My rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
I had a bizarre relationship with this series from the beginning. I’ve heard so much about it and couldn’t resist, but along the way, I realized that it’s a little overrated for what it offers. I was on a merry-go-round, with liking a book, then no, and then hmmmm, maybe this is not so bad after all. Overall, the series is not over the moon, but it did have its good points, which I will address.
“Twisted Hate” will be the last on my preference list. I still have not finalized the Top 4, but this book will gain the last spot. Not that I was not liking the trope, because “enemies to lovers” is intense and very nice to follow, but because of the way it made me feel as a woman.
But let’s start from the beginning – Jules wants to become an attorney and she is doing everything possible to achieve her dream. She has done some ugly things in the past, but she managed to let it go and start fresh. She is happy with her friends and her dreams and complications are not on the menu. Josh Chen is Ava’s brother, who we already met in the first book and he is also Alex’s best friend. In this book we see Josh struggling with his doctor career but also with having his life back after the revelations from “Twisted Love”. His relationship with Alex is not improving and he won’t go see his father in jail. To conclude, he is a mess, and Jules is not helping, always there to irritate and annoy him to death.
Even though they have each other, Jules and Josh begin a sexual relationship born from attraction and frustration, despite believing they hate each other. When Jules’s past comes to hunt her, a lot of secrets are revealed, and guess what? It turns out they are not enemies after all, that this plan of theirs ended up biting them in the ass and making them fall for each other.
What went wrong for me? It was the way Josh acted at the beginning with Jules, especially during intercourse. I know, I am not 100% romantic and I know that sex is not always about unicorns and love and butterflies and rainbows, but this was over the top for me. I did not enjoy their scenes together because they were more rougher than I imagined and I couldn’t see the joy in this brutality.
Believe me, I am not a prude, but the way Jules was treated lowered the point a lot. I have flexible limits, but this went beyond. Even if at the beginning Josh was different, my mind was already made up about their connection and chemistry. I think it’s ok to be intense, but there is a fine line that crossed, can generate an unwanted effect.