[REVIEW] “I Hate You” By: Ilsa-Madden Mills

Check out my review of Illsa-Madden Mills’ new adult standalone, “I Hate You”!

Official Synopsis:

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new, enemies-to-lovers second chance romance between the football hottie and the feisty nerd girl he can’t forget.

I want you . . . even when I hate you.

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.
Brainy 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?

*Steamy and flirty with all the emotional feels, I Hate You is a new adult standalone romance.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Although you can read this one as a stand-alone, I’d recommend starting with “I Dare You,” then reading “I Bet You,” and finally “I Hate You!” Characters from the first two books are mentioned in “I Hate You,” and Ryker and Penelope from “I Bet You” make multiple appearances throughout the book.

I loved Charisma. Even though she got her confidence rocked by Blaze’s rejection prior to the start of the book, she was still super sassy, smart, and witty — I loved reading the book from her perspective. (As a current college student, I totally felt for her when she lost her internship at the beginning of the book — that sucked. Big time.)

Blaze was a very dynamic character. He was a jerk to Charisma, a lot, which was explained by his upbringing and subsequent mentality. However, that explains his behavior, it doesn’t excuse it. He sometimes had controlling tendencies (like always saying “you’re mine” — I know those words in and of themselves don’t seem controlling, but context is important! I digress.) that *slightly* rubbed me the wrong way, and I could see that it stemmed from his insecurities. Regardless, I still liked him overall.

It was easy to root for him and Charisma, especially since the book is told from . I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance. It’s sort of a second chance romance, which I’m not a huge fan of, but I still really liked it. Overall, I thought this was a really good book! There aren’t a ton of college books out there, so I’m glad that Ilsa keeps writing about the students at Waylon University! I especially liked that school was included in the book (including some study sessions and classes), which are often pretty absent from books taking place

As with the majority of new adult romances I review, I’d recommend it for older teens (i.e., 17 +) and up, due to some of the graphic sexual content that occurs in the second half of the book.

Other Posts about Ilsa Madden-Mills:

“I Dare You” review

“I Dare You” playlist

“I Bet You” review

“I Bet You” playlist

“I Hate You” playlist