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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Hurts to Love You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4 STARS Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave. I immediately fell hard for Alisha Rai's writing when I first read Wrong to Need You. Her slow paced, character driven stories are not my usual cuppa, but they never to fail to have me glued to the pages. Her characters are unique without any of the typical OTT flare that you'd find in most romance novels these days. They don't need it. They're raw, and real, and feel like someone you know or would meet in real life 4 STARS Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave. I immediately fell hard for Alisha Rai's writing when I first read Wrong to Need You. Her slow paced, character driven stories are not my usual cuppa, but they never to fail to have me glued to the pages. Her characters are unique without any of the typical OTT flare that you'd find in most romance novels these days. They don't need it. They're raw, and real, and feel like someone you know or would meet in real life. There's something just so refreshing about that, that it immediately clicked with me. Hurts To Love You is the third and final book in the Forbidden Hearts series, and while it's a standalone with a different couple, I still highly recommend reading the rest of the series first. There's so much history with these families that may be lost on a new reader and not enjoyed as thoroughly having read the rest of the books. Evangeline is the youngest Chandler sibling and sister to Nicholas from Hate to Want You. She's the shy, soft-spoken and unassuming one. But still waters certainly run deep with her, because this a woman that harbors plenty of secrets and desires. Her biggest? Her unrequited love for Nicholas's friend, Gabriel Hunter. Gabriel is rough around the edges, tatted, and completely off limits to her. Even if he didn't make it clear to her all those years ago that he's not interested in her, she can't help how she feels. Gabriel is a man with secrets of his own. One, are his own lustful feelings towards the beautiful Evangeline. The other is so scandalous, it can ultimately cost him everything. Forced together for Nicholas's wedding, Gabriel and Evangeline are forced to acknowledge their secrets, their demons, and their feelings in a slow building yet deeply emotional romance that was impossible to put down. I adored Gabe's dirty side underneath that quiet and unassuming exterior. He fights his feelings for Eve, but a man can only resist so much. And when Eve decides that she's tired of waiting for things to happen and takes matters into her own hands, there's only so much a man can take. I loved watching Eve finally find her voice and inner core of steel. She may be shy and introverted, but she's also no pushover. Her and Gabe were the perfect balance to each other. Between the continuing family drama, the disastrous wedding that seems to have one thing go wrong after another, and their own internal struggles, there was plenty of things driving the plot forward. It wasn't full of OTT drama but it had just the right amount of angst with plenty of sizzle. I think this was my favorite book in the series. If you're looking for a romance brimming with feels and overflowing with passion, I definitely recommend you check this one out. ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  2. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    3.7 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The youngest in a power family, Eve has felt more comfortable hidden away in her shell. However, when a chance to make a move on a long standing crush arises, she begins to realize that being herself and letting others see her is the only way to get what she truly wants. Growing up the housekeeper's kid kept Gabe slightly on the outside looking in. Getti 3.7 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The youngest in a power family, Eve has felt more comfortable hidden away in her shell. However, when a chance to make a move on a long standing crush arises, she begins to realize that being herself and letting others see her is the only way to get what she truly wants. Growing up the housekeeper's kid kept Gabe slightly on the outside looking in. Getting close to people has always been difficult but when he gets some alone time with Eve, the girl he's tried to stay away from because of her age, he begins to realize that she's a woman now and getting close to someone can be the best thing in the world. Imperfections were what made a piece unique. Impossible to replicate. Book three and the last in the Forbidden Hearts series, gives us Eve and Gabe's story. Eve is Nicholas' (Hate to Want You) younger sister and has made appearances as the bullied by her father, overprotected by her brother, standing up for her brother, and crushing on Gabe, shy girl. Here we get the full depth and breadth of her character. The author does an amazing job showing the growth Eve goes through as the story progresses. She goes from hiding her wants and desires to allowing herself to express them and making no apologies for them. Eve's personal growth kind of dominated the story for me as her character was so well thought out and written. She was Eve. A Chandler. And he had far too many problems to get tangled up in a Chandler. Gabe has also made appearances in the last two books, as Livvy's (Hate to Want You) boss and Jackson's (Wrong to Need You) too talkative want to be friend. He's been the genial, nice, and open guy who is big in stature with a heart of gold. Here we learn about a deeply held secret and the hidden pain this has caused him. I had a harder time connecting with Gabe as the story seemed to not have quite enough room for his character to breathe on the pages. The secret takes a while to get revealed and as a consequence, his closed off persona and constant pushing and running away from Eve was lacking context and his commitment issues began to get tiresome. “Can I have you?” he murmured. The basis and continuing thread of this series has been the family drama between the Chandlers and the Oka-Kanes, this book is no exception. It stole some time away from Eve and Gabe; this crosses the line into feeling more like an encompassing series wrap-up than Eve and Gabe's story more than once. From the glimpses we got from them in the series I was, personally, hoping for more of a spotlight on them. They have great chemistry but I would have liked more intimate scenes between them (a strong suite of this author) and just general more bonding interaction. Eve also does more of the heavy lifting as Gabe had a tendency to push her away; the lusting but "oh no, I can't!" rinse and repeat wore a bit thin. However, the glimpses we did get of Gabe's nice and sunny in the streets and hair pulling, dirty talking in the sheets will give you the thrills. The hurt, pain, anger, and love this series has been full of and the amazing characters have made Alisha Rai a must read author here on out for me. She incorporates tough issues (depression, family dynamics), provides authentic joining and melding of people from all walks of life, writes brilliant women characters, and does it with such a beautiful ease, with added hot and sexy intimate scenes. Shy Eve and sweet Gabe get their happy ending, along with more Chandler and Oka-Kane revelations, heartache, and closure. Emotional ups and downs with hot sexy loving, read this series. Here was love. Deep, unconditional love. And she deserved it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    This was a pretty standard conclusion to this series. Everything about this book was just okay. Enjoyable, but okay.

