Hate Mates by Sam Crescent

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The Alpha Shifter Collection, 16

Since birth, Landon and Alexa have been told they will be together as true mates. There is no fighting destiny in the pack.

But they hate each other. As kids, they couldn’t stand each other, but later, when the time comes for their mating, the pack wants them to finally come together. For three years, they ignore one another, never acting on nature’s gift. When one of Landon’s friends attacks Alexa, their alpha has no choice but to impose a punishment. They are to be bound together until they realize they 
are mates. Forced to live side by side, they are denied privacy from the other.

The only problem is that they don’t truly hate each other. Spending time as a couple isn’t a punishment. Constantly being together, they can’t fight their needs. They want to mate, to love. They want it all. But is it too late to finally take each other?

 

Excerpt:

“What do you want?” Alexa asked.

“You think you’re so good, don’t you? Everyone loves sweet, freaky, fat Alexa.” The sneer on Cheryl’s face was disgusting. She hated Alexa with a passion, and Landon could certainly see that now more than ever.

“Wow, okay, I don’t know exactly what this is, but I don’t need to stay and listen to you be this person, so I’m going to go.” Alexa had already wrapped a towel around her body, but Cheryl stepped in front of her.

“You’re not going anywhere.” Cheryl shoved Alexa back.

“Don’t do that.” Alexa held one hand out and kept her focus on Cheryl. “I’m warning you.”

“You don’t get to warn me anymore.” Cheryl took a step toward Alexa.

He watched Alexa move back. Her strength terrified her.

Landon had been with his father when her parents came to see him. He’d heard the pain in her voice, the fear, begging his father to tell her what was happening. Marcel couldn’t give her a reason, but he said she was a special woman and would be one hell of a pack female.

But Landon knew differently. Alexa was suffering because of … him. Just as he was suffering because of her. Their inability to get past their hatred was causing them both untold difficulty. What Marcel hadn’t told the pack was that where Alexa was getting stronger, Landon was gradually growing weaker.

They had been warned that denying themselves each other would have consequences, and he couldn’t hide what was happening to him forever.

“Landon is mine,” Cheryl said.

Alexa rolled her eyes. “Are you for real right now? Is that what this is about? You want your boyfriend? In case you can’t see, Landon and I are not a couple. We can’t even be in the same room with each other without causing trouble. Trust me, nothing’s going on with us.”

Cheryl snorted. “Please, I see the way he looks at you, and you think I haven’t watched you? I know what you’re trying to do. You’re trying to steal him away from me.”

“I’m not trying to do anything. I don’t know what the hell has gotten into you, Cheryl. Landon and I are nothing.” She held her hands out and smiled. “He is all yours.”

But he wasn’t.

It was time to end this.

Landon moved from his spot and caught Alexa’s attention as he joined the two women.

“What are you doing here?” Alexa asked.

Cheryl spun around and burst out laughing. “Of course, you’d be here. Why wouldn’t you be? You like to pretend that you have no feelings for her, but we all know that’s not true. You just can’t help yourself. Sneaking little glances her way again?”

He gritted his teeth. Landon thought he’d hidden his stalking a lot better.

“Don’t you see, Alexa? He’s always watching you.”

“I think it’s time for you to go,” Landon said. “You know the alpha wouldn’t like you interfering with Alexa’s lessons.”

“Oh, please. My sister is a crybaby. She doesn’t need lessons. Just throw her in the lake and make her fight for life. That’s what will work.” Cheryl turned to Alexa. “You’re lucky he’s here, otherwise, I’d have knocked you the fuck out.”

Cheryl turned on her heel and ran.

“What are you doing here?” Alexa asked.

“I was … walking on by.”

“Walking by? In the woods?”

“It happens.” The lies fell easily from his lips.

“Damn it, Landon. I do not want to get into an altercation with your girlfriend. Not now. I don’t know if I’ll be able to … well … you get the problem here. Keep her away from me.”

