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.
About the Author
Chloe Liese writes romances reflecting her belief that everyone deserves a love story. Her stories pack a punch of heat, heart, and humor, and often feature characters who are neurodivergent, like herself. When not dreaming up her next book, Chloe spends her time wandering in nature, playing soccer, and most happily at home with her family and mischievous cats.
"Better Hate than Never is a fiery slow-burn that blazes into the loveliest, sweetest connection, with characters who learn how to communicate and, by book’s end, do so impressively. Chloe Liese consistently writes strong casts brimming with people I want to hang out with in real life, and I’ll happily gobble up anything she writes."—Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other
"One of my favorite things about Chloe's writing is the love she paints each of her characters with. Kate and Christopher are opposites in so many ways, yet Chloe masterfully brings them closer step by incremental step for a love story that is honest, achingly earnest, and deliciously hot. The tension stretches out like honey for a payoff that is wonderfully satisfying. These two will stay with me for a long time."—B.K. Borison, author of Lovelight Farms