Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Forbidden Hearts Series: Hate to Want You & Hurts to Love You

Title: Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1)
Author: Alisha Rai
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: July 25, 2017!

From Goodreads...
One night. No one will know.
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 Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want . . . so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence—and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules . . . but being apart is impossible.


My Review!
Oh my GOD, I loved this book. I’d always wanted to read it, but it wasn’t until Rashika and I set up a buddy read that I actually got to it (and then we both subsequently started the next book immediately after it. haha). It was such a fantastic blend of angst and heart. It’s imperfect, because the characters are imperfect. And it’s complicated, because they’re relationships with each other are complicated. Not just Livvy’s and Nicholas’, but the whole Oka-Kane and Chandler clans. I adored fierce, passionate Livvy. Her depression felt so real to me, and I loved that Nicholas could be there for her in a way that he couldn’t (and wouldn’t) when they were younger. And I adored Nicholas, even when sometimes I just wanted to shout at him to stand up to his father and live his own life. Gah, they just KILLED me, and the tension between them was delicious even if a bit exasperating. And as like with every book in this series, it made me cry, which I hadn’t been expecting. It’s been a long time since I’ve rated a romance 5 stars without even thinking about it. Like get on this books if you haven’t already, guys! It will make you laugh, swoon, and cry; sometimes all at once.

RATING:

*****

Title: Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts, #3)
Author: Alisha Rai
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 27th, 2018!

From Goodreads...
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 the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.


My Review!
gaaah, my heart is so happy. THAT. EPILOGUE. They always destroy me. But I think the problem was that I just cared more about the previous couples and the Chandler and Oka-Kane families on a whole rather than Gabe and Eve and their relationship. Not that they weren't great characters; they had their moments. But I did really like them (and I could relate a lot to quiet Eve). I just never quite got into their romance? And I was happiest when everyone else was together and talking and laughing. Which is kind of sad, but eh. I'm so glad more truths came to light, and that all of it wrapped up neatly. Not perfectly, but so wonderfully that I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion. This is definitely a series to read and love and shout about from the rooftops. There is nothing more enchanting to me than both a blood and found family loving each other so deeply that no one ever feels left behind or forgotten, not even those dearly departed. My heart is with the Chandlers and Oka-Kanes.

RATING:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

(109) Top Ten Cozy, Wintry Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was started by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topicCozy/Wintry Reads


Ones I've Read and Recommend:
Absolutely LOVED the top three books, and I really enjoyed the bottom two. They are perfect reads to make you feel just a little bit chilly even while you're huddled inside with blankets on. :D


On my TBR:
Honorable mention: Wicked Saints, which is definitely NOT cozy, but it is *very* wintry. 😁 I wouldn't define many of these choices as cozy, but I think they're perfect for the month of December, and I hope to read a few!


It was really hard finding books for this prompt, honestly. So if you've got recs, I want them!! :)

Monday, December 3, 2018

December 2018 Releases

December is probably the slowest month for books, but that's okay, because it'll give us time to catch up on everything else! :p

December 4th

December 10th

December 11th

December 14th

December 18th

December 31st


I've already read: none of these!

From NetGalley/ALA: My Favorite Half-Night Stand, which thankfully should get done this month, since it's the only one! WOO.

My most anticipated: honestly, I'm not like DYING to read any of these?? but I'll (most likely) be getting Fire and Heist in a book box, and I'm excited about it! It's a quieter month, but I'm glad because I have many 2019 releases and backlist books to read!


What December releases are YOU most excited to read? Did I miss any that should be on my radar? Let's talk! :)