I Hate You, I Love You

I Hate You, I Love You

by Elizabeth Hayley

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There’s a fine line between love and hate. And these two can’t decide which side they’re really on. . . .

Poetry professor Naomi Price is loved by her students, happily works around the clock, and has credentials no one could deny. Except, it seems, for her arch-nemesis at Hainamor University. The man never has anything polite to say, and now the two of them are competing for a prestigious honor that just so happens to come with a cash award. With every move Naomi makes to impress her colleagues, her rival is right there beside her, elbow to elbow, making it impossible to ignore how devastatingly hot he is—even if he is a total bastard.

Sebastian Blake knows what Naomi thinks of him, and he’s trying hard not to care. Maybe he’s been grouchy with her in the past, but she isn’t making his life any easier with her crusade to win over the Personnel Committee and earn an honor that is rightfully his. Naomi just doesn’t quit, and though he’d never admit it, there’s something sexy about her. Something that has him tied up in knots. Something that makes him want to move beyond his painful past and take a chance—at least for as long as it takes to kiss her silly and see what happens next.

Warning: Intense bickering leads to intense sexual chemistry!

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Praise for I Hate You, I Love You

“With smart, plucky heroines and the swoon-worthy men who fall for them, Elizabeth Hayley never disappoints!”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild
“Every time I open an Elizabeth Hayley book, it’s a moment of excitement. I know I’m going to get every important feel on my list—sighs, swoons, laughter, love—in a tale I won’t be able to put down. Smart, sexy, bold, and brilliant—Elizabeth Hayley brings it all to the page! I worship their mad storytelling skills!”USA Today bestselling author Angel Payne

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524799700
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 153,262
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. They learned a ton about each other through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly. They live with their husbands and kids in a Philadelphia suburb. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

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Chapter 1

The sprawling campus of Hainamor University was a sight to behold as the first vestiges of fall appeared by means of brightly colored leaves and the crisp, clean air that always compelled Naomi to inhale more deeply. Vermont had been a revelation for her. The Prices had a long history of not traveling above the Mason-Dixon line, but here she was, teaching English Literature—with a focus on poetry—in a small town that seemed pulled from the storybooks she’d read as a child.

As much as she liked to wander around the town, which was always bustling with activity, she especially loved being on campus. Students stretched out under trees in the quad, the tall Gothic-inspired buildings that gave the impression of being on the grounds of a castle, the paths that wound through vibrant green grass—it was idyllic, and most days she couldn’t believe life had led her here.
But then there were days like today. Today her deep breaths weren’t invigorating and pleasurable. They were to keep her blood pressure from elevating so high it would cause her to stroke out on the pavement as she walked to her next class. Her relocated next class, which had been moved because his almighty highness decreed it be so. Because heaven forbid anyone inconvenience the man who seemed to make it his mission in life to rile her.

Professor Blake.

It was fitting that Sebastian Blake wrote dystopian novels about the cataclysmic way the earth would end, seeing how he was a harbinger of despair and agony. Ever since she’d arrived to teach summer session three years ago, the man had been infuriating and antagonistic. He was the one gloomy spot in her otherwise bright existence. And while she knew she was giving him too much power—had allowed him to become her arch-nemesis despite it being less stressful to simply ignore him completely—it was impossible to interact in any way other than with utter contempt and malice.

It didn’t help matters that he was a literary genius. Despite Naomi’s specialty being poetry, she had not only read Sebastian’s books, but she’d reveled in them. There had been no other faculty member she’d been looking forward to meeting more than him.

It was for that reason that she’d maybe gone a little overboard on her first day, electing to bake everyone in her department a small cake in the shape of a book. She’d even iced his with the title of his latest novel on it, Persephone’s Revenge. It had taken a considerable amount of time to bake her ten fellow English professors personalized cakes, but she’d wanted to make a memorable impression—even if she now thought of the moment she presented the cakes with a tinge of embarrassment.

Still, all the other faculty members had been appreciative and touched. All except Sebastian. He’d looked down at her outstretched cake and said, “I’ll pass, thanks,” in a voice that sounded as if she’d offered him rancid squirrel meat. He then pointed as if signaling for her dismissal, and muttered, “My office hours are over for today. Now if you don’t mind, I’d like to get back to what I was doing before being interrupted.”

Naomi had been dumbstruck. His remark was so unwarranted she hadn’t been able to think of any way to respond. So she did what any rational, professional woman would do.

