Erik Keston, son of the Keston Real Estate empire, knows what it takes to be successful. Despite his inherent wealth, he holds his own. He works hard, he’s grounded, he’s brilliant. He’s also secretly in love with his best friend.
Monroe Wellman lost his parents three years ago and never grieved, never recovered. Inheriting the family company and wealth means nothing, and his spiral of self-destruction is widespread and spectacular. Dubbed Sydney’s bad boy, he spends more days drunk than sober, and the only person who’s stuck by him through it all is his best mate.
But when Monroe hits rock bottom, Erik gives him an ultimatum, and his entire world comes to a grinding halt. It’s not until the haze lifts that Monroe can truly see what he’s been searching for was never in the bottom of a bottle. It’s been by his side all along.
An 80,000-word friends-to-lovers story about fighting the demons within and trusting in the love that takes its place.
“Because when all you drink is hate, that’s all there is inside you.”
I often go for N.R. Walker’s books without hesitation as I enjoy her writing style and the amount of fluff she instils in her romances (even when it’s not a fluffy romance). And she goes with diverse topics, so no boredom.
This time, N.R. Walker goes with 2 MCs who are best friends but at a crossroad in their life : Monroe is spiralling into alcoholism and Erik is too deep into his secret – and unhealthy - love for his best friend. It has to change and fast, for both of them before they lost themselves.
I always enjoy N.R. Walker's stories and this was no exception : I read that one in no time. Of course, I liked the MCs, it was full of nice feels, I rooted for Monroe during his detox (yes, the title of this book is so accurate) and I loved the epilogue.
But, I couldn’t help being disappointed on the romance front : as much as I could feel Erik’s love for Monroe, I didn’t feel it from Monroe’s side. It felt more like witnessing a very strong friendship, at least when it came to Monroe.
I liked it, but I would have enjoyed it more had there been some loving development like N.R. Walker usually does so well.
ARC of “The Hate You Drink” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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