Review: Dear Heart, I Hate You by J. Sterling

Dear Heart, I Hate You
J. Sterling
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance


I didn’t plan on him.
Or for him.
Or anything that had to do with Cal Donovan from Boston.
Meeting him had been a complete and utter surprise, taking me one hundred percent off guard. I met new people every single day in my line of work and none of them affected me. Wasn’t that the way of things though? You could meet a thousand people and they’d all mean nothing to you. But then you’d meet that one and they suddenly meant everything.

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Dear J. Sterling, I love this book. Seriously. I do. It made me happy. So happy. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. I was smiling almost the entire time I was reading it. And now I’m wondering why I’ve never read any of your other books before. Shame on me!

In Dear Heart, I Hate You, Jules randomly meets Cal in a Boston bar. There’s an immediate attraction between them that is intensified the more they learn about each other. Both Jules and Cal are workaholics, neither having time for relationships. And since Jules is just in Boston on business, it’s the perfect opportunity for a one-night-stand. One night quickly turns into two, and soon both Jules and Cal are contemplating keeping in contact after Jules returns to L.A. Neither is ready to let the other go.

As daily calls and texts bring Jules and Cal closer together, the physical distance between them becomes challenging. When it becomes apparent neither of them are willing to give up the lives they built separately to be together, one of them will make a decision that will devastate both of them.

The writing in Dear Heart, I Hate You was amazing. I couldn’t believe how well the author captured the thoughts and feelings of a girl (or a guy) in the beginning of a relationship. Those moments of Should I tell him how I feel? or Am I saying too much? came across perfectly. I especially loved neither of them wanting to push the DTR. It took me back to being a single twenty-something. Ah, the memories!

While some might cringe at the instant attraction between Jules and Cal, it wasn’t completely over the top. It was easy to see how Jules and Cal would be into each other. Besides both being extremely attractive, they had similar work ethics and life goals. They got each other and it showed in their conversations. And, sometimes, there truly is just a spark between people. I loved them together. They were just too stinking cute! I’m happy the author gave the reader dual points of view because it worked beautifully in this story, and I liked knowing what was going on in each of their minds.

This was a NA romance, though; so you know it wasn’t without its heartbreak. (This was when I wasn’t smiling.) Jules and Cal went through a rough patch at one point in the story, and Cal’s POV went missing. The reader is left with Jules in a sad state. My heart ached for her. I could easily identify with what she was feeling. It was frustrating not to know what was going on in Cal’s head during that time period, but it also added a little bit of suspense to the story.

Like I said before, I truly loved this book. Dear Heart, I Hate You was fun, fast-paced and kept me reading way into the night when I should have been sleeping. I’m really looking forward to reading more of J. Sterling’s books — especially In Dreams. I have to know more about Cal’s brother Cooper’s romance after meeting him in this book!

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