Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York #Review #AfternoonDelight

Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York #Review #AfternoonDelightBeyond Love and Hate by Zoe York

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on May 31, 2014
Pages: 119
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The title and blurb definitely pulled me in. Sometimes a snarky work romance is just the thing. This novella is part of the Wardham series, but it read well as a standalone. The small town setting with the winery at the fore with all the close-knit friends and family felt good. I read this one as part of the Red Hot Lovers box set and enjoyed sampling a new to me author and series.

This one started out where the two mistook unwanted attraction for hate. Beth thinks she can’t stand the sight of Finn even though she secretly lusts for him and she believes he deliberately tries to put snares into her marketing ideas. But underneath it all, when she wants to be truthful, she knows that the truth is that she could really care for him except he is not a guy who wants a real relationship and a family so she puts up walls and uses her snark to keep him at a distance. Only that won’t work so well now that her bosses hired him to be a consultant for the winery.

Finn is convinced that long-term relationships are nothing but trouble as evidenced by what he saw growing up and now having to help his sister raise her four kids alone. But Beth is the one woman that temps him and he can’t get her off his mind. He loves to provoke her and watch her eyes flash and he is eager to play cat and mouse with her as long as no feelings get involved. Unfortunately, kissing Beth strengthens the attraction and really scares him. He wants to be relieved when she backs away quick and makes plans to find a nice, solid guy who can give her what she wants. One night stranded at the winery changes the game. Which one will give in?

Alright, so this one does indeed deliver on the promise of the fireworks and I enjoyed much of the story. It went by quick though I had moments of skimming and feeling impatient. I was only mildly into the main characters. Finn drove me nuts and I really had the urge to smack him in the back of the head several times. I had no problem with his honesty about only wanting something temporary or that he might date around and finds Beth attractive. My problem was that he wouldn’t respect her goals of wanting a long-term guy and family. He kept trying to seduce her and then would back off when it started to get real. He got cranky when she moved on and really he should have let her. Beth did it unconsciously at first, but her ball-busting routine with Finn wasn’t attractive. She was the instigator with the verbal lashing out and it was like watching a kid picking at another one until they responded back, yet that was exactly what she accused Finn of doing. Oys, the pair of them….

All in all, it was enjoyable. I would probably pick up another of this author’s books and more than likely one from this series. Fans of office romance or small town contemporary romance with a bit of spice might want to give these a go.

My thanks to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Oh I like the cover, and heated small town romances are good.

    • I’ve enjoyed trying new authors and new series from this box set. The small town romance is a definite draw.

  • I bought some box sets recently and it’s a fun way to sample new to you authors. I’ve found a few good authors that way. Not sure if I would enjoy this romance, with how they piss each other off and lead the other on and then back off. I don’t really like that hot and cold behavior and then getting jealous when she tries to find someone else. Great review!

    • Yeah, the two of them ran me ragged.

      That is the fun of box sets. I’ve got several I need to work through. This one will take me a long time since there are 18 stories and I’m only reading one a month. I’ve not read any of the authors in it.

  • The guys have to respect what she wants and stop trying to get what they want. Doesn’t sound like the right read for me.

    • It drove me nuts, Mary. I just wanted to bop him.

  • This does sound tempting to read!! I love settings like this though, although these two might frustrate me at times. Great thoughts on this one. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    • It was short enough that their back and forth didn’t push me too far. Definitely had some fun moments and not just annoying ones. Thanks, Renee! Had a lovely fall day and did some baking.

  • I swear when I was here earlier, I thought you guys redid your blog design!

    Anyway, I’ve been very impatient with my reads lately. I’m all “brain & logic” lately, my heart isn’t quite into the books. I commend you for still finishing this, I can never skim, I always end up reading the whole thing

    • Shari Delighted Read

      We are working on a redesign. Been having problems with the site and decided to change a few things yesterday, but ran into so many other issues, I back tracked.

      I am a skimmer if the book looses me. Especially if I want to know what happens, but don’t have the patience to read the entire book anymore.

    • I get your need for less emotion and more thinking when people get in situations. I tend to be a bit more open to finishing a book when its novella length and I only finished because I did skim through a lot of the drama. It got on my nerves. 🙂