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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

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This is the third book in the Empire series, and the story of Daniel, and Nicole. This book has been a ling wait, since being introduced to Daniel in Cruel King, and It was well worth the wait. This book was emotional, the characters have fiery chemistry, and I was glued to the pages the whole book. Love this author, and highly recommend this book.

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Great Listen!

This was only my second Rina Kent read and I really enjoyed this audiobook! The performances of the narrators were perfect for the characters and basically Nicole is a queen and everyone else is terrible. Very much enjoying this series of interconnected standalones so can’t wait to start the next one!

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Yikes

This one is really rough, not even gonna lie. Both of these characters have so many problems that I honestly don't even know where to begin. This is the first thing I've read by Rina Kent and it honestly left a bad taste in my mouth.

The story itself isn't badly written, and yes, I know it's just a book, but both of these characters needed copious amounts of therapy. Daniel was an absolute douche and Nicole still thought the sun shone out his butt and vice versa. They're both destructive, crude, uncaring about anyone but themselves, and have a list of casualties they leave in the wake of their terrible decision making skills. Even at the end I didn't think either one of them deserved each other, and if it wasn't for the fact I listened to the audio book instead of reading it physically, I'd probably have DNFed it.

The only saving grace of this book was the narrators. They both did a phenomenal job and I'd listen to either one of them again, but for sure not via this book.

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Enemies to lovers X Workplace Romance

4.5 star!
Another amazing book by Rina Kent. When Nicole takes an assistant job at a law firm the last person she expects to be working for is the man she has loved since she was 8 years old. Daniel and Nicole haven't seen each other in 11 years. Daniel believes she crushed his heart back then and he wants her to pay so he makes her job a nightmare for her.
This was truly an enemies to lovers/enemies with benefits for most of the book. Daniel was so cruel but I very much enjoyed their banter and the tension between them the whole book!

The narrators were great and their voices really matched the characters!

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another great listen

was great to hear from characters from other books, it pulls this whole world together, this was another excellent addition to the series coupled with a fantastic narration.

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LOVED IT!

THIS BOOK IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY I LOVE DARK ROMANCES! GAH! I loved this! I've been a fan of Rina Kent's books for a while now and this was yet another amazing read/listen by her. It was a slow-burn, dark, thrilling and all-consuming romance full of suspense and darkness. Daniel and Nicole are currently my favourite couple written by the author. I didn't think I would like Nicole, because I haven't been a fan of her in other books but I think the author redeemed her well!

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loved it

since I read the second book I was waiting for this one and I loved it! Daniel is definitely a hottie! I loved the story from beginning to ending and couldn't get enough of these two!

definitely recommend.

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Interesting, though quite twisted

Once again, it was a dark read with heavy topics–abuse in multiple forms from various people, including rape, most notably. And the romance was interesting, though quite twisted.

Let’s sum it up that way: boy and girl love each other from afar but both are convinced it’s unrequited, spend time bullying or ignoring each other instead, until they fall into bed years later; but a misunderstanding leads them to go their separate way. They reunite a decade later, as they hate and resent each other. Hence it’s both second chance and enemies to lovers.

I admit that aspect bothered me a little. I’m all for the enemies to lovers trope, but here it was borderline non consensual. Yes, Nicole had been in love with Daniel all her life, and yes, she was still attracted to him, but she was reluctant and Daniel didn’t really respect her boundaries. With a lot of anger and/or disdain thrown in. I kind of pitied Nicole.

But she also was an unusual character, difficult to like at times. She was obsessive! She admited it herself. Sure, she had a tough upbringing, and she found solace in her feelings for the cute boy, but almost two decades of obsessing over someone isn’t exactly healthy. Not that Daniel was any better–the hate of the title referenced his abhorrence for blonde girls due to his history with Nicole.

I told you, twisted.

That darkened their present relationship. Daniel was an abusive boss, and Nicole resisted him all the way. They slowly realized that their past prejudices were just that: prejudices. Nothing was as it seemed, and they didn’t know the whole story. They struggled to get it out though. In the meantime, Daniel got close to Nicole and Jayden, and that part was cute.

And sexy. Don’t forget the sexy. This book was quite steamy. Though, again, with a bit of dubcon element.

