Hate Me is an all-new emotional mafia romance by LP Lovell is available NOW!
I am a whore. A slave. A possession. I accepted my fate long ago, but fate is not done with me yet. Freedom is so close I can almost taste it, only to have it snatched away under the guise of protection. A guilded cage is still a cage. Friend or foe? Saviour or oppressor? Rafael D’Cruze is a bad man. I hate him, so why do I feel safe with him?
She’s a favour. Collateral. A pretty slave. I have no interest in her beyond keeping her alive for the man who now owns her. And yet…I’m fascinated by the little Russian. There is no room for weakness in my world, but it appears the delicate rose has steel petals. I’m willing to bleed for a willing touch, a trusting glance…
A broken little bird. The big bad wolf. A longing that could heal or destroy.
Hate me or hold me?
I am impressed with this book. It was dark and gritty and told of horrific things without ever crossing a line into something gratuitous. I was completely wrapped up in Anna and Raphael and their precarious relationship, they were both so interesting alone, and together their dynamic was completely engrossing.
Hate Me is the first book in LP Lovell’s Collateral series. This series is a spinoff of her Kiss of Death series, though you do not have to read that series before this book. Honestly, I didn’t know this book had ties to anything else until I read a review outlining the connection. I did find this book interesting enough that I would love to go and read that series when I’m done with this one. Hate Me is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Anna & Raphael.
Hate Me is a glimpse behind the filthy curtain of drug cartels. It oozed violence and hatred. It was rife with the ugliest side of the law. It never shied away from exposing readers to the worst parts of humanity. Each moment of violence walked a fine line between being grotesque and cathartic. I found myself questioning my own moral compass in some moments, as I never questioned the necessity of the punishments bestowed on the offenders.
Anna was tragic. Her history. Her present. Her reality. Raphael was terrifying. His life. His world. His influence. Together they balanced each other extremes. She should have been too broken for him. He should have been too callous for her. She needed someone to push her beyond what she’d come to expect from men. He needed someone to see him as more than a stone-cold cartel boss. The push and pull they had was exactly what they both needed and allowed them to build a relationship built on more than attraction and chemistry.
The only wish I have for this book, and it’s really not even fair to ask for it until I read the next book, would be to get more of Raphael’s backstory. We have the broad strokes, but I have a feeling there is so much more to the man than we’ve even begun to see.
LP Lovell is a new to me author. If this book is indicative of her writing style and story building, I am sold. There was a rawness to her writing that felt perfect for the characters and the world they lived in. I will definitely be reading the subsequent novels in this series and checking out her backlist when I have the time.
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologize for afterwards.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.