Make Me Hate You by Kandi Steiner
If he kisses me right now, I’ll drown.
Every sip of air is shallow and burning, because in the arms of my best friend’s brother, I’m the closest I’ve ever been to sin.
His eyes flick to my lips, and I remember the first time I tasted him, seven years ago before I left this town and vowed never to return. His hands grip my waist, and I remember the pain when he rejected me, when my entire world crashed down at his command. His jaw clenches, and my senses come alive with one stinging reminder.
I’m not his to kiss, and he’s not mine.
I tried to stay away from Tyler Wagner, putting an entire country between us. But when his sister’s wedding brings us back to the same town, to the same house, I can’t avoid him, no matter how hard I try.
He’s always there, his dark eyes bewitching, luring me into their depths. The memory of us pulls me under like a rip current, and when he flashes that smile, I lose my breath, along with my will, unable to escape his grip and find the surface.
Now, hours before our plus ones arrive for the wedding, I’m in his arms, begging him to make me hate him, knowing he never could.
If he kisses me right now, I’ll drown.
And I’ll take him down with me.
Make Me Hate You is a best friend's brother romance that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
THIS! This is the Kandi Steiner writing that I love (and hate at the same time). From page one for Make Me Hate You, I knew I was in for it. The longing. The heartbreak. The angst. That feeling of helplessness as it gets worse before it will maybe get better.
There was no denying the bond between Jasmine and Tyler. Best friends for years. Until one awful night changed everything. After years with no communication, they're thrown back together again. And from the first moment they lay eyes on one another the sparks flew. I could feel the pull. They battle they both waged within themselves to stay away.
My chest was heavy waiting to see if and when they would get over their fear and go for it. There were times I just wanted to jump into my kindle and yell and Tyler and Jasmine to get it together and get on the same page, at the same time. But I knew they had to take this journey. Figure out exactly what they wanted. Put their past behind them once and for all. Let it all go. Or try. Lives would be shaken up. Hearts would be broken. But they would also be healed.
I liked that Kandi Steiner went for the emotional punch. She delivered. BIG TIME. Make Me Hate You was one sucker punch after another, after another. And I'm not even mad about it because as painful and hard as Jasmine and Tyler's path was, it was exactly the road they had to take to have the future they wanted together.
About the Author
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed it to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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