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Wrong to Need You

(Forbidden Hearts #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,426 ratings  ·  561 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
What did you call your brother’s widow?

It's rare these days to find a romance novel with characters that are so authentic and real. Characters that are imperfect, but not for the sake of angst and drama. Characters that you feel like you may already know or run into on the street. This story, while slow paced, felt so vivid and genuine, that even though it took a bit to get into, I couldn't put it down for even a second.

Sadia Ahmed has been through heartbreak in her life.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary

Honestly, Alisha Rai can do no wrong.

Her romances are so fucking progressive and feminist without ever feeling like she's shoving ideals or an agenda down the readers throats. Her characters are superbly developed, her plots are intricate and elicit ALL the feels, and the chemistry between her male and female leads is always off the chart.

She will forever be on my auto-buy list.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads

Then why are you crueler to yourself than you'd be to a stranger?

^I'm not crying, you are.

Okay so : Jackson and Sadia's story was everything I didn't know I needed.

So who cares if I've lost all ability to craft a review in the past few months? I'm just gonna use a few adjectives because I've heard that they were The Worst and isn't that funny after all these years of lists my English teachers made me learn by heart and wouldn't it be [insert adjective] if they were useless and I'm using way to
Sam (AMNReader)
Reread w/ Gaufre 12/18. Still a 4. I find this a more enjoyable offering than book 1.

Original Review

I’m dealing with a pretty solid book hangover. Both from staying up later than I normally do (why oh why do hours matter so much in your late 30s, ouch), and from this book.

I promised myself I wouldn’t compare. I love both books. They are just different flavors. Though this was still rife with tension, I would say the level of angst wasn’t quite the same. The feel was similar, but not as intensely
Well, look at that. I finally managed to finish my first book of the year. 🎉

It wasn't the best. It wasn't the worst. It was the easy kind of read I needed to get me back into the reading game. And it has helped. Somewhat.

I much preferred the first book. I wish the author took more time with her characters and explored the layers of their personality and their past, because there was SO much to it. It felt slightly rushed. Touched upon, but no development.

One thing I do appreciate about this se
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
3.5 stars

She was a mother, a widow. To a lot of people, she’d discovered, those two titles took precedence over being a woman.

It is no secret I loved the heck out of the first in this series and with a pairing I was worried/not feeling (sister-in-law/brother-in-law), this was always going to have a hard time measuring up.
The writing is superb, no problems there, but the components just weren't to my personal liking.
This is, by my guess, 30-40ish% our main couple Jackson and Sadia and 70-60
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
✪✪✪ ½
“Love takes practice. Love isn’t passive, it’s active. A verb.”

description All images were found in pinterest, I do not own any of them.

Jackson is my new book boyfriend, but honestly I kinda fell a little for Sadia too.

⚠ Panic attacks, Anxiety

💭Pre-reading thoughts:
I got so intrigued by Jackson in book 1.
Also let's appreciate the diversity, Sadia: Pakistani & Jackson: Japanese-American.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book. I didn’t quite feel the chemistry between Jackson and Sadia as I had felt it between Nicholas and Livvy, plus the book lacked the excitement that was present in the first book. I just wasn’t invested.
Lover of Romance
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

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 wi
h o l l i s
Ex-sister-in-law? Former sister-in-law? What did you call your brother's widow? Off-limits.

Yeah, that's right. It's the brother's ex-wife/widow trope. I'm not going to lie; I was a little worried about this one because it hasn't worked well for me in the past. But Rai has once again blown me away with how she's able to take these familiar romantic concepts and make them delicious, realistic, and seriously addictive.

He'd lied to himself. He hadn't traded his heart in for a black-and-white model,
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Anxiety, panic attack, passing mention of suicide.

Remember how excited I was about this book in my review of Hate to Want you? Yes? No? ANYWAY. I was super excited to get to it, so it’s only normal that I picked it up a short few days afterwards, and let me tell you, IT MADE ME FEEL ALL THE FEELS! Wrong to Need You was everything I hoped for, everything I wanted and even things I didn’t know I wanted, it just blew me away. I a
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I liked this one but not as much as I did the first book due to the fact that this one more/less went in the same direction as book one.I did like shy Jackson and domineering Saidi ( especially in the bedroom) . I really wish the author might do something with Brendan and Tani especially since John wanted them to be together, it would be nice if they fixed their differences and became a couple.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I’ve reread Hate to Want You so many times, it’s easy to say it’s one of my favorite books ever. I’m really happy that my reaction to Wrong to Need You is basically the same. I didn’t think that would be possible.

The second book in the Forbidden Hearts is slightly different than the first. It’s still about the Kanes and Chandlers with their complicated history and knitted clans; however there’s new elements too. For once, Sadia’s vibrant family have been formally introduced.

Now to the romance,
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I didn’t think it was going to be quite 5 stars for WRONG TO NEED YOU but the culmination and the attached emotions just clinched this well deserved rating for what was another fantastic read from Alisha Rai.

WRONG TO NEED YOU was a slower burn than book one and felt different. I loved whilst this was written with the same two warring families, that it wasn’t same-y at all. I didn’t think Nicholas and Livvy could be topped as a couple, but I was even more captivated by Jackson and Samira. These
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Words can’t describe how much Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series means to me. I fell in love with her writing and her characters in Hate to Want You, and in Wrong To Need You, that love just amplified. I could tell that this was just the beginning of my obsession with everything and anything Alisha Rai books. Of course, going into Wrong to Need You after LOVING Hate to Want You was a bit daunting. There’s always the chance that the sequel doesn’t hold the same magic as its predecessor, but the
1/14/18 update: Reread this for Politics & Prose Romance Book Club. Definitely held up on a second read. Still solid 5 stars from me!