  4. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    HURTS TO LOVE YOU is a book with a four-star ending dragged down by a three-star first half. She had the money to buy everything, but the things she wanted couldn't be bought. Sometimes she felt like she was starving, even when she was eating four-course meals. After the first two books in the Forbidden Hearts series I expected to be just blown away by this final book but sadly Eve and Gabe took a long time to warm up to. I don't exactly know where the disconnect was but after all the intensity f HURTS TO LOVE YOU is a book with a four-star ending dragged down by a three-star first half. She had the money to buy everything, but the things she wanted couldn't be bought. Sometimes she felt like she was starving, even when she was eating four-course meals. After the first two books in the Forbidden Hearts series I expected to be just blown away by this final book but sadly Eve and Gabe took a long time to warm up to. I don't exactly know where the disconnect was but after all the intensity for the first two couples, I felt none of that this time around. Eve's journey and growth over the course of the book was totally satisfying but considering how much I liked Gabe as a peripheral character in the previous books, in his own book I.. didn't like him? Like, much at all? Ever? Or maybe it's less that I didn't like him and more that I didn't feel anything for him. Feeling was hard. Maybe not for most people, but for her, it was like standing on a cliff, sharp wings buffeting her from every single direction. Staying steady in the face of that storm, with no one to reply on but herself -- it was terrifying. While I wouldn't say the twist, or hook, to book three was obvious right from the get-go.. it does get easier to pick up the clues as the story goes on. And it isn't until that moment that I felt the book hit it's stride. We had confrontations, confusions, and finally a little bit of chemistry. But nowhere near enough for what I'd come to expect from Rai's books. "He thinks I'm a child." "Sometimes people need to be taught to see you as who you really are than what they think you are, you know? It's not easy." That being said, I love the overall family dynamic of these books : complicated and crazy-messy though they are, I thought this was a solid wrap-up of all the loose threads. But like any family there are the less than awesome parts -- oh Nicholas you pissed me off sooo much in this book, though part of me can appreciate the fact that just because a hero gets his HEA does not mean he's suddenly perfect or done learning or growing, so, yay..? Ugh. I still teared up a bit throughout some of the exchanges though. "Dating isn't what it used to be." "You made a fortune off a dating app." "I didn't say I don't take responsibility for my small role in creating this hellscape. It is what it is." I would absolutely still recommend this series, despite the fact that this final installment didn't live up to my expectations, because books one & two are so good and there is still a lot to love in HURTS TO LOVE YOU. Rai's writing is so smart and insightful and I'm looking forward to what comes next for this author. 3.5 "joy, sadness, hurt, anger. all of those things could be powerful tools in a vindictive person's hands. better to hide them all" stars ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jiana

    3.5 I liked this more than I liked book 2, but not as much as I liked book 1, so I'll just settle on a 3.5 rating. I was invested in Gabe and Eve's relationship and I liked them better than I liked Sadia and Jackson; however, no one beats Livvy and Nicholas! Unfortunately, this book was a tad boring the first 75% of it and only got super good the last 25% of it. This is the last book and although I pretty much finished the series in less than a week, the characters of the series grew on me. Alish 3.5 I liked this more than I liked book 2, but not as much as I liked book 1, so I'll just settle on a 3.5 rating. I was invested in Gabe and Eve's relationship and I liked them better than I liked Sadia and Jackson; however, no one beats Livvy and Nicholas! Unfortunately, this book was a tad boring the first 75% of it and only got super good the last 25% of it. This is the last book and although I pretty much finished the series in less than a week, the characters of the series grew on me. Alisha Rai created a complex and interesting story with lovely characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne Boleyn's Ghost

    3.5 stars. Each installment in the Forbidden Hearts series possesses qualities that make it worthy of 5 stars: exquisite writing, diversity in race and sexual orientation among the characters, unabashed discussions of mental health, angst that hurts so good, and delicious steam. Yet I haven't rated any of the books higher than 3.5 stars. Ultimately, I failed to connect to the romances between the leads, and sometimes I failed to connect to the leads themselves. If I had to choose a favorite couple 3.5 stars. Each installment in the Forbidden Hearts series possesses qualities that make it worthy of 5 stars: exquisite writing, diversity in race and sexual orientation among the characters, unabashed discussions of mental health, angst that hurts so good, and delicious steam. Yet I haven't rated any of the books higher than 3.5 stars. Ultimately, I failed to connect to the romances between the leads, and sometimes I failed to connect to the leads themselves. If I had to choose a favorite couple, though, it would be Eve and Gabe in Hurts to Love You. This was much more than the "poor little rich girl meets son of a housekeeper" story that I expected. There is raw emotion, humor, and heat. As many other reviewers noted, Eve and Gabe sometimes take a backseat in their own story as the Chandler and Kane family secrets are revealed. But I didn't mind much because I was always intrigued by the family dynamics. I felt surprise and relief at the resolution. Although none of the romances personally enthralled me, I'm glad that I read this unique series. Read for SBTB January - March 2019 Quarterly Challenge: Whatever you like!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    Wow, that really pooped out there at the end didn’t it? I’ll just go ahead and spoiler my whole review. I kind of think this book was a mess. (view spoiler)[ Alisha Rai is one of the most talented authors writing in this sub-sub-genre. Somehow, she writes complex characters for her flipping short erotica. So, this, then, is why I am so completely and wholly unsatisfied. Cause WHO THE FUCK IS GABE? Sure we know tidbits. Seems a drinking problem is increasing (is it a problem? It’s forgotten by the e Wow, that really pooped out there at the end didn’t it? I’ll just go ahead and spoiler my whole review. I kind of think this book was a mess. (view spoiler)[ Alisha Rai is one of the most talented authors writing in this sub-sub-genre. Somehow, she writes complex characters for her flipping short erotica. So, this, then, is why I am so completely and wholly unsatisfied. Cause WHO THE FUCK IS GABE? Sure we know tidbits. Seems a drinking problem is increasing (is it a problem? It’s forgotten by the end)… Adopted into loving home. Bad start. More is revealed later. Puts on a charming facade (I didn’t see it)…but we didn’t see the development and backstory for him the way we did for others Eve was well fleshed out, but I had more trouble connecting to her than anything. Which is fine. I still think it’s awesome to have a complex