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by Chloe Liese (Author) 


Childhood enemies discover the fine line between love and loathing in this heartfelt reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio shared backyards as kids, but as adults they won’t even share the same hemisphere. That is, until Kate makes a rare visit home, and their fiery animosity rekindles into a raging inferno.

Despite their friends’ and families' pleas for peace, Christopher is unconvinced Kate would willingly douse the flames of their enmity. But when a drunken Kate confesses she’s only been hostile because she thought he hated her, Christopher vows to make peace with Kate once and for all. Tempting as it is to be swept away by her nemesis-turned-gentleman, Kate isn’t sure she can trust his charming good-guy act.

When Christopher’s persistence and Kate’s curiosity lead to an impassioned kiss, they realize “peace” is the last thing that will ever be possible between them. As desire gives way to deeper feelings, Kate and Christopher must decide if it’s truly better to hate than to never risk their hearts—or if they already gave them away long ago.


"Chloe Liese's writing is soulful, honest, and steamy in that swoonworthy way that made me fall in love with romance novels in the first place! Her work is breathtaking, and I constantly look forward to more from her!"—Ali Hazelwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love on the Brain

"Each time I read a book by Chloe Liese, I think there’s no way it can top the last one. AND THEN IT DOES. Better Hate than Never is no different. It’s honest, sweet, and wonderfully spicy! And as someone who lives with chronic migraines, I really appreciated Chloe’s sensitive and accurate representation of what life is like for us. It’s so good to be seen. Kate and Christopher have a special place in my heart."—Sarah Adams, New York Times bestselling author of The Cheat Sheet

"Better Hate than Never is a fiery slow-burn that blazes into the loveliest, sweetest connection, with characters who learn how to communicate and, by book’s end, do so impressively. Chloe Liese consistently writes strong casts brimming with people I want to hang out with in real life, and I’ll happily gobble up anything she writes."—Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other

"One of my favorite things about Chloe's writing is the love she paints each of her characters with. Kate and Christopher are opposites in so many ways, yet Chloe masterfully brings them closer step by incremental step for a love story that is honest, achingly earnest, and deliciously hot. The tension stretches out like honey for a payoff that is wonderfully satisfying. These two will stay with me for a long time."—B.K. Borison, author of Lovelight Farms

"Better Hate than Never is the boy-next-door hate-to-love romance novel I didn't know I needed! Packed with witty banter, clueless lovers, and meddling family members, it's a perfect Shakespeare reimagining! And no one pairs sweet and steamy quite like Chloe Liese!"—Alison Cochrun, author of The Charm Offensive

“You’re going to want to gobble up this enemies-to-lovers retelling that many readers are already calling Liese’s best book yet.”—Paste

Better Hate Than Never is a fun and modern twist on a classic tale.”Cultress

"Putting a sexy, modern spin on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, author Chloe Liese explores the thin line between tension and passion and handles her characters’ neurodivergence with sensitivity and compassion. Better Hate than Never is a fun story about finding the courage to trust in love."—Apple Books

Categories : Contemporary Women Fiction, Romantic Comedy


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (October 10, 2023)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 10, 2023

Language ‏ : ‎ English

File‏ : ‎ EPUB, 2.58 MB

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported

Print length ‏ : ‎ 399 pages

You will get a EPUB (3MB) file

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