“Cheryl’s not my girlfriend,” he said. It was the first time he’d been honest with her.

Alexa jerked back. “Yeah, she is. Everyone knows it.”

“No, I’ve never … Cheryl and I, I mean, we’re not a couple.” This wasn’t exactly going how he’d hoped, not that he’d thought this far ahead.

“I don’t care. Your problems with Cheryl are between the two of you. I don’t want any part of it.” She grabbed her clothes from the ground and stormed past him.

The urge to reach out and grab her was strong, but he didn’t do it. He didn’t know why.

Did Alexa feel this as well?

Did she fight it?

Opening and closing his hand, he turned back and followed Alexa out of the woods. He kept his distance, not wanting to scare her, and when she was at her home, he turned off and headed to his parents’ house.

The yard was a complete mess as his mother was attempting to remodel the front lawn. Every couple of years she tried to do this, but Gertie was not green fingered. Most of the time, the plants died under her care. He would have to fix the mess she made.

Landon closed the door behind him and made his way into the kitchen, where his mother was at the stove, stirring some kind of sauce.

“Hey, Mom.”

Just another failed day of trying to stay away from Alexa.

 

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Score: 4 out of 5 (based on 38 ratings)
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4/5
Sweet little read
Written by Maria11 on 7th Aug 2022

Sweet quick easy read. These two are the most hard headed people. I get when everyone tells you are destined for something all your life and you don’t have a choice. The no choice makes you mad and resentful. Their hard headedness caused lots of problems. Some drama but not over the top. Very good read.

4/5
Short Sweet Romance
Written by Mpedward3 on 7th Aug 2022

This was a short sweet shifter romance of Landon and Alexa. Growing up in the same pack being told all their lives they were true mates. Of course like any children not being told what to do or who to like they rebelled but secretly each liked one another. IMO, each of their parents were way too involved from the start. Which just complicated it further. It has a HEA. Def. Would Recommend

4/5
Fated mates?? Not me!
Written by Laura S. on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa were not happy with everyone telling them they were fated mates for all of their lives. As a result, they stayed as far away from each other as much as possible, even when they got their wolves and discovered they really WERE fated mates! As their distance started to harm each other; Alexa getting too strong and Landon becoming weaker; the town stepped in and made them spend time with each other in a very unorthodox way! Will Landon and Alexa be able to get over their dislike of one another before their denial of fate harms them further? Will love or stubbornness win? Another entertaining story by Sam Crescent!

5/5
can hate turn to love???
Written by memes on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa are born to the same pack on the same day, this leads everyone to believe they will be true mates. As they get older they fight like crazy. The story takes you through their lives, from birth to adulthood so you get a good idea of their feelings. Although I do begin to wonder if Landon isn't a little soft for Alexa as they get older. This book has humor in it to counter all their arguing and bickering. There is some action mixed in, they are wolf shifters after all. There isn't any intrigue or mystery we know what's going on. There is a moment of two of suspense, but it's just suspense while waiting to see the outcome of what's happening and very short-lived suspense. I enjoyed reading about how their relationship evolved and how they began to talk to each other finally. This is definitely a relationship kind of story. There are some pretty steamy scenes between the two of them once things progress in their relationship. This book is part of a series but none of the other books have to be read in order to enjoy this book.

4/5
Enjoyed this story
Written by Lynn U on 7th Aug 2022

It was an enjoyable story. Enjoyed the plot and the characters. Would loved to have seen a little more drama and maybe some suspense.

4/5
Hate Mates
Written by A. Adams on 7th Aug 2022

This book is about shifters Alexa and Landon. They've been told all their lives that their mates but they deny the bond. Landon pretends to date Cheryl when she doesn't stand a chance. Since Alexa and Landon are denying each other, their powers begin to be affected. Cheryl also decides she's had enough and attacks Alexa to get her out of the way. Landon and Alexa are punished by his dad the pack leader. They must be handcuffed to one another until they can learn to get along. Cheryl still doesn't give up either. Read the book to see what happens in the end.

