Hate (Madison Kate #1) – Tate James

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 418
Release Date: May 8, 2021

“Madison Kate Danvers was murdered tonight.” 

Those words changed my life, and not for the better.
They were wrong, of course. I wasn’t dead. But I was set up.
After being charged with a string of offences–and made an example of by my political minded father–I’m eventually released back into Shadow Grove with one thing on my mind.

Someone is going to pay for derailing my carefully laid out future. Someone is going to catch the full force of my hate. How very convenient that someone just moved into the bedroom down the hall from me.

Archer D’Ath and his boys messed with the wrong chick and they’re about to learn just how cold Madison Kate’s hate can run.


There were two aspects of Hate that made it a four star read instead of five: the casual mention that the main character had an eating disorder that is never brought up again and the introduction of the stalker.

Almost all of the plot of Hate is shrouded in mystery. I wish readers were given more because by the end of the novel I was incredibly frustrated with the lack of answers. Also, Madison Kate’s stalker is introduced with no foreshadowing or build up. Instead, readers are given that plot point with no explanation despite its apparent relevance to the past.

I’m a big fan of angry protagonists and Madison Kate is very angry. Her internal monologue can be slightly annoying at times, but her anger and feistiness make up for it. 

The three love interests are Archer, Kody, and Steele. Steele is my favourite followed by Kody then Archer. Steele is the softer of the bunch while Kody is a nice middle. Archer is too much of an asshole for my liking, but there are moments that temper his alpha male-ness.

Overall, Hate has a lot going for it: an angry and feisty main character and incredible sexual tension. However, James doesn’t give readers enough information/answers making Madison Kate come off as a doormat despite her feisty characterization.


Have you read Hate? What did you think?

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