Review: Something Like Hate by Piper Rayne (Chicago Grizzlies #1)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via Valentine PR.

I admit it: I was a wee bit worried when the writing duo that is Piper Rayne announced that Over My Brother's Dead Body, Chase Andrews was going to be the third and final full-length novel in their Kingsmen Football Stars series. I mean, what about Miles Cavanaugh and Bryce Burns?! All that tension needed to be resolved, and well, I should have known Piper and Rayne weren't going to leave readers hanging. If you've read the Kingsmen Football Stars series, then you'll remember that a certain professional football player was unexpectedly traded to Chicago, and a certain sports journalist, aka the bane of his existence, made the move to the Windy City as well, thanks to a job offer she couldn't refuse. Now, Miles knows he needs to prove himself--not just to his new team but to the city of Chicago, too, and the last thing he needs is to have Bryce write the same kinds of articles she did about him back in San Francisco. It should have been okay since Bryce was assigned to cover hockey...until she was tasked to take on coverage of the Grizzlies. Now, she's everywhere and they share mutual friends to boot. So, what do you do when the person you hate most is in your space all the time? Definitely not sleep with them, and especially don't fall in love with them.

Miles and Bryce's story was something I'd been hoping for ever since these two first appeared together in the Kingsmen Football Stars series. The tension was thick and palpable, and while there was no denying they couldn't stand to be in the same room together, it was obvious that it was just because of his issues regarding the things she was writing about him. In short, there were unresolved feelings, and whenever it was brought up, you couldn't help but quip, "Doth protest too much, methinks!" So, my expectations were rather high, considering all the build up leading into this, and overall, I pretty much enjoyed this series starter. I appreciated how much of a fiercely independent and strong-willed woman Bryce was. She was ambitious when it came to her professional life, and she was a loyal friend to those closest to her. And then there's Miles, and I have two words to describe him: le sigh. Seriously, he was just an all-around great guy and he was someone those closest to him could always count on. I think together, Miles and Bryce had strong chemistry, and I liked the growth of both characters. Their story was enjoyable, and that ending was a good setup for the next book in the Chicago Grizzlies series. Four stars go to Something Like Hate.

Release Date: 26 September 2023

Date Read: 23 September 2023

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