Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts

Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts

by Alisha Rai

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Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062566775
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Forbidden Hearts , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 23,268
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances and her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit  

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Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
My introduction to Rai’s writing is in the third book of the series, but while the two characters here have some input from earlier stories, their own trajectory works alone. The real difference here is status between the two: Eve is the rich girl with plenty of opportunity, Gabe is the son of the housekeeper – struggling to just achieve an even playing field as a child, and not unfamiliar with hard work and determination. Gabriel has watched (and wanted) Eve for a long while – but it’s been that forbidden fruit element - and of course he’s got secrets he can’t, won’t or is afraid to share. Perhaps it is just me, but I’m tiring of the ‘big secret’ element that sharing or not sharing could toll the death knell on a relationship – it is a contrivance that is starting to show its age. But, anyhow, Gabe’s secret isn’t all that massive (surprise surprise) and his worry about it is energy wasted. Because the real drama here would come from Eve’s family and her choices –but she’s pretty much decided that being the ‘good girl’ and toeing the family line, amenable to expectations is an overrated way to live. Now with her sister marrying – she and Gabe will be together – and perhaps can explore that attraction? It’s not that I didn’t like the book, or understand just who was who and how they related – it was that something here was missing – between his angst about his “secret” and the fact that it felt as if it was added for impact and not actually a big deal, or even particularly difficult for everyone to move on from. And their connection was electric – if mired in this ‘can I or can’t I” stuff that seemed to push their chemistry and connection to the side. But, when they finally let down their guards and dip their toes into the sexy pond – it was a dive right in, dirty, steamy, sexy moment that will have you wondering just why you’d think Gabriel was a bit ‘slow to the punch”. He’s observant and reactive, caring and giving and so totally aware of what turns him on about Eve (all of it) and isn’t afraid to share that information. Sexy, smart and fun – those scenes felt most natural and in line with both of their personalities. And you can’t help but like them both, even being frustrated with the back and forth and slow progress – especially in Eve’s dance with the “bunny boiler line’ as she haunts his favorite places hoping to see him. Some see that as cute – I think it was a step too far, but even when discovered Rai made it work. For me – I’d have been happy with small distinctions between them – but everyone here is ‘super” something – super artists, super rich, super chef – just super - and while dancing in the realms above the line is fun – there is something that makes me think much of that was overkill. But, the story had moments that I’d read over again for their unique perspective on things, and I’m curious to meet the earlier couples from the series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading this book a lot it was funny sweet and romantic
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Eve and Gabe finds themselves together in very close quarters. The also find that time has come for them to confront the chemistry brew them that this book did not have enough room to delve into. For that reason alone, I suggest reading the previous books of this series, though it is not necessary to enjoy this read. Eve has come in to her own. She has risen to a level you have not seen her in other books. She been the berated daughter, the overprotected sister, and the shy girl. Now its her time to be that woman she shows no one. Gabe still has that quite intelligence, strong heart, and hidden desire for Eve. I had trouble putting down the story because there was secret that gets revealed to one but not to the read and I just had to know what it was. I wanted to jump right in the story and see so much more. the characters are well designed, the story thought out, the angst you could taste, the pain, sadness, and more were there to see clearly. The series has taken family drama, deceit, love, passion and more to a fever pitch. I love this series. Now with three books I can go back and do a benign of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typically a 3rd-in-a-series novel is never as good as the firsr, but I think I liked this the best of the series. Though Eve is a bit annoyingly childish at times, she's less the victim than I though she'd be based on the previous books.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai is book Three in The Forbidden Hearts series. This is the story of Evangeline Chandler and Gabriel Hunter. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book. Eve is the younger sister who has stayed in the shadows but she always seem to have a crush on Gabe her brother's friend. But even though he has made a name for himself as more than just the housekeeper's son she didn't try to be anything more. Gabe too has liked Eve but always thought she was to young and and he is never let him mind forget he was the housekeepers son. But Eve has an a chance to be seen as something more and wants Gabe to see her as something more. This has been a great series and this story just added to my love of it. Really enjoyed Gabe and Eve's story!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars for this final romance in the Forbidden Hearts series! This one ties up some loose ends from the previous two stories, so I would recommend reading it last if you don't want to spoil any surprises (and there are definitely some surprises I didn't see coming!). Eve Chandler comes into her own here, learning to stand up for herself and what she wants, including starting her own business. Her romance with Gabe Hunter, tattoo shop owner and longtime family friend is a slow burn one that comes to fruition in some steamy scenes. Keeping their affair a secret is necessary at first but of course all secrets have a way of coming out. It's been an interesting and intense journey of discovery for the Kane and Chandler families and one that's been so enjoyable to read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this author. Kudos to the publisher for some excellent covers too!