5/5
Great book
Written by Jamee hunter on 7th Aug 2022

This is Alexa and Landon’s story. They start off hating each other But can they learn to be mates? This was a very cute story and I really enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend it

4/5
Landon, Alpha in training and Alexa, his fated mate ... pack interferes in fated mating
Written by Kindle Distracted on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa were fated mates from the day they were born and their pack never let them forget it. The result was that they grew to hate each other, and the fact that Landon's girlfriend flaunted their relationship? Deal breaker. When they finally transition to wolves they stubbornly deny their bond to the horror of the pack. Three years later the Alpha declares enough. Their rejected bond is adversely affecting not just the pack but their own wolves. Handcuffed together they will learn to get along before it is too late. I enjoyed the snapshot introduction to their relationship over the years. I loved the fact that they were both loyal to their mate despite appearances. I was unimpressed that the all knowing Alpha didn't realise that the pack pressure was the reason these two mates never stood a chance to grow together naturally. Cheryl made for an interesting bad guy, and Drew a disappointing friend. Enjoyable novella.

5/5
Follow the heart
Written by Bookbunny on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa were fated mates from the beginning. They were to be the next to rule. Problem: they hated each other. Well hate is a strong word. It seemed that they just couldn’t stand one another for some reason. Perhaps it was being told from the start that they were meant to be. That puts a lot of pressure on someone. Then you are front and center all the time. I can understand the issue. But these two really did love each other. They just had to get past all the fated issues and just learn to trust one another. It was tough. Alexa was being teased about her weight. And Landon just couldn’t find a way to stop the cruel words from others. With the parents taking the reins and giving them a push, they learned about each other and even about themselves. Of course, there is always someone that doesn’t want them to be together.

5/5
Awesome book
Written by Amanda1444 on 7th Aug 2022

This story follows Landon and Alexa know have been named ‘true mates’. Landon and Alexa got the title when they were born on the same day, at the same time. Growing up Landon would do everything annoy Alexa, which would be seen as a school boy crush. As they grow Landon develops the attention of others and he uses this to make Alexa jealous. I love Sam Crescents’ writing as always

5/5
Loved it.
Written by Gidget1116 on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa were destined from birth to be true mates. Growing up together, they can't stand each other despite the wishes of the pack. They ignore each until Alexa is attacked, which forces the Alpha to impose a punishment. Steam sizzles off Landon and Alexa and they try to work together after being enemies for so long. I loved it!

5/5
Denying their mate bond
Written by Michele77 on 7th Aug 2022

This story starts at the birth of the two lead characters and follows through until the age of 21 and beyond with a epilogue. This is a well written story with just enough angst to add depth while the main characters realize what everyone knew from the beginning.

5/5
Love this mated read
Written by Sua on 7th Aug 2022

I love every moment of Alexa and Landon from being enemies since they were kids to being forced to coexist together since they’re already mates but are fighting the pull. The drama was superb and the action to see what is done to fulfill their happy ending was perfect.

5/5
Alpha shifter
Written by Iva on 7th Aug 2022

I Soo love this whole series....just enjoy reading this book... The were role they Are destinates mates..but..they were pushed too much And they begin to hate each other...when they come of age...they realized they Are Mates..but they try to ignore IT..untill pack Force them to be together...And to fix IT

5/5
Mates story that is almost too real
Written by Shortbec on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa's story is almost something that can happen in real life. When they were born the parents just went by the rumors and the old tales of fated mates never giving them the opportunity to find that out themselves so being true kids they reveled. The began hating each other. Time passes an their hatred has fractured their mated bonds. So much so they begin to feel the repercussions of them denying their mating. So when Alexa gets hurt the Alpha has to intervene make them see past thir hatred, so the pack gives them am ultimatum. When they are left to get to know each other without the pressures of everyone Alexa and Landon realize that they are in love. But trouble is around the corner can they overcome their past and bridge the whole that they created.

