Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: March 27th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: emotional abuse

Pages: 384

Publisher: Avon

Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

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.



Hurts To Love You by Alisha Rai is the third and final book in the forbidden hearts series. Which also marks the end to my binge read of the books. I’m pretty sad about that because I did enjoy these books so damn much. They were a true treat to read and something that I could easily indulge in one sitting. This finale definitely wasn’t my favourite of the books though I do feel like it wrapped up the series well. It had my favourite trope, forced proximity, and gave us a heroine who wants to create her own business. This was also the book that finally received the answers to the secrets that had been following the characters since book one – thank God. This book is obviously yet another forbidden romance with a large age gap between the characters (12 years) and deals with a lot of the repercussions of emotional abuse.

Eve and Gabe are the main characters of Hurts To Love You. If you have read any of the other books you have met them both. Gabe is Livvy’s boss at the tattoo parlor and Eve is Nicholas’ baby sister. The pair haven’t really been seen much together but all of a sudden it seems as if they can’t get away from one another. Eve is used to having money, lots of money. Gabe on the other hand is not and grew up being the housekeeper’s son for Livvy’s family. The pair could not be any more different but are thrown together to plan Livvy and Nicholas’ wedding. A wedding can spark romance and it may just do that as the pair end up alone in a mansion waiting for the rest of the wedding party to arrive. However, Gabe is hiding a secret that may just throw a wrench in everyone’s lives.

I’m going to try and keep this review as short as I can since it is the final book in this series and I’ve reviewed them all. Hurts To Love You wasn’t as seamlessly written to me as the others. This book felt a bit clunky at times. Mainly the fact that the beginning half of this story dragged quite a lot. Not only that but it also felt as if certain phrases and conversations were repeated throughout the book, something which really didn’t add to the plot. It really felt as if this book could have been shorter by around 50 pages to eliminate these elements of the story.

However, that is my only compliant for the book and it is still holding a four star rating from me that is pretty high. This book honestly does have the perfect mix of romance and family drama. The characters in each book have had to deal with the Chandler and Kane drama and this book is no exception to that rule. However, I feel it was definitely dulled down in a way due to the families coming together. I don’t want to dismiss Gabe’s story though, because that definitely had me shedding a couple tears and staying up way past my bedtime to continue reading. Additionally the emotional abuse that Eve had experienced is still very central to the plot in this book as it was in the first, something that really broke my heart.

Overall, Alisha Rai creates another set of realistic characters to rip your heart out. The characters are definitely flawed and are in no ways perfect but are ones that will stay with you ever. This particular series truly needs more hype because not enough people are reading these incredibly heartbreaking tales of forbidden romance.

Star-Divider Happy reading everyone!

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