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🌟 Unique characters, all well drawn with interesting backstories.⠀
🌟 A swoon worthy enemy Harry 🥰 ⠀
🌟 Brimming with a little bit of everything!
🌟For the most part a fun read with an under current of more serious issues.⠀

- 💫 because at one point much to my despair I disliked all the characters (not everything was Kate's fault!!).
+ 💫 luckily they came to their senses & the ending was heartwarming, empowering & kick ass.⠀


💕 Big thanks to Headline Review for sending this my way!

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Things are not looking good for Kate, when she is evicted from her flat and told that there is a restructuring and that she is having to merge with floor ten.
But soon things get worse when she bumps into Harry, the man she is been trying forget for the last five years.

This was a great workplace romance novel, told in first person narrative through the view of Kate.

This allowed the novel to have one point of view perspective with the narrative flowing and the reader being able to see the growth and changes in the character.

This was a laugh-out-loud novel in places with some great characters and one that left me grinning at the end.

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Completely and utterly adore this so much, it’s a laugh out loud read, full of lovely characters, great writing and a story that made me not wanna to put it down. I love enemies-to-lovers romances and this one is a really good example of why, the chemistry between Kate and Harry is wonderful, realistic, full of banter and flirtation. It’s a perfect blend of humor and romance.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Headline Books.

Hate At First Sight is a fun rivals to lovers romantic comedy that looks into the darker side of social media.

Kate Carter is fast approaching her 30s and feels like her life plan is way off track. When cutbacks at work causes her office to merge with floor ten at ‘Poster’, Kate is forced to work with fashionistas and influencers to save the company, one of which is Harry, a guy she had an embarrassing run in with at a company party five years before.

I’m going to preface my review by stating that I am currently a 29 year old data analyst that sometimes works out of London, so I was super excited to read what is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a book where I’m the main character. (That said, my boss’ name is Kate, who also moved from the north, so really this book is more about her 😂)

I gave #HateAtFirstSight by @lizzie_ohagan 3.5 stars. My favourite thing about this book was the way it discussed important topics like the toxicity of social media, and how we shouldn’t believe everything we see online. The banter between Kate and Harry was enjoyable, but I’m not sure I 100% believed their relationship? Harry was a bit spineless at times, and Kate deserved better than that in a partner. That said, the rivalry between Kate and Cally was annoying, honestly I thought we were past that. I guess I just don’t like reading about women trying to one up each other by screwing the other one over?

Overall, this is a good book. Low-key annoying that it’s a fade to black romance, but that’s definitely a me problem! If you like workplace romances that deal with something a little more substantially, definitely give this book a read when it’s released!! Thank you @headlinebooks!

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Review for 'Hate At First Sight' by Lizzie O'Hagan.

Read and reviewed for Headline, Headline Review, Lizzie O'Hagan and Netgalley.

Publication date 25th May 2023.

This is the first book I have read by this author.

This book is set in London, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, UK . The bonus for me of books that are partly or fully based in the UK is that I live in the UK and have sometimes visited places mentioned in the book which makes it easier to picture. I absolutely love that this book is set in Wales which I must admit was another thing that drew me to it and I cannot wait to see if I recognize any places mentioned.

I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated 'This witty, dizzying, snort-with-laughter enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy is an instantly unputdownable and unmissable treat that will have you falling head over heels in love with its characters. Perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Emily Henry, Talia Hibbert, Mhairi McFarlane and Beth O'Leary.’ I am a HUGE fan of Emily Henry and Beth O'Leary so am looking forward to seeing if it lives up to this statement. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Headline Review. I have yet to read a book published by Headline that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book).

This novel consists of an epilogue, 30 chapters and an epilogue. The chapters are short to medium in length so easy to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case!

This book is written in first person perspective and the main protagonist is Kate Carter. The benefits of books written in first person perspective are as long as they are well written it makes you feel that you are being spoken to by the protagonist and it can create more of a bond between yourselves and them.

This book has fantastic descriptions that set you straight in the scenes. The cover, title and synopsis suit the storyline perfectly.

