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.Wrong 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
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!!