"Angst, sex & love combine to make this a knockout read"
Reviewed by Make Kay
Posted July 20, 2017
HATE TO WANT YOU is book 1 in the Forbidden Hearts
series by Alisha Rai. This book is amazing, y'all. I got
an ARC at the Romantic Times convention this year and it was
burning a hole in in my pocket for a while before I could
clear my plate and get to reading it. I kept hearing Good
Book Noises from other people on social media about HATE TO
WANT YOU before I started my copy, and I was a little
worried that it might not hold up to the hype, but it
Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler were fast childhood
friends who became teenage lovers. Their families co-owned
a business and all the members of each family were really
close until tragedy struck. Livvy and Chandler broke up,
and the families completely stopped interacting. Now Livvy
and Chandler have only seen each other for one night a year
for the last ten years. Every year for Livvy's birthday she
would text Nicholas, and they would get together and have a
single night of hawt hate sex. No contact the rest
of the year. Until finally Livvy decides she can't keep
self-destructing any more, and she doesn't call Nicholas
when her 30th birthday rolls around.
Livvy is now back in town because her mother broke her
hip, and Livvy comes back to help take care of her and
repair some broken family relationships. Livvy has been
nearly defeated by all the tribulations life has thrown at
her and her family, but I love her resiliency and her
determination to move forward and improve her circumstances.
Nicholas is the rich golden boy who is deliciously broody,
with plenty of family problems of his own. The tension
between these two is omg, SO quaveringly GOOD! I love me
good angsty romance, and Alisha Rai delivers it in spades.
Rai's characters are layered and complex. I love the
nuanced and sympathetic treatment of Livvy's mental illness-
the positive messages of self care and healing that are
deftly spread throughout the story. This is Rai's most
emotionally developed book to date, and it's fantastic.
And, being a Rai book, the sex is gloriously raunchy and
utterly hot. Bree (one half of the writing team that makes
up Kit Rocha) blurbed this on Twitter as "like if Romeo &
Juliet had emotional maturity and a happy ending." I love
the developed characters entwined with all the feels and all
the swoon-inducing bedroom moves. Rai's HATE TO WANT YOU is
an angsty winner that leaves me quivering eagerly for the
next in the 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
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
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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