She told him he didn’t know what he was missing, took one bite of the cake, and then tossed the rest into his trash can and stormed out.

Once Naomi had calmed down, she’d convinced herself Sebastian had probably just been having a bad day. That their next interaction would put them on the path toward becoming thriving colleagues who bantered about how colloquialisms were destroying literature. This would be a small bump on the way to a lifelong, professional relationship built upon mutual respect and support.

As it turned out, however, their next meeting would only affirm for Naomi that Sebastian was from the very deepest bowels of hell.

This next interaction occurred at the copy machine that Naomi had, according to Sebastian, broken with her “obvious inability to perform mundane tasks that any kindergartner could execute,” to which he added the question of whether she was sure she was “meant to be teaching at this institution rather than enrolling in its undergraduate program.”

A real gem, that Sebastian.

Granted, she had interrupted the machine from copying his syllabus (unknowingly!) and then the damned thing had jammed when she’d started running off her own. But it wasn’t her fault that he’d walked away from his copies, during which time the machine had run out of paper. She’d been using copy machines for a long time and was well versed in them, or so she thought. When she saw the error light, she refilled the paper and fed through her own syllabus, which was when her mortal mistake was made. The added task sent the machine into some kind of frenzy before it decided it had had enough of working for the day and died on the spot.

She could understand his being a little annoyed, but the condescending ire he’d aimed her way was undeserved. Though she had prided herself on the fact that she didn’t lash out at him, it felt worse to merely stand there and absorb his words before he turned on his heel and stormed off.

It was such an awful feeling—much more awful than being hollered at in the first place—that she swore then and there to never let Sebastian get away with as much as a snide look in her direction. And she hadn’t. Not really.

Though there had been times when immediate retribution would have reflected poorly on her. So she’d calmed her inner anti-Sebastian crusader by carrying out small acts of justice. These things ranged from knocking items askew on his perfectly organized desk or in his interdepartmental mailbox. Though these occasions were few and far between, she made sure to leave her subtle mark whenever she was within striking distance, including hiding all the board-writing implements from a classroom if his class was scheduled to follow hers. (This provided a small measure of satisfaction until she learned that he always brought his own whiteboard markers, preferring black to the rainbow of colors typically stocked in the classrooms.)

It was immature and petty, but also one of the most soul-deep rewarding experiences she’d had since earning her doctorate at the age of twenty-seven—making her one of the youngest in her doctoral program. It also drove that pedantic, pretentious, pompous (along with a lot of other “P” words her inner feminist would not let her utter, even in thought) prick insane. Not that he’d say anything about it, but the way the vein on his temple would pulse and his eyes would narrow as he looked at her with that stare he’d perfected told her he found her entirely unimpressive and annoying.
She loathed that stare as much as she craved it. Because while it meant she was getting under his skin, it also meant he really did find her inconsequential. A nuisance that he probably wished he could swat away with the back of his hand. Being reduced to that in anyone’s eyes, no matter how detestable that person might be, had been difficult for Naomi to handle. And many might argue she wasn’t handling it particularly well, what with the high school tricks and in-depth analysis of every look he cast in her direction. But as the saying went, those people were haters and she had no time for them. Besides, it wasn’t as if Sebastian were innocent in all of this.

Take today for example. They were two weeks into the fall semester, and Sebastian had just now discovered that he “wasn’t able” to make the trek between Kellerman Building, which housed the majority of the liberal arts classes, and Svenson, a smaller building on the other side of campus often used for overflow, because he had back-to-back classes and was perpetually late for his upper-level Nature of the Narrative course.

The chair of their department, Ron Pierson—a tall, gangly man who wore spectacles and seemed to own only tweed—had stopped her in the hall fifteen minutes ago and told her he’d moved her two o’clock poetry workshop to Svenson so Sebastian could have her former classroom at that time. Change effective immediately.

Immediately meaning right now, because when she glanced down at her watch she saw it was already one forty. Apparently they (Ron’s secretary) had already sent out notices from the department to their students through their class listservs. She didn’t even know if Ron was truly permitted to make such a change, but it seemed pointless to question him about it. She was the newest professor in the department and hadn’t earned the right to rant about the injustice of it all yet.

Since the other classes she taught that day were all in the morning, it wasn’t a huge deal. But a bit of a heads-up would have been nice. She’d have to scrawl a quick note to leave on the door (in case the students hadn’t gotten the alert and his majesty didn’t want to deign to speak to them) and would then have to wait for all of her students to make the journey to Svenson. It was irritating and made abundantly more so because it was done to make life easier for Sebastian.

