The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
Publisher: Forever Publishing • Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Content Warning: Sexual assault , trauma, death
I had a feeling I was going to like this book, it’s enemies to lovers which is one of my favorite tropes, but I didn’t know I was going to love this book as much as I did!
Indian-American biochemical engineer Liya is perfectly fine being single, but her parents insist on setting her up with men they want her to marry. When her parents’ invite to dinner is a set up to meet a potential suitor, Jay, and his mother, Liya flees the scene. When the lawyer hired to save her company is Jay, Liya has to face him at work everyday and many verbal fights ensue. As they start to spend more time together at work, they realize that they just may be made for each other.
Liya was such a strong character and not just what she went through in her life with being assaulted and having everyone in her community spreading rumors about her. She was someone who could stand on her own and knew what she wanted and how to obtain it. Jay is being added to my list of favorite male characters in romance books. The way he kept standing up for Liya, even after she turned him down countless times, you can’t help but love him. I wish there was more of Jay’s mom in the book because she was one of my favorite characters. I loved the female friendships in the book and learning more about the Indian culture.
It looks like this is the first in a series since Patel has a book with Preeti’s story coming out in 2021, so I can’t wait to be reunited with these characters!