This book is very well written with vivid descriptions setting the picture perfectly in the readers mind. The title, description and cover works perfectly with the storyline. It is one of those books that are very easy to read and perfect for any reading situations whether you are laying on a beach or curled up in front of a fire. It is an absolutely ideal read for anyone who is looking for a fantastic read that will have you hooked from beginning to end. I absolutely LOVED the realism of this storyline which made it so easy to picture everything that was going on which had been helped by Lizzie's fantastic evocative writing skills. I cannot wait to get hooked into more of Lizzie's books so I hope she is busy writing her next one!!
This is definitely one of those books that will turn a frown upside down and make life seem a lot brighter. It is packed with fun, romance, heartbreak, friendship, laughter, jealousy and everything you could ask for in a fantastic feel good book. Kate loves her job in the basement of 'Poster' where she works as a data analyst with a small group of her friends hidden away from the 'perfect' faces of Poster on the tenth floor. Kate is almost thirty years old, likes to be organised and in control and after an embarrassing incident that happened on the tenth floor five years ago she never wants to return there!!! However, life doesn't always go the way we want and before she knows it not only has she been evicted from her flat by her best friend but Poster is also starting to cut costs. This means that Kate ends up moving with a stranger called Wolf and his dog Boner and also moves up to the tenth floor and has to work with the guy involved in the embarrassing incident which is one of the reasons she avoided the tenth floor. Can Kate work with the guy who seems to hate her so much to mortify her in front of a room full of people? Will she quit her job and find somewhere else to live where she isn't jumping on the sofa to avoid Boner? You'll just have to grab your copy today to find out!!! A laugh out loud book filled with fantastic characters, sparks flying, arguments and so much more!!! Lizzie's evocative writing skills drew me deep into the book bringing the atmosphere and characters to life all around me. It is one of those books that I could not put down. I ended up walking around the house looking at my kindle reading away and absolutely devoured it in one sitting. I also want to congratulate Lizzie on her fantastic ability to weave important subjects such as perceptions from others, social media pressure and advertising, self-worth, and speaking up for what you believe into such a fantastic storyline.

The characters were all an eclectic mix and each one of them were realistic and strong. I absolutely loved Kate's say it as it is attitude which reminded me of myself on a few occasions!! There were several times I ended up laughing out loud with some of the things she came out with!! When she ends up working with Harry and Cally it's her worse nightmare. Harry embarrassed her 5 years ago and Cally is a beautiful Poster face (the people Kate spends all her working hours avoiding)!! I really enjoyed the character development and seeing the relationships changing between the characters. I absolutely adored Wolf and especially his dog Boner, yeo seriously 😂!!! I also really enjoyed meeting the "basement" gang who are my type of people but also watching some of the faces of Poster proving Kate wrong, especially Barbie, again yep seriously 😂!! There was a huge mix of characters and regardless of how you feel about the characters they all worked perfectly in this great storyline!!!

This may be the first book I have read by Lizzie but it most certainly won't be my last and I cannot wait to get stuck in to more books by this amazing author!!

Overall a fantastic book filled with romance, fun, drama, self-worth, friendship and so much more!!

Genres covered in this book include Women's Romance Fiction, Relationships, Women's New Adult & College Fiction, Women's Contemporary Fiction, Romance Fiction, General Humour, Contemporary Fiction, Women Writers And Fiction, Romantic Relationships, New Adult Romance, Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance amongst others.

I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sariah Wilson, Lindsey Kelk,Sally Thorne, Emily Henry, Talia Hibbert, Mhairi McFarlane, Beth O'Leary, Abby Jiminez, Emily Henry, Bridget Jones, Mhairi McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella and just anyone looking for a great read!!

368 pages.

This book is just £2.99 to purchase on kindle and £9.19 in paperback via Amazon, at time of review which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!!

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3.5 stars

After reading and really enjoying O'Hagan's The Visa last year, I jumped at the chance to read her newest work, and it didn't disappoint! I really enjoyed the work-oriented nature of the book, and how working on a project together led to Harry and Kate interactions with each other, as I felt it really gave readers an insight into their dynamic, and was a great format for watching them fall for each other. The fashion website and their differing roles for the company as a data analyst and a more creative role really hgihlighted their opposite natures, and I felt that Kate's anxieties about her work and her posititon within the company was really realistic. I liked that this was a major subplot rather than being sidelined in order for the romance to shine; O'Hagan manages to find a good balance between the two. The whole 'pitching to a Gen-Z audience' felt a bit on-the-nose at times, although clearly very relevant, but I ended up loving the big reveal at the end of the book and the message that it portrayed.

