Blog Tour Review: Love to Hate you by Camilla Isley

Posted August 14, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 8 Comments

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

Blog Tour Review:  Love to Hate you by Camilla IsleyLove to Hate You by Camilla Isley
Series: First Comes Love #7
Published by Boldwood Books on May 31, 2022
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Pages: 275
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars
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Goodbye New York! Hello… Cowboy?

If Samantha’s Baker’s life were as simple as one of the movies she produces, when she – a latte-loving city girl – gets banished to the country and fights with the local hunk cowboy soon afterwards they’d fall in love. But everyone knows the movies aren’t real life! (And just FYI, Mr Cowboy, it’s not gonna happen!)

Travis Hunt knows what it’s like to miss the city. He’s given up everything to take over the family ranch and become mayor of Emerald Creek. He has responsibilities. But how does he convince a gorgeous, hot-shot executive like Samantha to swap her stilettos for cowboy boots and her Friday night cocktails for country dance competitions? Small town life just can’t compete with all the hustle and bustle of New York City. 

But what if it’s not where you are that you call home… What if it’s who you find while you’re there?

Please note that this title was originally published as Sweet Love and Country Roads.

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My Review

For some reason I was thinking we got the male POV in the other books I’ve read by the author this summer, but this time we did not. That’s okay, it probably made for some of the stuff that got to be slowly revealed, but I would have enjoyed it for sure. We did get to spend some time with characters from the other books though too. I liked the whole enemies to lovers type of story for Samantha and Travis, although that kind of got us past quickly. Then there was the whole how would they be able to overcome the distance since her job was in NYC, and he didn’t plan to leave his hometown because he needed to be there for his mom. Plus he was the mayor now, and seemed to be pretty happy there anyway, even if he did miss things about the city.

I enjoyed all of how their relationship developed, their banter again was good, as well as a lot of fun situations they got themselves into. There was a goat that seemed to want to help Samantha when she was doing her pilates on the porch, I’m surprised she didn’t pull the goat into some goat yoga, lol. The cat was fun as well, and I liked what happened with the animals at the end of the book.

There were a few slow spots for me as I read, but they were quickly overcome by the banter or fun situations. It is closed door bedroom scenes, although we get the kissing and leading up to that and it isn’t left completely off page, so that was a little more my style too. There was also the sheriff who called Travis a weird nickname, Vis-Vis? That was just kind of out there for me.

I really like how they came up with the solution in the end, and the drama for drama’s sake didn’t really occur because they figured out what to fix together, and so that made the ending one I really liked! Another winner from Camilla Isley!

About the Author

Camilla Isley is an engineer who left science behind to write bestselling contemporary rom-coms set all around the world.

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