I enjoyed this book even more than the first one, and I'm going to explain why.

I really loved the first book, but it has some flaws that I probably would've dropped the rating for if a less talented author had written it. Hate to Want You felt like an epic--feuding families, star-crossed lovers, a secret affair--and there was so much to set up that I felt like I
Feb 26, 2022 rated it liked it

I totally loved the representation in this book. Our female Mc, Sadia is a Pakistani- American and our male Mc, Jackson is Japanese American. Just too powerful already😩. The only complain I had was that I felt like the writing needed more work. The heroine was lusting for the mc all the time which made it very unrealistic because at first she had no idea who he was and she already had thoughts.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Original review: The New Romantics

*4.5 Stars!*


Full disclosure, I'm writing this review from beyond my grave because Alisha Rai has slayed my life to it's entirety with Wrong to Need You that I don't know how I can possibly go on living. Okay, okay, enough with my dramatics. Truth be told, I was a little hesitant to pick up this book. I'm not a big fan of romances where the hero/heroine falls in love with a relative of their decease partner, or as I like to call i
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, diverse
Sadia pressed her hand over her heart, hating the swirl of emotion in there.

I think I did the same thing, while reading this book, Sadia. Alisa Rai has definitely tuned into the angsty market. If you like forbidden love, some guilt thrown in and overall fretting about choices you have made in your life, this is the book for you.

Blurb: 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 la
Kate Olson
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved book 1 in this series, but I'm now so torn between which one I love more! Both are AMAZING and super steamy. So happy they are on Scribd as audiobooks! ...more
Four angst-filled stars. Edgy, multicultural romance (she's Pakistani-American, he's Japanese-Hawaiian) between a widowed single mom and her husband's younger brother, who also happens to be her former best friend.

Wrong to Need You, Book 2 of Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series is a great follow-up to Hate to Want You. Note to readers: it's better to read the first book before this because Wrong is a continuation of the events in Hate and most of the characters and conflicts were introduced th
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased

i was so so there for this book.

i am not one for taboo or forbidden books, just doesn't float my boat. when i was reading book 1 and you get to know the characters and realise who book 2 will be about, i kinda went ugh dead ex and his brother that's a lot of tropes i don't want to go anywhere near. and normally, i stay away from any kind of siblings-passing-around because yeah, just doesn't float my boat. i've read one where the guy and sister dated when they were teenagers and then the
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: graphic panic attacks, mentions of violence, mentions of jail, grief, partner separation, subtle biphobia


Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai was amazing. I’m sure no one is shocked that I loved it almost as much as I loved the first book in this series. The dynamics between characters and just the overall chemistry that Alisha Rai has the talent of writing blow you out of the park. I think this book may actually be my
Talia Hibbert
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
To the surprise of absolutely no-one, this book is a beautifully-crafted romance filled with achingly real characters, high-stakes emotional conflicts and relationships we actually care about. Not just the central, romantic relationship, but the links between every damn character in this world. Wow. Damn. Thank you yet again, Alisha Rai!

If you like sweetheart heroes with an edge and forbidden love, you'll love this book!
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A sweet, slow burn romance between a widowed single mother and her former brother-in-law! I'm seriously enjoying this series so much. Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Tbh, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first in the series, which is a bit disappointing since it has a bi heroine that I was excited about, but I still really liked it! There was just something about their dynamic that didn't 100% jive for me, even though I really liked them both individually. Falling in love with your sibling's widow/er seems to be a common romance trope, but I thought this book did a great job of actually tackling it realistically, while also lovingly fleshing out ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Rep: Pakistani-American heroine, Half Japanese-Half Hawaiin hero

Delightful story. A must listen if you love:

- Forbidden romance (brother's widow)
- Single parent romance
- A very sexy take charge heroine in the bedroom
- A hero who has always been in love with the heroine (unrequited love at its finest)
- Family related overarching plot
- Insanely hot steamy scenes...!!! Like INSANELY HOTTTT!!!!!

Highly recommend

PS: The male narrator doing the female dialogue was cringe.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like maybe this book is even better than the first, and considering how much I enjoyed Hate to Want You...that’s saying something. Alisha Rai is a phenomenal author, and the fact that I really enjoy her books even though she tends to write stories that wouldn’t typically be at the top of my’s impressive. This second installment in her Forbidden Hearts trilogy is a bit different from the first, but it shows that Rai can do many things. (Side note: probably don’t read this series ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. This book. I thought book one made me want to get my hands on everything Alisha Rai has ever written. But this book. I don't even know where to begin, other than knowing I wanted to actually sit down and try to write a review because I loved it so much. I think this author was made for me. It's great to have a mix of good characters and good plot, but I will take strong character development over plot any time. And this book, this series, had that in spades. Diversity. Racial diversity, ye ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Dry toast.

This read as if the author perused too many reviews for Book 1 in this series that told her, as mine did, that there was too much sex. So she went the opposite route here and made this book sexless. And I don’t just mean sexless in terms of the number of sex scenes, since the initial sex scene was great. But I mean sexless in that Rai so wanted, by all appearances, to make the book deep that she drained it of fun, of tension, of eroticism. And some of the arc scenes are just related,
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