Wrong to Need You
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 wo...more
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. ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“Love takes practice. Love isn’t passive, it’s active. A verb.”
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
I AM SO EXCITED!
I got so intrigued by Jackson in book 1.
Also let's appreciate the diversity, Sadia: Pakistani & Jackson: Japanese-American. ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
ALISHA RAI HAS DONE IT AGAIN!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Read for SBTB October - December 2018 Quarterly Challenge: A book with a chef character. ...more
MY REVIEW FOR WRONG TO NEED YOU WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY BLOG
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 ...more
Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.