Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Date Read: November 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…
Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.
Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.
An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past...and step into a future together.
Series: Forbidden Hearts #2
Also by this author: Hate to Want You, Hurts to Love You br> br>
Also in this series: Hate to Want You, Hurts to Love You
Review by Beth (Read for Review from Avon)
Sadia and Jackson were best friends, in childhood and adolescence, until Jackson left town following family tragedy and an arrest for a crime he didn’t commit. Ten years later, Sadia is a single mother, widowed after the death of Jackson’s brother Paul, and Jackson has returned, still in love with Sadia.
Wrong to Need You is a contemporary romance with an exceptionally sweet slow burn. Sadia is a complex and competent heroine with a strong sense of responsibility and a serious set of organizational skills. Jackson is a gentle giant, a shy and introverted hero with a well-defined sense of social justice and extremely nurturing tendencies towards people he cares about. Jackson’s previously unrequited love for Sadia and Sadia’s newfound attraction to Jackson must overcome societal expectations and the shadow of past tragedy. The development and progression of their relationship does not occur in a vacuum. As they navigate their way towards loving each other, they also deal with family issues (parental expectations and familial support), life-work balance (single parenthood and business ownership), and mental health (panic attacks). These are two wonderful people whose happy ending I was cheering for the whole time.
Wrong to Need You is the second book in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, but I think it can be read as a standalone. I still recommend reading the first book, Hate to Want You, for additional background on the cast of characters (and because I loved that book.) A quick note regarding comparing the two books: it’s an apples and oranges comparison. While they are both complex, beautifully written stories, the emotional tone and pacing of each one felt quite different to me. Hate to Want You is an emotional grinder, full of really big feels. Wrong to Need You is sweeter, more tender, and therefore can seem muted by comparison. I think personal tastes, preferences, and the reader’s mood while reading will likely play a large factor in which book a person likes more.