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review 2017-10-15 18:07
Gimme all the Alisha Rai!
Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

I was in the most delicious agony, desperate for these two to figure things out and get their HEA. This story combines two of my favourite tropes: enemies to lovers and second chances. Plus, how often do you get a steamy romance that deals with the family history of the tragedy of Japanese internment camps?

 

It’s Romeo and Juliet in modern times without all the stupidity! The characters must not only battle family history and their own insecurities around emotional intimacy but depression, in a way that felt very real. The chemistry between Livvy and Nicholas was incredible, and their push and pull had me on the edge of my seat.

 

The writing is gorgeous; the characters have depth and flaws, and there is just enough humour to balance all the angst. Rai hits every right note with this one and I can’t wait to dive into more of her work.

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review 2017-07-18 14:03
Book Review 'Hate To Want You' by Alisha Rai
Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

'Hate To Want You' by Alisha Rai is Book One in the "Forbidden Hearts" series. This is the story of Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler.
Livvy and Nicholas are what I would say are Star crossed lovers. Their families had a falling out after a terrible tragedy which effected both sides. But Livvy and Nicholas kept meeting one a year to have one night together. But now Livvy is back taking care of her mother putting her and Nicholas in the same area.
They book besides romance, does deal with family lost and depression among other things. So just beware that there is some emotional pull to this book.
Overall enjoyed their story!
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review 2017-07-15 01:16
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

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.

Growing up as the pseduo prince and princess of their families, it was almost inevitable that Nicholas and Livvy would end up together. However, their world gets shattered when tragedy strikes and they find themselves ripped apart.
Ten years later and Livvy is back home to take care of her mother and maybe get back some of what was lost to her.
Nicholas wants something too, more than one night a year.
 
First in the new Forbidden Hearts series, Hate to Want Youlends itself to the easy comparison to Romeo and Juliet. We have two families brought together by hard work and determinism, only to be broken apart two generations later by hurt, innuendo, secrets, and pain. Our couple's grandfathers started a grocery store that has been built up over the years to develop into a chain. When the heroine's father and the hero's mother are killed in a car accident together, painful questions are raised. Then the hero's father does some suspiciously underhanded dealings to buy heroine's family half of the grocery chain. Thus, begins the cold war between the families and the fracturing of Livvy and Nicholas' romance. 
 
In terms of pure pleasure and relief, he imagined the feeling he got when he received a text from Livvy was similar to what an addict felt when they got a hit of whatever drug they craved. 
 
We are started off with Nicholas' point of view and what a deep emotional start it was. We learn that on Livvy's birthday she texts him her coordinates, he travels to her, and they have sex for that one night a year. Except she didn't do it this year and he finds out she is in town where she hasn't stepped foot in ten years. Our first look at the couple is so filled with emotion and sexual tension, you'll be hooked. Nicholas starts off as the brighter focus of the two with his barely contained torment, weight of struggling to take care of the business and his family, and inability to stop craving Livvy. There is a tiny little bit of martyr syndrome to him, but ultimately, his character and heart was wonderful to read.
 
All those years ago, she'd lost her father to death, her mother to grief, her brothers to hate. And then she'd lost him. 
 
While I thought Nicholas started off with a stronger spotlight, Livvy grows brighter and brighter with each new insight to her character. Livvy was such an amazing look at strengths and weaknesses that were laid bare with inner struggles that were a painful beauty to behold. Her struggle to try and manage her feelings to what she thinks is acceptable and still respect her herself had so much depth. We also learn of a very real struggle she deals with, I loved how the author didn't use to define her but showed how she is in some ways fashioned from it. Our heroines don't always get to be everything; Livvy was a fantastic multi-faceted woman.
 
There is no way I can do justice in relaying to you the complete picture of story and characters Alisha Rai gives us. The family dynamics going on here were tremendously done, with the emotions feeling real and raw. There's obviously more to be discovered about the instances that tore these two families apart, the introduction to the secondary characters that are connected by these story threads will have you dying to get the complete picture. Nicholas and Livvy's siblings aren't thrown out there as series bait but rather fill out the complete story; I'm salivating for their stories (Put me on team pairing up Eve and Gabe!). 
 
Now, this has more intense sexual talk and scenes than your average contemporary, you could probably put an erotica tag on it. They are gritty, raw, and of course sexual with the author not shying away from pearl clutching language. I would argue though, that what makes them feel so raw are the deep emotion between Livvy and Nicholas, but look, the spanking and hair pulling also helps. What I personally loved about their sex scenes were the powerful dynamics happening. There's a blowjob scene where Nicholas is the more vulnerable participant, even while physically we know he's the more powerful, he's shown to be incredibly emotionally vulnerable. There's been a little bit of a trend to portray "Me Tarzan, you Jane" sex, the power and emotion dynamics sex scenes here blow those depictions out of the water for me. I was a huge fan of what felt more like consensual and emotionally balanced sex. What I'm trying to say, is spanking and hair pulling sex scenes can be amazing when you add depth of emotion. The hint of humor and lightness between our couple, which gets bogged down sometimes from the pain and circumstances, also plays a big part here, even if regulated to the edges.
 
Deep, emotional, raw, and hot, Hate to Want You is an incredible lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance. Nicholas and Livvy's desire and love for one another is the stuff of Shakespearean plays. Alisha Rai has set up a series with a world and characters that I can't wait to return to and read about. 
 
"You're not my secret anymore. My love for you is bigger than anyone who might try to tear us apart." He paused. "I won't leave you, Livvy. You don't have to trust me completely right now, but watch me. Watch me fight for you this time." 

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text 2017-07-14 17:33
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Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

Unbutton that shirt a little more.”

She regularly wore corsets and miniskirts, but she clutched the lapels of her shirt together like an outraged aunt and glared down at him. “I will not.”

“Come on. If I’m such a creeper, give me something to creep on.”

She was tempted to smile, but she controlled her face. “Creepers don’t get rewarded.”

“Probably a good policy.”

 

Love these little light hearted moments between such an emotionally heavy baggage couple :)

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text 2017-07-12 22:25
Reading Update: 20%
Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts - Alisha Rai

 Their encounters were usually a haze of sweet and pleasure and filthy words and filthier actions.

You're only 20% in, you're only 20% in. My mantra to try and put a lid on the excitement threatening to bubble over. We've got sexiness but most importantly, the deep barely contained emotion, y'all. Y'ALL! I'm shook. No one warned me how good this started off.

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