I enjoyed the narration. The female narrator was new to me, but she did a great job. The male narrator is a favorite of mine, and he didn’t disappoint this time either. On top of the accent–both main characters are British–they managed to express the conflicted emotions of the characters. Another good audio for the author.

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Captivating!

This is the third book in the Empire of Hate series. Daniel and Nicole's enemies to lovers and office romance, is emotional, intense, passionate, and captivating, filled with angst and bittersweet banter. Nicole is such a fantastic character, beautiful, strong, and caring. Daniel is handsome, but resentful and ruthless. I loved how he redeemed himself. They share a push and pull relationship. Their story takes place over several years, and the flashbacks help to understand their backstory. I liked Nicole's little brother. The supporting characters are amazing. Daniel's friends are hilarious! Their text messages were hilarious! This is a great addition to the series. Shane East and Christy Woods did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to Empire of Lust, the next book in the series.

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A perfect second chance, enemies to lovers romance

Empire of Hate is book three in the Empire series and is the complete standalone story of Daniel Sterling and Nicole Adler.

Nicole gave up her life years ago when her world was unexpectedly turned upside down when her Mum went to prison, and she became her brother’s guardian. Nicole moved from State to State running away from her brother’s father and the man who raped her when she was a teenager. She’s finally settles in New York and has a fresh start with a new job as a personal assistant to one of the junior partners at the prestigious Weaver and Shaw, only her new boss turns out to be none other than the only boy she’s ever wanted and loved. The boy she hurt so bad he sworn off blondes, only now he’s a man with power over her and will stop at nothing to get revenge and make her pay.

Daniel gets the shock of his life when one of the ghosts from his past comes back to haunt him. The only woman he ever genuinely cared for; Nicole Adler, his new personal assistant, and he decides he needs to make her suffer for the hurt she caused him. He treats her worse than dirt on the bottom of his shoe and sets impossible tasks for her to try to get her to quit. Only somewhere along the line he realises he still loves her, and it finally comes to light that the reason he hated her for the last 11 years was not as it seemed, and, on this occasion, it will be him begging for forgiveness.

Daniel and Nicole are brought to life by veteran Brit Shane East and new to me narrator Chrissy Woods. Notorious nice guy Mr East really brought out the cocky, superior, knobhead sides of Daniel perfectly while also capturing the hurt and vulnerability he tries so desperately to hide. Chrissy’s performance as the damaged Nicole, let down by everyone she’s ever known. Chrissy built on the hurt, the vulnerability and the stupidity of past decisions while also highlighting her wants and needs and overcoming past trauma to give in to her desires. I loved Shane and Chrissy together, they really complimented one another.

I loved Daniel and Nicole’s story despite spending plenty of time shouting quit, kick him in the bollocks and wanting to smash their heads together to get them to just communicate like civilised humans. We glimpsed Aspen in this story, and she dropped one hell of a bombshell that will play out in Empire of Lust for which I am pee my pants excited! Aspen and Kingsley are going to be wild!

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  • 10-03-22

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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  • 08-03-22

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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  • M.Ghorm
  • 05-03-22

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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  • Cami Cole
  • 05-03-22

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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  • being_ericamarie
  • 14-07-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-22

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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  • Sandi (BookDragonHeart)
  • 05-06-22

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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  • Jenny B
  • 02-06-22

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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  • Amanda
  • 01-06-22

Pretty good! I give it 4 stars

May be a SPOILER!!!
It could have been 5 stares but Daniel was too much of an asshole to deserve 5 stars. He was annoying and rude! I wouldn’t have forgave him to easily! What is wrong with Nicole! She deserved better but he did give her a happy ending and I guess she always liked his narcissistic tendencies. Overall it was a very interesting story and I could not stop listening! But Nicole should have stood up for herself more.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 24-05-22

Enemies to Lovers

Sadly, Empire of Hate fell short for me. Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope. However, Daniel being demeaning, humiliating, and cruel didn't do it for me. I loved Nicole. She has gone through so much, fallen so far, but to see her move past her mean girl to the woman she is today; I couldn't help but love her.

The narration by Shane East and Christy Woods was terrific. Rina does a fantastic job pairing narrators, and Shane and Christy are another great pair.