4/5
Hate to lover
Written by Amanda KR on 7th Aug 2022

Hate Mates by Sam Crescent is an enjoyable enemies (hate) to lovers shifter romance. Landon and Alexa are born on the same day - in shifter world, this means they are fated mates. But they hate each other. Really hate each other. There's no way either of them believes they are mated. Their parents even start to question the mating. But when they are in their wolves, they want to be near each other, which is weird. Alexa admits that they are mates and she grows stronger while Landon grows weaker. The book is sexy, with lots of steamy scenes, but I wasn't a huge fan of the "hate" aspect. I really just wanted them to grow up, listen to each other and stop being TSTL.

5/5
this was sooo sweet!
Written by April Alaine on 7th Aug 2022

I loved this book by the fabulous Sam Crescent! Landon and Alexa have never gotten along. They were born on the same day at the same time and everyone in the pack believed they were true mates. Growing up, Landon would pull on Alexa's hair, and Alexa would give it right back to him. To make Alexa jealous, as well as to keep other women away from him, he allows the attention of Cheryl. Normally I hate OW drama but Logan genuinely didn't care for her and did nothing to encourage her. This story revolves around Landon and Alexa discovering they're mates and not "hate mates". It also shows them both overcoming the drama caused by Cheryl. This book reminds me of those Wattpad stories I used to read. It gave me butterflies. I felt like I was the one falling in love! I recommend it, five stars!

5/5
Rally loved this one
Written by Mreads90 on 7th Aug 2022

This is a Really good quick read. Kept my attention the whole time. Landon and Alexa are meant to be mates, but they have hated each other since they was little. A lot of bad things start happening because they have denied each for too long. Finally, the Alpha of the pack takes matters into his hands and makes them spend time together by handcuffing them. Turns out that they don't really hate each other at all, and Begin to see how much the need each other. This is a five star read! Highly recommend it!

4/5
Alexa and Landon
Written by Bobcat on 7th Aug 2022

Alexa and Landon had always been told they were fated mates growing up. And what do kids do? They rebel! Twenty years later of constant fighting and arguing, they are handcuffed together for their and the packs own good. Over time, they admit they never really hated each other and revel in being able to be near each other. But will another be able to keep them apart? Even after they have claimed each other? This is a sweet dual virgin romance that I recommend.

4/5
Fated Mates.
Written by ObsessiveReader on 7th Aug 2022

From the moment of their birth on the same day and at the same time, it was a foregone conclusion that Landon and Alexa were fated mates. Their parent and everyone in the pack believed to to be true. Landon and Alexa however grew up hating each other. Their pack steps in to force them to become mates when they begin to have negative side effects from denying the bond. Landon and Alexa really don’t hate each other. It is more the fact that they didn’t like the fact that everyone insisted that they were mates well before they would officially transition and find out. It became more habit than anything. A little danger in the story from a rival. Wish we were told what happened to Drew and Cheryl in the end.

5/5
Loved it so much
Written by RhondaVB on 7th Aug 2022

Alexa and Landon were mates from the moment they were born but things didn't go exactly as their parents planned. They "hated" each other and wouldn't dream about mating in any way. When their parents come up with a plan to basically force the mating they are upset but have to go through with it. Slowly they learn more about each other and as you know, feelings change. But there is someone who doesn't want them to be mated. This story was sort of different as far as mating goes. I can't recall reading anything like it. I loved the tension between them and they way the parents made them learn to work together. Great story!!

