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Love and hate are not opposites, but sometimes they’re born from the same fire… Sean: Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediatel Love and hate are not opposites, but sometimes they’re born from the same fire… Sean: Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediately know it’s not going to work. I can’t deal with this pain in the ass. I want him gone. It looks like I’m stuck with him, but I don’t have to make it easy… Aidan: I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want this. I’ve been thrown into this dysfunctional team with a team leader who’s out to get me. The guy’s an ass, and he’s driving me crazy. I can hardly think straight when I’m dealing with him. Then everything changes when he pins me to a wall and kisses me… Before Sean and Aidan can figure out what to do about that kiss, Team Maelstrom is thrown from the frying pan into the freezer. Fear and peril changes people, but will it change these two hot military men enough to keep the team alive? Can they work things out between them and get everyone back home in one piece? And what about the future?


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Love and hate are not opposites, but sometimes they’re born from the same fire… Sean: Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediatel Love and hate are not opposites, but sometimes they’re born from the same fire… Sean: Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediately know it’s not going to work. I can’t deal with this pain in the ass. I want him gone. It looks like I’m stuck with him, but I don’t have to make it easy… Aidan: I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want this. I’ve been thrown into this dysfunctional team with a team leader who’s out to get me. The guy’s an ass, and he’s driving me crazy. I can hardly think straight when I’m dealing with him. Then everything changes when he pins me to a wall and kisses me… Before Sean and Aidan can figure out what to do about that kiss, Team Maelstrom is thrown from the frying pan into the freezer. Fear and peril changes people, but will it change these two hot military men enough to keep the team alive? Can they work things out between them and get everyone back home in one piece? And what about the future?

30 review for Trust Me, I Hate You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Denise H.

    Military men on a mission... Enemies to lovers, to friends to lovers, in this sexy military adventure. Sean’s team lost a member months ago, and they are still adrift. Their new guy, Aiden, is an intelligence specialist, who doesn’t get along with Sean at first. When they are dropped in the north to recon at a pick up spot, the team pulls together, works well, and bonds. During the trip Sean needs rescuing, where Aiden takes command and leads the team’s plan, and continues to the rendezvous locat Military men on a mission... Enemies to lovers, to friends to lovers, in this sexy military adventure. Sean’s team lost a member months ago, and they are still adrift. Their new guy, Aiden, is an intelligence specialist, who doesn’t get along with Sean at first. When they are dropped in the north to recon at a pick up spot, the team pulls together, works well, and bonds. During the trip Sean needs rescuing, where Aiden takes command and leads the team’s plan, and continues to the rendezvous location. I like each man on the team, as each one is different, but combine for effective work. The “romance” isn’t mushy, but the emotions are deep. A terrific read. Enjoy ! =====

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darien

    Narration: 5+++

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This series has been a really pleasant surprise to me from an author I've not come across before. I love me a good military romance and I love me a good enemies to lovers one and this combined the two perfectly. There was a section I won't go into detail on but which, while it was utterly out of place for the rest of the narrative, actually fit in well and provided quite a good way for moving the plot on. I liked both characters and I'm really liking the General, who seems like a bit of a militar This series has been a really pleasant surprise to me from an author I've not come across before. I love me a good military romance and I love me a good enemies to lovers one and this combined the two perfectly. There was a section I won't go into detail on but which, while it was utterly out of place for the rest of the narrative, actually fit in well and provided quite a good way for moving the plot on. I liked both characters and I'm really liking the General, who seems like a bit of a military fairy godmother 🤣

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    Too much inner monologue. The story was ok, just didn’t click for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    Um.... is this the army? The book wasn't terrible. It was well written (ish), and probably would normally be a 4 in my book, BUT I couldnt look past how unrealistic the portrayal of the Army (?) Was. It might be nitpicky, but the way the team is managed for their missions, to how they address each other seemed really off. Some of these I could have forgiven but when (spoiler) they are dropped into a winter landscape with no notice: no. Just no. Even if they wanted to "test" survival skills they w Um.... is this the army? The book wasn't terrible. It was well written (ish), and probably would normally be a 4 in my book, BUT I couldnt look past how unrealistic the portrayal of the Army (?) Was. It might be nitpicky, but the way the team is managed for their missions, to how they address each other seemed really off. Some of these I could have forgiven but when (spoiler) they are dropped into a winter landscape with no notice: no. Just no. Even if they wanted to "test" survival skills they would have had to know the basic climate. Survival gear in cold v hot is very different and could mean life or death. There are different boots, under clothes, jackets and what not, depending on where you are going, and you dont just carry around winter gear just in case when you are in a desert climate, and vise versa. Mainly because having to put all of that in a rucksack adds to the overall poundage, and the heavier the equipment, the more likely soldiers are to injure themselves. And no comms? That is just ridiculous, there should always be one means of communication back to base in the event of emergency. I dont care how tough you are or how highly trained, the number one rule is safety and making sure you aren't taking stupid risks just to test the waters is paramount. That plus the whole, calling each other by their first names? No. You know what's great about uniforms? The last name is printed right on the chest, so you dont have to bother with first names. Sure, if you're close you can know each other's first, but in my experience folks go by their last name (maybe a nick name). There were a few other glaring errors, but I just kept coming back to some of the central premises and interactions that really ran counter to military norms. If you dont have any familiarity with the military, you might be able to enjoy the book. The relationship was kind of stilted, and I didnt really see any build up of tension before they were rutting in an alleyway. Maybe I just couldnt get wrapped up in the story to fully enjoy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    3.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caipi

