BOOK REVIEW: Better Hate than Never (The Wilmot Sisters #2) by Chloe Liese

BOOK REVIEW: Better Hate than Never (The Wilmot Sisters #2) by Chloe LieseBetter Hate than Never (The Wilmot Sisters #2)
by Chloe Liese
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Childhood enemies discover the fine line between love and loathing in this heartfelt reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio shared backyards as kids, but as adults they won’t even share the same hemisphere. That is, until Kate makes a rare visit home, and their fiery animosity rekindles into a raging inferno.

Despite their friends’ and families' pleas for peace, Christopher is unconvinced Kate would willingly douse the flames of their enmity. But when a drunken Kate confesses she’s only been hostile because she thought he hated her, Christopher vows to make peace with Kate once and for all. Tempting as it is to be swept away by her nemesis-turned-gentleman, Kate isn’t sure she can trust his charming good-guy act.

When Christopher’s persistence and Kate’s curiosity lead to an impassioned kiss, they realize “peace” is the last thing that will ever be possible between them. As desire gives way to deeper feelings, Kate and Christopher must decide if it’s truly better to hate than to never risk their hearts—or if they already gave them away long ago.


Better Hate than Never was an opposites attract, enemies to lovers romance. I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Two Wrongs Make a Right, and couldn’t wait to dive into this one. Yet from those first few pages, I was never able to connect to any of the characters. There was fabulous banter. There was representation for mental health and chronic illness. Christopher’s thoughts could be so hilarious whereas Kate’s will tug on your heart. Yet from that first page to the last, I just couldn’t click. And for me to fully love and invest myself emotionally in a book, I have to make that connection. So while this one didn’t work for me, I have a feeling so many others will fall in love with this story!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Sorry to see this one didn’t work for you. I’m a total character-driven reader so I can relate. If I’m not connecting to the main characters, it’s like death knell for the book. 😉

    • Jen

      YES LOL! I’m so thankful you can relate. I always feel so horrible when I can’t make that connection and then it ruins my reading experience, sigh. Especially when I love another book by the author, then I feel even worse ack.

  2. Vanessa

    Your review is pretty much spot on with my feelings about this book as well. I enjoyed it but I didn’t really connect with the characters at all. And that really brought down the enjoyment factor. These kinds of books are always the hardest for me to review since everything else is in place but the wow factor isn’t there for me. I was actually really surprised since the first book in this series was one that I connected with and loved more than most books.

    • Jen

      Yes exactly! The first book had it all and since we both connected, how could we not love it?! And then this book came along and I still don’t understand why I couldn’t connect. And then with you not connecting either, ugh, I’m sorry you experienced that too.

  3. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    I’ve wanted to read this author. Like you though, if I can’t connect to the characters I probably won’t enjoy it. I still want to give this author a chance on another book though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen

      The first book in this series, Two Wrongs Make a Right, is beyond phenomenal and so easy to connect with. Or at least it was in my situation. I hope you end up enjoying her stories when you pick up one of her books.

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