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Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2)

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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, 368 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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. The bla
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 70-60is
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

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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seriously though, it was everything i wanted, from the romance to the drama to the family bonds. Everything gave me feels.
Also, did i mention Sadia is my queen? because she is.

Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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,
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 li
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 it
Kindling 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
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Al *the 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.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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.
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,
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
Cam (abookeater)
Sequels and spin offs tend to let me down a little but Alisha Rai has outdone herself with this one. I loved it even more than the first more and that’s saying a lot considering how MUCH I enjoyed Hate to Want You.

There’s just something about soft spoken broody heroes that gets to me. Jackson is my dream guy: he cooks, he’s shy, he’s fair and into social justice. I want him wrapped up for Christmas so I can keep him.

I’m usually not the one to go for the “brother’s ex” trope but if you read Hate
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
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
review tk but AAAAH so good

Added on a re-read: I love this series. Sweet and so sexy - Alisha is the master at getting characters to talk out their problems in smart ways instead of ignoring problems. Can't wait to dive into Hurts to Love You.
Also on Romances Ever After.

I have so much love for Hate to Want You that I wondered how Alisha Rai was going to top that, but somehow she managed it because Wrong to Need You was AMAZING.

Oh God, how do I even begin this review?

Wrong to Need You has everything I need in a book: great (and diverse!) characters, a boatload of angst, slow-burn romance, A+ sexy scenes.

As usual, Alisha did a great job fleshing out her characters. I love Sadia with all my heart. Like Eri said, she's strong and fragile
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This so so good! I thought about giving it 4.5 stars but I loved this couple so much that I can't go lower than 5. I'm still swooning at their chemistry. Highly recommend! Review to come.
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
I loved Jackson and Sadia's story even more than Livvy and Nico and that is really saying something! Check out my full review on Scandalicious Book Reviews:
Gin Jenny (Reading the End)
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Sadia Ahmad owns a cafe, tends a bar, and raises her son. When her dead husband’s brother comes back to town after years of radio silence, Sadia’s tidy world is thrown into disarray. Then they bang. A bunch. (Wrong to Need You is the second in Alisha Rai’s wonderfully angsty Forbidden Hearts series, but as with most romance serieses, you can read this one without reading the first one first.)

My favorite thing about Wrong to Need You is that Alisha Rai draws on tropes I love — a strong silent typ
‘Wrong to Need You’, like its predecessor, thrusts you straight back into a soap opera whose edges have already been sharply defined: family feuds, circles of friends and boundaries of rifts that have been established ‘off-stage’, leaving only forbidden relationships within this framework that need to be worked out. There’s a bit of a repetitive go over with the previous story (close family-rifts tend to do that) as it deals with lost, damaged individuals who have barely managed to hold it toget ...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
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
Por qué tengo que analizar todo? Dios, me odio 😂

ME encantaron los dos por separado pero juntos es un big no-no-no

Alisha Rai es una de mis autoras favoritas así que me siento culpable porque no lo amé. O sea tiene un montón de cosas BUENÍSIMAS
1) héroe beta
2) diversidad
3) friends to lovers

Es Un claro ejemplo de "no sos vos, soy yo".

La trama de "Me enamoré del hermano de mi ex" no me gusta nada (más bien la detesto), loco tengan códigos!- y acá me pareció muy creepy por el lado de que la familia
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai  is Book Two in the "Forbidden Hearts" series. This is the story of Jackson Kane and Sadia Ahmed.  I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone one if you chose to do so. Jackson was acused of a crime he didn't commit along with some betray from his family.  Jackson left town and left his feelings for Sadia.  But now after a few years of being gone, traveling the world becoming a famous chef he h ...more
Cardyn Brooks
Absolutely enjoyed reading a mainstream contemporary romance that entertains while organically challenging entrenched ideas about women's sexual virtue and hetero-normative restraints while also addressing mental health challenges and being on the Autism spectrum in ways that resonate as authentic to present-day realities. All that in addition to a cast of multifaceted characters who represent a variety of ages, beliefs, social classes, and cultural origins. Heavy on the angst, and still a satis ...more
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about a totally stressed out single mom and perfectionist, and about an extremely introvert, highly sensitive guy who is also built (even though he does not seem to spend any time in a fitness studio) and a chef.

Both Sadia and Jackson are very relatable characters for me, I could connect more with them than with the characters in the previous book.

I enjoyed all the family interactions, how everybody is imperfect, and how the overarching story moves along towards reconciliation bet
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Forbidden Hearts (3 books)
  • Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1)
  • Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts, #3)