Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai, one of contemporary romance’s brightest stars, makes her Avon Books debut with the first novel in the sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want... so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence—and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules... but being apart is impossible.

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Their world was shattered the night the car driven by Livvy's father struck a tree and killed himself and Nicholas' mother. The horrible situation was made worse when Nicholas' father swindled Livvy's mother out of the company that their grandparents started, making for bad blood for everyone and shredding what was left of each family.

Livvy and Nicholas had it all until that fateful night. Love, light, and happiness. Then the darkness came and Livvy ran. Ran from the pain, the tattered remains of her family, from the darkness that threatened to swallow her whole. Nicholas ran towards the darkness, to keep it from enveloping his sister, Eve, to keep Livvy out of harm’s way.

Ten years later, Livvy is back and Nicholas is both excited and scared. He's not the man he was, nor is he the man he could be. Livvy just wants a part of her family back. Having Nicholas once a year is not enough, it’s never been enough and she only fooled herself by thinking that. She wants forever or nothing.

But nothing has changed in her small hometown, same story, same gossip, and same feud.

Once Nicholas realizes that being his own man doesn't mean that he's turning his back on his family but rather embracing the family he's creating, will Livvy put her heart on the line as well?

This book has it all and I can't wait until the next book in the series.

Sometimes an author writes in such an enchanting way that it is impossible not to love the book; to pine after it when one cannot be actively reading it; to think about the people in it as if they were your friends, or sworn enemies. This is one of those books for me.

I am not going to reveal anything about the story – because that is for you to enjoy as you turn each page – but I can say that it is without doubt a lovely romance with satisfying progress through the events as they unfold. The temperature of the scenes is so controlled – we are taken from great heat and sensuality, to painful cold and despair – as I say, we are under the thrall of Ms. Rai, every page.

And having already commented on the beautiful writing, I am left with the other element that made this such a great story – and that is all the side characters. These are all used to great effect in explaining the way of life that Nicholas and Livvy grew up in and now inhabit. From Maile, Sadia, Eve, John, and Jackson we learn so much about the past, the present, and their hopes for the future. The fact that this is the first book in the series gives me great hopes of what treats are in store for the future.

Fabulous book, thank you so much, Ms. Rai.

Alisha Rai pens award-winning, sexy, contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai to read and review.

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