heroine whose not totally sure of herself, yet still fairly kickass. But all I wanted is for this book to be over. Hidden and mistaken identity plot lines usually give me heartburn. I find them unbelievable.I find them too deceptive. I don’t enjoy it as a source of tension. Besides this point, I didn’t really get where the hero and heroine knew each other. Let’s set aside a somewhat gag-worthy age gap (again, how it’s presented) and look at what exactly their relationship is founded on: drunken/mistaken identity cab rides, only seeing each other for the past couple of years—awkwardly—and you know, growing up around each other. At one point the hero says “I was in junior high when you were born.” Which is totally fine, but he was AROUND. So, why then, did it seem that this romance was just a subplot? I’ll tell you why. Nicholas and Livvy. While I adored them in their own books, my god, if I were in that family i’d end up venting to my in-laws or other siblings how it’s always about them. Wait till they have their first child. They’ll be epic levels of insufferable. Make no mistake, this series is THEIRS. Couples this annoying in subsequent novels exist all over in romance—chief among them—two I didn’t like to begin with (Marcus & Annabelle, TYVM) but I think they’ve surpassed them. And when these two had me so book drunk in their own novel, it makes me want to scream “YOU RUINED IT.” Gabe and Eve were cheated. I don’t know them. There was an entire chapter (or more) from Livvy’s POV. And this book, despite how I felt, isn’t that long. The family drama overshadowed the romance in an annoying, badly paced way, leaving us with a little underlying erotic tale without much substance. I found this completely unsatisfying, and frankly, just wanted it to end. END. I swear every time I looked, more chapters got added. And no, you do not get to skip over a bunch of substance in a relationship with a cute epilogue. FOUL! (Sidenote: I’ll always take more Jackson. He still has the best jokes.) (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Steamy, HEA, the last book in the Forbidden Hearts series (I read the first but not second book of this series, somehow.... Eve, the female protagonist in this book, is the little sister of Nicholas, the male protagonist of the first. Her love interest is a tattoo artist in the same studio as Nicholas's formerly secret lover, Liv.) There are some similar elements with this romance and some of the Scottish highland romance stories I read around Christmas time. The man is more experienced, tall, ol Steamy, HEA, the last book in the Forbidden Hearts series (I read the first but not second book of this series, somehow.... Eve, the female protagonist in this book, is the little sister of Nicholas, the male protagonist of the first. Her love interest is a tattoo artist in the same studio as Nicholas's formerly secret lover, Liv.) There are some similar elements with this romance and some of the Scottish highland romance stories I read around Christmas time. The man is more experienced, tall, older. The woman is less experienced, shy, timid. Then they get thrown into a situation (or multiple situations) where they are alone and can't escape their environment. They are forced to confront their feelings and do. Add in family wealth, family feuds, family secrets, and a secret driver. Thanks to the publisher for approving my request in Edelweiss. The book comes out March 27.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    Hurts to Love You, the final book in Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series, puts the youngest Chandler and Gabe Hunter. It also ties up some story threads from the previous books in the series. It also gave readers all the answers that we've been asking ourselves about one particular event that started the Kane-Chandler fued all those years ago. Gabe Hunter has secrets. Secrets that he has to keep because it could change everything from his standing among the Kanes and his relationships with Jacks Hurts to Love You, the final book in Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series, puts the youngest Chandler and Gabe Hunter. It also ties up some story threads from the previous books in the series. It also gave readers all the answers that we've been asking ourselves about one particular event that started the Kane-Chandler fued all those years ago. Gabe Hunter has secrets. Secrets that he has to keep because it could change everything from his standing among the Kanes and his relationships with Jackson and Livvy. And his attraction to Eve complicate things. So he tried to stay away but with Nicholas and Livvy's upcoming destination wedding coming up, his plans of staying away from Eve became even more challenging. Eve is shy, a bit timid but not lacking in courage despite growing up emotionally abused by her father. Her long time crush on Gabe is just that: a crush. She doesn't think he feels that way for her. But Eve is tired of being held back by her past. She has plans and one of those plans involve Gabe. And her brother's upcoming wedding is the perfect opportunity for her to convince Gabe that she's not the little girl he once knew. I felt for Evie's unrequited feelings for Gabe. I was rooting for her to get the guy. And it was so satisfying when everything finally lined up for her and for him as well. Alisha Rai took her own sweet time with these two characters but the payoff was well worth it. The romance, once it got going, was hot. Gabe was definitely hiding his growly, dirty talking, alpha self underneath his man-bun. The things he said to Eve during their sexy times will make your toes curl. Overall, I liked how this book brought everything full circle for these two families. After all the betrayals and secrets, it's nice to see these characters win especially Gabe! His secret was quite obvious to those who have read the previous books, at least to me they are. And that's quite okay because this book isn't really about the "secret." It's more about the characters and their journey. I received and voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by Avon Books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    3.5/5 I have been completely obsessed with the Forbidden Hearts series. Is there any trope better than forbidden love? I don't think so. It's been such a consistently great series and the second book especially impressed the hell out of me. The minute I had access to Hurts to Love You, I dove into the book with my sky-high expectations. While I wouldn't say that Hurts to Love You is my favorite book in the series, it was still one heck of an entertaining installment. I was intrigued by Eve's chara 3.5/5 I have been completely obsessed with the Forbidden Hearts series. Is there any trope better than forbidden love? I don't think so. It's been such a consistently great series and the second book especially impressed the hell out of me. The minute I had access to Hurts to Love You, I dove into the book with my sky-high expectations. While I wouldn't say that Hurts to Love You is my favorite book in the series, it was still one heck of an entertaining installment. I was intrigued by Eve's character from the moment we met her. She seemed like a woman who had undergone a lot despite being a rich man's daughter. In Hurts to Love You, Alisha Rai explored her character on a deeper level. Eve felt like such a real person to me, I connected very much with the multiple aspects of her personality. Her insecurities about her body image, her aspirations, and goals beyond