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Review & Giveaway ❤️ Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

March 29, 2018

Win a print copy of HURTS TO LOVE YOU, the second book in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. Entering is as easy as leaving a comment. Winner will be listed here. Good luck!

UPDATE (4/2): The winner is ARLETTA JOHNSON

Congrats Arletta! Please email me at contact at smittenbybooks dot com with your snail mail address to collect your book. Also, don’t forget to include the title in your email. You have 3 weeks claim your prize.

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hurts to love you alisha rai

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.

Release Date: Mar 27, 2018
Series: Forbidden Hearts
Book: 2
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon Books
Price: $5.99


I’m loving the books coming from Avon authors this year. No doubt about it the contemporary genre has a ton of awesome, diverse author voices and they are worth every penny.

Hurts To Love You is like Dynasty with a little best friends little sister, add a touch of class warfare, and a dark family secret. The drama abounds. Not to mention both hero and heroine are like flame to kindling once the walls they’ve built up come crashing down. Being on a wedding party retreat without the wedding party will do that to a person.

As far as characters go, hero Gabriel is a tatted, bearded delicious hulk of a man. He’s been trying his best to not give into what he considers an inappropriate attraction to our heroine, Evangeline. She’s the younger sister of what was once an enemy, the Chandler family.  Gabriel grew up as a part of the Oka-Kane household, though on the fringes of it… and he’s got a big, bad secret. One that makes him believe he’s truly not worthy of anything, outside of what he’s earned on his own.

Evangeline is a woman after my own heart. She grew up in a verbally abusive household and has fought long and hard to overcome those challenges.  At the same time, she’s nursing a crush born from years of watching Gabriel from afar. Taking advantage of the opportunity of being alone with him, she works to close the gaps and see if her attraction is just one sided.

These two light up the pages. Between their desire for one another, their drive to overcome years of guilt, secrets, and hiding parts of themselves I couldn’t put this book down. I’m a little sad to be coming into this series on the last story and plan on playing catch up with the others. The characters are so diverse, well-rounded and I actually thought I was watching my beloved romance meet high drama with a big payoff.

For readers who love drama rich stories like Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

~ Landra


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