Childhood enemies discover the fine line between love and loathing in this heartfelt reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio shared backyards as kids, but as adults they won’t even share the same hemisphere. That is, until Kate makes a rare visit home, and their fiery animosity rekindles into a raging inferno.
Despite their friends’ and families' pleas for peace, Christopher is unconvinced Kate would willingly douse the flames of their enmity. But when a drunken Kate confesses she’s only been hostile because she thought he hated her, Christopher vows to make peace with Kate once and for all. Tempting as it is to be swept away by her nemesis-turned-gentleman, Kate isn’t sure she can trust his charming good-guy act.
When Christopher’s persistence and Kate’s curiosity lead to an impassioned kiss, they realize “peace” is the last thing that will ever be possible between them. As desire gives way to deeper feelings, Kate and Christopher must decide if it’s truly better to hate than to never risk their hearts—or if they already gave them away long ago.
About the Author
Chloe Liese writes romances reflecting her belief that everyone deserves a love story. Her stories pack a punch of heat, heart, and humor, and often feature characters who are neurodivergent, like herself. When not dreaming up her next book, Chloe spends her time wandering in nature, playing soccer, and most happily at home with her family and mischievous cats.
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"Chloe Liese's writing is soulful, honest, and steamy in that swoonworthy way that made me fall in love with romance novels in the first place! Her work is breathtaking, and I constantly look forward to more from her!"—Ali Hazelwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain
"Each time I read a book by Chloe Liese, I think there’s no way it can top the last one. AND THEN IT DOES. Better Hate than Never is no different. It’s honest, sweet, and wonderfully spicy! And as someone who lives with chronic migraines, I really appreciated Chloe’s sensitive and accurate representation of what life is like for us. It’s so good to be seen. Kate and Christopher have a special place in my heart."—Sarah Adams, New York Times bestselling author of The Cheat Sheet
"Better Hate than Never is a fiery slow-burn that blazes into the loveliest, sweetest connection, with characters who learn how to communicate and, by book’s end, do so impressively. Chloe Liese consistently writes strong casts brimming with people I want to hang out with in real life, and I’ll happily gobble up anything she writes."—Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other
"One of my favorite things about Chloe's writing is the love she paints each of her characters with. Kate and Christopher are opposites in so many ways, yet Chloe masterfully brings them closer step by incremental step for a love story that is honest, achingly earnest, and deliciously hot. The tension stretches out like honey for a payoff that is wonderfully satisfying. These two will stay with me for a long time."—B.K. Borison, author of Lovelight Farms
"Better Hate than Never is the boy-next-door hate-to-love romance novel I didn't know I needed! Packed with witty banter, clueless lovers, and meddling family members, it's a perfect Shakespeare reimagining! And no one pairs sweet and steamy quite like Chloe Liese!"—Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive
“You’re going to want to gobble up this enemies-to-lovers retelling that many readers are already calling Liese’s best book yet.”—Paste
“In the second stellar addition to her Shakespeare-inspired contemporary rom-coms, Liese puts her own clever spin on The Taming of the Shrew with a pinch of 10 Things I Hate About You thrown in for good measure. The result is a sweetly sexy love story that not only includes a paean to the joys of fall flavors, particularly in the form of doughnuts, but also addresses the challenges of living with ADHD with insight and compassion.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Another lovely contemporary romance from author Liese, who, with Christopher’s migraines and Kat’s ADHD, continues to realistically and lovingly showcase chronic health conditions and disabilities in her novels.”—Library Journal
“Liese’s charming second Wilmot Sisters romance offers a loose contemporary riff on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew… Liese brings this unexpected couple to vibrant life, making a case for how their differences can work together beautifully. Shakespeare fans will enjoy the clever nods to the classic throughout, but readers won’t need to be familiar with the original to be swept away by this enemies-to-lovers tale. With a real depth of feeling and plenty of swoon-worthy moments, this keeps the series going strong."—Publishers Weekly