Friday, March 30, 2018

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.

Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret... like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart... but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series – and I would say that you absolutely MUST read the first two books to get the underlying story sorted out in your head. In fact, I would recommend that now they are available, you read all three in succession as there is a lot of detail and complexity which can be forgotten over time. I kept having flashbacks, as Ms. Rai helped fill in the blanks that had appeared over the months between reads. As always, the writing is smooth and well-paced, making it a very easy read.

Maybe because I was playing catch up in my mind, the initial portion of the book did not work as well as the previous ones have, when I have been utterly enthralled. I am sure it was partly purposeful, but the situation between Gabe and Eve was very clunky. Whilst Jackson in the previous book was taciturn, he was still expressive. These two really struggled to overcome their pasts to deal with the possibilities of their futures. They are a lovely pair of people, and we learn even more about their tenacity and strength of will as the book progresses, but they do nothing to boost each other, even given the examples of their siblings. I guess I just couldn't connect with them as well as the other couples. Still a really good romance, but just not as blown away. When I have time, I will reread them all together, as I have a feeling that may be part of the issue.

I was very happy overall with this book, which ties so many loose ends together – even more than we might have expected – but there are still some mysteries that could be resolved methinks. Certainly, we get a good vibe about how the Chandler-Kane feud is finally over, but Brendan is still left as an issue in my opinion. It was fun to see just how many happy endings could be achieved though!

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 stars

A classic tale of a well-to-do young woman who has feelings for the boy from across the tracks. The boy has done well enough, but he believes he will never be good enough for the princess in the tower.

Not only that, Gabe has a secret, one that he's been carrying most of his life. He's afraid that if the truth comes out, it will ruin his relationships with his family and friends.

Gabe must come to terms with how past secrets not only affect his past, but his future as well. Once he makes peace with his demons, can he embrace the light that is Evangeline.

Also Available in the Forbidden Hearts Series

Book 1
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Hate to Want You post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Avon Romance

For reviews & more info, check out our Wrong to Need You post.

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 Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai to read and review.

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