There’s a fine line between love and hate and they were about to cross it.
My name is Samantha Ross and this is my life.
I existed in a world that few know. Rundown trailers and crime-ridden streets were my home. Drugs and alcohol were the norm and happiness was the exception. I lived from day to day never knowing if I would have a roof over my head or food in my stomach. My life sucked. It took from me and gave nothing back.
But there was one certainty in my life. A black smudge on my window of hell.
He was a criminal. A thief. He brought hell and damnation with him wherever he went. He hurt and destroyed. He took and gave nothing in return. He was heartache and despair wrapped up in a perfect gorgeous package. Fast cars and fast women were his hobbies. His vices. But he had many.
I was one of them.
I was his addiction and his craving. His enemy on this earth. I feared him. I hated him. I loved him even more.
Book Trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SKQUxWIOGE
This book blew me away from the get go. The synopsis had me hooked before I had even read the first word on the first page.
Samantha Ross is a beautiful young woman who has been dealt a bad hand in life. She and her brother Bentley live in a rundown trailer, struggling to survive from a young age, after being let down on so many levels by the two people who they really needed the most.
Cole Walker the hot bad boy, who becomes a huge part in both Samantha and Bentley’s lives. He too has not had it easy and walks along a path of crime and destruction and seems to hate Samantha, although it would appear to Cole the feelings are mutual. However as time goes on you can see that Samantha loves Cole, but what Samantha does not realise is that maybe Cole’s feeling aren’t too far off from hers.
Cole is not all he seems and gosh did my heart hurt for him, even in his messed up way he was caring, at times considerate and a protector. He made bad choices with good intentions and that just had me in love with him from the start. Oh, and naturally he was a bad boy and I just adore a bad boy. Samantha and Cole’s relationship was so strained at times that it had me sniggering, their constant digs against each other at times I found humorous. Yet you get to see from each ones point of view what they are truly thinking and feeling and the internal battle they have regarding the other one.
“She was my vice, the one thing I always wanted and never could have. A love I hated…”
For me this made me love both them both so much, and when misundestandings happened I would get so frustrated. Because they really did hate one another at times, it has been said that there is a fine line between love and hate and in Cole and Samantha’s case this is apt.
“So what if I might love her in some kind of twisted love/hate kind of way. I didn’t need love. And I didn’t need her.”
What was great about this story for me, was there was a lot more to it then just Cole and Sam. There were other characters that I loved, some I hated so much and just creeped me out, and there were twists and turns along the way constantly keeping me wanting more. Sweet Destruction consumed me completely, and I was so upset when I finished it that I was left with a book hangover.
I do have one thing to anyone who reads this book afterwards is to listen to a particular song. I heard it when I was reading this story and it was the most fitting song, for me it is Cole and Sam’s song especially when they hurt the most. So make sure you listen to Paloma Faith’s song Only Love Can Hurt Like This.
This is a fabulous book, that will have you gasping for more every page you turn. It is heart breaking in many ways and on many occasions I had tears in my eyes and my chest hurting.
Well done Paige on an amazing book.
5 Star rating from me.