Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

February 12, 2018 Adult, Book Review 4 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Hate to Want You Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Published by Avon on July 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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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.

I’m a huge sucker for forbidden and second chance romances and this book held the promise of both, and with such glowing recommendations (thanks, Nick!) it was an easy decision to one-click!

The forbidden aspect of the novel comes from a falling out between two families who were once extremely close, almost like a big family themselves. They went into business together and remained connected in so many ways for many, many years. But when tragedy struck the families were pulled apart, including the young love between Nicholas and Livvy.

Nicholas and Livvy have this opposites attract vibe going on. Nicholas is the reserved and serious type. He has a lot of responsibilities within the company, seemingly none more than mediating between sparring family members. Livvy is a ferocious, no-nonsense woman. She’s got a spunky side that I loved and together with Nicholas they balanced each other out in so many ways. There was obviously a lot of love still brewing between these two all these years later that they were denying themselves, except for that one night a year when they caved and gave themselves to each other. When Livvy moves back to town, they cannot deny it any longer.

There was so much amazing sexual tension between these two characters. Their connection was so strong and undeniable no matter how hard they tried. When they do come together it is incredibly hot and steamy! You can’t help but root for these two to find a way to be together and for their relationship to be accepted by their families.

I also really loved the background on both families, how the friendship began and seeing how closely they were connected. It made the collapse that much more devastating. With so much discord and so many secrets about the events causing the tension, there is a lot to unravel and I think we have more to discover in the books to come. I wanted a little more resolution about a few things but it seemed obvious as we move on to focus on other characters that we will have to wait for those stories to be told to find those answers. The strife between the families caused problems for a lot of family members on both sides in entirely different ways. We only scratch the surface of those characters here but I already feel invested in their stories as well. I cannot wait to see what the next book in the series will bring!


About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai has been enthralled with romances since she smuggled her first tattered novel home from the library as a teenager. She writes hot and emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on topics such as love in the digital age, sex positivity, and inclusive representation in romance and media.

She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and have received critical attention and rave reviews from sources such as Library Journal, USA Today, BookRiot, Washington Post, Bitter Empire, NPR, and Smart Bitches Trashy Books. Alisha spends most of her time traveling, reading, dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, and tweeting.

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