her family's expectations made her stand out. Gabe was also a character I was entirely fascinated by from the beginning. He was quiet and shrouded in layers and layers of secrecy. There was an intensity to him that I found appealing. We figure out all his secrets in Hurts to Love You and a lot of them came as a shocker to me. Despite everything, Gabe was such a fantastic and lovable hero. Rai has written formidable romances with this series, but I will say that something was a little bit lacking for me here. I can't exactly pinpoint what exactly it was that was missing for me, but I wasn't as attached to Gabe and Eve as a couple as I was with Jackson and Sadia and even Nicholas and Livvy. I think perhaps because these two didn't share as much history as the previous couples? Don't get me wrong, the romance was good, but it didn't wow me. I do also think that a lot of focus in this installment was on the family dynamics and less on the romance, which could explain why I wasn't completely gaga over the chemistry between Gabe and Eve. The family dynamics though? Amazing! I love reading about secrets and scandals in families and a lot was revealed here. All of the revelations will leave you absolutely breathless! It was also nice seeing all of the previous couples and their interactions with each other as well as with Gabe and Eve. If you have yet to read the Forbidden Hearts series, I encourage you to give this series a try. It's got so many wonderful facets to it, but perhaps most importantly, it features diverse characters that you don't often get to see in romance. I'm sad that this is the end for this series, but I have my fingers crossed that Alisa Rai will return to some of the side characters in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    This was weird. 300 pages just to get the hero to ask the heroine out on a date? Really? And the epilogue is not even about your main couple. Uh...ok. I know my feelings on this are bias because I read this as a standalone so I went in not knowing the whole sordid history with the 2 feuding families that played through the previous books but even so, I felt the author didn't do a great job of explaining who is who and who has issues with who and who is related to who. I mean she tries to but it' This was weird. 300 pages just to get the hero to ask the heroine out on a date? Really? And the epilogue is not even about your main couple. Uh...ok. I know my feelings on this are bias because I read this as a standalone so I went in not knowing the whole sordid history with the 2 feuding families that played through the previous books but even so, I felt the author didn't do a great job of explaining who is who and who has issues with who and who is related to who. I mean she tries to but it's not clear, everything comes off like a rambling mess. I still can't figure out which side of the family is Hawaiian in the Oka-Kane clan. As a new reader I felt very lost and gave up half way in trying to figure things out. There are so many side characters and dead characters to keep track of it gets confusing. Alisha Rai's writing style feels too lose and unclear for me. I had no idea Livvy and Jackson were Japanese until the freaking 70% mark for example. Stuff like this is important to me because I want a clear picture of your characters. This is a trilogy so it's not like I'm asking for a recap in a long running series. I loved the diversity of the characters but wish the writing was stronger. This honestly felt like a soap opera or a modern version of Dynasty with all the tension and stress characters were going through over a decades old feud and "curse". This felt more like a chick lit than contemporary romance. Way too much time and focus was spent on the family drama and family secrets than the actual couple which made me question what was the point of the effort. Maybe if I read the 2 previous books to this I would have cared but honestly I had no interest in it and wanted more time and focus on the hero Gabe and heroine Eve. The lack of focus on Gabe and Eve made it hard to believe the couple even had chemistry much less fell in love because they barely spent any time together in this book. They have 2 sex scenes and they talk before and after that and that pretty much sums up their interaction. ILY's aren't even shared in the end. Everyone and their mother is getting married in this so the hero's "uh sure why not us too!" in the epilogue just felt really lazy and rushed. Gabe and Eve didn't feel fully fleshed out to me. Gabe seemed much more hung up and brooding over his paternity secret than his supposed feelings for Eve. He seemed to pine more for his half siblings and wanting to spend time with them than the heroine. 😬 Like I said a lot of odd choices were made in this book. You spend so little time writing for your hero and heroine that all you get out of it is "I like you too, go out with me" to show for it in the end. Not satisfying. Eve honestly is the main reason I picked this book up when I read the blurb, that and I heard so much about this author. I love shy awkward heroines, they are totally my thing. But I didn't love how Rai wrote her. Eve was way too much into her own head and talking down to herself. The number of times she refers to herself as “weird” “creep” or “pervert” really got under my skin. She obviously has insecurity issues that reside from growing up in a controlling abusive home but her constant freaking out over her emotions and calling herself a creep and weirdo felt very immature for the lack of a better term. The "omg look at his bubbly butt" and "I'm such a creep" commentary felt like I was reading about a 15 year old dealing with her very first crush rather than a grown woman. I also hate characters in disguise tropes. I felt it was so unnecessary in here and yes it was very much creepy since the author loved to use that word so much. The heroine is a Ryde driver incognito at night for a few months just so she can pick up the hero from a bar and talk to him. I thought this was a strange way to go about spending time with him and breaking out of her "shell". I was expecting her to find other ways to take a leap and be brave, not loitering outside a bar in a hoodie waiting for the hero to come out so she can talk to him under a pseudo name and get to know him better cause he's just so beautiful. Ick. I wanted to enjoy this because it had elements I usually love but I hated the execution. My rating may seem harsh but I gave this a 1 star because nothing in this book felt satisfying or believable. I took this on vacation with me to finish during my down time and I had to fight the urge to skim the last 100 pages. I felt like the whole book was wasted on soap opera-like family drama and the couple from Book 1 wedding which is the "big event" in here. This felt more like Gabe and his half-siblings book rather than Gabe and Eve's so it just leaves you wanting. And I honestly didn't get what the big deal was over Gabe having feelings for Eve and how it would be a problem because of "family complications" once the truth was out, y'all aren't related, it's not Romeo and Juliet. I felt some things were made a bigger deal than they needed to be. And using the epilogue for the feuding parents to make amends was just such a waste of page time. I would have liked a better payoff and solid ending for the main couple but hey that's just me. *shrugs*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    Original review: The Romance Corner *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* *3.5 Stars!