Hate to Love You (Baker’s Bunch Book 1) by Lily Ryan – Review by Sarah Oakes

Hate to Love You (Baker's Bunch Book 1)Hate to Love You by Lily Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about change. Sam’s brother has overdosed on drugs, but all she can think about is kissing his best friend, Cole Andrews. That night changes everything as she gets her hearts desire. But her brother always gets in the middle of things and Cole doesn’t want to risk Tyler finding out. Can their forbidden love blossom or is it doomed from the start?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Cole trying to be a good friend but also follow his heart or Sam try to do what makes her happy despite what others think.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the storm with the thunder and lightning in beauty and colour grabbing the readers attention from the start and a wonderful use of foreshadowing. Or the vivid colours used with the greens and blues of the eyes wonderfully written. Or the coffee shop with its homely feel and comfy booths for a sense of peace from the storm.
The switch of perspectives worked well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow with names as chapter titles. The only issue I would raise is that the conflict of Tyler not finding out felt as if it was a bigger problem than it seemed. Perhaps if this was explained, this would br more relatable. Also the reminiscences into the past felt unnecessary and often repeated things. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars

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