    An okay enemies to lovers military romance. Nothing extraordinary but entertaining enough for me to continue reading this series. The audio, narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo is great. :) 3.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Valentine

    As soon as I saw the title I knew I was in for a wild ride. I mean ... "Trust Me, I Hate You"? Come on. Add "Team Maelstrom" and it was all Too Much. First of all, the plot of this was ridiculous, but what can you do. When you have read as many trashy romances in the past few months as I have (hello pandemic/academic burnout) you just accept that these exist in a world without logic. Anything is plausible as long as it leads to shower sex. So yes: I knew I was in for stupidity and boy did this bo As soon as I saw the title I knew I was in for a wild ride. I mean ... "Trust Me, I Hate You"? Come on. Add "Team Maelstrom" and it was all Too Much. First of all, the plot of this was ridiculous, but what can you do. When you have read as many trashy romances in the past few months as I have (hello pandemic/academic burnout) you just accept that these exist in a world without logic. Anything is plausible as long as it leads to shower sex. So yes: I knew I was in for stupidity and boy did this book deliver. Men truly have so much testosterone and everyone in this book needed to calm the fuck down like seven levels. Like the whole conflict of the first half could have been resolved if they just journaled for a bit and visited a therapist. Maybe had a self-care day, idk. Anyway, after they realized they wanted to fuck instead of fight the book improved a lot. HOWEVER BE NOT AFRAID. This book did not escape the truly bizarre word-choice that plagues the romance genre. Some quotes for your consideration: "This isn't the place for you two to work out your sexual tension, you can do that on your own time" I just cackled because this was so out of place and such a weird thing to say to another adult in a professional setting "If violation could be consensual, that's exactly what he would have called the desperate, mindless rutting they were doing in that dark alley" why bring sexual assault into it at all????? "Because we've worked through our issues in a healthy way that would make any therapist proud, or because we uh ..." [spoiler alert: they fucked] GO TO THERAPY "Romance him or don't dude, that's up to you" I can't. Anyway I am glad to see that there is equality for the gays in trashy romance. This was for sure as trashy as the straight people nonsense I have been reading. But to be serious for one moment: I did enjoy that this book was homophobia free and (hallelujah) none of the gays were buried (if you know, you know). Also, incredibly bold to write a gay romance set in the US military without mentioning the legacy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. There is a brief mention that Sean and Aiden's relationship is "not allowed" but very unclear if that was just referring to the fact that Sean is technically his superior office. I know what you're thinking: "V, you need to stop asking for romance novels to attack complex and nuanced subjects when that is not there intended purpose; they are meant to be fun and light, primarily intended to turn on their readers; after all, they can't all be North and South or Jane Austen or even This is How You Lose the Time War because then those books would lose their lustre and rarity and half the joy of sparkling literature is that it is rare and something to be cherished" which like I GET. But also I enjoy tackling nuance along with my nonsense which is probably why I love Star Trek and John Oliver so much -- but that's something to discuss later. In summary: this book was a riot, I had low expectations and they were met. (I would apologize for the murder of punctuation you just witnessed but I simply Do Not Care. Sorry @ every English teacher I have ever had, but I will never change)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori¸¸¸.•*❀Ɍɛɑɗs̱LɪƙɛIʈs̱H̱ɛɍJɔɓ 유❤유

    Short, relatively low-angst enemies-to-lovers story. Nice quick read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Qin

