March 7, 2024 | Posted in:New Release, Review


It’s release day for If You Hate Me, a brand new standalone hate-to-love, brother’s best friend hockey romance from Helena Hunting.
My new roommates are two pro hockey players.
First, my manwhore older brother, and second, his seriously hot best friend (who I seriously hate).
This was a last resort.
No one should be sleeping on a futon that smells like Cheetos and ball sweat.
But here I am, trying to get my life together.
Tristan Stiles is the bane of my existence.
He never wears a shirt.
We can’t seem to stop fighting.
He’s an arrogant playboy with a filthy reputation.
Sure, I had a crush on him when I was fourteen, but that was a long time ago.
I know better than to trust him.
I just need to survive long enough to find a new job and get a new place.
And not accidentally let Tristan rail me into next week.
𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗶𝗻 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱
4.5 out of 5 stars

If You Hate Me is the first book in a new hockey series by Helena Hunting. (Pause for major cheers!) I’m already looking forward to more in the series and trying to pair all the characters up in my head. This is a brother’s best friend, enemies to lovers and it was fun, emotional, and extremely spicey. I think this is the spiciest book I’ve read of Helena’s. Rix and Tristan legit hate each other. But all that hate is just foreplay. They’ve known each other since they were young, but now they are living together temporarily and after all that foreplay the hate just explodes into lust of epic proportions. They agree it’s just until she finds a new place to live. After that, every available moment, surface and place is on the sexy list. Then those pesky feelings creep in and Tristan can’t handle them. His past is just too much for him to move past and realize he’s allowed to be happy. To be loved. Rix didn’t want to fall for Tristan, but she did and now she doesn’t know what to do. He keeps running and she can’t keep chasing him. Tristan needs to get his crap together or he’s going to lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him. I really like Rix and Tristan and this new set of characters! There were a few scenes that had me covering my eyes and ears and a few that I felt detracted from the story. Tristan is a filthy, dirty man and Rix loved it. I loved their banter and the times when Tristan was sweet and aggressive. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio and Conner and CJ really killed it! Overall, I enjoyed it! It was a little too dirty for me at times, but I enjoyed them enough and was invested in their happily ever after. I loved Rix and the girls and all the characters who are going to delight me in the rest of the series!


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