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Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Written by Jennifer Porter
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HateToWantYouHate to Want You by Alisha Rai (contemporary, Avon, July 2017)




Series: Forbidden Hearts, book 1


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.


Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai is a story of lovers separated by pain, tragedy and family drama. It is also filled with some serious emotional angst and hto sexual tension. It is the type of romance that digs deep into one’s heart and takes up residence. I felt the main characters’ hurt so keenly that I became overly invested in their story and their family troubles. The romance was well worth the emotional upheaval, but the family drama? I assume that this will continue to spill into the next book in the series, and I cannot wait to find out more!


Nicholas Chandler and Olivia Kane have been separated for close to ten years after having broken up following a family tragedy. But they have seen each other during the years, usually meeting on Livvy’s birthday somewhere across the country for a one-night stand (except for the most recent birthday). But Livvy has returned home to help her mother recuperate from surgery.  Nicholas isn’t exactly thrilled to learn Livvy has returned as he is unable to stay away from his first and only love. Livvy can’t quite resist Nicholas either, never having gotten over the fact that he broke up with her after their families had been ripped apart.


The family drama is critical to this story (and presumably the series). The Chandlers and the Kanes had been quite close as the two families ran a successful grocery chain together - until one night when Mrs. Chandler and Mr. Kane died in a car crash together under mysterious circumstances. In a fit of rage, Mr. Chandler bought our Mrs. Kane’s shares of the store for a ridiculously low sum. So many hurt feelings, a deliberate arson and Nick and Livvy’s breakup ensued. Ten years later, the situation is no better.

Despite the family situation, Nick and Livvy resurrect their relationship, although they do so on the down low. But there is so much raw emotion and so many unresolved issues between them. And Nick works for the company that Livvy’s family once co-owned. Then there is Nick’s father, the man who bought out Livvy’s mother’s share. He is highly unpleasant and possibly even evil. There are just so many obstacles for Nick and Livvy to overcome that I admit to wondering if it would be possible.


But Livvy and Nick love each other. They have so much to deal with - and Nick needs to take a stand with his family in a way that puts Livvy first. Livvy’s family issues are also significant although she doesn’t have and relatives as vile as Nick’s father. Seh also has to deal with the fact that she battles depression, something she isn’t sure she wants to burden Nick with. In Hate to Want You, Livvy is in a good place and she worries about how Nick will handle her depression.


The hardest part of this story for me is the fact that the family drama isn’t resolved. Livvy’s brother, who was once accused of burning down one of the Chandler grocery stores, returns to town. But there are more questions than answers about the past. I desperately wanted it all resolved for Livvy and Nick, but I will have to wait.


Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai is a romance with so much heart, wicked heat and enough angst to fill a thousand romance novels. Rai never fails to make me feel EVERYTHING; her books are often a riotous journey, but the HEAs are worth the angst. I cannot recommend Hate to Want You highly enough. This is everything I want in a sexy romance.


Alisha Rai: http://www.alisharai.com/


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via edelweiss.

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