REVIEW ➞ Hate Thy Neighbor by S.M. Soto


Fresh out of a failed engagement, Olivia Hales is in dire need of a fresh start. Tired of being the charming and accommodating girl that always gets stomped on, she’s determined to change her outlook on life.

When she finds her dream job in a small town in California, she thinks she’s finally found her place in life. That is, until she meets her new neighbor.

Roman Banks.
Moody. Foul-mouthed. Jerk.
And the hottest man on the planet.

At a sprawling six foot five, he was coldly distant and physically intimidating. Not only was her new neighbor a God that was good with his hands, he was also a grade-A jerk. Trapped on the same street, sharing the same space together, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous, never-ending game of insults and pranks that result in the destruction of two perfectly good homes.

The tension between them is as thick as the walls of their houses are thin. Roman’s touch burned like fire even when his words were ice, and both of them will stop at nothing to make the others life hell.

In the midst of the pranks and the hate they harbor for each other, Olivia slowly pulls back the layers of the man next door and finds herself consumed with wanting to fix him and his past. When both enemies start to catch feelings for each other, Olivia finds herself hiding her own secrets, not wanting to lose another man in her life.

Lines are drawn. Strict rules put into place. But that doesn’t stop Olivia from wanting to save the quiet, broody man next door.

They say you’re supposed to love thy neighbor, but that was the furthest emotion she felt when thinking about Roman. Hate was all there was to their relationship. At the very least, that’s what she tried to tell herself.

“I’m positive there’s a special place for you in hell.” He casts a cold smirk my way. “Next to you, I hope.”


Hate Thy Neighbor is a fantastic enemy to lovers romance that is full of wit, charm, laughs, and steam. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I was complete hooked from the very beginning.

Olivia is starting over. New home, new town, new job. She is determined to prove that she can take care of herself without her family constantly hovering. She wants her new neighbors to like her, especially her gorgeous, leather wearing one, Roman. Roman comes across as a jerk and he definitely has is moments, but the more you learn about him and his past and why he acts like a jerk you can’t help but swoon. I LOVED these two, despite the insane amounts of frustration they caused me. There is some insane chemistry.

I loved the prank war, it added some laughs to the story. I honestly wasn’t expecting this one to be so emotional. As both Olivia and Roman navigated through their relationship and their pasts. I probably spent the last 20% of this book in tears because it just gutted me.

I HIGHLY recommend downloading a copy of the extended epilogue. Despite the fact that will leave you in a complete emotional wreck I found it fitting for Olivia and Roman and their story.

Hate Thy Neighbor is a MUST READ and one of my TOP READS of 2020. It is the perfect mix of sweet, heat, emotions and witty banter.


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