I always tend to enjoy enemies-to-lovers romances but I don't seem to read too many of them, so this was really nice to dive into. I found the chemistry between Kate and Harry to be really authentic - it didn't happen overnight, but their little friendship turning into something more was sweet, and I hated that things seemed to be going so well for them before things ended, albeit temporarily. Although at times it did seem as though their banter with one another leaned a bit too far into genuine irritation and rudeness than flirtation, I really wanted things to work out between the two, and I'm happy that Kate believing in herself more in a work setting led to success in her personal life too.

My heart broke for Kate while reading this, as it seemed she had one bout of bad luck after another, but seeing her making amends for her mistakes and building up her self-confidence leading to her happy ending was so satisfying. Once again O'Hagan has written a solid romance, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

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I was very happy to be invited onto Headline’s blog tour for this cute looking enemies-to-lovers office romance. Thank you to Isabelle for sending this very pretty physical copy my way!

Kate is very good at her job as a senior data analyst at aspirational fashion brand Poster but she has been there for five years and is very keen to clinch a promotion to director. However, costs are being cut and there’s a freeze on promotions for at least a year. Kate is ready to cut ties with the company but then she learns that she is needed to launch a new micro-site that might put her in good standing for that promotion once the freeze lifts. The only problem is that she’ll have to work alongside Harry, the handsome, creative guy who she had an embarrassing encounter with years before. On top of this, Kate is being kicked out of her apartment and having to move in with a stranger. Can she possibly make her way through it all?

I think a lot of frustrated millennials who live and work in expensive cities will be able to directly relate to Kate’s work situation. We all took jobs that we thought would stepping stones to the bigger, better things that were surely in our future, now that we had our shiny new degrees and a head bursting with fantastic, unique ideas. It is a narrative that has been told in contemporary women’s fiction and romance plenty of times before but there is a reason for that -these women are everywhere.

There is no doubt that Harry is very attractive and I definitely fancied him. However, I think I might have missed the point where Kate realised this. I get that she obviously thought he was handsome years ago, which is how the situation happened, but she has been angry with him and avoided him for years. A lot of their early conversations lacked flirting that I could pick up on and they really seemed like friends who bickered but still clearly cared for each other for most of the book to me. When the romance kicked in, I hadn’t registered any sexy sparks, so despite knowing it was going to happen (because it’s a romance), sadly it didn’t quite feel believable or natural.

One relationship that I loved was the one that Kate shared with her manager Amanda. Amanda is the definition of supportive girl boss and she really is Kate’s biggest cheerleader. I would have loved to see more interactions between them because Amanda seemed to disappear for a large chunk of the middle of the book.

Hate At First Sight is a fun read with a heroine whose heart is in the right place. I loved the strong feminist message that was delivered at the end and the friendships that Kate cultivated with her female colleagues. Although I wasn’t a fan of the romance per se, I did like Kate and Harry as individuals, so I did have a good time with it!

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I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Headline Books.

Hate at First Sight is a fun enemies to lovers story with some serious elements thrown in. Kate is fast approaching being thirty and isn't overjoyed at the prospect. She had a life plan that hadn't gone as she wanted and still hasn't got the promotion she so deserves. After financial cutbacks occur, her department is forced to move from the basement to the tenth floor of 'Poster', and the move fills her with dread. The tenth floor staff are all model fashionistas who look down on the 'back office' staff like Kate. And when she's teamed up with Harry (who she had an embarrassing encounter with five years ago) and Cally (a glamorous 'IT'girl), Kate has no option to work with them closely or find another job, and she's worked too hard to take a step back in her career. To top it off, her best friend is moving away, she's now needing somewhere affordable to live and taking a lesser paid job just isn't an option.
I loved the banter between the characters in this book and found them sll endearing in their own unique ways (even Wolf and his dog Boner). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed the interweaving of important subjects such as perceptions from others, social media pressure/advertising, self-worth, and speaking up for what you believe in.

