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!FREE BOOK ⚉ Hurts to Love You ⚖ 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 misbehaveHeiress 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 applyGabriel 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 princessWhen 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 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 andthat 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 This was a pretty standard conclusion to this series Everything about this book was just okay Enjoyable, but okay. 3.5I liked thisthan 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 3.5I liked thisthan 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 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 isexperienced, 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 isexperienced, 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. 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 muchthan 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 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 evenchallenging 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 sabout the characters and their journey I received and voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by Avon Books. 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 othersEve was well fleshed out, but I hadtrouble 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 orfrom 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,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 takeJackson He still has the best jokes hide spoiler 3.7 starsI 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 feltcomfortable 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 starsI 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 feltcomfortable 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 tiresomeCan 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 feelinglike an encompassing series wrap up than Eve and Gabe s storythan once From the glimpses we got from them in the series I was, personally, hoping forof a spotlight on them They have great chemistry but I would have likedintimate scenes between them a strong suite of this author and just generalbonding interaction Eve also doesof 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 withChandler 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. 3.5 5I 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 5I 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