Hate Thy Neighbor by S.M. Soto

4 STARS!

Release Date: July 27, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Fresh out of a failed engagement, Olivia Hales is in dire need of a fresh start. Tired of being the charming and accommodating girl that always gets stomped on, she’s determined to change her outlook on life. When she finds her dream job in a small town in California, she thinks she’s finally found her place in life. That is, until she meets her new neighbor. 

Roman Banks. Moody. Foul-mouthed. Jerk. And the hottest man on the planet. 

At a sprawling six foot five, he was coldly distant and physically intimidating. Not only was her new neighbor a God that was good with his hands, he was also a grade-A jerk. Trapped on the same street, sharing the same space together, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous, never-ending game of insults and pranks that result in the destruction of two perfectly good homes.

The tension between them is as thick as the walls of their houses are thin. Roman’s touch burned like fire even when his words were ice, and both of them will stop at nothing to make the others life hell. 

In the midst of the pranks and the hate they harbor for each other, Olivia slowly pulls back the layers of the man next door and finds herself consumed with wanting to fix him and his past. When both enemies start to catch feelings for each other, Olivia finds herself hiding her own secrets, not wanting to lose another man in her life.

Lines are drawn. Strict rules put into place. But that doesn’t stop Olivia from wanting to save the quiet, broody man next door.

They say you’re supposed to love thy neighbor, but that was the furthest emotion she felt when thinking about Roman. Hate was all there was to their relationship. At the very least, that’s what she tried to tell herself. 

Hate Thy Neighbor is a full length enemies to lovers standalone.


REVIEW: First, let’s start with this adorable cover–seriously I am in love. Also, the chapter pages are adorable too! This was my first book by this author and I’m happy I picked it up. There are so many layers to this story that I was not expecting. While I love the enemies to lovers romances, there has to be some really good reasons when the guy is a total jerk to the leading lady. Luckily, Roman has a past and some current goals that explain why he is the way he is. I’ve got to admit, Roman Banks is my favorite kind of hero–broody with a heart of gold. His relationship with Ryder gave me all the heart eyes. Harper is just so complex, she’s kind and strong, yet sometimes too kind which becomes a weakness. I sincerely love her as a lead. I did feel that this book was a little too long, but that is really just a personal preference. I was impatient to find out why Roman was the way he was, then wanted to get to the bottom of the suspense part, and then there’s another thing I needed to know more about that was hinted at, but took forever to actually come out. Needless to say, that is just my impatience that made it irritating, the book itself was a layered journey and I’m glad I picked this one up!

Thank you so much to S.M. Soto and Social Butterfly PR for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!


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Meet S.M. Soto

S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California, where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious amounts of donuts that will surely lead to her demise.

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