Author: The Hate You Drink
Release Date: May 23rd 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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 struggled a lot with this one. I have a feeling it’s just me, not the book, though, because this is definitely a typical Walker story and I used to love these.
The beginning was very promising. There was angst, intensity, a lot of feels and the promise of a separation period. I was pleased. But then it all went downhill for me when Monroe started a detox and rehab program.
I know that the author had to focus on Monroe working on getting better and I’m glad she did, but it was too much for me. Pages after pages about Monroe’s struggles and him fighting his addiction. By the way I’m not sure having sex while being in rehab is such a good idea.
The MCs spent a big chunk of the book apart, which is ok for me most times but here it made things worse. During that period Monroe suddenly realizes that he is in love with Erik. It felt abrupt and out of the blue, and therefore there was no build up as far as the romantic part is concerned.
The ending was all about the romance but it was way too sugary sweet for my tastes. Not a bad thing, just felt a touch too much.
Bottom line, all I can remember after reading this story is endless crying (so much), endless internal monologues and a sugary sweet ending.
Again, I still think that fans of the author will love this story. Just wasn’t for me.