Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Publication date : March 27th, 2018
Publisher : Avon | Harpercollins
Genre : Adult |Romance
Page Count: 384
Synopsis : 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.(From Goodreads)
CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex.
This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an amazing bitter sweet ending to an amazing romance trilogy, and here is why:
I’ve already been over how great Alisha Rai’s writing is in both previous books’ reviews so I won’t go into more detail about that. One thing I really loved though is how heavily it relied on introspection, and not in the annoying way where characters get caught Inside their heads and we don’t see much else of the story. Here it was super well done, in a way that showed the characters tapping into their messy thoughts and tangled feelings and acting accordingly.
Hurts to Love You follows Eve, who’s Nicholas’ little sister from the first book and Gabe, his childhood best friend. And this book has some tropes I absolutely love. First we have age gap, I believe they’re a little over a decade apart. and it’s so well done, Because them growing up together can make that very merky territory to navigate, but the author made sure to specify that he was never attracted to her until they came back into each others’ lives a month from the start of the book. While the sweet fool that is Eve has always harbored a crush on him. The other trope that is present here and that I’m absolute trash for is forced proximity, they literally HAVE to spend time around each other and seeing the attraction play out is my favourite thing.
Now, Eve. I loved her and some parts of her and the way she reacts and interacts with the world resonated with me very deeply. She’s put together, appears confident but in truth is very insecure with a very flimzy self-esteem that was maintained by her abusive father all throughout her life. She’s sensitive, kind, super smart and driven and hella ambitious, which is one of my favourite combination of qualities in a heroine.
Then we have Gabe who…frustrated the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but he can get so caught up inside his head sometimes that he messes up. Bad. He’s a super decent guy, also buff and super tattooed which…helps too. He has these walls built around himself, for Good Reason but then the minute Eve starts cracking them he freaks out and says and does all the wrong things which in turn makes her do and say all the wrong things and IT’S JUST A MESS!!!
Their mutual pinning was iconic and agonizing to read and I’m pretty sure I yelled more than one “JUST SAY WHAT YOU REALLY THINK” at my phone. Lucky I was in my room and no one had to witness that. One thing I really loved though is how he’s there for her no matter what’s going on between them, helping her sort through her trauma related feelings and easing her anxiety.
One common theme through the series is family, and I love how that emphasis grows with each book being at its most in this book, bringing forth family relationships both blood and found. The family “drama” thickens in Hurts to Love You and proves to be much more complicated than we’re led to believe in the first two books. And the strong bonds between the different characters are put to the test and come out of it stronger than ever. Another relationship I adored is the one between Eve and her best friend Madison, they’re so supportive for each other and that’s something I never get tired of.
The ending was super satisfying although I would’ve liked for it to go a liiiittle differently. No matter how much I loved this one, Wrong to Need You has a special spot in my heart and is still my favourite out of the bunch.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Hurts to Love You? If so, what did you think?
Which Forbidden Hearts’ book was your favourite?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.