Monday, July 24, 2023

Book Release Blast for The Hate Date by Kaylene Winter (REVIEW and GIVEAWAY)……..

A newly divorced heroine finds herself attracted to a man full of secrets in this story of revenge, and an unexpected one night stand, teeming with moments of push/pull that pulled me in completely.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Hate Date by Kaylene Winter, along with getting my impressions of it, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this standalone romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed copy of this book as well as swag too!

When a man who has everything & will do anything—including pole dancing—to redeem himself to the feisty woman who could care less about power or money.
Clover Callahan took my client’s money and I’m not going to stand for it.
I’m taking her down, and if I play my cards right, she won’t even see me coming.
Everything’s going exactly to plan…
Until an elevator malfunction has us trapped for an entire night. Alone.
I mean, she’s hot. I’m hot.
What did you expect was going to happen?
Yeah. It did. And it was spectacular.
I can admit, I was wrong about Clover—she’s all I think about.
Unfortunately, after what I did, she hates me and everything I stand for.
But I’m no quitter…I’ll wear her down.
With a proposition even she won’t refuse:
One night.
One date.
Don’t be late!!




Readers looking for a flirtatious tale full of secrets, plenty of groveling, and tons of push/pull moments will find themselves drawn to this story's couple from the very start. Both hold misconceptions about the other, but whenever they get close to each other things turn combustible.  An unforgettable night in a broken-down elevator only adds to the steaminess...and complicates their feelings even more in a quick (and sometimes frustrating) tale.  Theirs is a bumpy journey to HEA, one full of emotional twists and turns, introducing readers to an immensely appealing heroine and a hero who often left me annoyed.  With each turn of the page though, I found myself rooting for them to get past all the pain and secrets, proving themselves to be a flawed but entertaining pairing.

Clover Callaghan gave up everything for the man she loved when they got married, an acting and music career that gave her emotional and financial independence being one of the most important things she sacrificed.  She's finally free now though after divorcing her lying and cheating ex-husband!  The low life actually cheated on her with her best friend which fueled her leaving him behind after taking half of the money in their bank account.  That decision leads to all sorts of complications though, most of them she knows nothing about.  But with each turn of the page readers meet a hero bent on revenge, one who becomes obsessed with making Clover pay...until he discovers that all he thought he knew about Clover couldn't be further from the truth.  The one thing he's sure of though is that he wants her, body and soul, and will do whatever necessary to win her over.  No amount of groveling is too small and their combustible connection practically jumped off the page.  Clover's a very likable heroine, one who gets knocked down but dusts herself off and starts over again.  When given the opportunity she jumps back into acting, ready to make her way on her very own.  When it comes to men, she wants someone the exact opposite of her ex.  No rich men for her in her new life!  An encounter on a broken elevator introduced her to someone unexpected, someone she's drawn to, but someone who's weighed down by secrets that makes for a very bumpy ride to HEA.  Joar Jacoby's determined to make Clover's ex pay for all the investors he betrayed.  He also has his sights set on Clover as he thinks she's part of the scam.  In a relationship that starts out based on lies though, it's not long before Joar realizes his mistake, and starts doing all he can to earn her forgiveness.

This was a romance teeming with sexual tension, a tale balancing steamy encounters with moments of push/pull.  Joar left me frustrated quite often, his frequent second guessing of Clover's knowledge making me disappointed in him more often than not.  It took him awhile to get his hero-vibe going, but once he did he utterly charmed me.  I was slow to warm up to him, but once he undertook his plan to win over Clover (through clever moments of groveling), I was totally on board.  In contrast, Clover was amazing from the very start, a tough and independent woman who deserved only happiness.  On a whole this was an entertaining story, with only a few sections that dragged, made all the better courtesy of a combustible main couple and their relationship that kept me fully invested from start to finish.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


When she was only 15, Kaylene Winter wrote her first rocker romance novel starring a fictionalized version of herself, her friends and their gorgeous rocker boyfriends. After living her own rockstar life as a band manager, music promoter and mover and shaker in Seattle during the early 1990’s, Kaylene became a digital media legal strategist helping bring movies, television and music online. Throughout her busy career, Kaylene lost herself in romance novels across all genres inspiring her to realize her life-long dream to be a published author. She lives in Seattle with her amazing husband and dog. She loves to travel, throw lavish dinner parties and support charitable causes supporting arts and animals.


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