HATE CRUSH by A. Zavarelli
Release Date: November 21st
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They call him the devil.
When I crash-landed into him on my first day at Loyola Academy, I was sure that couldn’t be true.
He was the most gorgeous man I’d ever seen in real life.
Little did I know he was also the cruelest.
I went from starstruck to stunned the moment his cynical eyes cut through me.
I can’t tell you what it was that made him want to punish me. But from that day forward the brooding recluse of a man made it his goal to torment me.
I want to loathe him, and some days, I do.
But good or bad, nobody’s attention has ever tasted so sweet.
What do you do when you have a hate crush on your bully?
Worse yet, what do you do when he’s also your teacher?
There’s something about Stella that makes me believe she will always go the extra mile to seek approval from those with authority. I can see it every time she looks at me. And before the end of the hour, I’ve made up my mind. In the past, I picked easy, obvious targets for my projects. Without fail, they failed me. They couldn’t withstand the expectations of their peers and their family and the machine that is Loyola Academy.
But Stella won’t fail. I feel it deep in my gut. A spark of hope that I haven’t had with any of the others. A want I haven’t experienced since my own college days. I will push her harder than I’ve pushed anyone else before her, and she will cling to hold onto herself in the face of any storm I might bring her way. I will open her eyes to the realities of this world. And in the end, she will despise me for my ruthlessness, but she will be grateful.
Stella LeClaire, welcome to my final project.
***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***
Storyline: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Heat Factor: 4 stars
Overall Rating: 4 stars
“Cruelty is just pain’s gatekeeper”
Hate Crush is a bully romance/forbidden romance story by A. Zavarelli and the first book I’ve read by this author. As soon as I heard it was a bully romance, I knew I had to read it. Overall, I enjoyed this story but feel that there was some disconnect between the characters at times which made the relationship they were having seem forced.
Stella is new to Loyola Academy. She hails from a family of coldness and there is no love lost between her and her mother. When she finds herself the new girl with the target on her back, she takes comfort knowing she has one true friend in Sybil. Grappling with the changes and uncertainties in her life, things quickly change when she catches the eye of Sebastian Carter, her new teacher. Super-hot and arrogant, he seems to have it out for her and is destined to make her feel as unwelcomed and uncomfortable as possible in his classroom but outside of the classroom he can’t get enough of her.
This story follows the Stella and Sebastian. There is lots of hate between these two but lots of chemistry also. I loved the Stella was strong yet vulnerable when it came to Sebastian. He truly was her kryptonite. Sebastian was arrogant and alpha. Very dominant and often callous with Stella. There was a lot of depth to him and as the story progressed, we really saw the demons he was facing within.
Overall this is a good story. I like the bully romance/forbidden romance element and enjoyed the storyline.
About the Author:
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.
She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.
She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.
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