Synopsis from Goodreads
For fans of Christina Lauren and Lauren Layne comes a delightfully sassy and sexy romance about a campaign manager who reluctantly works with the local Lothario to help revamp his image for the upcoming mayoral elections, only to discover that he’s hiding something that can turn both their lives upside down.
What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.
When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.
Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.
From childhood friends to teenage crushes, on to frenemies and co-workers ensures On the Corner of Love and Hate gives the term IT’S COMPLICATED a whole new meaning.
Emmanuelle (Emma) and Cooper were friends all through childhood and into adolescence when those pesky hormones took over and transformed the way in which Emma viewed Cooper. The sad thing is we get the impression that those new feelings were not just on one side, unfortunately, Cooper let the attention of the opposite sex cloud his judgement and as a consequence ruin his friendship with Emma.
Emma has done a fine job of distancing herself from Cooper even though they work together; only to be forced into close proximity to him via well-meaning and influential parents as well as her own wish for the best mayor for her hometown – Cooper.
To be honest for the most part I thought Cooper was an emotionally lacking main character because of his previous indiscretions, of which there were more than one for Emma to be truly bothered by. It would have helped if we got to see Cooper’s perspective and perhaps an explanation for some of his more questionable decisions.
While Emma is a sassy, commanding career woman she has also lost a part of herself by denying her feelings for Cooper and distancing herself from all aspects of his life. Which is quite a large part of Emma’s social life due to the friendship between their parents as well as the career path they are both on.
Even though Cooper and Emma really did belong together, I struggled with how easily Emma was able to let go of the past (obviously she is a bigger person than I am).
I absolutely adored the peripheral characters within On the Corner of Love and Hate and am intrigued to learn more about them as the series continues.