Monday, August 26, 2019

On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci

For fans of Christina Lauren and Lauren Layne comes a delightfully sassy and sexy romance about a campaign manager who reluctantly works with the local Lothario to help revamp his image for the upcoming mayoral elections, only to discover that he’s hiding something that can turn both their lives upside down.

What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.

Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.

A perfect blend of humor and heart, On the Corner of Love and Hate is the first in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci.

4 Stars

I'm a big fan of childhood friends turned enemies-to-lovers romance and On the Corner of Love and Hate is another fantastic read by Ms. Bocci! This book is filled with humor and plenty of drama between the characters. 

Emma Peroni and Cooper Endicott were friends since childhood. Both their parents are in politics - local and state - so they knew what it is like growing up in the spotlight. But over the years as they got older, their friendship took a turn and they became somewhat strangers. Years later, back in their town, they work together and Cooper is prepping in running for Mayor - taking over the role of Emma's father. 

Cooper is known for his bad boys/player ways - he's known to hook up with ladies and it doesn't sit well with Emma, who believes he needs to tame his character in order to win the election. Emma and Cooper have a push and pull friendship. I have to say Emma drove me INSANE through this entire book. No matter how much Cooper tried to do everything right, it wasn't right in her eyes. 

Emma wants Cooper to win the Mayor election, because he needs to save their town. So helping him on his campaign and trying to salvage any friendship - has her feelings for him start to resurface. 

There's a lot of push and pull between these two, so getting to a HEA took time and some screaming at my Kindle for them to just get on the same page. Overall, a great read and looking forward to more characters in this series!

About the Author
Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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