In Review: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai

Posted July 30, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 4 Comments

In Review: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha RaiHate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You was one part second chance romance, one part forbidden love and it 100% made me wonder why I haven’t read any of her books sooner. Her writing was absolutely gorgeous, the story was engaging and I loved her characters.

Despite never having read any of Alisha’s books before, I was really excited when I saw this one in my Avon Addicts package a couple months ago. I LOVED the cover and the blurb definitely caught my attention. Once I saw high ratings and flails from some of my fellow bloggers, I was even more stoked to read this one. When I finally got around to starting it, I found myself sucked in by the writing from the very beginning. The characters were interesting to me and I was intrigued by their agreement to only meet once a year. Despite the animosity, it was pretty obvious there was a lot more than just physical desire between them. I wanted, no NEEDED, to know what happened between them and I hoped they could overcome it.

Both Livvy and Nicholas were wonderful characters. She was strong, sassy and independent, but there was something softer underneath. I want to be her friend. Nicholas was swoony and thoughtful. Together, they were magical. They truly made the other better. There were plenty of obstacles in their way — and quite a bit of angst and feels for me, personally — and I loved reading along as they overcame them. There wasn’t a single doubt in my mind these two belonged together.

Hate to Want You was a fantastic read. It did drag a little bit for me in a couple parts, but that could’ve been my mood, too. Despite the slower parts, I never even considered NOT finishing the book. I had to know if Livvy and Nicholas could get the happily ever after they were robbed of all those years ago. This was a great introduction to a new series — and for me personally, to Alisha’s books. I’m already waiting for the second book, Wrong to Need You. I’ll be jumping into that one as soon as I get my hands on it.


Love rarely conquered all, the true villains almost always went unpunished, and happily ever afters? Ha. Sometimes all you could hope for were secret stolen moments with one messy, royally bad girl.

“I know you’re not good for me, but I can’t seem to stop wanting you.”

Pleasure and pain. It’s a circle. You’re just stuck in the pleasure part of the circle.

“Livvy, for God’s sakes. How can I be with anyone else when I spend three hundred and sixty-four days waiting for you to draw me a map?”

“When shit goes down, storybook princes are unreliable. I nee a man who’s going to stand by my side in the cold light of day.” 

About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai has been enthralled with romance novels since she smuggled her first tattered Harlequin home from the library at the age of thirteen. A mild-mannered professional problem-solver by day, she pens sexy, emotional contemporaries and paranormals by night.

When she’s not reading or working, Alisha loves to hang out with her close-knit family. She happily lives in a chaotic house filled with clutter, laughter, good food, boisterous kids, and very loud relatives.

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4 responses to “In Review: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai

  1. Lovely review here. I am definitely eager to try this author out, especially when seeing so much love for this book. Fabulous quotes….I do love seeing a couple helping each other as partners.

    • Kim

      Thanks! I was definitely impressed with her writing. I actually went to Edelweiss and got the second book in this series. I’ll be reading it soon, too! I hope you enjoy this one when you read it!

    • Kim

      I’d never heard of her before, either! I’ll be tackling her backlist. And the tattoo is one of the things that stood out to me the most about the cover. It’s gorgeous.