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"Hate at First Sight" is a standout office romance that rekindled my love for this genre. Lizzie O'Hagan's delightful storytelling, infused with hilarious moments, makes this book an absolute joy to read. The captivating enemies-to-lovers dynamic between the main characters is both entertaining and heartwarming, keeping readers hooked until the very end. The second-chance elements add depth to the story, allowing for personal growth and emotional connections that tug at the heartstrings. With its seamless blend of humor, romance, and a touch of office drama, "Hate at First Sight" is an unputdownable read that will leave you with a smile on your face. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Headline and Headline Review for providing me with the opportunity to enjoy.

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Getting the email for Lizzie's upcoming novel Hate At First Sight was such a moment for me as it was early last year that I received my first ever book mail from a publisher. That book just happened to be Lizzie's last release, The Visa. Since then I've been keeping an eye on her upcoming releases and was so excited when I read the plot for Hate At First Sight.

The book follows Kate, a data analyst as she's bidding for a promotion to help save her career at a popular luxury fashion brand. The only catch is she needs to work with Harry, who she met at a party five years ago. There was no denying their chemistry that night but a miscommunication between them left Kate trying her best to forget about him. Now that they're working together Kate is trying to balance her new tasks all whilst combatting the growing hostility between her and Harry.

An enemies to lovers plot never fails me, it's one of my favourites and it's a super easy read. I really enjoyed this book, from the get go even though it is quite the slow burn which usually is something I try to avoid. Kate and Harry can see the tension but also get to enjoy seeing as the lines start to blur.

What can you expect? Enemies-to-lovers, workplace office romance which has super funny side characters that doesn't overly rely on the romance aspect to tell the story.

A huge thank you to the team at Headline for allowing me to be a part of this launch. Hate At First Sight is released May 25th in the UK and is available in paperback from all major retailers. Kindle, KOBO and Audible are also available,

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This felt like a believable enemies to lovers, in that the two main characters actually spent some time together before Kate decide she liked more than just how handsome he was. It was a easy, quick read with and I liked both characters. There was some nice chemistry and sexual tension, but it was fade to black. I liked seeing the growth of Kate and the message about accepting yourself and not judging a book by its cover.

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Hate at First Sight is a fun, fast paced romcom with more than a little of a ‘Mean Girls’ vibe. Kate and Harry have a meet-cute turned meet-disaster and, five years later, they have to work together on a new Gen-Z focused micro-site (whatever that is). Kate sees Harry and the rest of the people she’s forced to work with as shallow and superficial, but she is slowly absorbed into their world to save her job.
I would say this book is more ‘com’ than ‘rom’; the main plot was about Kate’s tumultuous relationship with her workplace and colleagues. As such, the love story became more of a sub-plot and Harry’s character felt a bit flat.

Reading ‘Hate at First Sight’ feels like sitting down to watch your favourite film (especially if that film happens to be ‘Mean Girls’). The ending is satisfying and the story will definitely appeal to romcom fans.

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The things I loved;
- Enemies to lovers
- Work place romance
- Women supporting women
- Fun side characters.

The things I didn't like;
- Male lead seemed quite toxic
- The constant blame on the female lead
- predictability

I'd say over all a 3.5 star, easy read. If you're looking for a cute little summer read with no spice, this is for you.

Thanks netgallery for the opportunity.

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I really liked this book, its pretty much a typical work place romance which is full of humour that had me laughing out loud but also has a really important message of finding self confidence and self worth which I really love and thinks leaves a great impression. I could really relate to Kate’s character and I loved that all of the other characters were unique and had there own story’s it really made the book much more enjoyable. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.

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This book is a sweet rom-com with complexities around workplace drama, jealousy and power dynamics.

Kate wants to move forward with her career but feels stuck, an opportunity comes along that may give her the promotion she so desperately wants. The catch, however, she has to work with the man who turned her down at an office party 5 years ago.

Overall, I enjoyed this book as it was a quick, fun read! I am rating it 3 stars (3.5 rounded down) as I personally didn't connect with the characters enough to give it a 4. If you love a workplace romance, with tension and realistic characters grounded in reality then this will be right up your street!

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"no, no, no. i double-take, my pulse starting to race. it can’t be. But he’s looking more and more like him  . . . devastatingly gorgeous, like him."