* Last year I picked up Hate to Want You and fell completely in love with Alisha Rai’s hot as hell romance that left me blushing for days. I then went on the read the second installment, Wrong to Need You, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Rai had slayed my feels once again. Needless to say, I was eager to dive into Eve and Gabes’s story Original review: The Romance Corner *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* *3.5 Stars!* Last year I picked up Hate to Want You and fell completely in love with Alisha Rai’s hot as hell romance that left me blushing for days. I then went on the read the second installment, Wrong to Need You, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Rai had slayed my feels once again. Needless to say, I was eager to dive into Eve and Gabes’s story and crossed my fingers that it would be just as good as the previous two books. Hurts to Love You is the final installment in the Forbidden Hearts and follows our final pairing, Gabriel Hunter and Evangeline Chandler. Eve always had eyes for Gabe, though her fear of rejecting held her back from letting him know how she felt. But with her brother getting married in a few days and everyone heading up to the lake house to prepare for the ceremony, Eve decides to take a chance and let Gabe know exactly how she feels. Will her feelings be reciprocated or were her fears of rejection right all along? It’s a bittersweet feeling when reading the final book in one of your favorite series, but I was very curious to know more about the youngest Chandler and the tattoo artist. I connected more with Eve’s character. I felt like she grew up a lot in this book and finally stood her ground when it came to making decisions about her own life. She found her voice and used it and I loved seeing her gain that confidence to take chances and make moves. Gabe is a bit more reserved in this book, mainly because he has a huge ass secret and he doesn’t want anyone to find out. The thing is, I felt like I didn’t really get to know Gabe because of his secret which sucks because he seemed like a much nicer guy in the previous books. The part of the story that didn’t work for me was the romance. I didn’t feel the connection between Eve and Gabe like I did with our previous two couple. To be honest, it felt one-sided and there was a lot of telling, mainly when it came to Gabe. We’re told that he does feel the same for Eve, but I wanted to see that on the page. There were some steamy scenes, but without that emotional connection, I didn’t really care for them. Although the romance fell flat for me, I was still entertained by all these secrets and confessions. The mystery surrounding Robert Kane and Maria Chandler’s death is finally revealed and we get the tea on what really went down on that tragic night…and let tell y’all this tea was SCANDALOUS AS FUCK! I swear, seeing all these truths come to light was like watching a damn soap opera. This was basically me during the last 20% of the book. I think that even though I did have somewhat of an idea of what actually went down that night, there were other pieces the puzzle that took me by surprise so it just made the reveal more shocking. The confession in the epilogue was the icing on the cake because everything ended up coming full circle and I wasn’t expecting that at all. Alisha Rai knocks it out of the park when it comes to family drama and she did a great job at wrapping up all the loose ends in this finale. While Hurts to Love You didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I still very much enjoyed this series and I’m so going to miss all of these characters. If you love forbidden romances, then I highly recommend this series! Now I’m going to patiently anxiously awaiting for Rai’s next book so I can devour it like I did with this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    3-3.5 stars After reading books one and two immediately before this final conclusion, I had very excitable hopes for Eve and Gabe’s book. I think I might have got too excited because whilst this was a nice conclusion to the over-arching story of the Oka-Kanes and the Chandlers (AKA the Capulets and Montagues), it lacked the oomph I sought from Gabe and Eve as characters. Eve has intrigued me from the beginning of book one and I have really enjoyed her character, her growth and her contentment in h 3-3.5 stars After reading books one and two immediately before this final conclusion, I had very excitable hopes for Eve and Gabe’s book. I think I might have got too excited because whilst this was a nice conclusion to the over-arching story of the Oka-Kanes and the Chandlers (AKA the Capulets and Montagues), it lacked the oomph I sought from Gabe and Eve as characters. Eve has intrigued me from the beginning of book one and I have really enjoyed her character, her growth and her contentment in her physical appearance. Eve grew in terms of confidence and business in this book which was pleasing to read. I really enjoyed the interactions between her and Gabe for the first 50% but then it lost its intensity for me. I must admit, I didn’t really connect with Gabe throughout, which surprised me. There is much time given to wrapping up this series and tying off all the lose ends which again is good but it felt less Gabe and Eve’s book and more a saga wrap-up. This series is my first walk with Alisha Rai and I am a fully fledged fan of hers now. I highly recommend this series to all my romance buds, with books one and two being my favourites. I voluntarily read an early copy of this title. Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    All good things must come to an end, and that includes Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. Being completely honest, Hurts to Love You wasn’t as good as the first two. Major plot threads needed to be wrapped up, and the entire story takes place as Livvy and Nicholas’s wedding gets underway. The focus was not, in my opinion, as zeroed-in on Eve and Gabe as it could/should have been. So, by this point, I’ve pretty much figured out that Rai has a few tropes she loves to go for. Also, the series is All good things must come to an end, and that includes Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. Being completely honest, Hurts to Love You wasn’t as good as the first two. Major plot threads needed to be wrapped up, and the entire story takes place as Livvy and Nicholas’s wedding gets underway. The focus was not, in my opinion, as zeroed-in on Eve and Gabe as it could/should have been. So, by this point, I’ve pretty much figured out that Rai has a few tropes she loves to go for. Also, the series is called Forbidden Hearts, so obviously that’s going to be at play here as it was with the previous books. In Hurts to Love You, Eve and Gabe have this whole Tortured Pasts and Secret Traumas thing going on, plus the fact that (for some reason?) any potential relationship between them is completely off limits. I think it’s the 12-year age gap, but in truth, the “forbidden” aspect of this book was a bit shaky. Anyway. Unbeknownst to both of them, both protagonists have huge mental-boners for each other, so when they spend a week together at a remote villa, things happen. There is sex, there is angst. Lots of both, really. I hate to say it, but Hurts to Love You just didn’t pack the oomph of the first two. I have a feeling it’s going to prove to be rather forgettable, all told (don’t worry! I forget almost all contemporary romances I read, so this book is in good company). It doesn’t help that the Focal Point of the story, the Climax (as it were), has nothing to do with Eve and Gabe’s budding relationship. Rather, it has everything to do with the long, drawn-out Kane/Chandler family drama that Rae’s been winding up for a while. Suddenly the book stopped being a story about two people, and started being a semi-histrionic story about a dysfunctional family and its feuds. Listen, the reason there are not sequels to Romeo and Juliet is because the drama gets old, fast. And after three books, I was read to be done with it all. That’s not really the author’s fault or the book’s fault, but it does suck that at a critical moment in the story, Gabe and Eve had to play second-fiddle in their own romance novel. Just saying. 