Sebastian. The man who stood behind Ron with his arms crossed and a smug look on his freakishly symmetrical face. That was another thing that drove her crazy about Sebastian: his features were nearly perfect. In fact, everything about him was. He was tall and solid, with piercing blue eyes, coal-black hair, and a square jaw. There was nothing about his appearance that would give evidence to the horror that lay within other than the stern countenance he often wore. Naomi couldn’t remember ever having seen the man smile or so much as allow his eyes to crinkle with happiness (other than when he was successfully making her life a living hell, of course).

Oh, how she’d wanted to say no to Ron’s decree! She’d wanted to march into her classroom, stand at the podium, and refuse to move, like she was participating in a 1960s sit-in. Instead, she was tromping across campus toward Svenson with a scowl marring her pale skin, her blond hair whipping behind her—whether from the gentle breeze or the storm of discontentment she’d manifested, she wasn’t sure.
She made it to her new classroom with two minutes to spare, unpacked her materials, and plopped down to wait for her students to trickle in. It would probably take them fifteen minutes to amble over. But that was okay. She’d spend the time thinking of ways to drive Sebastian slowly insane.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Elizabeth Hayley's writing since their first series, so I requested an arc from Net Galley knowing I would love this novel too. As expected, it was absolutely fantastic! In fact, this may be my favorite Elizabeth Hayley thus far! This is a slow burn, enemies to lovers story about two English professors at a small college in Vermont who end up competing for a prestigious award. While battling it out they realize they don't actually hate each other after all, and both of them are able to confront their heavy pasts and being to move forward. Elizabeth Hayley's signature quick wit and sarcastic banter are in full force in this engaging novel full of a lot of heart and some heat! It is absolutely another must read!
emabubby More than 1 year ago
I Hate You, I Love You, as the title suggests is an enemy to lovers story with an HEA ending. Naomi and Sebastian are college English teachers who from their very first meeting detested each other. Even though Naomi tried her best to get along with Sebastian (at least when they first met) Sebastian however, did his very best to annoy and aggravate her. If you can visualize a bratty schoolboy trying to annoy a little girl by dipping her pigtails in an inkwell, you would have the perfect description of Sebastian and Naomi's relationship. Forced to collaborate on an important school project these two adversaries soon realize that they actually like each other and might even become friends and from friends to lovers. This is an emotion-packed book with two tormented individuals who are finally able to confront their tortured pasts and move forward to a better future. I Hate You, I Love You is a great story and highly recommend reading it. I received this advanced copy from NetGalley and I am freely posting this fair and balanced review.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
There's a fine line in between love and hate...or so they say. I Hate You, I Love You is a cute enemies to lovers romance with the added bonus of it being a workplace situation. Two "broken" people hiding it all inside. They feel the connection but... He's always pushing away and she can't help but fire back. No doormat heroine here. Naomi is feisty and fun while Sebastian is a cranky ass. It's a fun read.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This was an ok, fun at times and sometimes I felt that it was forced but still a book to pass the time. We have an enemies to lovers book between two colleagues that can't seem to get along no matter what and then to make matters worst they are going for same award. No matter how many times Naomi tries to get along with Sebastian they can't can't, but come to find out he is attracted to her (yeah you didn't that coming) any hoo give it a chance.
StephG72 More than 1 year ago
Enemies to lovers is one of my kryptonite genres. I just love the buildup of sexual tension between the two main characters, but it can be hard to pull off well. I will say that Naomi and Sebastian were *so* antagonistic towards each other at the onset, I wasn't sure how they'd ever get past it. However, the author managed it in such a way that despite that initial, intense negativity, their gradual changeover seemed believable. And when I say gradual, this is a slooooow burn - lots of building of tension before anything "exciting" (wink, wink) happens. This story was angstier than I'd anticipated but not overly so. This was my first book by the author, but I'll definitely be checking out her other titles. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this duo and it definitely won't be the last!! Naomi and Sebastian are colleagues in the English Department at a Vermont university and have been at odds since Naomi's first day. When they are tasked to compete against each other for an award from the school, the competition hits new heights but so does their explosive chemistry. I'm a sucker for enemies to lovers books but there were times in this one that I had to remind myself that these two were old enough to be college professors. There was an immaturity to their interactions that I had a hard time believing. I did love the back stories of both Naomi and Sebastian and how once they got past all the sniping, they were actually pretty perfect for each other. I hope Naomi's friends get HEAs too! This world is definitely one I'd love to revisit. