• Empire of Hate

  • A Second Chance Enemies to Lovers Romance
  • By: Rina Kent
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Christy Woods
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My boss. My enemy. 

I escaped my life. Leaving everything behind wasn’t easy, but I did it. I turned the page and flew over the ocean.

This is my new beginning. My new chapter. My new book.

Or so I hoped before I met my new boss. Daniel Sterling. Rich as sin, illegally attractive, and the face of every magazine cover. Oh, and the reason why I escaped in the first place.

I made his high school life hell. He won’t stop until he gives me a taste of my own medicine.

Empire of Hate is a complete stand-alone. No other books should be listened to prior to this.

©2022 Rina Kent (P)2022 Rina Kent
  • Series: Empire, Book 3
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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THIS IS A LONG & BITTER HATE-FEST

This is a twenty-one year angst-fest.. a battle of hurt and heartache between a misunderstood ex queen b’tch and a cold vindictive alpha ba$tard who have, over the years, repeatedly shown their utter dislike of each other in various vindictive ways. Verbally, caustically and callously they’ve turned their backs on one another and given each other the cold shoulder to protect their bleeding hearts and bruised souls. You hear that it’s been a bitter obsession that Daniel and Nicole have had since they’ve been arch enemies in past revealing chapters and in the present malicious friction-filled toxic boss/assistant days. Since a childhood misunderstanding clouded any potential they may have had, they've both made moves to harm and devastated the other. But, underneath the arguments, animosity, assumptions and accusations, lies damaged soulmates with hearts forever drawn to each other. It’s hate, it’s jealousy, it’s pride, it’s verbal cuts meant to take down their nemesis and it’s an emotional storm that leaves damage and devastation in its wake. And It’ll take right up until the very last chapter before they’ll allow their carefully constructed walls to come tumbling down.. until all their painful pitiful truths are spoken.. and until their hearts can finally forgive.

Worth a credit? Yes, it’s a decent (but frustrating) dual POV enemies-to-lovers second chance but boy these two are stubborn stubborn characters whose bitter masks stay impenetrable for a long ass time. Did it get hot?.. yes. Was it my favorite in the series?.. unfortunately no as I really wanted to love it more. There was, of course, expert narration by Shane who always delivers a guaranteed five star performance.. but sadly Christy’s narration (imo) didn’t have a very strong distinguishable male voice.

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All the hearts and all the stars ⭐️❤️🙌

Oh how I loved Daniel and Nicole’s story. It wasn’t anything I expected either. After Empire of Sin, I really expected to laugh out loud from Daniel’s cheeky personality, but the angst and misunderstanding between the two of them was heartbreaking. I really enjoyed the development of these two characters and how past stories intertwined to make them who they are today. I also have to put in my review that I was thrilled that Kyle made an appearance. He is one of my favorite Rina Kent characters!

Thank the Gods that Shane East finally returned to narrate, I’ve missed him terribly in Rina’s last few books. Christy Woods was new to me and she was also wonderful.

Another great addition to Rina Kent’s collection. She truly is a romance genius!

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Best of the series. Have your tissues ready

I love RK and have liked the Empire series but I loved the mix back to the Elite group. This is a heartwarming story of second/third chances for love that started young. There is heartbreak, love, loss, sacrifice, and I cried for the first time in any of RK’s books. TW: SA trauma and coping. It’s not the main point but it shapes some of the characters and pulls on the heartstrings of guilt, blame, and shame which was a big part of the tears. Narrators we’re fantastic!!!!!! I can’t wait for Kings and Aspen’s story, it should be volatile. :)

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Entertaining as always!

Great listen! I will say that Daniel and Nicole had some major hang ups and past traumas, and many of their actions and interactions (past and current) are immature, exaggerated and off-putting. However, the storyline was intriguing and their desire for one another real. Once they got past some of their issues, they had a love that was raw, beautiful and lasting. It was a little rushed at the end imo but not enough to ruin it for me. The two epilogues made me happy. Excellent narration will add to your enjoyment of an already solid read. Recommend? Why yes, I definitely do!

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Kept me interested from start to finish

Enemies to lovers, unrequited love, misunderstandings. This book kept me interested from start to finish. Narration is great!

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Love Rina Kent but…

Rina Kent is one of my favorites! I love her books. This one was hard to get through. This is my first listen with Christy Woods. I don’t think she was a good fit for this part. The story seemed not to flow. As soon as I thought I was close to the end it would pick back up. It was quite repetitive. I’ve been listening to all of the author’s books in reading order. This is book 20 and the first I’ve struggled to get through. One of 20 is darn good odds. If this is your first of RK and you didn’t like it I suggest you try again from the beginning of her list. The rest are so good!

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Rina Kent will keep you reading

This one was a true Enemies to Lovers story. Nicole and Daniel had a whole lot of hate for each other really for no reason at all other than a childhood misunderstanding. After learning the different things about them, you want them to finally just come together and forget all the pretense. Good storytelling/narration.

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frustrating angry and heartbreaking

I usually love it when rivals realize the false misconception they have is based on something they interpreted all wrong. This book i couldn't enjoy it. It was so unbelievably horrible, what happened in the aftermath was so cruel and vial, I just couldn't believe their love. They were terrible human beings, both of them. I just can't wrap my brain around it. She was young and unable to cope with feelings, she was a vile girl who treated everyone cruelly and in need of serious therapy. He became a cruel, abusive man. Yes, I would categorize him as abusive and in need of serious therapy.
So much of the book was them being mean and guarded, the way a switch seemed to turn and both became kind and loving wasn't believable nor was it a depiction of a healthy change. My husband has serious childhood trauma that he's still dealing with as a 40 year old. It takes serious communication, compassion, time and energy on both in the relationship. I felt like I needed a drink and serious life reflection after reading this.

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Hate, lust, and second chances

4.5 stars! When Nicole took accepted the job of assistant, she had no idea it was for the man who used to be the object of her secret desires, and her public ridicule when they were younger. And Daniel has never forgiven her for what he perceives as crushing his heart, forever turning him off of blondes. Looking for payback, he’s determined to make her life a nightmare on the job, either forcing her to quit or giving him a reason to fire her. But what neither of them realizes, is that their entire relationship has be a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications. While at times, this can be a bit frustrating, their chemistry and tension keeps things interesting, and knowing that eventually something’s gotta give, it’s that hope that kept me invested in the story. Little by little, truths are revealed, honesty wins out, and they have to move past years of mistrust and heartache to move forward. I ultimately enjoyed this story quite a lot. Daniel was a character is previous books that was definitely not one I expected to like as much as I ended up liking him, which in and of itself makes this a great story.

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Amazing

How have I not found this author sooner Daniel and Nicole’s story is everything I love in an enemies to lovers read and pulled on my heart like no other.

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  • 03-11-22

Hated 90% of this book don’t know why it got such good reviews

The plot was just way too depressing, definitely not enough romance or flirting mixed in the the tragic misunderstanding between the main characters. The narrator’s were incredible but the plot had literally nothing redeeming about it. Just my opinion but I don’t often write negative reviews. Some of the plot might of been redeemed even if it was closer to 50% depressing.

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  • 03-07-22

One of her best books! All the emotions

Loved this book. One of the best books by Rina. All the emotions. I cried with Nicole and cried for Nicole. Narrators did a fantastic job. Group chat continues.. Jonathon King with his grand daughter 🥰.. Rina did fantastic job. Now we patiently wait for King and Aspens story .. I think Zach needs his own
Book too 😍

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