Wrong To Need You

Wrong To Need You

Book - 2017
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A Cosmopolitan Best Book of 2017!

Alisha Rai returns with the second novel in her sizzling Forbidden Hearts series!

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.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062566751
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,17 cm.

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RomanceAddict Jul 26, 2019

Review excerpt: "This is the second book in the 'Forbidden Hearts' series, and while it’s not necessary to read the first book 'Hate to Want You' to understand this one, I do feel that it adds important emotional context to the story. One of the reasons I don’t read a ton of non-suspense contemporary romance is that it’s difficult for me to find believable external conflict that keeps characters apart. This books creates a scenario that was so complicated, it made me wonder how the hell the hero and heroine would ever get together."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/wrong-need-alisha-rai/

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AConsolver
Apr 24, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary romance. This is another sort of "second chance" trope, and also includes a single parent.

When Sadia's husband died she was left with a young son, a business to run, and his family's dramatic past. What no one knows is that her marriage was failing before he died. Living with the weight of all of this means that she's barely hanging on. When she sees a handsome stranger at the bar where she works several nights in a row she approaches him. However, the stranger isn't a stranger... it's her brother-in-law. Jackson is back in town for the first time in ten years. He's been avoiding the past, and the woman that he's always loved... his brother's widow. He knows she's still off limits, but when he sees how much she's struggling to make ends meet at her business he steps in to help.

Some things I liked more about this book than Hate to Want You. Other things I liked less... so it was tough to rate. Overall I think I liked Jackson more as a protagonist. He was gruff, quiet, and had a good head on his shoulders. I felt like I could relate to Sadia more than Livvy because she deals with anxiety and panic attacks and so that part of their relationship made sense to me. I wanted to like Sadia's relationship with her sisters just a little more than I did... but I always enjoy a family dynamic. The steamy stuff was alright. Overall a solid read. Excited to read the next book in the series. I might give it a little more space though so I'm not comparing so much!

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RosaReads2
Mar 08, 2018

4+ Stars

Second book by Alisha Rai that I have read and I'm really enjoying her story-telling. Of the two I've read, they are both multi-faceted and wonderfully developed. More than anything, though, I absolutely fell in LOVE with the hero, Jackson Kane. Oh my goodness, he was such a beautifully and uniquely written hero. I think I've found my favorite book hero from this year, so far. *swoons*

PimaLib_JessicaP Jan 04, 2018

Jackson Kane and Sadia Ahmed grew up in the same town, as good friends. When Sadia started dating Jackson's brother Paul, some distance grew—and grew even further when Jackson was accused of burning down the flagship store of the grocery chain his family once owned. Now, Jackson is back, and Sadia is a widow, but neither is certain about doing anything about their unspoken attraction to each other. Add in all the family dynamics, and you've got a whole other mess. The angst goes up to eleven in this story of a second chance at love.

As with Rai's other books, this one is easy to devour, no matter how much you might want to savor the language of each character's emotions, and you'll close the book wanting nothing but the next one. While best if read after Hate to Want You, the first in the series, this book can be read as a standalone.

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