I picked this up through Netgalley, with thanks to Lizzie O'Hagan, Hatchette and Headline Publishing Group for gifting me this e-ARC

kate is a basement girl - having worked for poster for five years and hiding away as a data analyst, being told that the basement is merging with upstairs to prevent layoffs and that she's co-working on a new project, on a new site with people from the upstairs office. what happens when she comes face to face and has to work with the one guy she's been trying to avoid since her first ever work do, since that ever-near kiss?

rating: ⭐⭐⭐

my thoughts: enemies to lovers, office romance, slow burn, miscommunication? not normally my thing. friends-to-lovers? sure, but not normally enemies-to-lovers (although saying that i did absolutely love the cruel prince series...)

the amount of miscommunication throughout this book, and how so many people go behind kate's back to keep her out of the loop. i also couldn't stand harry's frosty attitude to kate in work and then how over text he was all 'nicey-nice'

seeing how kate always felt like she didnt fit in, because of beauty standards within the company. how she feels underappreciated and that turning 30 and still working in the same role starts to reflect on if life at poster is all that good for her.

i did want to see more of the later storylines in the book, of the it girl vs every girl, and although meant to be a british book, it felt very americanised. it also felt like the characters in the book towards the end also changed their attitudes and personalities compared to how they started out but that could be personal development throughout the book.

im still looking forward to pick up the visa, and read some more of lizzie o'hagans work.

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Thank you to NetGalley, Lizzie O'Hagan and Headline Books for the opportunity to read this book as an ARC! *All Views Are My Own*

Absolutely loved this read!

Enemies to Lovers office romance. Filled with enough plot, drama and romance to fulfil every reader's needs!

Every character was so loveable.

I enjoyed watching Kate and Harry go from arguing at every given moment to then falling so hard for each other.

But this wasn't just a romance book it was about the empowerment of women especially and trying to change the way the fashion industry runs. Making things more inclusive and building people up instead of breaking them down.

The character development was awesome and it showed some great lessons. Especially in not taking everything at face value as the reality can look much different.

Definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance book! (Especially enemies too lovers trope😍)

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Hate At First Sight - Lizzie O’Hagan


Hate at First Sight is the second book I’ve read by @lizzie_ohagan the first being The Visa which I really liked as well!

I really enjoyed this book and have to admit I read it in one sitting which isn’t something I do often. The pace of this book was so fast and that make it such a smooth read. I really enjoyed the British setting! It was so nice to see a book set in London rather than America for once. I feel like that is such a rare thing with books nowadays and as someone from London I loved the little references to some British culture! I also loved the little Taylor Swift reference in there!

Okay, if you love enemies to lovers and a bit of office romance then you’ll love this one. I found that it had a great balance of fluff to angst, which I really enjoyed. I can’t stand a book that’s just pure fluff as it can be so boring. I need some angst to keep me on the edge of my seat! It make me smile and laugh but it also made me shed a tear or two.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book as it really focused on woman empowerment and coming together to achieve their goal (won’t say what as don’t want to spoil it!)

The only thing I found is that the main characters spent a lot of time being enemies and I would’ve liked to see them have a bit more time together!

I would like to thank @Lizzie_ohagan @netgalley @headlinebooks for the chance to read this ARC. Publishing date is 25th May!

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I was so into the enemies vibe at the outset of this book - my favourite trope - and enjoyed watching the sparks fly between Harry and Kate. We were left wondering what was going on in Harry’s head after their first meeting, and then throughout the rest of the book. We never quite found out, though. We only know what Kate thought of his actions, but not whether she was right or not, and I would have loved some closure here. As the book progressed, I did reach a point where I didn’t like any of the characters (except possibly Amanda), and I didn’t quite come back from that. Kate and Harry’s fighting got a little too much, and then Kate’s decision to trust him came out of left field for me. There were a lot of toxic people in that workplace and it sounds a lot like my idea of Hell, so I’m impressed any of the basement team managed to stick it out so long. There were some darker themes here and I would recommend reading the trigger warnings if you’re thinking of diving in, but some of it was lighter and engaging, so if you enjoy a character arc then this could be the book for you.

I received a free copy of this book. All views are my own.

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Unfortunately this wasn't for me. I found the relationship toxic, full of lies and it kinda felt forced. Wanted to love this but I didn't.

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