Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Forbidden Hearts Series: Wrong to Need You

Title: Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2)
Author: Alisha Rai
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 28th, 2017!

From Goodreads...
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 woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.

Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.

 An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past...and step into a future together.

My Review!
I’m not always a fan of the brother’s/sister’s widow trope, but I couldn’t not read Sadia and Jackson’s book. Sadia is my fave fave, and Jackson is the non-cuddly teddy bear that I want in life, and oh my gooood this is the kind of slow-burn romance that just kills me with its tension and slight angst and real emotions. The two of them were a quieter kind of explosive than Livvy and Nicholas in Hate to Want You, but no less sexy.

Sadia Ahmed is just so… tired. She’s had quite enough of life’s curveballs and stress, thanks. With the failing cafe and trying to balance work and being a mother, she’s doing her fucking best. She’s got sisters she can lean on, and she’s got her bff Livvy, but it’s not the same thing. And she’s so damned proud of her independence and so stubborn that it’s hard for her to accept help. But oh, did I love her. She’s the bisexual queen of my heart. I loved her determination, and and her big heart, and how utterly she adored being a mom to Kareem. It’s just, sometimes it’s too hard, you know? She deserved to fall apart a bit, to have some time for herself, and she deserved to have good sex with whomever she wanted. Even if that someone was her late husband’s younger brother.

Jackson Kane is not good with people. He’s never been good with people. After being a bit of a loner (and introverted) when he was younger and not quite fitting in this town, it wasn’t that difficult for him to say BYE BITCH after he was wrongly accused of burning the first C&O’s store down. But he left behind people he didn’t keep in contact with, namely Sadia. And she’s angry, which is fair and understandable, and Jackson was doing his best to heal some of those old wounds. He wasn’t the best at it, but damned if he wasn’t super caring and helpful, and so totally in love with this woman. And while he wasn’t great at expressing emotions, he didn’t shy away from them. I was utterly in love with him and all I wanted was for him to be able to feel at home, even when he was never sure if he would.

If I read a part of the book I think I read right, Jackson’s probably queer too, which made me uber happy. And I LOVED the two of them together. I thought Alisha handled the trope well, and that it wasn’t too high on drama. Neither Sadia nor Jackson wanted to mess up their relationship, but they both needed to remember that they can be happy together, that they didn’t have to forsake their love because of what other people would think. Plus the romance was HOT. Oh man, I love a good alpha male, but I also loved that there was no toxic masculinity here. Jackson was just as happy letting Sadia take charge in the bedroom as he was being the dominant. And he wouldn’t boss her around, but he wouldn’t let her hurt her mental health. The two of them complemented each other SO well.

There were so many scenes in this book that just *got* me. I was outright sobbing while reading the epilogue. These two families just DESTROY me. All I want is for them to be happy forever and ever together, and it seems like that’s coming along nicely now that Livvy and Nicholas have gotten a second chance and Sadia and Jackson are rekindling a dormant love. I just want MORE of these people, especially Grandpa John!


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