Release Blitz Review: The Hate of Loving You (Falling #3) by Maya Hughes

Posted May 6, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments

Release Blitz Review: The Hate of Loving You (Falling #3) by Maya Hughes

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Blitz Review: The Hate of Loving You (Falling #3) by Maya HughesThe Hate of Loving You by Maya Hughes
Series: Falling #3
on May 6, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Adult Rock Star Romance, Adult Sports Romance
Pages: 395
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars

Cover Design: Najla Qamber


Six years ago, in the dead of night, I woke up to a cold bed and an even colder future without her.

I would’ve followed her anywhere and she left. 

I thought I’d moved on and left all she meant to me behind. But a first love is never easy to forget. Even harder when I once felt our love is inevitable–inescapable. And I’ve been proven right once again. 

One night brings us back together and derails our lives. We’re sent on a collision course with a future apart and even scarier–a future together. I’m back basking in the warm glow of her gaze and burning with the unquenchable fire of her touch. 

We’ve walked this path before and our shattered hearts have been pieced back together. As easy as it would be to run again, I can’t stop wanting her.

This is our final chance to have what we’ve always wanted–each other. Or it’ll be our ruin.

The final book in the Fulton U universe sports romance, Falling trilogy.


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My Review:

This one started off with a lot of angst. But the story itself was really a lot different than the first two in the series. Because really for most of the story, the big conflict was just how crazy Bay’s life was as a musician. Even more-so than Keyton’s life as a professional football player. And that right there was where the surprising difference of the story was for me.

I don’t want to give a lot away, you need to read the first two books. But this one had some of the angst, just not quite the same way as the first two books. We got to see Bay and Keyton get some good time together, the best that they could with how their lives were so busy. But there was still the past in the back of their heads, keeping everything from being perfect and going smoothly. At the end, Keyton does something that is pretty shocking, but understandable for him. And when he realizes what he’s done wrong, and comes back to try to win Bay back, well that was pretty much tears-inducing. Even though I was a bit mad at her for how stubborn she was at that moment.

One thing that really did bother me a little was how she would keep almost calling him Dare. I feel like they’d been apart enough, and then the times they had been together when he’d been going by Keyton were enough for her to get past that. But that’s just probably a pet peeve I had as I was reading. Otherwise this was a great wrap-up to this trilogy. Of course now I also want to know what was going on with Holden, and hope to know soon!


Passing through the black curtain to the cordoned off area, I couldn’t help myself. Barely looking past my shoulder, I stole a glance at her.

A squadron of people surrounded her, a lot like the first time I’d seen her backstage in a sea of suits.

And just like before, she found me through their heads and our gazes collided.

A glimmer of a smile quirked the edges of her lips.

It was all I let myself have before disappearing behind the cloak of fabric headed to the after party.

Keeping the auction winners entertained helped occupy my mind, but my thoughts always came back to Bay, especially while they were off getting pictures taken with Without Grey.

A gentle hand landed on my shoulder. “Look at you, cleaning up way better than you have any right to.”

I glanced down only a few inches for once, due to her five-inch heels, taking in the spitfire who’d made all Bay’s dreams come true. And taken her away from me.

Those dueling emotions warred in my chest. “Hey, Maddy.”

“Good to see you, Keyton.” She raised up on her toes even when I stooped down to hug her. She kissed my cheek and leaned against the surprisingly sparsely populated backstage bar where I’d asked the bartender for a bottle and some glasses. “Did you see the show?” Her gaze flicked to the black curtained doorway.

“I saw her.”

Some of the tension evaporated from her pose. “You did?”

“I did. We’re having coffee tomorrow.”

“That’s great. Amazing.” Her smile lit up neon-sign bright before dimming a hint. She stood straighter, smoothing her hands down a more relaxed look than she’d worn the last time I saw her. “I know things…I know things between you two were…unresolved.”

“I think her letter came through loud and clear.” Like a cannon ball to the chest.

“She—” Maddy pinched her lips together. “Never mind.” She exhaled on what sounded like a ghost of a laugh like some inside joke had been told that I wasn’t privy to. “It’s for you two to figure out. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that no one can force two people to sort through their past before they’re ready.”


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About the Author:

Maya Hughes, that’s me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 


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