Hate F*@k: Part One (The Horus Group #1) by Ainsley BoothHate F*@k: Part One by Ainsley Booth
Published February 2015
Series: The Horus Group #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook
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I push her buttons. I want to push them in the good way. Dirty, up-against-the-wall, my-hand-in-her-pants kind of way.
But that’s not possible, because I’m dark and she’s light, and we both know it.
So I push her buttons in the bad way, making her hate me.

If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d ask for Cole Parker to never look at me again, that I’d forget the dark promise in his eyes, and that just once, before he vanished from my life completely, that he’d push me up against a wall and fuck me.
Then I’d go wash my mouth out with soap.

It always comes down to the same thing for Hailey Dashford Reid. Her family screws up and creates yet another scandal, and she’s dragged into it against her will. All she really wants is to be kept out of all the drama and live a simple life – happy to renege on the family money.

And this money is put to good use when her father decides to hire Horus Group, a company destined to help the Reids cover up their scandals. As a consequence, Hailey gets to spend way too much time up close to Cole Parker, ex Navy-SEAL who has made it his mission to shadow her (and more). And that’s proven to be extremely frustrating to her, because Cole is extremely bossy, but so handsome and sexy when he’s all suited-up that it gets difficult to hate him…

What I loved about this book:

  • I’ve never read such an enticing serial novella series
  • Imagine a great and enticingly complex storyline, paired with great characters and an amazing (sexual) chemistry, all condensed into a 1hr read – perfect!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Nothing!

Given the fact that this is a serial novella, my review is going to be comparably short. I am not actually a great fan of serial novellas but I heard good things about Hate F*@k and it very much enjoyed the fact that the author gave away from the start that it would be a 3 Part novella only. There nothing I hate more than a serial novella that just wont end (and drags along, leaving all kind of potential behind).

But in Hate F*@k, potential is all over the place. I liked the fact that this first part held both great and interesting characters, as well as an enticing plot. Sure, as in any serial novella, the plot feels slightly rushed (albeit only in the beginning) but all the good stuff was there.

Also, the writing was a first person dual POV. So we get insights into both Hailey and Cole’s mind, and this was extremely enjoyable, because Cole’s mind is quite dirty! There are some significantly steamy scenes in this book, and that’s where it scores massive brownie points. The content is very hot and there are quite a few sexy scenes in the grand scheme of this book and its page count, but they thankfully don’t steal the show to the great storyline. And that storyline is quite complex: there’s the conflict of interest (with Cole dating his client’s daughter), Cole’s shadowy past, and last but not least, the fact that Cole is a “bad person” who covers up people’s murders and screw-ups while Hailey is the poster child for kindness and righteousness, which creates very interesting dynamics.

“If we met at a different time and place, I’d want you to teach me to be good. Because you’re so god it makes me wish I had a heart. For you, I’d try to be an average man, with feelings and everything.”

And oh my word. I loved Cole: he was the perfect brooding alpha with a hidden sweet spot anyone would fall for. He ranks high on the book boyfriend list. And I also loved Hailey: beautiful, curvy, down to earth, prim & proper yet not arrogant, loves to knit but owns a strip pole in her living-room. How can you not connect with her?

“Hailey Dashford Reid, with her silky brown hair and big, smoky blue eyes, all prim and proper and so fucking sexy it makes my nuts ache. Also, totally off-limits.”

Of course, this novella ends in a cliffhanger! And I’m hooked: I definitely want to find out more about Hailey, and can’t wait for the sequel(s) to reveal more about sexy dirty-talking Cole, and why he so firmly believes he doesn’t deserve someone like Hailey.

Detailed Rating
5 Stars
5 Stars
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All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars