“Waters has an arch sense of humor and a marvelously witty voice that rivals the best of the Regency authors (see: Julia Quinn, even Austen herself)....unabashedly fun and bursting with screwball energy. It’s a romp of the highest order, difficult to put down and effervescent with its own abundant charm.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Martha Waters’s To Love and to Loathe is sweet, sexy, and utterly fun. A love story with depth to match its humor, and refreshingly frank communication between its two headstrong leads—I adored it.”
—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read
"With delightful screwball-comedy energy, this Regency romance turns a playful wager into an escalating emotional tug-of-war between two dedicated antagonists, their meddling relatives, and a charming circle of friends. As with her debut novel To Have and to Hoax, Waters has gifted readers another swoony tale full of romance, impish banter, and just the right amount of lust."
—Natalie Jenner, USA Today bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society
“Packed with saucy banter and delightful period details, this Regency rom-com is completely charming. Diana and Jeremy’s maddening and magical chemistry make this hard to put down.”
—Hannah Orenstein, author of Head over Heels and Love at First Like
“To Love and to Loathe is pure fun on every page. With their witty verbal sparring, steamy chemistry, and unexpected tender moments, Jeremy and Diana were made for each other but are the last to know it."
—Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other and Twice Shy
“Waters excels at pitting Diana and Jeremy against each other with clever dialogue and comical situations to ensure a lively and steamy rivals-to-romance story. Readers of To Have and To Hoax will enjoy the return of Violet and Audley as supporting characters. A worthy addition to the trend for historical romantic comedies and highly recommended for fans of Evie Dunmore and Elizabeth Everett.”—Library Journal
“Waters’ debut was a perfect little whipped-cream confection of a historical romance, but her sophomore novel might be even better, especially if you’re a fan of enemies-to-lovers, house parties and wagers gone wrong.” — BookPage
“[I]rresistibly irreverent...the journey to their happy ending is worth every step.” —Publishers Weekly
“In her second superbly entertaining Regency-set historical, following To Have and to Hoax (2020), Waters once again rewards readers with a comically clever love story that blithely blends engaging writing spiked with deliciously dry wit and a beguiling cast of characters.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Martha Waters’s second historical romance is a delightful enemies-to-lovers escape filled with banter and humor—perfect for readers looking to laugh and swoon in equal measure.” —Shelf Awareness
“This absolutely perfect Regency romance is chock-full of chatty, flirty characters and delectable scoundrels… Waters sets a jaunty pace with flirty dialogue, easy camaraderie and enjoyable characters. All the typical trademarks of Regency era are present, but thanks to Waters’ charm, this story feels timeless and young and fun.” —BookPage
"The second in a series of Julia Quinn-like sensuous rom-coms." —Kirkus Reviews
"If you enjoy historical romance filled with the laughter and wit found in the Bridgerton family, then this book is for you." —BookBub
"Effervescent, charming, and swoon-worthy."