Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai
Date Read: March 27th 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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.
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Also by this author: Hate to Want You, Wrong to Need You br> br>
Also in this series: Hate to Want You, Wrong to Need You
Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Hurts to Love You wraps up the Forbidden Hearts series with: a wedding (or two!), the revelation of even more Kane/Chandler family secrets, and a lovely romance between Eve and Gabe. While it is definitely possible to read and enjoy Eve and Gabe’s relationship as a standalone, I really feel like you need to read the first two books in the series to get the full impact of the revelations and events in this book. Family by blood, family by chance, and family by choice are key themes and the cast of characters is large.
The relationship between Eve and Gabe progresses beautifully from infatuation to casual fling to love. I appreciated the maturity-levels of both characters. Due to situations related to their upbringings, each of them have erected barriers to intimacy that must be overcome through personal journeys of self-discovery. Watching them assist each other in those journeys is truly heartwarming. I found Gabe’s awareness and understanding of Eve’s behaviors that were rooted in past emotional abuse by a parent to be particular moving.
From the resolution of the series conflict arc to the complex characters to witnessing the HEAs of the previous couples continue to play out, I loved absolutely everything about this book.