ARC Review: ‘Heart Sick Hate’ by Eva Simmons
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Heart Sick Hateby Eva Simmons
Series: Twisted Roses #2
Published by Self-Published on January 12, 2024
SubGenres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance
Source: the author
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I chose wrong.
While my future is promised to one man, my heart wants Crew Kingsley.
My enemy. My addiction. My boyfriend’s brother.
Crew isn’t the prince in any girl’s story. He doesn’t want to win my love, he wants to steal it—simply so he can make me regret ever letting him.
If only I wasn’t addicted to his pain.
Crew’s hate burns too hot.His heart is too cold.But his punishment… is just right.
When given two choices, a smart girl picks the safest. But Crew made me sick, I made my choice, and even if they think they already wrote our ending, the story is about to change.
Heart Sick Hate is the second book in Eva Simmons’s Twisted Roses series, which can be read as a standalone. However, if you are like me and like to read in order, start with Lies Like Love and then read Reckless Games, which is Crew Kingsley’s brother’s book, Adam Kingsley, because he appears in this book.
Eva can write sweet, steamy contemporaries, and she also can write dark, compelling, sexy, heart-wrenching romance stories. I love everything she has written so far, but this may very well be my favorite book that I’ve read from Eva, and I’ve read her other series.
Crew and Echo were everything, and they have taken the top spot from Noah and Merry (from Forever and Ever) for being my favorite couple that Eva Simmons has written. Their hate for one another, in the beginning, is entertaining, especially when Echo puts Crew in his place. It’s when Echo asks Crew a favor that things change between the two, and Crew knows he should refuse due to Echo being his brother’s girlfriend. The chemistry between the two is epic, and I was here for it. Crew pushes Echo to do things that have her wanting more from him, and these two were inevitably meant to be together and not her and Crew’s brother, Rhett.
Both Crew and Echo have traumatic pasts that are heartbreaking. Crew has been dealing with his past for years, and he’s handled it his own way. Echo has been dealing with what happened in hers and now she feels she has to do what is right. Echo was a kickbutt heroine who could handle herself, but Crew was there for her when she didn’t think she needed it. I felt for both characters, and this is why Eva has become a favorite author. I feel for the characters and the stories she writes.
Also, move over, Jude, because Crew Kingsley has stolen the top spot from you for being my favorite AntiHero. Crew is unhinged in and out of the bedroom, and I was here for it.
One of my favorite quotes: Echo might think she knows all there is to know about me, but she’s about to learn I’m a twisted, sick fuck who doesn’t share his possessions, so she shouldn’t have made herself one of them.
Another five-star read from Eva Simmons, and if you haven’t read her books yet, you are missing out.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Steam/Spice Rating: 🌶️🌶️🌶️.5
Standalone or Part of Series: It’s part of the Twisted Roses series, but each book can be read as a standalone.
Would I recommend this book? I recommend this book to the Dark Romance girlies out there who love reading unhinged, morally gray antiheroes and heroines that mouth off to them.
Genre/SubGenre(s): Romance | Contemporary Romance | Dark Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s): Boyfriend’s Brother | AntiHero | Arranged Marriage | Degradation | Crawling | Public Play | Traumatic Pasts | Tattoo Artist MCs | Heavily Tattooed MCs
Trigger Warning(s): TW are found on Eva Simmon’s website that contain spoilers.