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The valentine's hate : a novel
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Back under the same roof and bickering like old times before her best friend’s February 14th wedding, maid-of-honor Lissette Alonso and Brian Anderson, who is the reason for all her Valentine’s Day hatred, call a truce when someone he’s trying to avoid shows up at the reception. Original. 75,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

A delightful enemy to lovers/fake engagement rom-com themed around Valentine’s Day! Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Marry Me meets Erin Sterling’s holiday themed The Ex Hex.

Cupid only strikes once. At least that’s what Lissette Alonso believes. Ever since the Most Disastrous Valentine’s Day of All Time™ she has hated all things V-day. But Lizzie’s best friend is having pre-nuptial festivities for a week leading up to her February 14th wedding and Lissette is taking her maid of honor duties seriously, maybe too seriously. Of course of course of course who is the first person she runs into on the way to the wedding? None other than her childhood nemesis, Brian Anderson, the reason for all of her Valentine’s Day hatred.

Brian knows he messed up with Lizzie but give him a break, he was just a kid who was trying to look cool and Lizzie regularly pushed all of his buttons—both in school and out of it. He’s always been gruff and grumpy, but these days, Brian is much better off with his writing; fictional characters never talk back. Unlike Lizzie who always has something to say. 

Suddenly the two are back under the same roof and bickering like old times, except that Brian has bigger problems than dealing with Lizzie’s verbal sparring. Someone Brian is desperate to avoid shows up and somehow Lizzie gets roped into pretending to be dating him. And, suddenly, the simmering anger has blossomed into something extra spicy…


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Halston (The Maid) pairs a feisty businesswoman and a reclusive author with explosive results. While flying from London to Cancun for a wedding, Lizzie Alonzo ends up seated next to her childhood nemesis, Brian Anderson, who is traveling to a publishing conference at Lizzie's same hotel. Brian—now better known as B. Anderson, the author of a blockbuster series of dystopian novels that are about to be made into movies—has massive social anxiety, and when he's swamped by fans outside the hotel, Lizzie unexpectedly comes to his rescue. After Brian blurts out that she's his girlfriend, they're stuck faking a relationship for the duration of their time in Mexico. The stakes get higher when Lizzie's caught trying on her friend's ring, leading social media to explode with rumors of B. Anderson's engagement. But as pretending to be in love becomes falling in love for real, the jealous lead actor in Brian's movie tries to throw a wrench in the relationship. Readers will have to suspend their disbelief to accept Brian's massive celebrity status, but those who do will delight in this swoonworthy couple and their steamy love scenes. Clever plotting, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and a memorable cast combine to create a charming romp that romance fans won't want to miss. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Agency. (Dec.)

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