The Hate You Drink (Renee’s review)

Title: The Hate You Drink
Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: May 23, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary/Friends to Lovers/Addiction
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5


Erik Keston, son of the Keston Real Estate empire, knows what it takes to be successful. Despite his inherent wealth, he holds his own. He works hard, he’s grounded, he’s brilliant. He’s also secretly in love with his best friend.

Monroe Wellman lost his parents three years ago and never grieved, never recovered. Inheriting the family company and wealth means nothing, and his spiral of self-destruction is widespread and spectacular. Dubbed Sydney’s bad boy, he spends more days drunk than sober, and the only person who’s stuck by him through it all is his best mate.

But when Monroe hits rock bottom, Erik gives him an ultimatum, and his entire world comes to a grinding halt. It’s not until the haze lifts that Monroe can truly see what he’s been searching for was never in the bottom of a bottle. It’s been by his side all along.

An 80,000-word friends-to-lovers story about fighting the demons within and trusting in the love that takes its place.

“Because when all you drink is hate, that’s all there is inside you.”

I was looking for the angst.

When it comes to the addiction component, the angst was there. This story takes us through the immediate “before” Monroe goes into addiction treatment for alcoholism and then through his first 30 days sober.

He has put his best friend, Erik, through hell for the past three years. Erik has given and given, while Monroe has taken and taken.

I read this book in one sitting, which goes to show why this author is a favorite. I just love reading whatever she writes.

But the angst. I was really looking forward to some relationship angst, but there was none to be found. I wanted couple fighting, ultimatums, anything……

What I got was sugary sweet forgiveness and understanding.

Which is fiiiiiine, don’t get me wrong. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I still enjoyed reading this. Fans of the author will like this a lot.

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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