Our Review

‘Even if I tried to make her cry. Even if I hurt her. Even if…Even if…Even if…She stayed strong. She was a little shit like that.’

We absolutely love M. Robinson’s stories, they’re always full of angst and passion with her own brand of romance as well as intriguing characters. The Love Hurts duet is certainly one of the most intense love/hate romances which we’ve read, it had real character history with an emphasis on friendship, loyalty and protection. The banter and the powerful push pull was written with a heavy hand but it only added to the heightened emotions of what was to unfold in Love You Now. Without question we enjoyed this duet and we’re glad we waited to read it as a complete book to get the progression through the ages in one hit, and of course because of the cliff-hanger, which Monica Robinson is so well known and loved for. She sure likes to emotionally torment her readers and we’re sure her ultimate goal is to make us cry! And cry we did!

“I want a guy who wants to be with me. The one who will do anythin’ to make me happy. The man who puts me first before everythin’ and anyone. I want the fairytale, my own Prince Charmin’. I know my worth, and I won’t stop till I find him. I refuse to settle. It’s just not in me.”

In Hated You Then, we experience Harley and Jackson’s childhood from the ages 5 to 16. At first the insults, bullying and pranks are typical childhood nemesis behaviour. The old adage; as kids we torment those we like. Well, this certainly rang true with Harley and Jackson.

‘This was when…She went from the girl I hated the most, to the one I needed more than anything in this world.’
‘I owned her. Now. Forever. Mine.’

If you’re read the Pierced Duet you’ll experience parts of it through Jackson’s eyes as there’s a fair amount of retelling. We loved this, and if it broke our hearts the first time around, this time it decimated them. There were parts of Jackson’s pov which had us in floods of tears. We’re huge fans of showing not telling and Monica Robinson certainly did show us. Also, it was great being back with past characters whom we love.

‘Out of everyone in her life…She forgot me first. And all I could think about was…How much time, how many years, how much longer did I have…Until I lost my mind too.’

We have to be honest and say we really struggled with the way in which Harley and Jackson were written in Hated You Then. Their ages did not mesh or even correlate at all with how they spoke nor behaved. We had to keep reminding ourselves how old they were. This completely took us out of the story several times, sadly. We wish this is something that would have been picked up on, as the story had such a brilliant premise, which really is the ultimate enemies to lovers from childhood into adulthood. The queen of angst had two great characters in Harley and Jackson as well as a brilliant story, but this is the one thing that, in our opinion, felt very unrealistic and at times it made for extremely uncomfortable reading, due to their actual ages. We have to admit we struggled through the main part of the first book because of this, however, Monica Robinson pulled it back with a scene which had us in floods of tears and we just had to continue reading, and thankfully we were completely sucked back into the story with Love You Now.

“It’d never work between us.”
“Really? Cuz it sure as shit has been working since we were kids.”
“What? All we’ve ever done is torture each other. What would you call that?”
I leaned in to her face, “Fuckin’ foreplay.”

Love You Now was even more intense on the angst factor. It was a slow arduous journey for both Harley and Jackson who, without question, have been soul mates since birth. Now in their twenties, with flashbacks to their late teens, they are in a place where the past weighs heavy, but as adults they make realisations of the truth behind their extreme childhood behaviour. Nothing has, or ever will, come easy for these two. They may have great love, family and friends in their life, they may even have an easy life compared to many. However, unless the heart is settled and at peace, everything else can pale into insignificance.

“You keep talking about the ghosts of our pasts, but it’s you who needs to bury them.” With that, I turned and left, leaving my bleeding heart in her hands. Even though, she was the one gripping the life out of it. Out of me.’

We loved how Monica Robinson turned this duet around and we found ourselves rooting for Harley and Jackson. The misunderstandings, the secrecy and the pretence all combined in conspiring to stand in the way of a true love. Harley and Jackson’s very own chaotic version of love. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster and we absolutely wanted to bang their heads together a few times. What they both let stand in their way of finding true happiness in each other’s arms was agonising at times. Monica Robinson threw in a few twists, which we loved, and she made sure we truly felt those important emotions in Love You Now. There’s a fine line between love and hate and Monica Robinson got it just right in our opinion. Love will always win!

‘The emotion…The chemistry between us. It was a spark just waitin’ to explode. I wanted his touch. His taste. His adoration and love. Everythin’. Anythin’. Every. Last. Part. Him. My bully. My boy.’

Book #1 – 3 Stars
Book #2 – 4 Stars

Synopsis

From Wall Street Journal & USA Bestselling Author M. Robinson. A coming of age, enemies to lovers, contemporary romance filled with angst and all the feels.

I couldn’t remember a time before her… Harley Jameson.

Before she owned me.
Hated Me.
Needed me.

Before I hated her…

Things were simple.
We had an understanding.

Bully. Fight. Hate. It’s what we did.

Mind. Body. Soul. It’s how we loved.

I thought nothing would ever change that, until everything did.

She was mine.
Always had been.
Always would be.
Nothing altered that.

Not how much I hated her.
Not how much she hated me.

Especially, not how much I hated…

That I LOVED her.

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