    The enemies to lovers trope is one of those from which authors of MM romance tend to shy awy, for reasons easy to spot (such stories all at once need to be decently plotted, well or at the very least smoothly paced, and written with enough psychological depth for the transition from mutual dislike to feel believable). On all three counts, Mrs Romeo's latest offering can be hailed as a moderate to decent success; though rather minimalist (the Army atmosphere is sparse, free from the lush detail t The enemies to lovers trope is one of those from which authors of MM romance tend to shy awy, for reasons easy to spot (such stories all at once need to be decently plotted, well or at the very least smoothly paced, and written with enough psychological depth for the transition from mutual dislike to feel believable). On all three counts, Mrs Romeo's latest offering can be hailed as a moderate to decent success; though rather minimalist (the Army atmosphere is sparse, free from the lush detail that makes Kendall McKenna's similar books so outstanding, despite her very bare style crammed full with military lingo and acronyms), this book's evocation of military fraternity works fine enough for the shifting behavior of the leads with respect to one another and the secondary cast to be entertaining but never over the top, there is no conspicuous timeout in the buildup, and then the resolution, of the UST, and things come to a satisfactory, if a little bit hackneyed, conclusion without too much in the way of authorial arbitrariness. On top of the dual POV construction adding little to the character building, especially Sean's parts, since the man is the opposite of clear-headed, I could not rate this novella higher than two and a half stars, though, because of what I felt to be undue constraints in terms of length - the moderate compass of the book prevented the author from smoothing out the most jagged edges in the portrayal of Sean, the alpha lead, and better sketching up the dynamics between Matt and Nick - and out of irritation at the less than distinguished wording. Mrs Romeo writes plain English whose cadences and inflections never stray long from clichés and repetitions; hideously phrased sentences are not numerous but frequent enough to pull me from the story (e.g. "Sean sighed. “You know, as far as nights out go, this one isn’t one of our better ones”") and the utter lack of flair for lexical variety cheapened my reading pleasure ("God, he hated the cold. Growing up in what amounted to little more than a slum at the edge of Detroit, Michigan, Aidan had grown up loathing the cold" ~ "“not the peaks, but we’re going to have to make it along the side of the mountains if we’re going to make good time,” Aidan said", etc). Sometimes, as here, it helps not being too overly ambitious and setting up modest literary goals which one feels confident in fulfilling without overreaching, instead of looking to the stars and failing miserably.

  11. 4 out of 5

    S a n d r a

    ❊ Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook ❊ I enjoyed the first book more than k expected and wanted to keep reading the series, so I decided to finally give a go to this second one. I live enemies to lovers, and this one didn't disappoint me. Sean is giving after losing one of his team members, the four surviving ones are giving bit him, being the team leader, is having a rougher time. Things don't go better when Aiden is included in their team as Clint's replacement. Aiden knows his time in this ne ❊ Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook ❊ I enjoyed the first book more than k expected and wanted to keep reading the series, so I decided to finally give a go to this second one. I live enemies to lovers, and this one didn't disappoint me. Sean is giving after losing one of his team members, the four surviving ones are giving bit him, being the team leader, is having a rougher time. Things don't go better when Aiden is included in their team as Clint's replacement. Aiden knows his time in this new team, being a replacement of a dead man, will be hard. But didn't expect Sean to give him such a hard time. Theirs is a truly bad relationship, Sean hates what Aiden represents and wants him out, and his attitude makes Aiden hate him as much. Things start changing after the most unexpected development between them, and slowly they let themselves get to know the real them... Sean must learn to go on, to accept Clint is gone and that he's not ad fault; Aiden, on the other hand, has past ghost that haunt him and trigger him from time to time. This one, as the first book, was a light but satisfactory read. You can't help but love the characters (wish there was a book for Nick and Matt, I must check if that exists lol) and you even understand their attitude even when they are wrong. The way their relationship develops is enjoyable, not too rushed nor too slow, and you can't help but want to read more books written by the author. I will eventually read the next book. I will probably save it for after a more deep and tiring read... Also, it's a second chance romance, which is not my favorite. But well, I will probably enjoy it anyway.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Wong

