Strong-willed and proudly single, an engineer walks out when her parents set her up with a lawyer -- but when work brings them together again, she just might give love a second chance.
Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later -- the new lawyer hired to rescue her struggling company. What's not surprising: he's not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.
Jay Shah looks good on paper . . . and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He's also infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance? Find out in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy debut about first impressions, second chances, and finding the love of your life in the most unexpected way.
“Liya and Jay are a couple I’ve been waiting forever to meet in a romance novel. The Trouble with Hating You has delicious banter, deep wounds, heartwarming friendships, and a path to love that often feels impossibly hard, and the payoff is satisfying enough to give you a book hangover the size of Texas.” –Sonali Dev, USA Today bestselling author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
“The enemies-to-lovers arc is classic, but the cultural specificity Patel brings makes this rom-com feel fun and fresh.” -Publishers Weekly
There's no better feeling that seeing a book on NetGalley, getting intrigued, reading it with no outside opinions to bolster you beforehand, and falling in love with it on the spot. That was the magic of reading Sajni Patel's debut novel The Trouble With Hating You. The enemies-to-lovers storyline in this book was truly *chef's kiss* and didn't rush into things. The two main characters were wonderful and self-actualized adults who took time to sort through their problems. The fact that Liya was casually a biochemical engineer was even better. A little repetition aside, I was hooked from start to finish and read the novel in one sitting. This was such an incredible debut from Sajni Patel, and I'm already counting down the days until her next book. She's got a fan.