📌 . Blog | Review Database | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    4.5 stars for this final romance in the Forbidden Hearts series! This one ties up some loose ends from the previous two stories, so I would recommend reading it last if you don't want to spoil any surprises (and there are definitely some surprises I didn't see coming!). Eve Chandler comes into her own here, learning to stand up for herself and what she wants, including starting her own business. Her romance with Gabe Hunter, tattoo shop owner and longtime family friend is a slow burn one that co 4.5 stars for this final romance in the Forbidden Hearts series! This one ties up some loose ends from the previous two stories, so I would recommend reading it last if you don't want to spoil any surprises (and there are definitely some surprises I didn't see coming!). Eve Chandler comes into her own here, learning to stand up for herself and what she wants, including starting her own business. Her romance with Gabe Hunter, tattoo shop owner and longtime family friend is a slow burn one that comes to fruition in some steamy scenes. Keeping their affair a secret is necessary at first but of course all secrets have a way of coming out. It's been an interesting and intense journey of discovery for the Kane and Chandler families and one that's been so enjoyable to read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this author. Kudos to the publisher for some excellent covers too! A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher in exchange for an honest review. Well written. Good story line and excellent character development. RTC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    IT'S POSSIBLE I WONT EVER WRITE A PROPER COHERENT REVIEW EVER AGAIN. BUT. Hurts to Love You is just the perfect conclusion (though, I wouldn't mind a spin-off series about Jia). There's some twists that I didn't expected. Overall, the heart of the story is still the romance, and the complicated family love. It's my most favorite thing about this series. IT'S POSSIBLE I WONT EVER WRITE A PROPER COHERENT REVIEW EVER AGAIN. BUT. Hurts to Love You is just the perfect conclusion (though, I wouldn't mind a spin-off series about Jia). There's some twists that I didn't expected. Overall, the heart of the story is still the romance, and the complicated family love. It's my most favorite thing about this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This might have been my favorite of the series! Loved Eve coming out of her shell, and her dealing with a lifetime of emotional abuse by her father, it felt very real and raw. Loved Gabe opening up to her and while I rolled my eyes a little at the reveal, it worked. And they were hot together, which let's be real, never ever hurts. Good trilogy of books! This might have been my favorite of the series! Loved Eve coming out of her shell, and her dealing with a lifetime of emotional abuse by her father, it felt very real and raw. Loved Gabe opening up to her and while I rolled my eyes a little at the reveal, it worked. And they were hot together, which let's be real, never ever hurts. Good trilogy of books!

  19. 5 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    Well I gobbled this up in one day, which was kind of impossible not to do, but also kind of sad because now it's over!! I loved it, obviously, which I was rightly expecting when I went to the bookstore to buy it the day after it came out. Rai's authentic characterization and grasp of emotional complexities are amazing. And somehow her steamy sex scenes are just as powerful as her wholesome family scenes and her descriptions of healing from past trauma. It's unreal to read a book that is so good Well I gobbled this up in one day, which was kind of impossible not to do, but also kind of sad because now it's over!! I loved it, obviously, which I was rightly expecting when I went to the bookstore to buy it the day after it came out. Rai's authentic characterization and grasp of emotional complexities are amazing. And somehow her steamy sex scenes are just as powerful as her wholesome family scenes and her descriptions of healing from past trauma. It's unreal to read a book that is so good at so many things! When a book can alternately turn you on and make you cry happy tears, that's a talented writer indeed. I highly recommend this series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    4.5 STARS cUTE. CUTE. CUTE. CUTE. I LOVE ROMANCE NOVELS

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jasprit

    Rai's Forbidden Heart series has quickly become a favourite of mine, I've enjoyed getting to know the Kane and Chandler families and about their history between them. Their lives have been complex and tough, I liked how with each book I seem to be falling more for each character. I love how Rai gets beneath their tough exterior and shows that despite everything they are still vulnerable individuals, but also there's still so much that remains unknown between the families. I thought what was goin Rai's Forbidden Heart series has quickly become a favourite of mine, I've enjoyed getting to know the Kane and Chandler families and about their history between them. Their lives have been complex and tough, I liked how with each book I seem to be falling more for each character. I love how Rai gets beneath their tough exterior and shows that despite everything they are still vulnerable individuals, but also there's still so much that remains unknown between the families. I thought what was going on between the Chandler's and Kane's was a difficult one to get over, but then with Hurts to Love You Gabe gets thrown into the mix and things add a whole another level of complication. With everything that Eve had been through, I so wanted her to get her happy ending, she had been belittled and ignored by her dad so much, that I wanted to see her grow up and finally stand up for herself and I'm glad that spending time with Gabe helped her to do so. For me Eve and Gabe's relationship was sort of unexpected, but I liked the way in which Rai made it work, despite the age gap, the depth of their emotions was clearly apparent. Of course, I liked how prominently other characters from previous books featured in this book, it was great seeing them trying to get on as one happy family! Once again things weren't always smooth sailing, revelations from the past were once again bought to light and the long standing strain between the Chandler and Kane family was always apparent. But this aspect was the thing that made this book for me, I liked how characters had to fight hard for what they wanted. I'm actually quite sad at having to say goodbye to such a great set of characters, Rai was able to make them such a big part of my life, so thank you for that!

  22. 5 out of 5

    G.