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes in the romance genre, so I couldn't resist this one. The book certainly delivered on that in the beginning. The sarcasm flowed like water between these two as they exchanged barbs at every opportunity. Granted, most of it was rather juvenile and not what I would expect from college professors, but it did induce a laugh here and there. In fact, I enjoyed the story right up until Sebastian and Naomi finally get together. That should've been the part I liked best - a heated kiss here and there, a slow-building anticipation, and they finally admit to an attraction. However, the story changes at that point and becomes quite angsty. Given the backstories, the angst makes sense, but it doesn't hold with the romantic comedy theme. Plus, the romance slows down considerably and the chemistry just sort of fizzles. There is some steam, but the scenes are somewhat stilted. It almost felt like I was reading a book written by two different people. I did enjoy the first half, but the last half left me with a meh feeling.
Vickory More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised by this contemporary enemies-to-lovers romance. This is my favorite tropes but so many times I find myself liking the "hate" part much better than the part after they realize they don't hate each other. I'm happy to say I didn't have that problem with this one, which continued to hold my interest all the way to the end. I found myself chuckling quite a few times all the way throughout the book, really enjoying the dialogue between this couple to the very end. The characters are both good people and the romance is more of an emotional one than a hot one, with sex scenes brief and appropriate to the tone of the story. There wasn't anything revelatory about it, and in general I tend to prefer darker or dirtier reads, but since it was my favorite trope done well in the style of classic romance books, it was well worth the read to me. I received a free uncorrected proof of this book from NetGalley, and this is my voluntary, honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first for this author for me. I've kinda liked getting to know new authors lately. Their banter is fabulous. A definite slow burn angst with these two. Very slow burn. I'll admit, their backstories/tragedies made me cry. What horrible things to have to go through, no wonder they are they way they are. But it was worth it. I enjoyed the story. Wish it was first person point of view but that's a personal preference. Not an book problem.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This book left me questioning why I spent so much time reading it when I had such a headache when I wasn't enjoying it as much as I should have. Naomi Price and Sebastian Blake are English professors at a small liberal arts college in Vermont and they have had a rocky (to put it mildly) co-existence for the past couple years and fight and spare and exchange insults on a daily basis and now they are in the running for a Distinguished Faculty award and basically pitted against each other. Now the gloves are off. Their fighting suddenly turns to something more. Hate is such a strong emotion and eventually it turns to more and slowly things turn to love. The fighting and snipping got on my nerves and was so junior high it made me cringe and if I had not been reading this as an ARC I may not have finished it. Although I am glad I did, the poem at the end was worth it and the final two lines wrap this entire book up nicely... "I've lost the battle, but not yet the war, As long as you hate me but love me more." **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
TracyFritts1974 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Sebastian and Naomi story. It is a enemies to lovers story. It kept my interest and I received these arc from the publisher via Net Gallery in exchange for an voluntary and honest review.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
There are certain tropes that I love in my romance novels. I am a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope, and that is exactly what I got with I Hate You, I Love You. But honestly, I got SO much more from this read. Naomi and Sebastian are both professors at a university. They share an office space, and they cannot stand each other. He is a "serious, bestselling novelist", and she is a poet. I loved the snarky-ness between the two characters, with their funny and cutting sarcasm. However, what I enjoyed even more was the build up of their story. We're given an outlook on both their points of view (I love alternating POVs), and we slowly get to know each character's motivations, fears, and regrets. That's what I truly enjoyed from this book: the characters are flawed. They are flawed in a way that made me want to give them each a hug, and not in an annoying way (thank goodness). I recommend this book for people who think they may not be into romance books. It has humor and heart. I cheered them on, and shared in their pain as well. It's a beautifully written book and definitely worth reading.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Naomi Prince loves her job, she spends her days teaching students English at Hainamor University, and she is pretty darn good at it too, her students and colleagues love her... well except one colleague that is! From the moment she met fellow Professor Sebastian Blake something felt off about their encounter, he had a huge chip on his shoulder and for some reason he seemed to dislike her, even being a little rude too. From there each time they crossed paths the hatred between them grew, and it was not uncommon for him to go out of his way to point out her shortcomings, and embarrass her in front of others. He is a jerk, with a capital "J", and she tries her best to avoid him as best she can, but now that they are both up for the same award, the University has found it necessary to force them to work together... and that just adds fuel to the fire, in more ways