Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts, #3) by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Also in this series: Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2)
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 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 last book in the Forbidden Hearts series and it was another fabulously written book that I really liked. Man, I can’t believe that I just discovered this series last month and it’s already over. That makes me sad because I enjoyed my time with these characters. From the beginning of this book to the end, I was invested in what was going on.
So Hurts to Love You features Eve Chandler and Gabe Hunter as they both crush on each other in secret and then start crushing each other…literally. Ha. In the previous books, we know that Eve is Nicholas’ younger sister and Gabriel is Livvy’s boss but they’re both hiding secrets. Secrets that will change their lives. Eve’s secret is kept from Gabe, whereas Gabe’s secret is kept from…everyone. When Eve and Gabe arrive at Nicholas and Livvy’s wedding party days before everyone else does, Eve starts to take chances with Gabe. She starts putting herself out there and Gabe is unable to stay away even though he feels like he should because he’s so much older than Eve.
The relationship between Gabe and Eve develops organically and I really enjoyed seeing their feelings for one another burn brighter and brighter with each passing day. It’s not easy putting yourself out there and we see them both struggle with where to go once their feelings are made known to each other. Gabe isn’t one for commitment but with Eve, things are much more complicated because of who she is and what Gabe is keeping from everyone.
On top of the romance brewing between Gabe and Eve, there are outside drama’s being brought to the surface and both Gabe and Eve are a part of it. I wasn’t expecting a lot of what drops in this book so I was super surprised when Tani opens her mouth and starts shooting knowledge around the dinner table. Tani, Livvy’s mother is portrayed in the previous books as unlikable and cold but what she’s really doing is holding everything in and when that well bursts free, my heart soared because wow. Just wow.
This was a lovely end to a fantastic series and the romance between Gabe and Eve was the cherry on top of this lovely ice cream sundae. I am super glad that I took a chance on this author, and this series because it’s a good one, one that I know that I’ll probably re-read from time to time in the future. This was a series of forbidden loves that will charm the socks right off of you but make you fall in love with everyone. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Alisha Rai because whatever it is, I’m in.
Forbidden Hearts Series
Grade: 4 out of 5