    Holy. Sexual. Tension. This was so hot I had to check if my hands were getting singed from the book. The tension, the fighting, the action, the snarking and verbal volleying and finally the hot, hot hate (and then not so hateful) sex and more. It was soooo good. I absolutely adored both Sean and Aidan. Surly Sean out to give Aidan hell, was made human by his emotional turmoil from losing a beloved team mate, and refusing to let go and accept someone else. And that someone else, Aidan, not trusting Holy. Sexual. Tension. This was so hot I had to check if my hands were getting singed from the book. The tension, the fighting, the action, the snarking and verbal volleying and finally the hot, hot hate (and then not so hateful) sex and more. It was soooo good. I absolutely adored both Sean and Aidan. Surly Sean out to give Aidan hell, was made human by his emotional turmoil from losing a beloved team mate, and refusing to let go and accept someone else. And that someone else, Aidan, not trusting authority and snarky to a fault, challenging Sean. Both gave as good as they got from the first time they meet, right till the moment they clash in a darkened back alley with fevered kisses and hard fucking. Each had mutual mistrust, dislike and even hate, but each not backing down, but yet eventually fitting well and complimenting each other. The enemy-to-lovers trope was well exercised here and I did like that in the end, there was no undying declarations of love and devotion, just the acknowledgement that there could be more if they wanted and if they tried. Their entire journey to that point from when they first meet was such a delight and so much fun to follow on. There was no major angst or fights, and even the verbal sparring was at times fun, funny and way delightful. I also loved they dynamics of the team and how they meshed and gelled together. The secondary characters of Ricardo, Matt and Nick peppered the story with much fodder, humour as well as balance to the two protaganists constant fighting. As with the first book in the series, this was well written and paced extremely well, so much so that I had a hard time putting it down. The way the plot ebbed and flowed was seemingly well thought out and worked well to bring to life the relationship between Sean and Aidan, from hate to something one might eventually call love. This is definitely going into my re-read list!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    **2.5** Rounded down because, while I enjoyed rooting for Sean and Aiden, dang there are some major problems for any readers who have ANY knowledge of the US military or a connection to anyone who has served in it. - There is just no way you would ever see such open and casual fraternization. Not ever. The consequences to all parties involved are just too severe. - The military isn’t ever going to randomly send a team out into a life and death situation without proper equipment (especially communi **2.5** Rounded down because, while I enjoyed rooting for Sean and Aiden, dang there are some major problems for any readers who have ANY knowledge of the US military or a connection to anyone who has served in it. - There is just no way you would ever see such open and casual fraternization. Not ever. The consequences to all parties involved are just too severe. - The military isn’t ever going to randomly send a team out into a life and death situation without proper equipment (especially communications gear). - There is a strict observance of and respect for rank. The informal way the members of Team Maelstrom address and speak to each other is absolutely alien to everything the military is.

  14. 4 out of 5

    *P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist

    Short, but sweet mm military romance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    Team Maelstrom – experts in cover extraction… Author Romeo Alexander has demonstrated that not only does he have a talent for writing romance but also the gift for exploring opposites in people’s lives and stations in life and how exploration of apparent disparities can actually be a source for bonding. In the past year his output and reputation as a M/M romance writer has soared. Here he again pairs with New York author John Harris (also known as Noah Harris). Though somewhat shy he is a humanit Team Maelstrom – experts in cover extraction… Author Romeo Alexander has demonstrated that not only does he have a talent for writing romance but also the gift for exploring opposites in people’s lives and stations in life and how exploration of apparent disparities can actually be a source for bonding. In the past year his output and reputation as a M/M romance writer has soared. Here he again pairs with New York author John Harris (also known as Noah Harris). Though somewhat shy he is a humanitarian who sees the world in which we live as a community bonded in a natural approach to our feelings and ourselves and our interaction with others. His bisexual nature allows him to create well rounded characters – most all of his novels are M/M romances but they are much more than the usual erotica we encounter in film, television, and social media. John explores the boundaries of types and wields a strong brush as he paints his fascinating people. The gentlemen have quite successfully launched MEN OF FORT DALE, a fine series involving the military on stage front, and this is Book 2 of the series – TRUST ME, I HATE YOU. John/Noah and Romeo know how to build interesting and credible characters. We meet Sean first - ‘The sea breeze brushed over his sweat coated skin, carrying with it the heavy scent of salt and seaweed. The hottest part of the day had come and gone, and Sean could finally appreciate the moisture-laden wind as it soother his heated body. He was thankful that their training exercise was a dry run, and they’d been able to leave most of the heavy equipment back at Fort Dale. “Sean!” Ricardo’s deep drawling voice snapped Sean form his reverie, and he turned away from the ocean view…Sean raised his hand in silent greeting, giving one last look to the sparkling water behind him before walking up to his friend and team member…’ Their excellent writing bursts into a well-molded story, outlined by the authors – ‘Sean - Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediately know it’s not going to work. I can’t deal with this pain in the ass. I want him gone. It looks like I’m stuck with him, but I don’t have to make it easy…Aidan - I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want this. I’ve been thrown into this dysfunctional team with a team leader who’s out to get me. The guy’s an ass, and he’s driving me crazy. I can hardly think straight when I’m dealing with him. Then everything changes when he pins me to a wall and kisses me… Before Sean and Aidan can figure out what to do about that kiss, Team Maelstrom is thrown from the frying pan into the freezer. Fear and peril changes people, but will it change these two hot military men enough to keep the team alive? Can they work things out between them and get everyone back home in one piece? And what about the future?’ Together this team of authors creates not only a fine bonding tale, but they also demonstrate the eloquence of beautiful scenic painting. Excellent!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne Harris

