on his toes in more ways than one. But as Rio continues to chip away the frozen wall Sybron has around his heart and life, Sybron begins to realize that maybe there really is more to both Rio and himself than meets the eye.
Hate to Love You is a story of Sybron’s journey of self-awareness that I highly enjoyed. Though he is a likeable man, his pessimism often overtook any kind of good things or happiness he might have achieved. I liked how he became aware of some of his unhappy faults as he began to work at making his life a more optimistic one to have. He and Rio will be a good match and though this was a satisfying short read, I hated to see it come to an end.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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