Series: The Line Between #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Revenge, Romance
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There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late.
I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame.
The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood.
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It was no secret that I hated her, but only I knew why.
She was off-limits.
And then our separate worlds collided with one tragedy.
It wasn’t her fault, I knew that, but I wanted her to hurt the way I did, and I needed someone to blame. She was an easy target.
The girl I’d picked on all our lives.
And the woman I barely tolerated.
Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible…
I adored this book. I wish I could put my finger on the exact reason why I liked this book as much as I did, but I just did. I think because the two main characters start out with this long standing, and sometimes really painful past that has followed them to college. And even though the two of them “hate” each other, they still end up being in each others lives more than I think either of them is prepared for and it ends up with a great story.
So Kennedy and Dane have a long history, there families go way back, and they seemingly hate each other, although neither Kennedy or Dane really know the details about the history between the two families. But what Kennedy does know is that Dane made her life a living hell when she was in school with him before college, and if it wasn’t for her brother and her best friend she would have been completely lost. But life happened and by the time Kennedy and Dane are in college together they are both dealing with the fallout and hurt from something that happened at high school graduation.
I liked Kennedy, a lot. I liked that she had changed from high school and was able to stand up to Dane when he teased her or did something that upset her. I liked that she was able to be a lot more confident in her actions then she was in her head, that she was able to put on a brave face when she needed to. I also liked that she broke when she needed too to. She was just a great combination of strength and weakness and I like that about a character. Plus she had some sassy moments that I enjoyed.
Dane was kind of a jerk, but in a good way. He’s like that boy running around the playground pulling the hair of the girl that he likes, only it’s college and his stunts now are way meaning then some pigtail pulling. You can tell Dane is struggling, he has a strained relationship with his family, his father in particular, and he avoids his mother entirely. The traumatic event of their past really haunts him, and in the end he does and says some hurtful things, but it’s clear it’s only because he is hurting too.
I loved how Kennedy and Dane were together, whether they were fighting or not, they had great chemistry, it was palpable. It was easy to like these two together. Plus the two of them were keeping things on the down low, so it was fun to watch the two of them keep everything a secret, and watch them deal with their self imposed deadline of when everything was suppose to end, which was kind of heartbreaking too.
This book took me on a range of emotions, I can remember being completely heartbroken, angry, happy, laughing out loud and more. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would easily recommend it to anyone who loves the push pull of a love/hate relationship, especially if you like new adult books.