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Book Review: Hate, by Tate James

ROMANCE: The first in TikTok sensation Tate James’s Madison Kate series, a spicy and suspenseful “why choose” romance in which Madison Kate Danvers, after being framed for a deadly riot, seeks revenge on the boys who ruined her life.

A thrilling read oozing with sexual tension and intrigue.
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Tate James delivers an exhilarating start to a gripping series with Hate, the first book in her dark romance, reverse harem novel set. The novel has its first twist almost immediately with the chilling and provocative line, “Madison Kate Danvers was murdered tonight.” This deceptive statement sets the tone for a story brimming with assumptions, half-truths, and an array of intense emotions that ensnare a group of unlikely co-conspirators.

The protagonist, Madison Kate, finds herself at the centre of a turbulent storm that begins with a night gone wrong. Her supposed murder is merely the beginning of an intricate web of deceit and danger. Tate James masterfully crafts an electric atmosphere from the very first page, maintaining a sense of urgency and suspense that keeps the reader on edge throughout the novel.

Madison Kate is a complex character caught between late teenage hormones and a world rife with gangland activity. Her relationship with her father, a dubious, self-centred, and politically-minded figure, adds another layer of tension to the narrative. As Madison navigates this perilous world, three enigmatic young men, each with their own dark pasts and hidden agendas, continue to haunt her existence.

The three male leads are integral to the story, each vying for Madison Kate’s attention and affection. Their interactions are fraught with sexual tension, so palpable it drips off the page like honey into a sweet, brewed coffee. This tension is a key element of the book, adding a tantalizing layer to the dark and twisted plot. Tate James excels in portraying these complex relationships, making the reader feel the intensity of every glance, touch, and whispered word.

As the layers of revenge, protection, and old friendships intertwine, the reader is often left holding their breath. The dynamic between Madison Kate and the three men is compelling, their histories and motivations gradually revealed in a way that keeps the reader constantly guessing. Tate James has a knack for building suspense, and her ability to create multifaceted characters with depth and authenticity is commendable.

The novel’s pace is relentless, with the tension escalating as the story progresses. Tate James doesn’t shy away from exploring the darker aspects of her characters’ lives, adding a gritty realism to the narrative. The gangland activity and the looming threats add a sense of danger that permeates the story, making it impossible to put the book down.

One of the most impressive aspects of Hate is how Tate James balances the dark themes with moments of vulnerability and tenderness. Madison Kate’s journey is not just about navigating a dangerous world but also about discovering her own strength and resilience. Her interactions with the three men are not just about physical attraction but also about finding trust and loyalty in unexpected places.

As the first book in a set of four, Hate leaves the reader desperate for more. The promise of uncovering more about the boys’ dark histories and seeing how their relationship with Madison Kate evolves is tantalizing.

In conclusion, Hate by Tate James is a riveting start to a dark romance series that promises to keep readers on the edge of their seats. With its electric opening, intricate plot, and unforgettable characters, this novel is a must-read for fans of the genre. The combination of suspense, romance, and dark intrigue makes Hate a standout in the reverse harem genre.

Reviewed by Leanne Caune

The views expressed in this review belong to the author and not Glam Adelaide, its affiliates, or employees.

Distributed by: Penguin Books Australia
Released: February 2024
RRP: $24.99

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