I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I Hate YouGenres: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: August 20th 2019
Source: Author
Format: e-ARC

There’s a fine line between I hate you and I want you.
Once you cross it, there’s no going back.
Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.
She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.
Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of all her friends.
At her own party.
So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)
Charisma Rossi.
Nerd girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.
Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.
So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?
Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life?


ARC provided by Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

My thoughts

“But wishes are really just fairy tales with happy endings. Guys like me, we don’t get those.”


I Hate You is the latest novel from Ilsa Madden-Mills, and it solidifies why she is one of the best romance authors out there that I can’t get enough of! Welcome back to Waylon University where we get the story of Charisma and Blaze, two individuals whose chemistry and tension runs as deep as their past. After a socially crippling breakup at her own party, Charisma is done with Waylon University’s star football player, Blaze Townsend. Done with his stark determination, easy smile, and rock solid looks. Yup–she is done. But no matter what Blaze does to stay away from the girl he hurt three months ago, he just can’t keep himself from wanting her and her sassy personality. 

I don’t know where to begin with this review where I don’t end up shrieking about how much I loved and enjoyed this story. The chemistry between our two main characters, Charisma and Blaze, is one where I was desperately reaching for something to fan myself–because oh my god was it intense and all consuming. The character development throughout this novel is so spot on that it left me more and more invested and connected to these characters than ever before. 

It’s a rare occasion where I connect so deeply to a hero; but this novel had me doing just that. The struggle that Blaze goes through and fights against both internally and externally is something that deeply resonated with me. Coming from a hard and rough background where love was never expressed–emotions are a struggle for Blaze to communicate and opening up about anything personal even harder. This obstacle is something that stuck with me as I can relate so much to the struggle that Blaze faces in not only expressing emotions but also communicating his thoughts in general. 

Ilsa knocks this story out of the park with her signature depth, humor and writing style. This story is as fresh as it is a classic. Deep as it is swoon worthy, I Hate You will give you all the toe curling feels. If you are itching for a contemporary romance that will have you swooning from start to finish–I Hate You is the story you need in your life! 

Huge thank you to Ilsa Madden-Mills for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.

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  1. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    August 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Okay whenever I hear the name Charisma (which is NOT often at all), I immediately think about Charisma Carpenter who played Cordelia Chase in the Buffy series. Would you say they are similar?

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 19, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Haha My mind went there too when I first started the book! And hmmm good question! I don’t think they are similar at all tbh…

  2. Ruby's Books

    August 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve heard so much about this author before. I love a good love-hate story, so I’m excited to be reading this one. I love it when I can relate to the male character in a book. I shall read this book soon because you said so, Sammy Sam! Happy readinggg!!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      August 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm


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