    A great story and great characters Sean is the team leader of Team Maelstrom a 5 man strong team of soldiers. Well they had just lost one of their men whilst out in battle and the team was not doing well. It was to the point that they had lost the heart of their team. They were using their time to train before being ready to deployed again. but it seemed that a replacement had already been sent out and Sean knew just from looking at the cocky man it wasn't going to work. Aidan was tired. He had ju A great story and great characters Sean is the team leader of Team Maelstrom a 5 man strong team of soldiers. Well they had just lost one of their men whilst out in battle and the team was not doing well. It was to the point that they had lost the heart of their team. They were using their time to train before being ready to deployed again. but it seemed that a replacement had already been sent out and Sean knew just from looking at the cocky man it wasn't going to work. Aidan was tired. He had just touched down in America before he was sent off to join Team Maelstrom. He never wanted to join a team he was happy just bouncy off different places but the last post had taken its toll on him and now he was paying the price for standing up for himself. To say Aiden and Sean didnt get on was a understatement. Sean set out to break him. But Aiden just kept going. On a night out things take a weird turn when Sean and Aiden ended up in an alley way releasing their pent up emotions. But before they can really talk about it they are sent out on a training exercise. Could this make them the team they needed to be???? The banter between these two had me laughing out loud. It was electric!! I wasn't sure of Sean I thought he was just being difficult throughout this book until you learn why he has been the way he has been. The rest of the team are great fun each having a different personality. But I must admit I was really hoping these two just didnt kill each other, you could tell they would be good for each other if they each gave each other a chance. I really enjoyed the storyline and I'm excited to read more from this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    My2CentsBookReviews

    Author Romeo Alexander & John Harris - This series a true hit! Men of Fort Dale! 4 Books 📚: I'm straight right?, Trust me, I hate you, Here we go again and At my Generals Command. Military being free to love whom you love definitely not an easy task anywhere but the Mitary horrific its an Alpha world. Best of the Best - perfection not exceptions! Humans are not perfect - so no pressure right? Sloane is grumpy & set in his ways and his best friend is all he needs. Doc Dean is dating and never told Author Romeo Alexander & John Harris - This series a true hit! Men of Fort Dale! 4 Books 📚: I'm straight right?, Trust me, I hate you, Here we go again and At my Generals Command. Military being free to love whom you love definitely not an easy task anywhere but the Mitary horrific its an Alpha world. Best of the Best - perfection not exceptions! Humans are not perfect - so no pressure right? Sloane is grumpy & set in his ways and his best friend is all he needs. Doc Dean is dating and never told him. He is pissed BFF don't keep secrets. Why is he jealous he not gay. Dean dating because being in love for 6 years with your best friend is sick & he has to get a life. Team Maelstrom has lost a brother in arms and a member fitting in could be painful for them all. Sean is team leader & he is pushing Aiden hard & hopefully out. Aiden has figured out this dysfunctional group and saving their ass could cost him his sanity, especially when Sean pins him & kisses. Troy has loved & lost and moved on to not ever get attached again. Oscar the one that broke hearts because he in the closet has to move on or claim what is his. Commander young and shaking things up & old boys club not really happy. Loyalty will keep him safe. General Dave Winters is in charge of Fort Dale n Christian his assistant is about to teach the old dog a new trick. General turns the table on old boys club. V2, S2 this is 4 Book M/M Military Romance so openly gay & others just figuring it out or coming out of the closet. When you find the one, then you fight for what is yours!🌈 #MMRomance #truelove #bookboyfriend #soulmates #fightforlove #bookboyfriend #bookreviews #gaybookreviews #bookaddict #bookinstagram #readersofinstagram #readromance

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Guilt can weigh heavy on a man's soul. And this is a real enemies to lovers story. Staff Sgt. Sean Harris has more than his share of guilt. He carried the belief that the death of Clint was totally his shoulders, that he had failed Clint, the other Team Maelstrom members but especially himself. His guilt heightens his aggressive training of his squad to the point of every member's exhaustion. Clint's death is told in significant flashbacks; especially with an emotional scene set in a mountain cave Guilt can weigh heavy on a man's soul. And this is a real enemies to lovers story. Staff Sgt. Sean Harris has more than his share of guilt. He carried the belief that the death of Clint was totally his shoulders, that he had failed Clint, the other Team Maelstrom members but especially himself. His guilt heightens his aggressive training of his squad to the point of every member's exhaustion. Clint's death is told in significant flashbacks; especially with an emotional scene set in a mountain cave. And in the high and mighty wisdom of his superior Gen. Winter a new member, Sgt. Aiden Rider, has been assigned to Team Maelstrom as Clint's replacement. Aiden knows he has 2 strikes and 3 balls against him from his first appearance and things just go down the proverbial hill from there. That is until the forced kiss. There is such an emotional roller coaster between these two that the promise of a future together just doesn't seem likely. That is until a cold forced march in the Canadian mountains, one save, and one missed save (with a rescue) opens both Sean's and Aiden's eyes to the fact that hate has morphed into mutual need. There is humor included in this story to lighten the somber load thanks to Ricardo, Matt, and Nick. I was given an ARC from Booksprout for my review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Sanchez