than one! This was an entertaining take on the enemies to lovers trope, from the moment it started I could tell there would be lots of heated banter ahead, and boy was there ever, these two went rounds at every turn. One moment they were fighting the sparks bouncing around between them, the next they were battling over their credentials and the competition for the award. It took me a while to warm up to Sebastian, the man could be a real jerk, and I couldn't help but feel for Naomi, she never really had a fighting chance with him, he ran so hot and cold. But little by little he started to grow on me, and I could see there was actually a good guy there, it just took a little while for him to make an appearance. Once he finally started to come around, tensions seem to lesson, the sparks took hold, and from then on it was watch out!! This was a fun little battle to watch unfold, it had moments to weaken the knees, moments to make you laugh, and of course moments that put a good squeeze on the heart, overall I'd say it was a nice well rounded tale. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Susanmc81 More than 1 year ago
Naomi and Sebastian are professors in the English department at a University in Vermont. From the first moment they met, the barbs flew. Sebastian is Naomi’s nemesis and she tries to make his life miserable in small ways. When the English department nominates them both for a prestigious award, they are forced to interact. Eventually the hate becomes something a little friendlier. Both characters have to get over past traumas to move on with their lives. I really enjoyed the angry interactions and the fact that they continued with the smart aleck jabs even when they developed feelings for each other. I wish that Naomi’s friends were a little more developed, as the scenes with them felt tacked on. I also wish that there had been an epilogue as the ending seemed a little abrupt.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
Ever read a book and think “Wow, I am going to like this” but reading the blurb? That’s what I thought when I first read the blurb for I Hate You, I Love You. I had this book built up in my mind. I started thinking to myself “Wouldn’t it be cool if this book was like 10 Things I Hate About You“. So, yeah, I was pumped up for this book. It was a disappointment when I started reading this book and realized that it was not what I thought it was going to be. The first half of the book was a huge disappointment. I thought Naomi and Sebastian’s rivalry was immature. While Sebastian did start it (he could have handled Naomi’s gift a bit better), Naomi didn’t let it go. Instead of being the bigger person, she started acting childishly. Misplacing mail and messing stuff up on his desk? Really? I thought that she was an adult, not a vengeful teenager. What got me was that she thought she was justified in doing what she did. Sebastian was just as bad. The only thing was that he was verbal with his childishness. I kept shaking my head while reading those scenes. I said to myself during one scene “Are you freaking kidding me???” Then to have them competing against each other for a prize? Like my 12-year-old, my eye rolls were constant. The second half of the book was a bit better but still. Naomi and Sebastian still were taking pot shots at each other. But it was alright because they were dating. Uggggh. Then that whole debacle in front of the Personnel Committee. They both should have been fired for acting the way that they did. There was zero chemistry between Naomi and Sebastian. Zero. So when they started having sex, it didn’t jive for me. Don’t get me wrong, the sex scenes were hot but I couldn’t get past Naomi and Sebastian’s dislike of one another. I guess I should have looked past it because you can love someone you hated but I couldn’t. I didn’t like Naomi. She rubbed me the wrong way. While I felt bad for what happened when she was in college, she should have told Sebastian what she was going to do with the money up front. It would have saved her a lot of heartache down the road. I wish more attention had been put on her teaching. I thought what she taught was interesting. Once her and Sebastian were an item, I did think that she had a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. I wish that I could have liked her more. I felt awful for Sebastian. I could never imagine something like that happening to me. No wonder he was so grouchy. But, I do wish that his past had been explained earlier in the book. Instead of being dragged out the way it was. I also liked that he didn’t stoop down to Naomi’s level when she was being petty. I did like his zingers but I felt that he crossed a line a couple of times with what he said to Naomi. I felt that his issues with what she was going to do with the prize money should have been addressed before they went before the Personnel Committee. But, I did like that he was able to accept that he was wrong. And that he tried to make it up to Naomi. What he did at the end of the book made me cry. The end of the book was the best part of the book. The author was able to end it on an HEA. As much as I disliked Naomi, I felt that she needed to be supported by her decision. I also felt the Sebastian needed to have a happy ending too. I do wish that there was an epilogue. I would have loved to see them in a year or two from the ending.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun enemies to lovers story as two college professors duke it out for top honors at their college. There is lots of snarky banter between Sebastian and Naomi and there is a nice slow build to their relationship as they spend more and more time together. There is definitely chemistry between these two but they are both stubbornly fighting it. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of reading with this lighthearted story. I highly recommend it.