Hate to Want You
That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.
Until the night she didn’t show up.
Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Li...more
“Ten years is long enough for me to be hung up on a man who hates to want me. Who I can’t seem to hate enough to stop wanting.”
This was a damn treat to read. One of my favorite second chance romances of all time. Never have I ever read such a sexy book, that constantly emphasizes the importance (and sexiness) of consent! On top of the fact that this book has some amazing diversity from most of the cast of characters, but it also showcases an Asian main character who is living with he ...more
Growing up as the pseduo prince and princess of their families, it was almost inevitable that Nicholas and Livvy would end up together. However, their world gets shattered when tragedy strikes and they find themselves ripped apart.
Ten years later and Livvy is back home to take care of her mother and maybe get back some of what was lost to her.
Nicholas wants some ...more
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You know that feeling when you have an ex and you see them on social media and they seem like they're having the time of their lives while you're just stagnating away? That's how I feel whenever I see one of my friends on Goodreads reading a book that I want to read. I think the feeling is called "envy." Hipsters call it "FOMO." I call it a typical weekday afternoon in Nenialand. When two of my friends decided to buddy-read this, it was ...more
Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook from new-to-me author Alisha Rai, but I still had a number of issues.
I give all the props to the female narrator, Summer Morton, who rocked every voice and every inflection. However, Jeremy York was a different matter. I felt like he was giving it his all and was technically proficient, but his voice was all wrong for the character. He sounded... prissy, which bothered me and distracted me while I was listening.
I liked the diverse cast of character ...more
I think it's time for me to give up on Alisha Rai. Of the four books I've read from her, three have been a 2.5 or less. And this one was just not doing it for me.
In the beginning, I was really intrigued by this plot. Livvy and Nicholas have a past and they only meet up once a year for an intense night of steam and passion. Their families are rivals ever since her dad and his mom died in a car crash together. I really enjoyed Livvy' ...more
Tropes: childhood lovers, forbidden romance with a second chance touch.
It follows the story of Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler who were a power couple back in the day. They both come from an intertwined affluent family, but a tragedy tore their relationship apart. Now, they’re public enemies.
I love this so much. The back and forth pull between the main characters and chemistry is le ...more
Anything I will say - I will be able to say - can only be random babbling. Or, to quote Nicholas here: "trite and overused words." But I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it would be good. I knew I would love it. I don't know why or how. It was simply a gut feeling, only to be confirmed by Kyra's review.
I assume eve ...more
Full review posted
And it was so good, I think I discovered a new favorite romance author.
Ten years is long enough for me to be hung up on a man who hates to want me. Who I can’t seem to hate enough to stop wanting.
Hate to want you was a great surprise for me, My first book by Alisha Rai and definitely not the last. I loved this romance so much that the minute I finished the book, I started thinking about the sequels and when can I read them ...more
Story - 2 stars
Not my kind of romance. Push/pull almost until the very end. A grand gesture is made as an apology. No epilogue.
I was saying on my buddy read thread that this isn't a book I LOVE. It's not like I enjoy it. It's painful, it's hard, as was pointed out both characters start out a bit selfish and heartbroken. It's heavy on the angst, high on the drama and it really hits you page after page...and then you get to chapter 7. And oh, man, is it rough. Brutal...there's a little clearing after this storm (which is both terribly hot and terribly painful) a little processing time for all of us-an ...more
I hesitate to call this a modern day Romeo and Juliet retelling, but that’s my stubbornness talking about what I feel is Shakespeare’s worst (and most farcical) play ever. But Nich ...more
"Because no man could ever handle my ass for this long."
Alisha Rai has a new series and it's angst-filled from page one. I enjoyed it. I've seen it mentioned that this book is like Romeo and Juliet, except with a happy ending. And that is right on target. We have two enemy families, tragedy, resentment, and secret love.
Nicholas Chandler and Livvy Kane grew up together, and their families co-owned a large grocery store chain. ...more
The only thing I feel at the end of this book is relief that it’s over!!!! ::: hides face ::: I most definitely think this is a case of “it’s me and not the book!” I struggled to feel any kind of connection to the characters. The writing was long and tedious and I had the strongest urge to skim. I’m bummed that this didn’t work for me. It was all over my Facebook, and several people I know LOVED it. So, I don’t know. I just didn’t really care for the characters, the writing didn’t spe ...more
"Damn. Now you've done it."
"Said the words that ensure a relationship smacks you in the face."
I'm so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this book. But knowing I have both (!!) of the follow up installments on hand takes away some of the sting. Still though. Why did no one pull an A Clockwork Orange on me and force this into my eyeballs? I'm really disappointed, friends.
She took his lust because it was all she could have of him.
“You can be strong and have moments of incredible despair, when everything feels like it’s collapsing in on you, and yes, when you feel like you want to die. Those moments are not weaknesses. They are simply moments. And they are not you.”
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The sparks, chemistry, angst, feels, all of it flew out of the page directly to my heart.
I have recently heard so many good things about this one and ...more
I could list every single thing that I appreciated about the book, and the list would be long. So what did I appreciate the most?
*POC and queer representation in the book and on the cover. And isn’t that a GORGEOUS cover?
*Candid discussions of mental health
“Everywhere. That's the problem. I want you everywhere, and I always will.”
I've seen many bloggers raving about this romance and enemies-to-lover is one of my favorite tropes, so I decided to give this new-to-me author a try. Y'all, I am dead because this book is probably one of the best enemies-to-lovers romances I've ever read and if you don't already have it on your TBR, you are missing out on one hell of a read.
Olivia Kane and Nicholas Chandler have a deal: for one night every y ...more
Hate To Want You is the first book in the Forbidden Hearts series by Alisha Rai. Alisha Rai is a new author for me, and I finally decided that it was time I needed to try this book out especially with how many good things I had heard about this one and I have to say that I am so relieved that I finally picked this book up and LOVED this book to pieces. This is a story that has a similar tone to the shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" only ...more
What drew me in first was the hate to love trope. And obviously because it was an Alisha book and Alisha Rai writes romances with so much finesse and love and so very well done. If you read romance books and haven't picked up Alisha Rai, you ar ...more
I don't have anything negative to say about the book. I even enjoyed the narrator, but I didn't enjoy the story. I didn't connect to the characters and I really didn't care what happened in the end. That sounds harsh, but it's the truth.
This whole backdrop of why there was tension between the families was elaborate and should have sparked my interest, but nada.
I'm hoping to read The Right Swipe soon. Maybe I'll have better luck with that one. ...more
Sam Oka and John Chandler were best friends when the second world war separated them. As a Japanese American, Sam was forced to leave his home and ...more
This is the kind of book that leads to devouring behaviour because it is rather hard to put down. Alisha Rai is a new to me author and not everyone can start a book by jumping ‘straight to it’ but the immediate intensity was a win in this case as the past history unfolded more slowly.
Nicholas and Livvy were in a Capulet and Montague situation both as young adults and in the now, a decade or so later. The families were such a strength to this story, not detracting from the main performan ...more