    This is another offering of The Men of Fort Dale series. I am partial to military romance so these books are a must read for me. Team Maelstrom is down one member after their last mission. The whole team is still grieving but Sean Harris is the team leader and the member that was killed, Clint, was their intelligence officer and the second in command. As the military brass doesn't care much for a team's adjustment process, just that they want the team back out. Aiden Rider is just back from the This is another offering of The Men of Fort Dale series. I am partial to military romance so these books are a must read for me. Team Maelstrom is down one member after their last mission. The whole team is still grieving but Sean Harris is the team leader and the member that was killed, Clint, was their intelligence officer and the second in command. As the military brass doesn't care much for a team's adjustment process, just that they want the team back out. Aiden Rider is just back from the Middle East and thrown right into Ft. Dale as the new intelligence officer and second for Team Maelstrom. Needless to say, the team was not informed and it was a surprise to say the least. Sean is livid and doesn't want Aiden there. Aiden takes everything Sean throws at him and then some. So much so that the rest of the team is affected too. They both have secrets and worry that if things come to light it will ruin each of them. It takes an accident, Sean falling off a mountain, for these two to find some common ground. The team was way more adaptable than Sean was, but together they will become the best team ever. I loved Aiden's attitude and patience. There were a few times I wanted to smack Sean with a stick. This was such a good story and I've loved both books. I requested an advanced reader copy from Booksprout and am under no obligation to leave this review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I received a free audio code for a honest review. I have not gotten to book 1 yet but do have it on my list to read. This is as close to a real enemies to lovers I've read. Sean lost a key member of his 5 man team Maelstrom. 3 to 4 months after this loss General Winters has decided to replace the lost member (Clint) before someone is forced into the team by higher ups. After going through a list of possible candidates he finds one he thinks might fit. Enter Aidan. A cheeky but wicked smart intell I received a free audio code for a honest review. I have not gotten to book 1 yet but do have it on my list to read. This is as close to a real enemies to lovers I've read. Sean lost a key member of his 5 man team Maelstrom. 3 to 4 months after this loss General Winters has decided to replace the lost member (Clint) before someone is forced into the team by higher ups. After going through a list of possible candidates he finds one he thinks might fit. Enter Aidan. A cheeky but wicked smart intelligences who has spent most of his career going from team to team helping with his talents until he comes across a higher up who doesn't get what he wants from Aidan and decides to try bring Aidan down a notch or two. Aidan really does fit in with everyone on Maelstrom, except for Sean who holds it against Aidan that he is not Clint. Sean puts Aidan through grueling training that even makes the rest of the team worry. That is until they kiss. After a time General Winters decides it's time to put the team to a test. Being blindfolded and dropped into the middle of a frigid nowhere the team works together to get to their destination while Aiden and Sean also try to figure out what is going on with themselves. The only thing I was sad about with this book is that it was a short but I absolutely loved it. This is def going on my re-listen list.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chatty Whiz'Hell

    Audiobook version. I had a little problem with the reader voice, like it was a bit flat or had a lack of intensity in the sex scenes. Also I'm not sure but I think I heard a little accent that bothered me... I'm currently listening to the next book and strangely, I don't feel the same. Maybe his voice just didn't fit Aiden and Sean in my imagination. Thanks to Aubrey's review, I noticed every "military environment mistakes"... Ok yeah, I know it's my fault for reading reviews before reading the bo Audiobook version. I had a little problem with the reader voice, like it was a bit flat or had a lack of intensity in the sex scenes. Also I'm not sure but I think I heard a little accent that bothered me... I'm currently listening to the next book and strangely, I don't feel the same. Maybe his voice just didn't fit Aiden and Sean in my imagination. Thanks to Aubrey's review, I noticed every "military environment mistakes"... Ok yeah, I know it's my fault for reading reviews before reading the book ! And to be fair, I did a 2 weeks voluntary military training in my teens and even though it was in France and a long time ago I may have noticed them on my own. It was a lot less flagrant in the first book. I have no idea how, with all the informations out there, an author can be so clueless about the theme he chose. Like, everyone knows military people use surnames or nicknames but never first names, right ?! Looking par this, I still liked the book for the romance and I loved Aiden character from the start. I had less enthusiasm for Sean but I still liked him even though he was an angry asshole with Aiden at the beginning. It was an interesting story and very different from the first book but with still almost no angst. I even had a few laugh and I'm not a person who laugh easily.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sassy Beta Reading & Review