    Not as strong as the first two. I enjoyed coming back to these characters and the way things were wrapped up, but there wasn't enough focus on the romance. And, if I'm being honest, this couple didn't do much for me. Not as strong as the first two. I enjoyed coming back to these characters and the way things were wrapped up, but there wasn't enough focus on the romance. And, if I'm being honest, this couple didn't do much for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    Probably my favorite in this series. There were some surprises in this one and quite emotional scenes as well, especially with Tani. That was refreshing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

    Of course I go ahead and do the smart thing... I read the last book in a trilogy first. I mean, look, I know, it doesn't really matter. It's a romance series. But guys, I actually seriously enjoyed this, and I wish I'd been along for the ride from the very beginning. Because if I go back now, I will have to endure this book's main characters as they were before I've seen their growth, and it'll frustrate me. I suppose, on the other hand, I'll know things work out. Oh well, it'll be worth it. This Of course I go ahead and do the smart thing... I read the last book in a trilogy first. I mean, look, I know, it doesn't really matter. It's a romance series. But guys, I actually seriously enjoyed this, and I wish I'd been along for the ride from the very beginning. Because if I go back now, I will have to endure this book's main characters as they were before I've seen their growth, and it'll frustrate me. I suppose, on the other hand, I'll know things work out. Oh well, it'll be worth it. This is my first book by Alisha Rai, and I doubt it'll be my last. (I definitely need to read the second book about Jackson, because he is a serious introvert, like me. I liked seeing how Eve accepted his need for solitude and no small talk, and how she explained this to others without treating it like some kind of weird issue.) Alisha ticks all the right boxes. Her characters are unique and likeable, the chemistry is there in force, everyone is a feminist, and the drama is just interesting enough without being eyeroll-worthy. I was invested in Eve and Gabe's relationship very early on. Both had some serious parental issues that they let get in their way. I liked that they each had to deal with their own problems, and they supported each other without trying to fix things for the other person. Eve was such a smart young woman, but she lacked confidence, and she couldn't handle rejection, so she avoided putting herself out there. It was scary relatable, and the way she described her experience and her attempts to overcome this were actually inspirational for me. Gabe was similarly closed off, a loveable guy on the surface, but he kept people at arm's length because he felt like he could never really belong thanks to a big secret he protected. Together, and with the help of their friends and family, they were able to work through these things and find comfort in each other. It wasn't just comfort. Oh no. There was clear attraction from the beginning. Eve was scared of rejection, and Gabe didn't want to make things messy, but these couldn't stop the two from falling into each other's arms thanks to some forced proximity. One thing I really liked was how Eve was able to say "penis" and "vagina" very directly. I mean, if you can't talk about penises and vaginas, should you be having sex? And somehow Gabe was able to pull off being very respectful of all women (not just Eve) while also getting quite dirty in bed, especially with his sexual "close captioning". (I love dirty talking, people.) I think the only weird thing for me was their age gap, as my last relationship was with a guy five years older than me, and that was already too much for me to handle. They weren't the only great characters. There was a nice dynamic between them and the rest of the Chandler/Kane cast, even when things weren't gelling well. In the end, aside from one idiot, everyone supported and cared for each other, going beyond blood ties and disagreements. It was made even better by how diverse everyone was. Many of the characters were mixed race, and Gabe's adoptive family were African American. This acknowledgement of different races and cultures all getting on in one big happy "family" was so refreshing to see, and also a lot more reflective of today's world. I was particularly excited about Gabe's sister being a black woman crushing it in the tech startup world. I do love seeing my fellow techie ladies in books! Even though there was a lot of emotional baggage and some family drama to sort out, this wasn't an angsty book. It was sexy and sweet and funny, with lots of fistpump moments. Alisha's way of writing read smoothly, and she injected humour and personality and even life advice easily into the story. Here are just a few little bits that I highlighted on my Kindle while reading. He stumbled, but before he could fall, she was at his side, her body propped up under his. "I can help you." "I'm okay." "No, you're not." Yes, he was. He was a man. A manly man! He could work a grill and chop firewood. (For the record, he was drunk at the time, and he does quickly realise that he's talking nonsense to himself.) Lust and desire had hit him instantly, but he was a grown-ass man, and he tamped it down. Let that be a lesson to all you men who try to blame your appalling behaviour on women! "Do you know what your mother used to say? Leave me enough room to eat and dance." Eve's mom clearly had the right idea about food. We should all make sure we dress with enough leeway for some good food and dancing! To really top it all off, this book came complete with an adorable small child and his puppy. Kareem had such a great young personality, and I felt immediately attached to the dog, eventually named R2. Man, that dog's name... Kareem kept changing it every five seconds, and I could do nothing but mentally laugh. This should be a 5-star book, and I think it will be for a lot of people. I honestly want to give it 5 stars because everything was written so well. For some reason, it didn't hit me quite hard enough though, and I don't know if this is because I'm feeling a bit dead inside at the moment or the book and I genuinely didn't click 100%. (It's probably the former; I am a teeny bit of a mess right now.) I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review was originally posted on Love in a time of Feminism

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an ama Actual rating: 4.5 stars CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an amazing bitter sweet ending to an amazing romance trilogy, and here is why: I’ve already been over how great Alisha Rai’s writing is in both previous books’ reviews so I won’t go into more detail about that. One thing I really loved though is how heavily it relied on introspection, and not in the annoying way where characters get caught Inside their heads and we don’t see much else of the story. Here it was super well done, in a way that showed the characters tapping into their messy thoughts and tangled feelings and acting accordingly. Hurts to Love You follows Eve, who’s Nicholas’ little sister from the first book and Gabe, his childhood best friend. And this book has some tropes I absolutely love. First we have age gap, I believe they’re a little over a decade apart. and it’s so well done, Because them growing up together can make that very merky territory to navigate, but the author made sure to specify that he was never attracted to her until they came back into each others’ lives a month from the start of the book. While the sweet fool that is Eve has always harbored a crush on him. The other trope that is present here and that I’m absolute trash for is forced proximity, they literally HAVE to spend time around each other and seeing the attraction play out is my favourite thing. Now, Eve. I loved her and some parts of her and the way she reacts and interacts with the world resonated with me very deeply. She’s put together, appears confident but in truth is very insecure with a very flimzy self-esteem that was maintained by her abusive father all throughout her life. She’s sensitive, kind, super smart and driven and hella ambitious, which is one of my favourite combination of qualities in a heroine. Then we have Gabe who…frustrated the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but he can get so caught up inside his head sometimes that he messes up. Bad. He’s a super decent guy, also buff and super tattooed which…helps too. He has these walls built around himself, for Good Reason but then the minute Eve starts cracking them he freaks out and says and does all the wrong things which in turn makes her do and say all the wrong things and IT’S JUST A MESS!!! Their mutual pinning was iconic and agonizing to read and I’m pretty sure I yelled more than one “JUST SAY WHAT YOU REALLY THINK” at my phone. Lucky I was in my room and no one had to witness that. One thing I really loved though is how he’s there for her no matter what’s going on between them, helping her sort through her trauma related feelings and easing her anxiety. One common theme through the series is family, and I love how that emphasis grows with each book being at its most in this book, bringing forth family relationships both blood and found. The family “drama” thickens in Hurts to Love You and proves to be much more complicated than we’re led to believe in the first two books. And the strong bonds between the different characters are put to the test and come out of it stronger than ever. Another relationship I adored is the one between Eve and her best friend Madison, they’re so supportive for each other and that’s something I never get tired of. The ending was super satisfying although I would’ve liked for it to go a liiiittle differently. No matter how much I loved this one, Wrong to Need You has a special spot in my heart and is still my favourite out of the bunch.