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Hurts to Love You

(Forbidden Hearts #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,552 ratings  ·  431 reviews
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
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.

I immediately fell hard for Alisha Rai's writing when I first read Wrong to Need You. Her slow paced, character driven stories are not my usual cuppa, but they never to fail to have me glued to the pages. Her characters are unique without any of the typical OTT flare that you'd find in most romance novels these days. They don't need it. They're raw, and real, and feel like someone you know or would meet in real life
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
3.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The youngest in a power family, Eve has felt more comfortable hidden away in her shell. However, when a chance to make a move on a long standing crush arises, she begins to realize that being herself and letting others see her is the only way to get what she truly wants.
Growing up the housekeeper's kid kept Gabe slightly on the outside looking in. Getti
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty standard conclusion to this series. Everything about this book was just okay. Enjoyable, but okay.
h o l l i s
HURTS TO LOVE YOU is a book with a four-star ending dragged down by a three-star first half.

She had the money to buy everything, but the things she wanted couldn't be bought. Sometimes she felt like she was starving, even when she was eating four-course meals.

After the first two books in the Forbidden Hearts series I expected to be just blown away by this final book but sadly Eve and Gabe took a long time to warm up to. I don't exactly know where the disconnect was but after all the intensity f
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it

I liked this more than I liked book 2, but not as much as I liked book 1, so I'll just settle on a 3.5 rating. I was invested in Gabe and Eve's relationship and I liked them better than I liked Sadia and Jackson; however, no one beats Livvy and Nicholas! Unfortunately, this book was a tad boring the first 75% of it and only got super good the last 25% of it. This is the last book and although I pretty much finished the series in less than a week, the characters of the series grew on me. Alish
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars.

Each installment in the Forbidden Hearts series possesses qualities that make it worthy of 5 stars: exquisite writing, diversity in race and sexual orientation among the characters, unabashed discussions of mental health, angst that hurts so good, and delicious steam.

Yet I haven't rated any of the books higher than 3.5 stars. Ultimately, I failed to connect to the romances between the leads, and sometimes I failed to connect to the leads themselves.

If I had to choose a favorite couple
Sam (AMNReader)
Wow, that really pooped out there at the end didn’t it?

I’ll just go ahead and spoiler my whole review. I kind of think this book was a mess.

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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steamy, HEA, the last book in the Forbidden Hearts series (I read the first but not second book of this series, somehow.... Eve, the female protagonist in this book, is the little sister of Nicholas, the male protagonist of the first. Her love interest is a tattoo artist in the same studio as Nicholas's formerly secret lover, Liv.)

There are some similar elements with this romance and some of the Scottish highland romance stories I read around Christmas time. The man is more experienced, tall, ol
Geri Reads
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hurts to Love You, the final book in Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series, puts the youngest Chandler and Gabe Hunter. It also ties up some story threads from the previous books in the series. It also gave readers all the answers that we've been asking ourselves about one particular event that started the Kane-Chandler fued all those years ago.

Gabe Hunter has secrets. Secrets that he has to keep because it could change everything from his standing among the Kanes and his relationships with Jacks
nick (the infinite limits of love)


I have been completely obsessed with the Forbidden Hearts series. Is there any trope better than forbidden love? I don't think so. It's been such a consistently great series and the second book especially impressed the hell out of me. The minute I had access to Hurts to Love You, I dove into the book with my sky-high expectations. While I wouldn't say that Hurts to Love You is my favorite book in the series, it was still one heck of an entertaining installment.

I was intrigued by Eve's chara
This was weird. 300 pages just to get the hero to ask the heroine out on a date? Really? And the epilogue is not even about your main couple. Uh...ok. I know my feelings on this are bias because I read this as a standalone so I went in not knowing the whole sordid history with the 2 feuding families that played through the previous books but even so, I felt the author didn't do a great job of explaining who is who and who has issues with who and who is related to who. I mean she tries to but it' ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original review: The Romance Corner

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*3.5 Stars!*

Last year I picked up Hate to Want You and fell completely in love with Alisha Rai’s hot as hell romance that left me blushing for days. I then went on the read the second installment, Wrong to Need You, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Rai had slayed my feels once again. Needless to say, I was eager to dive into Eve and Gabes’s story
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3-3.5 stars

After reading books one and two immediately before this final conclusion, I had very excitable hopes for Eve and Gabe’s book. I think I might have got too excited because whilst this was a nice conclusion to the over-arching story of the Oka-Kanes and the Chandlers (AKA the Capulets and Montagues), it lacked the oomph I sought from Gabe and Eve as characters.

Eve has intrigued me from the beginning of book one and I have really enjoyed her character, her growth and her contentment in h
All good things must come to an end, and that includes Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. Being completely honest, Hurts to Love You wasn’t as good as the first two. Major plot threads needed to be wrapped up, and the entire story takes place as Livvy and Nicholas’s wedding gets underway. The focus was not, in my opinion, as zeroed-in on Eve and Gabe as it could/should have been.