    This was a good read that I really enjoyed. It is full of snarky humor, hot male bonding, and a little bit of emotional turmoil as well. A well written romance that tugs on the heart strings a bit and makes for a few hours of entertainment. Sean's team is down one member and it's all his fault, or so he believes. He knows that he will be getting a new team member soon, but he and his team are not ready yet. When Aidan gets thrust upon the team, Sean makes sure, that he is not going to make it eas This was a good read that I really enjoyed. It is full of snarky humor, hot male bonding, and a little bit of emotional turmoil as well. A well written romance that tugs on the heart strings a bit and makes for a few hours of entertainment. Sean's team is down one member and it's all his fault, or so he believes. He knows that he will be getting a new team member soon, but he and his team are not ready yet. When Aidan gets thrust upon the team, Sean makes sure, that he is not going to make it easy for the newcomer. No one can take the place of Clint. Aidan has been bounced around from location to location, never in one place to settle down and really get to know anyone. He finds himself being moved again and this time, it is supposed to be permanent. However, Sean is going to do everything in his power to make sure that it is not. Written as a 3rd person, multi pov. Good story line, nice characters, engaging dialogue, and nicely depicted detailed descriptions. All in all, a good read. Would I recommend this book? Yes Would I read more from this author? Yes Sassy Beta Reading and Review I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becca [has books, will not travel]

    I can't help but to compare this to the first book in the series I'm Straight, Right?, which was a lot better in the ways that count most when it comes to romance, ie. connection/chemistry and emotion (and because of the intense emotions and the connection the MC's had, the sex scenes were better too). The problem with this was that the MC's seemed to hate each other, both in their behaviour and their thoughts. The first sex scene happens kinda out of the left field. This book would have greatly I can't help but to compare this to the first book in the series I'm Straight, Right?, which was a lot better in the ways that count most when it comes to romance, ie. connection/chemistry and emotion (and because of the intense emotions and the connection the MC's had, the sex scenes were better too). The problem with this was that the MC's seemed to hate each other, both in their behaviour and their thoughts. The first sex scene happens kinda out of the left field. This book would have greatly benefited from a third perspective, exasperated Ricardo would have probably also been really funny. It took too long for Sean to acknowledge and appreciate what Aidan could bring to the team. Sean's behaviour overall started to make sense too late, at that point I didn't care any more what his damage was. Aidan's issues at least were hinted at enough for the reader to figure them out, but that it didn't feel like repetition when he finally opened up to Sean. I probably would have given up on this if I had been reading this, but Michael Ferraiuolo's narration kept me engaged.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Its hate at first sight its snarky comebacks and flying fist not to mention the oh my bad did I shoot you. Sean doesn't want anyone to replace there teammate that died in combat its affected his whole team there falling apart and now he's stuck with this aggravating new intelligence officer Aiden he thinks everything is a joke I'm going to see what hes made of. Aiden goes from one team to the next never staying in one place just like when he was a kid in the foster system. And after his last ass Its hate at first sight its snarky comebacks and flying fist not to mention the oh my bad did I shoot you. Sean doesn't want anyone to replace there teammate that died in combat its affected his whole team there falling apart and now he's stuck with this aggravating new intelligence officer Aiden he thinks everything is a joke I'm going to see what hes made of. Aiden goes from one team to the next never staying in one place just like when he was a kid in the foster system. And after his last assignment went to crap he has to start again and his Sargent is a grad a well you can guess. But after one hot night its obvious that a part of there problem was sexual tension but soon there team is being tested on there readiness they still have issues to work threw but with there chemistry they will figure it out or there whole team will break apart. Parts of this book were really funny some of the scenes between Sean and Aiden were a little stilted but it still read well. I was allowed to read and advance copy of this book via Booksprout and this is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    LateciaJ

    What a wonderful story about two military guys who got off on the wrong foot but ended up caring for one another. Sean leads a team of guys who is missing a member due to a death while in action. They need a new member to make the team whole again. In comes Aidan...a very cocky and self confidant Sargent. The two has an intense hate but a powerful attraction to one another. One fateful night they give into that attraction and everything changes. It was nice seeing these two stumble their way to What a wonderful story about two military guys who got off on the wrong foot but ended up caring for one another. Sean leads a team of guys who is missing a member due to a death while in action. They need a new member to make the team whole again. In comes Aidan...a very cocky and self confidant Sargent. The two has an intense hate but a powerful attraction to one another. One fateful night they give into that attraction and everything changes. It was nice seeing these two stumble their way to a relationship...putting all their differences aside and begin to get to know each other. The story became more real to me when they just didn't declare their dying love for each other once they figured out they can be something... but was wiling to take it slow and work on building a lasting relationship..Nicely done! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    C.B.