5/5
this was sooo sweet!
Written by April Alaine on 7th Aug 2022

I loved this book by the fabulous Sam Crescent! Landon and Alexa have never gotten along. They were born on the same day at the same time and everyone in the pack believed they were true mates. Growing up, Landon would pull on Alexa's hair, and Alexa would give it right back to him. To make Alexa jealous, as well as to keep other women away from him, he allows the attention of Cheryl. Normally I hate OW drama but Logan genuinely didn't care for her and did nothing to encourage her. This story revolves around Landon and Alexa discovering they're mates and not "hate mates". It also shows them both overcoming the drama caused by Cheryl. This book reminds me of those Wattpad stories I used to read. It gave me butterflies. I felt like I was the one falling in love! I recommend it, five stars!

4/5
Wolf shifter, enemies-to-lovers romance novella
Written by Tima on 7th Aug 2022

Landon and Alexa, the lead characters, are wolf shifters, born on the same day in the same pack, which indicated they were true/fated mates but everyone pushed the idea so hard that they rebelled from a very young age. Now young adults, they can’t stand to interact with each other, though they are drawn to each other’s location, and there are starting to be other physical side effects. Frustrated, their clan orders them handcuffed together until they sort themselves out. As they begin to negotiate a relationship, they also need to manage a desperate female wolf’s attempt to claim Landon for herself. This novella is mainly dual POV with some secondary character POV, well written, and a fast moving, interesting, forced proximity, enemies to lovers tale. I genuinely felt that this story could have done with being longer, that there was more detail that could have been included, but it was still a very enjoyable read. The lead character and relationship development was obviously significant and the interactions were lovely.

4/5
Sweet story
Written by Gemstar on 7th Aug 2022

I love a strong female role and Alexa didn’t disappoint, she was independent and kind. Sweet story about fated love - lighthearted easy read.

4/5
A lovely, enjoyable, light, afternoon in the backyard read.
Written by Jamie French on 6th Aug 2022

I really love the fate/mates troupe however, sometimes really don’t like the hate to love troupe. I was nervous but this book did a really great job of marrying both and not feeling contrived or making you hate the characters. I don’t want to put in any spoilers but the author did a great job of keeping the story moving without reiterating the exact same things again and again. The characters were likable the even though it was a werewolf shifter mates book the characters and their struggles were pretty believable. A lovely, enjoyable, light, afternoon in the backyard read.

4/5
Slow burn and heavy spice
Written by Cindy V on 4th Aug 2022

I really liked this addition to the Alpha Collection. Landon and Alexa are destined mates born on the same day who cannot stand each other, or do they? They have fought for years and it reaches the end for the Alpha and Landon's father who makes them live together until they can hopefully figure out that they belong to each other. It starts to work and as they get closer. However, their not claiming each other have left the door open for their mating to be challenged. I liked the slow burn and then the heavy spicy when they finally get together but I enjoyed the bit of drama with the mate challenge and that Landon seemed to be the first to admit his feelings at least to himself. I really enjoy Sam Crescent's take on shifters overall and I hope that she keeps them coming.

5/5
5 stars
Written by DiBudo on 29th Jul 2022

Interesting story with interesting characters, Landon and Alexa are true mates but they hate each other or so it seems, they are stubborn and trying to fight their mutual attraction. The storyline is easy to follow, to sum it up it is a light afternoon read that you will enjoy.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Barb on 26th Jul 2022

Landon and Alexa, are wolf shifters, were born on the same day, same pack, and same hour. Their parents and pack mates believe they are true mates but have hated each since they were toddlers. As the years pass, they try to stay away from each other. Landon has never been with another woman not even his “girlfriend” Cheryl who wants to be Landon’s mate. The Alpha, Landon’s father, and Alexa’s parents along with the pack are tired of their bickering. They handcuff them together. They must live, sleep, and work with them being handcuffed together. They realize that they don’t hate each other. They come up with a plan to try and be mates, if they leave the cuffs off. Cheryl has her own agenda and will do anything to be Landons mate. I honestly didn’t think I would like this book…..but it was awesome. A little short but we’ll written. I have never read anything by Sam Crescent but I will be checking out the other books. There is some spicy sex scenes. Fighting. This is a haters to lovers book.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Michele on 26th Jul 2022

