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Book Review-Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai

by | Nov 18, 2017 | Book Reviews | 10 comments

Book Review-Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai

I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review-Wrong To Need You by Alisha RaiWrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Also in this series: Hate to Want You, Hurts to Love You
Series: Forbidden Hearts #2
Published by Avon on November 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Avon
ISBN: 006256675X
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He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.

Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.

An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past...and step into a future together.

What happens when two old friends rediscover a passion and love they had forgotten about and rekindled those old flames….

Wrong To Need You is the second book in this fabulous new series by Alisha Rae….Forbidden Hearts. Now this book pretty much takes off right after book one, where our hero and heroine from “Hate To Want You” have gone off and everyone in town is talking about the forbidden lovers. Our heroine, Sadia, is best friends with Livvy, and she doesn’t have a clue what is really going on. Sadia is busy enough with recovering from the grief of losing her husband Paul and raising their son Kareem. She is running the cafe and bartending nights just to fend off the loan sharks left behind by her late husband. Then she comes across the one man she hasn’t seen in years but loved since she was young, Jackson Kane. Jackson fled when he was accused of a crime that he didn’t commit but everyone but his brother and mother knew the real truth. Now he is back after traveling the world and aiding the one woman he has loved for as long as he can remember…Sadia.

In this story is some very heartbreaking truths that become revealed about Jackson and Sadia. Of course, Jackson hasn’t written to Sadia for quite a while, and so Sadia is pretty angry with him for some logical reasons of course. But they soon overcome those past hurt feelings in the beginning and focus on being friends again which turns into developing something more. Jackson has traveled the world and become an infamous chef and starts helping out Sadia with her cafe and he begins to reconnect with Sadia and her son Kareem. Now there is the complication that Jackson is Sadia’s late husband’s brother. But they have known each other since they were children. The hero is one of those that I would have to put in the “book boyfriend” column for sure. I love how truly honest and good this man is. He does tend to get into trouble with the law but only when trying to protect someone else. He always does it because he is caring and loving. He has been betrayed by his family in the worst way possible, but I like that it doesn’t corrupt him on the inside. He does have a forgiving nature and is accepting of everyone and I just adored that. Seeing a hero that isn’t selfish or unkind was so refreshing in this book. And he is so perfect with Sadia’s son, its like they were meant to play and cook together. Kareem takes instantly to his Uncle Jackson, and those sweet moments that Jackson takes care of Kareem for Sadia is truly poignant.

Sadia is one of those heroines that is independent and self-reliant, even if she can be stubborn at times. What I truly admired about her was how comfortable she was in her own skin. She didn’t have the perfect body or anything, but she was confident in who she was and not ashamed of it and very well at ease in her own sexuality and femininity. Boy, did I just love that about her. She, of course, is dealing with her own life trials of course, and family drama but she is such a great mother and not shy at all. But she does have some vulnerabilities that really are so human and I just love the way she deals with them and how her family helps her when she needs them the most.

You’re our moral compass and our organizational whiz and our heart, Sadia. If you’re looking for what you’re truly good at, that’s what a great example right there of your success.

I would say in this relationship, both Jackson and Sadia share roles of the “pants” in the relationship. Like honestly, it went back and forth between both of them that you see how well intune they balance each other’s flaws and virtues.  Their relationship is far from perfect and they do have to deal with the issues of the past and rediscovering the feelings they once had and exploring the passion they feel for each other. This story had a unique feel to it that feel awe-inspiring and I wanted to see what would truly bring them together. But little by little they build a foundation together without ever realizing that they are even doing it. Its a slow burn romance but its one that steals your breath and catches you unaware even when you are expecting it.

My dream is for you to let me love you. And maybe, someday, you can love me back. You don’t have to love me a lot. A little love is enough.”

“You want a relationship.”

“I don’t care what yu call it. I want to fall asleep with you. I want to have a family. I want to travel with you all over the world and then come back to our home. I used to walk away from the hard stuff, but I figured, maybe this one time, I could try fighting for it. And I would fight.

Overall I found Wrong To Need You a sexy and addicting romance that held my attention from beginning to end….a love tale of heartbreak, loss to desire, connection and the test of true love against all odds…..Alisha Rai pens a powerfully woven story that tugs at your heartstrings!!





About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai has been enthralled with romances since she smuggled her first tattered novel home from the library as a teenager. She writes hot and emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on topics such as love in the digital age, sex positivity, and inclusive representation in romance and media.

She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and have received critical attention and rave reviews from sources such as Library Journal, USA Today, BookRiot, Washington Post, Bitter Empire, NPR, and Smart Bitches Trashy Books. Alisha spends most of her time traveling, reading, dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, and tweeting.

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  1. Blodeuedd

    I have heard she is great, but I have not have the chance to try her books yet.
    Also the cover is hawt

    • Lover Of Romance

      I definitely think you would like this author quite a bit. And yes her covers are sexy as all get out…love them.

  2. Geybie's Book Blog

    Thank you for sharing, hon. Sounds AMAZING. The author is new to me but now it gets my attention. Awesome review. 😁❤️

    • Lover Of Romance

      Thank you Geybie!! It is pretty fantastic. I just discovered her a month ago really, and her books are fantastic. Very diverse, and she handles the “forbidden” trope really well. I know you will love these.

  3. Geybie's Book Blog

    Anyway, I LOVE your new layout and color. GORGEOUS. ❤️👍🏻😁

    • Lover Of Romance

      Thanks!! I just love Thanksgiving and Christmas, so this time of year…my design goes a bit different. 🙂

  4. Melliane

    Many things in this one, it looks good. Are the heartbreaking moment to the point you had tears?

    • Lover Of Romance

      Yep It is fabulous. No the tears were actually happy tears toward the end. Just seeing them go through so much and overcome a lot together and seeing them find happiness that they deserve really gets to you on a emotional level.

  5. Mallory M

    These books look so good! I put Hate to Want You on-hold at the library after your last review and I feel like it’s taking FOREVER to get here. I think I’m going to end-up devouring this series 🙂

  6. Michele H

    Lovely review! I haven’t picked this one up yet but I still have Hate to Want You on my TBR. Gah! I need to get to it, especially after reading how much you loved this one. These characters sound amazing and it seems like a truly heartfelt story. (Which I’m totally a sucker for…)


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