    Brotherhood of brothers in arms is a sacred trust. Aiden was reassigned to team Maelstrom after they lost their Intel team mate, Clint. General Winter thought Aiden would fit with Ricardo, Matt, Nick and Sean, the team leader. They were all feeling the loss of Clint and looked to Sean to hold them together and lead them. They were out of balance and fightng to climb back.Sean and Aiden, have unexpected reactions to each other. They don't understand, but they know it's extreme and needs to be res Brotherhood of brothers in arms is a sacred trust. Aiden was reassigned to team Maelstrom after they lost their Intel team mate, Clint. General Winter thought Aiden would fit with Ricardo, Matt, Nick and Sean, the team leader. They were all feeling the loss of Clint and looked to Sean to hold them together and lead them. They were out of balance and fightng to climb back.Sean and Aiden, have unexpected reactions to each other. They don't understand, but they know it's extreme and needs to be resolved. All 5 of the team members have baggage. Will they manage to put their baggage down in time to gel into a cohesive team? Can they regain their balance and reform into a team unit? Great story. The loss of Clint, the stress of missions and dealing with General Winter are handled well by the author. Nice story. All the characters are solid and likeable. Well done! I received an ARC from Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    The title of the book told me I was going to chuckle and I was right. Trust Me, I Hate You (Books Unite People LLC, 2020) is written by Romeo Alexander and John Harris and there is humor mixed in with the reality of military life. Alexander and Harris handle death with sensitivity, humor, and anger which is exactly how it feels in real-life. The writing team did not shy away from depression or isolation as a tool of dealing with death and living. This does not mean that the book is maudlin or dep The title of the book told me I was going to chuckle and I was right. Trust Me, I Hate You (Books Unite People LLC, 2020) is written by Romeo Alexander and John Harris and there is humor mixed in with the reality of military life. Alexander and Harris handle death with sensitivity, humor, and anger which is exactly how it feels in real-life. The writing team did not shy away from depression or isolation as a tool of dealing with death and living. This does not mean that the book is maudlin or depressing. Far from it which is why I give Alexander and Harris credit for balancing real-life situations with writing a contemporary romance book. I was rooting for everyone in this book and so will you. Kudos once again to Alexander and Harris and a great treat for us. I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    Audiobook review: Overall – 5 Performance – 5 Story – 5 I really enjoyed this. Michael Ferraiuolo is one of my favorite audiobook performers. He can make a less than stellar book shine. Fortunately, Trust Me, I Hate you was a good story to start with. I loved the different voices that Michael used in this story. I’m not a huge fan of enemies to lovers, or hate sex, but this was a really good book. The sexual tension between Sean and Aidan was palpable. There’s just the right amount of angst for me in Audiobook review: Overall – 5 Performance – 5 Story – 5 I really enjoyed this. Michael Ferraiuolo is one of my favorite audiobook performers. He can make a less than stellar book shine. Fortunately, Trust Me, I Hate you was a good story to start with. I loved the different voices that Michael used in this story. I’m not a huge fan of enemies to lovers, or hate sex, but this was a really good book. The sexual tension between Sean and Aidan was palpable. There’s just the right amount of angst for me in this story. While parts had me holding my breath, and others shedding a tear or two, I loved the found family aspect and the HFN that Sean and Aidan got. A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Sean and his team are struggling with the loss of a fellow soldier and brother. Aidan is thrust from one assignment to another, leaving a troubling situation to join a team that does not really want him. There is a lot of tension, anger, and frustration between Sean and Aidan but one pivotal moment begins a change in their relationship and the start of the healing process. I found this to be an intense, emotional story with plenty of steam. It deals with the effects of grief, the strong connectio Sean and his team are struggling with the loss of a fellow soldier and brother. Aidan is thrust from one assignment to another, leaving a troubling situation to join a team that does not really want him. There is a lot of tension, anger, and frustration between Sean and Aidan but one pivotal moment begins a change in their relationship and the start of the healing process. I found this to be an intense, emotional story with plenty of steam. It deals with the effects of grief, the strong connection between a team of friends and soldiers, and the beginning of an unexpected romantic connection. The characters are intriguing and likeable and the storyline draws you in and holds your attention. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shweta

    It was the perfect follow up novel and I do love a good enemies-to-lovers story. I particularly liked Aidan's character. Loved his sense of humor ( I think Aidan and I would make great friends😂) and how he took every situation in stride (even when Sean was being a straight A*shole to him). The after club chase-backed -against -a -dark -alley-scene was HOT!! Liked how they connected at the end.  The side characters were really good too. I totally want to know more of the dynamic Nick and Matt share It was the perfect follow up novel and I do love a good enemies-to-lovers story. I particularly liked Aidan's character. Loved his sense of humor ( I think Aidan and I would make great friends😂) and how he took every situation in stride (even when Sean was being a straight A*shole to him). The after club chase-backed -against -a -dark -alley-scene was HOT!! Liked how they connected at the end.  The side characters were really good too. I totally want to know more of the dynamic Nick and Matt share and also what Richardo's back story is. He seems like this quiet, brooding but smart character.  Overall, it was a great read to work away the Mondays blues.  Want more !!! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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