Hate Mail - Winter Renshaw
A romance story with a dash of spice for those who want a quick light read
Hate Mail revolves around modern-day arranged marriages within high-class families. The main characters must overcome the long tradition of marrying to preserve power and wealth. They start talking through letters when they are very young in an effort to get to know each other but that leads to years of hate mail between them.
A few months before they are supposed to tie the knot, Slade visits Cambell at her home so they can plan the wedding. Knowing about their bitter correspondence over the years, the story moves terribly fast in another direction. The "switch" happens much too fast and feels somehow unrealistic.
"Enemies to lovers" stories are frequent, but when it comes to Hate Mail, the relationship between the characters feels rushed. It feels like there's a lack of development that could have made the story a lot more thrilling. It's hard to see the chemistry between them.
There are a few spicy moments that fans of the genre will enjoy. The book has a good premise and a vivid backdrop. Winter Renshaw is a good writer, but somehow, she didn't get these characters quite right, however, the Papercuts series had the potential to gain a great fan base.
Review copy provided by Dreamscape Media @ NetGalley
Publisher: Nom de Plume LLC (August 16, 2023)
Paperback: 376 pages