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Friday, March 30, 2018

Another Great Romantic Series Ends: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

HURTS TO LOVE YOU

by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★1/2
Kiss Factor✷✷✷
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I 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.


Click on the images below to read my reviews for the previous books in this series.

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1) Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2) 

Have you read this series yet? What are some of your favorite romantic sagas?
Let me know in the comments below!