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    Hurts to Love You is a wonderful conclusion to a fantastic series. Secrets are revealed, all loose threads tied up neatly. Eve and Gabe's romance was front and center despite the number of characters converging, especially in the end. At times funny, other times angsty, Hurts to Love You always brought out the reader's emotions. It's also, as per usual with Alisha Rai, incredibly hot and sexy. Five contented stars. I requested and received the ARC of this book from Avon through Edelweiss in exch Hurts to Love You is a wonderful conclusion to a fantastic series. Secrets are revealed, all loose threads tied up neatly. Eve and Gabe's romance was front and center despite the number of characters converging, especially in the end. At times funny, other times angsty, Hurts to Love You always brought out the reader's emotions. It's also, as per usual with Alisha Rai, incredibly hot and sexy. Five contented stars. I requested and received the ARC of this book from Avon through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    A word to the wise: don’t start reading this book before bedtime or you will get caught in the “one more chapter” trap! Hurts To Love You was a phenomenal end to the Forbidden Hearts series and I cried happy tears when I read the last page. The last sentence was perfect! Alisha Rai is such an amazing writer and I loved how she brought everything together with Eve and Gabe’s story. HTLY was emotionally rich, hope-filled, and just plain incredible. I’m sad to say goodbye to the Oka-Kanes and Chand A word to the wise: don’t start reading this book before bedtime or you will get caught in the “one more chapter” trap! Hurts To Love You was a phenomenal end to the Forbidden Hearts series and I cried happy tears when I read the last page. The last sentence was perfect! Alisha Rai is such an amazing writer and I loved how she brought everything together with Eve and Gabe’s story. HTLY was emotionally rich, hope-filled, and just plain incredible. I’m sad to say goodbye to the Oka-Kanes and Chandlers but deeply satisfied at the same time. This is definitely one of my favorite series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I have enjoyed spending time with these families over three books, and the ending and epilogue had me a bit choked up. I'm not sure there's much to say on the story without spoilers, but once again I can't get enough of Alisha's writing - emotions, mental health, diversity of all kinds, female empowerment, etc. All the down with the patriarchy stuff had me giggling quite a bit. I simultaneously want to finally get to her backlog and not ever get caught up. I have enjoyed spending time with these families over three books, and the ending and epilogue had me a bit choked up. I'm not sure there's much to say on the story without spoilers, but once again I can't get enough of Alisha's writing - emotions, mental health, diversity of all kinds, female empowerment, etc. All the down with the patriarchy stuff had me giggling quite a bit. I simultaneously want to finally get to her backlog and not ever get caught up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jultri

    If you just jumped straight into this final book of the trilogy, all the complex familial relationships between the characters can be utterly confusing and overwhelming. I have read the first book which established the ties between the many people featuring in the book. I enjoyed the fiery chemistry between the MCs in the first book, this one I find less convincing. The heroine, Evie Chandler, is in her early twenties, the hero about a dozen years or so older. Gabriel Hunter is a childhood frien If you just jumped straight into this final book of the trilogy, all the complex familial relationships between the characters can be utterly confusing and overwhelming. I have read the first book which established the ties between the many people featuring in the book. I enjoyed the fiery chemistry between the MCs in the first book, this one I find less convincing. The heroine, Evie Chandler, is in her early twenties, the hero about a dozen years or so older. Gabriel Hunter is a childhood friend of her older brother but is closely associated with the Oka-Kane family. The two families were once very close and shared a business empire until tragedy and betrayal made them enemies. Recently, through the union of Evie's older brother and Olivia Kane, the familes are once again reunited, but there remains some tension and awkwardness. Evie has had a school girl crush on Gabe for several years now. He was out of her reach in those days - far older, not quite in her upper crust social league and barely glanced her way. She is no longer a school girl, but her infatuation remains, to the point where she is stalking him, disguising as a shared-ride driver who just happens to be around when he calls for transport service. As her brother's wedding draws near, Evie and Gabe are thrown together with the other extended members of both families, and there are some fireworks happening. Gabe, a tattoo artist and business owner, knows getting involved with Evie will be a messy affair. Barriers include their age gap, her not inconsiderable family name and his own not so inconsiderable secret pertaining to his true link with the Oka-Kane family. Despite common sense tellng him otherwise, he finds himself unable to keep away from this now very grown-up Evie, especially since fate, family and friends seem determined to push them together. I find Evie very insecure and immature. I get that she was sheltered by her over-protective older brother and constantly put down and emotionally abused by her asshole father, hence shaping her into the person she has become. However, she was supposed to be blossoming and making a name for herself away from the family. Instead, she constantly agonised over whether Gabe "likes her" or "really likes her" like the infatuated school girl that she was supposed to have outgrown. It got too tedious. The subplot with her shared-ride driver alter-ego just was not very convincing. In addition, Gabe didn't really thrill me. He was known to be quite voluble, which to me is not very cool trait for a man. I prefer the silent, grunting type, who choose their few words with care. In addition, I didn't get his main aversion to getting together with Evie, which was because she is a Chandler and he essentially a Kane, but wait, aren't they attending a wedding between a Chandler and a Kane essentually ending the family feud, so what is the problem with another Chandler and Kane uniting?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Locke

    I don't really know how Alisha Rai does it but she's so fucking consistent and so fucking consistently GOOD. I don't think I've ever read a romance series were EVERY book was five stars and I loved every book equally. Not to mention, there's so much depth and complexity to her books. ANYWAYS this was awesome and if you aren't reading this series you should. I recommend not reading them in public. Took me one book to learn that. Be smarter than me. 🔥🔥🔥💋💋💋 I don't really know how Alisha Rai does it but she's so fucking consistent and so fucking consistently GOOD. I don't think I've ever read a romance series were EVERY book was five stars and I loved every book equally. Not to mention, there's so much depth and complexity to her books. ANYWAYS this was awesome and if you aren't reading this series you should. I recommend not reading them in public. Took me one book to learn that. Be smarter than me. 🔥🔥🔥💋💋💋

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