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Review: The Trouble With Hating You

I couldn’t put this book down. In some ways it was a hard read, learning what Liya had been through, and yet that made her such a relatable, beloved character. Her flawed thinking kept her from believing anyone could love her for who she truly was. It was heart-wrenching and yet the story of so many women who have been hurt, misused, and go on to believe they are no longer enough for real love.

I love how Patel handled this throughout the book, with a soft touch and skillful words. She gave Liya a voice of her own, the ability to stand up for herself, and yet allowed Liya to find friends, and a partner that would stand with her. It was beautifully done.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I think I felt every feeling there is to feel while reading this, especially those last few chapters! Patel will be an auto-buy for me now!



Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.

Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He’s also arrogant and infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?

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