The Line Between
by Tamsyn Bester
There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late.
I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame.
The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood.
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It was no secret that I hated her, but only I knew why.
She was off-limits.
And then our separate worlds collided with one tragedy.
It wasn’t her fault, I knew that, but I wanted her to hurt the way I did, and I needed someone to blame. She was an easy target.
The girl I’d picked on all our lives.
And the woman I barely tolerated.
Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible…
*New Adult Contemporary Romance*
*Due to mature content this book is not suitable for readers younger than 18*
This is a Standalone novel.
Kennedy Monroe is a 19 and ready to embark on a new chapter of her life. Having spent time away from her home town to pick up the pieces of her shattered life following the tragic deaths of her best friend and her older brother; she is now ready for a fresh start and is looking forward to joining her closest friend Jade at College.
Life has always been tough for Kennedy. Having lost her mother at a young age, the distance of her so called father always stung. The person she could always rely on was Charlie, her best friend, beloved older brother and the only true family she could rely on. When he died alongside Jewel Winter, a little part of her went with him. Returning to college in Brighton though means facing Jewel's twin brother and her high school nemesis Dane. He made her life hell and as difficult as he possibly could. They hate each other with a passion, but she is stronger now and is determined that he will not ruin her college experience. The plan is to avoid him, that is until she realises that he will be living next door.
Dane Winter is rich, gorgeous and the campus playboy. Since the death of his twin sister, he has partied and slept his way across campus to mask the pain of his loss. The fact that she died alongside Charlie Monroe makes her death that much harder to accept. The Monroe's and Winter's have a long history. They have feuded for generations and he has been more than happy to continue the family tradition. He hated Kennedy and relished in making her life difficult. However when they hit puberty he started noticing Kennedy for all the wrong reasons. He stepped up his campaign of hate because there was no way he could or should even want a Monroe. Now she has returned and she is even more beautiful. How can he continue to hate her when he wants her this much.
This is a modern day twist on Romeo and Juliet, of the fine line between love and hate and of forgetting the past to find a brighter future.
I am so pleased I got to read this book. I loved the synopsis and the subject matter of the line between love and hate has always been something that fascinates me in storytelling. I was sucked into the book immediately; I then seriously struggled to put it down until I'd reached the very last page. It had the perfect mix of family drama, love, hate, serious steam and my absolute favourite... ANGST. This book is packed to the rafters with it and you will be kept guessing throughout as to whether these two former enemies can admit to the love and connection that they have, instead of hiding behind the actions of hate as they have done in the past.
It is a push and pull relationship and you will route for them throughout. I loved Kennedy and her determination to stand strong and take no more shit. I also had this real sympathy for what she has tolerated not only from Dane but also from her Father. Dane, I loved him but I would also understand people hating him (it's that love and hate thing) It's never easy to be the bullied but actually his bullying was more a case of pushing away someone that he believed he couldn't and shouldn't want. He does some shitty things but I could feel the attraction he had for Kennedy throughout, he just struggled in finding the right way to show it.
This really was a heartbreaking and breathtakingly beautiful love story; Tamsyn Bester should be very proud of the characters and the story she has created. Her writing draws you in and she has managed to express the characters emotions so well, you will seriously feel them tingle in your bones. This is my first Tamsyn Bester read; it won't be my last.
If you want to read a captivating story of finding love in the arms of the enemy - The Line Between is a MUST READ!
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