I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of fated mates that couldn't stand one another. Sam Crescent did a good job of establishing the rift early on between Alexa and Logan. Their destiny had been pushed on them since birth. So much so that they rebelled against it. Eventually, intervention was needed to help these two see that they needed to give one another a chance. Once they actually listened and didn't snap at each other, they started to see similarities and things to respect about each other. That's when they were able to begin to build a foundation. Of course, there's more to it than that, but you'll have to read the book to find out. It's a quick, enjoyable read. The author does a nice job of pulling the story together quickly and giving the reader a satisfying ending. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

4/5
5 stars
Written by Danielle on 26th Jul 2022

I wasn't aware that this was part of series at first, but it became apparent within the first few chapters. This was a fun werewolf shapeshifter romance, and I liked our main couple, Alexa and Landon. They tried so hard to deny their bond, but the pull was too strong. Following them from childhood was nice and watching their romance unfold slowly was one of my favorite tropes (slowburn). I do wish that the final showdown with the woman who tried to come between them had ended with her getting what was coming to her, but overall I'm happy with this romance. I rate this a 2.75 on the spice scale and I'd really like to read the other books in this series.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Romina on 22nd Jul 2022

I loved it! it was sweet and a little dark - the main characters didn't really like each other and there needed to be some outside pressure to get them together! I simply love Sam Crescent's paranormal series!

4/5
4 stars
Written by Clare on 22nd Jul 2022

I wasn't aware before starting this book that it was part of a series, but I wasn't lost in any way. This title really was on point even though we never actually find out why they hate each other. I wished we got a bit more closure with certain characters, but that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

5/5
5 stars
Written by Adrianna on 22nd Jul 2022

I love anything by Sam Crescent and her books are always a hit for me. I loved it! it was sweet and a little dark - the main characters didn't really like each other and there needed to be some outside pressure to get them together! I simply love Sam Crescent's paranormal series! It's also quick and easy to read,. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Michele on 22nd Jul 2022

I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of fated mates that couldn't stand one another. Sam Crescent did a good job of establishing the rift early on between Alexa and Logan. Their destiny had been pushed on them since birth. So much so that they rebelled against it. Eventually, intervention was needed to help these two see that they needed to give one another a chance. Once they actually listened and didn't snap at each other, they started to see similarities and things to respect about each other. That's when they were able to begin to build a foundation. Of course, there's more to it than that, but you'll have to read the book to find out. It's a quick, enjoyable read. The author does a nice job of pulling the story together quickly and giving the reader a satisfying ending. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Ariel on 18th Jul 2022

Thank you NetGalley and Evernight publishing for my copy of Hate Mates. I love anything by Sam Crescent and her books are always a hit for me. This book did not fail. I loved the idea of Landon and Alexa both too sturbbon to accept the connection between them with the knowledge that they are mates for years and are still fighting. I don't usually read stories with that plot so it was refreshing to do so. The only problem I had with the story is that we didn't have some more confrontations with Landon and his friends.

4/5
4 stars
Written by Brinley on 18th Jul 2022

This was my second Crescent book, and neither has disappointed! This was a super fast and fun read. There was no painful miscommunication, no halfway through issues. No, it was just a sweet (and somewhat spicy) romance with a happy ending. It was the perfect quick read, and one if definitely recommend!

4/5
4 stars
Written by Shannon on 18th Jul 2022

A beautiful story of mates finally coming together because they genuinely liked each other with obstacles a quick fun read

4/5
4 stars
Written by Krystal on 18th Jul 2022

I enjoyed this book. In the beginning I was worried that it was going to feel rushed with the skipping ahead 5 years at a time, but these didn’t mess with the flow of the story as much as I thought it would. I thought the story line was unique, two shifters that deny they are mated, the pack gets involved and plays a little matchmaking. I thought this book was a sweet, steamy, and enjoyable read