“I closed my eyes, knowing that this was the moment in which everything would change. If I crossed this line, there would be no going back. I could never uncross it once it was behind me.”- Jules, Dear Heart, I Hate You
Synopsis via Goodreads: I didn’t plan on him…. Or for him. Or anything that had to do with Cal Donovan from Boston. Meeting him had been a complete and utter surprise, taking me completely off guard. I met new people every single day in my line of work and none of them affected me. Wasn’t that the way of things though? You could meet a thousand people and none of them would mean anything to you, but then you’d meet one and they suddenly meant everything. I was a self-professed workaholic. When did making yourself your number one priority become such a horrible thing? I wasn’t entirely sure, but I learned fairly quickly after my last breakup that men didn’t like being second on a woman’s priority list. And they seemed to be intimidated by a motivated female, calling me things like “hard to handle,” “challenging, ” and “difficult.” Being single seemed to work best for me and I had no plans on changing my relationship status anytime soon. And then I met Cal. And he fucking ruined everything.
Jules Abbot and Cal Donovan meet at a bar in Boston and sparks fly between the two. Jules and Cal are both career driven individuals who are all work and no play. Neither have time for a relationship, but the heart is not one to play by the rules. The only thing standing between these two, other than their careers, is distance, as Jules lives in California and Cal lives in Boston. When Jules heads back to the sunny West Coast, the two stay in touch with early morning text messages and late night conversations. But when the distance becomes too much, one of them will choose to walk away and both of them will be left heartbroken.
“We’re living in a damn fairytale. This isn’t some movie where things work out in the end.”
I’m not too sure if it’s the cover or if it’s the synopsis, but I went into this book thinking that it would be some sort of twisted romance. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dear Heart, I Hate You was actually a sweet contemporary romance and I’m not even upset about it. I definitely needed my fluffy read fix and this book hit just the spot!
This book screams INSTA-LOVE so if you are not a fan of the trope, PROCEED WITH CAUTION! I wasn’t too put off by the instant connection between Cal and Jules because even though it happened fast, they are both like-minded individuals so I can definitely see why they were so drawn to each other. Their back and forth banter was hilarious and sweet, but what I liked most was Cal and Jules personalities. They are both career driven and it may just be me and my current situation, but I just related to their ambitious drive so much. I loved reading about their goals and what they hoped to achieve, even though those same goals and dreams were what held these two back from being together.
The secondary characters were entertaining bunch and they all kept pushing Cal and Jules to be together. My two favorite secondary characters were Cooper and Katherine. I want to know exactly what went down between these two. There was mention of a accident that left them barely alive and I NEED ANSWERS!
“My heart didn’t play by the rules that my mind made up. It didn’t follow silly timelines or measure its feelings based on the number of days it had known someone. No, hearts simply felt, whether you wanted them to or not.”
Although there were a lot of things I liked, there were some things that didn’t work for me. When things became rocky between Jules and Cal, we were only shown things from Jules POV. Cal was basically non-existent during these chapters and I really wanted to know what was going on in his mind and his reasoning behind why he made the the choices he did. Also, things were wrapped up pretty quickly and I was left wanting just a little bit more. HEAs are inevitable, but maybe there could’ve been a little bit more of a build up.
“You could meet a thousand people and none of them would mean anything to you, but then you’d meet one, and suddenly they meant everything.”
Dear Heart, I Hate You was quick and entertaining weekend read and I would definitely recommend picking it up if you are in the mood for a light contemporary. Now I must wait for Cooper and Katherine’s story because I really want to know what happened between these two. Hopefully, their story leaves me with a more satisfied feeling.