Review: Love Hazard by Rachel Van Dyken


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the publisher courtesy of the author.

Love Hazard is new novella from Rachel Van Dyken, and it's a spin-off of The Bet, the first book in the series by the same name. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance between neighbors. Hazel Titus and August Wellington III have known each other their entire lives, but they've never been actual friends. Six years after she screamed at him to go away, Hazel is back and it doesn't look like she's ready to make peace with August. If anything, they've declared war on each other. When all the pranking escalates, their fathers decide it would be best for Hazel and August to embark on a camping trip--one that will hopefully lead to a truce. But forcing them to spend together could very well lead to them either killing each other or finally doing something about those pesky, non-hate-related feelings that have been swirling for years.

This was a fairly quick read, but the author makes sure to provide the necessary details--the back history regarding the frenemyship between the main characters and the events that lead to their happily-ever-after. Having read Rachel Van Dyken's The Bet trilogy, there was a bittersweet feeling regarding Grandma Nadine. She was, after all, such a force and while she wasn't around on-page, her close-knit relationship with her granddaughter, Hazel, was hinted at. I liked the back and forth between Hazel and August, and while they may already been in their early twenties, acting like kids while engaging in their prank war felt like a respite from the harsh realities waiting for them. There was a lot of humor and some romantic moments. So, whether you've read The Bet or not, Love Hazard is still a good four-starred rom-com read.

Release Date: 14 May 2024

Date Read: 06 May 2024

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