To Hate Adam Connor (Love & Hate #2) by Ella Maise

“Because if I fall in love with him I won’t survive that fall.”

Plot Summary

So you may ask, who is Adam Connor? He is the recently divorced, Academy Award-winning actor who just moved in next door with his kid. He also happens to be an exquisite male specimen and the most infuriating sly bastard I’ve ever come across.

Let’s be honest here, wouldn’t you wanna take a peek over the wall to catch a glimpse of him, hopefully when he is naked? Wouldn’t you melt away after watching him work out as his five-year-old kid cheered him on? Do I even have to mention those abs, the big bulge in his pants, or that arm porn? Oh, wait, you would never spy on him? Sure…

While I was being thoughtful by not breaking and entering and was actually considering going over to offer him a shoulder—or maybe a boob or two—to cry on (y’know, because of his divorce), instead he had me thrown in jail after a small incident. Jail, people! He was supposed to grant me countless orgasms as a thank you, not a jail cell.

After that day, I was mentally plotting ways to strangle him instead of jumping his bones to make sweet love. So what if my body did more than just shiver when he whispered dirty little things in my ear? I can’t be held responsible for that. And when was the last time he’d kissed anyone anyway? Who’d enjoy a kiss with a side of heart attack?

Even if he and his son were the best things since sliced bread—and I’m not saying he was—I couldn’t fall for him. No matter what promises he whispered on my skin, my curse wouldn’t let us be. I wasn’t a damsel in distress—I could save myself, thank you very much—but deep inside, I still hoped Adam Connor would be the hero of my story.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault

My Review

I found this book on the Deals Section on my Kindle and I always liked these kinds of covers for contemporary romances. When I read the synopsis, it sounded just like my kind of book. It was only after starting that I realised this is actually the second book of the series. Although it doesn’t affect this story, I hate when this happens to me. The characters from the first book make a constant appearance on this one and it annoys me that I already know some things about them that I shouldn’t. Despite all this, I’m definitely going to read the first book. After calling myself names, I made a vow: I’ll always check first if the book belongs to a series.

That being said, holy mother of all hot and grumpy actors! Adam Connor is a man to fall head over heels in love with. I identify myself with Lucy in this book. I would definitely climb a ladder too in order to spy on my new hot neighbour doing push-ups half naked in the backyard. 

After a bad breakup, Lucy moves temporarily to her best friend’s home until she gets her life back together. She was not supposed to spy on her neighbour, but since her neighbour is the hot Hollywood actor Adam Connor, she finds herself climbing a ladder and taking some pictures. While attempting a rescue on his son that fell in the pool when the nanny was distracted, Lucy ends up getting arrested and hating Adam Connor for it.

After that, Lucy intends on avoiding him forever but his son makes that impossible by liking her and asking his dad to let her babysit him. Since Adam was recently divorced and wants to take care of his son as best possible, he accepts and they have no other choice than to talk to each other.

Eventually their relationship begins to develop and now Adam has an obstacle to surpass in order to conquer Lucy’s heart. He has to make her believe in love again.

This was a funny and light read for me but I have to point out the author used the word “c*ck” way too many times for my liking. We get it, she has a thing for big ones and teases him by implying he has a small one (which he doesn’t apparently) so he uses the word “c*ck” in a lot of sentences repeatedly.  It’s unnecessary I guess.

Despite that fact, I really enjoyed this book and now have to read the first one because I loved Jason and Olive way too much to try and avoid their story.

Highlight Moments

– Lucy spying on Adam and sending pictures to Olive

– The banter between Lucy and Adam

– The way Jason feels uncomfortable with Olive blushing in front of Adam

– Adam and Lucy sex scene


“There was something special about falling in love with fictional characters through words.”

“She was our Lucy, Aiden’s and mine.”

“Where do they breed these Hollywood people? Like, is there a farm we can visit to pick out the ones we like best? I would just like to have a look-see. If there is a place like that and you’ve been keeping it from me…I’m not sure I can be your friend anymore.”

PLOT: ★★★
COVER: ★★★

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