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seriously romantic: on the corner of love and hate by nina bocci

on the corner of love and hate is perfectly enjoyable. i think my issue is that i was promised lauren layne/kristan higgins levels of goodness, and while this is perfectly fine, it didn't blow my mind either.

cooper and emma have been at odds forever. mostly because cooper is an idiot, but also because emma doesn't speak up for herself. so she resents the heck out of him, and because we're in her pov it's hard to see what redeeming qualities this guy has in the beginning. like he seems like the most incompetent person to inhabit a city council position and is somehow running for mayor and is expected to win, except then the town clutches their pearls about his single, playboy lifestyle and i'm that person who fails to see what someone's sex life has to do with their ability to govern. like he's not going around macking on underage girls or something equally gross. he's just a guy who has consensual relationships with women, and maybe it's more that average, but again i say, what does someone's dating choices have to do with their ability to govern.

so yeah, possibly the whole inciting incident for this plot is the kind of thing that gets on my nerves, but i recognize that it's a very me position and not everyone will feel the same.

**on the corner of love and hate will publish on august 20, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/gallery, threshold, pocket books (gallery books) in exchange for my honest review. 

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