Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hate to Love You by Elise Alden

With a past fraught with abuse in which her sister Caroline is to blame, eighteen-year old Paisley turned to drugs and alcohol to ease her pain. When her sister’s fiance spends the night, Paisley poses as Caroline in the dark and has a night of the most erotic love making with uppity attorney James Scott-Thomas.

On the night of Caroline’s wedding, Paisley reveals to everyone that James is the father of her baby, even though she knew she was already pregnant when she fooled around with another guy shortly before her tryst with James. Once the baby is born, she gives up all parental rights to James knowing she would only be an unfit mother to her son Ryan. Paisley escapes to Spain to drown her sorrows and sober up.

After seven years, Paisley feels like it finally time to reclaim her son and come clean to James in hopes of fixing the lives she destroyed all those years ago.

Despite Alden’s attempt to elicit sympathy from Paisley’s screwed up childhood, it is hard to feel any compassion for such a self-destructive character who never really grew up, even though she claims otherwise. Alden’s debut also adds a paranormal element by giving Paisley the ability to read minds but even this element does nothing to revive her unconvincing story.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, August 15, 2014

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