So, by this point, I’ve pretty much figured out that Rai has a few tropes she loves to go for. Also, the series is
Maria Rose
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 co ...more
ARC provided by Edelweiss and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Well written. Good story line and excellent character development.

Sue (Hollywood News Source)


Hurts to Love You is just the perfect conclusion (though, I wouldn't mind a spin-off series about Jia). There's some twists that I didn't expected. Overall, the heart of the story is still the romance, and the complicated family love. It's my most favorite thing about this series.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This might have been my favorite of the series! Loved Eve coming out of her shell, and her dealing with a lifetime of emotional abuse by her father, it felt very real and raw. Loved Gabe opening up to her and while I rolled my eyes a little at the reveal, it worked. And they were hot together, which let's be real, never ever hurts.

Good trilogy of books!
Well I gobbled this up in one day, which was kind of impossible not to do, but also kind of sad because now it's over!! I loved it, obviously, which I was rightly expecting when I went to the bookstore to buy it the day after it came out. Rai's authentic characterization and grasp of emotional complexities are amazing. And somehow her steamy sex scenes are just as powerful as her wholesome family scenes and her descriptions of healing from past trauma. It's unreal to read a book that is so good ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Rai's Forbidden Heart series has quickly become a favourite of mine, I've enjoyed getting to know the Kane and Chandler families and about their history between them. Their lives have been complex and tough, I liked how with each book I seem to be falling more for each character. I love how Rai gets beneath their tough exterior and shows that despite everything they are still vulnerable individuals, but also there's still so much that remains unknown between the families. I thought what was goin ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as strong as the first two. I enjoyed coming back to these characters and the way things were wrapped up, but there wasn't enough focus on the romance. And, if I'm being honest, this couple didn't do much for me. ...more
Lynsey A
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Probably my favorite in this series. There were some surprises in this one and quite emotional scenes as well, especially with Tani. That was refreshing.

Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Of course I go ahead and do the smart thing... I read the last book in a trilogy first.

I mean, look, I know, it doesn't really matter. It's a romance series. But guys, I actually seriously enjoyed this, and I wish I'd been along for the ride from the very beginning. Because if I go back now, I will have to endure this book's main characters as they were before I've seen their growth, and it'll frustrate me. I suppose, on the other hand, I'll know things work out. Oh well, it'll be worth it. This
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

CW: Heavy drinking, emotionally abusive parent, on page sex.

Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

This series is over and I am one sad romance hoe. It shredded my heart to pieces and mended it back together more times than I could count and I loved every single minute of it. I reasonably know that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them since there will be a spin-off three book series but I WEEP, I need more now. Hurts to Love You was such an ama
Hurts to Love You is a wonderful conclusion to a fantastic series. Secrets are revealed, all loose threads tied up neatly. Eve and Gabe's romance was front and center despite the number of characters converging, especially in the end. At times funny, other times angsty, Hurts to Love You always brought out the reader's emotions. It's also, as per usual with Alisha Rai, incredibly hot and sexy. Five contented stars.

I requested and received the ARC of this book from Avon through Edelweiss in exch
Leigh Kramer
A word to the wise: don’t start reading this book before bedtime or you will get caught in the “one more chapter” trap! Hurts To Love You was a phenomenal end to the Forbidden Hearts series and I cried happy tears when I read the last page. The last sentence was perfect!

Alisha Rai is such an amazing writer and I loved how she brought everything together with Eve and Gabe’s story. HTLY was emotionally rich, hope-filled, and just plain incredible. I’m sad to say goodbye to the Oka-Kanes and Chand
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed spending time with these families over three books, and the ending and epilogue had me a bit choked up. I'm not sure there's much to say on the story without spoilers, but once again I can't get enough of Alisha's writing - emotions, mental health, diversity of all kinds, female empowerment, etc. All the down with the patriarchy stuff had me giggling quite a bit. I simultaneously want to finally get to her backlog and not ever get caught up. ...more
If you just jumped straight into this final book of the trilogy, all the complex familial relationships between the characters can be utterly confusing and overwhelming. I have read the first book which established the ties between the many people featuring in the book. I enjoyed the fiery chemistry between the MCs in the first book, this one I find less convincing. The heroine, Evie Chandler, is in her early twenties, the hero about a dozen years or so older. Gabriel Hunter is a childhood frien ...more
Katherine Locke
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't really know how Alisha Rai does it but she's so fucking consistent and so fucking consistently GOOD. I don't think I've ever read a romance series were EVERY book was five stars and I loved every book equally. Not to mention, there's so much depth and complexity to her books.

ANYWAYS this was awesome and if you aren't reading this series you should.

I recommend not reading them in public. Took me one book to learn that. Be smarter than me. 🔥🔥🔥💋💋💋
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