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C.L. Bond’s “Insta-Hate” Tour

Title: Insta-Hate
Author: C.L. Bond
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design and Photography
Models: Nathan Weller and Layla Hill
Photographer: Dark Feather Photog
Interior Design: Allyson Gottlieb, Athena Book Designs
Editor: Stacy Sanford, The Girl with the Red Pen
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
When Alexandria Ray’s romance series becomes an overnight sensation, the world and its demands close in on her. After years of struggling to maintain the pace her publisher, agent and the world expects, she needs a break. Enrolling as a student at Columbia University is step one to finding herself again. Finding Arsen Daniel was not on her list.
Arsen Daniel, along with his best friend, built an empire in the form of an exclusive, psychology-based dating service. When an old friend invites him to teach a course at Columbia, he accepts. The course? The Psychology of Love.  Sounds simple enough and the publicity alone will make it worth his time.
Arsen didn’t expect to meet his match in the form of a sarcastic blonde, hell bent on holding to her belief that true love doesn’t actually exist. After all, what woman, especially a world-renowned romance writer, doesn’t believe in happily ever after?
Something in Alexandria’s eyes tortures him. She reminds him of someone from his past and that is a very bad thing.

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

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“Do you want to grab a seat for a few minutes?” he asked.
I looked around and the place was mostly deserted. “Sure.” We settled in two comfortable padded chairs. “For the record, I don’t want to do any of the things Jillian has planned.”
He smiled. “How else do you plan to prove your point?”
“My point will be easily proven. Love doesn’t exist.” I stared at his lips. The bottom was slightly plumper than the top. His blue dress shirt was rolled to the elbows. And his forearms were toned. Damn it. Why should men have forearms like that? Why? They flexed when he raised his cup to his lips, and then flexed again when he sat it back onto the table.
“Why would any woman want that to be true?” he challenged, one brow arching up.
“I don’t want it to be true, it just is.”
His eyes narrowed and he crossed his arms over his chest. “How do you know? Forget the assignment, forget proving a hypothesis and this damn paper. How do you know? Why do you think that?”
I swallowed. “Because if I’ve ever felt it, I don’t remember it.” His brows furrowed and he parted his lips to say something, but never did. What could anyone say to that? 
My Review:
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

C.L. Bond’s Insta-Hate should be titled Insta-Love!

I loved how Bond captured Alexandria—a writer born under the sign of Gemini with some deep issues. The woman was highly opinionated and not easy to please. Then we learn there’s a very real, very tragic reason for her behavior.

I’ve read books about authors writing a novel as part of the plot. This was the first time I read a story about an author who had issues with being an author. Alexandria wasn’t sure she wanted to continue writing. A lot of authors want the traditional deal—a big publishing house offering a fat advance check and promotion for their novel (the reality is a post for another day). She wasn’t sure she wanted that anymore. Furthermore, she had an agent (another thing some authors wish for) and she parted ways with her. Alexandria had doubts about herself, and wanted a break. I think we can all relate to that on some level.

I loved the character of Arsen. At first I agreed with Alexandria, he was just a pompous, arrogant bastard. Then we learn how his story and Alexandria’s intertwine. You can understand his behavior, even sympathize with him.

I didn’t know what to make of Alexandria’s sister Meg. Her actions were to protect her sister, but I wonder if she could have found a better way to go about it. Things might have gone easier for Alexandria and Arsen, if she had.

This story was pretty awesome. It wasn’t just a boy meet girl type of tale. Insta-Hate was about love, but it was also about family and self-discovery. When Alexandria reconnected with her past, she found her passion as an author and learned what was missing in her life. Arsen was a successful businessman, but he, too, had a hole in his life. Once he filled that missing piece, he found his joy.

Insta-Hate is a wonderful novel with a plot twist. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up (5=Excellent, 4=Pretty Good, 3=Good)

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