Review of “Wrong to Need You” (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai

Rai, Alisha. Wrong to Need You. New York: Avon Books, 2017. 

Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0062566751 | 358 pages | Contemporary Romance

5 stars

Wrong to Need You is a yet another wonderful book by Alisha Rai, perhaps even better than the first book in the series. I love how she continues to explore the rich, colorful histories and relationships between her characters and presents the extensive supporting cast as characters to become invested in, while also balancing that with just the right amount of heat and emotion between Jackson and Sadia.

I love the way she wrote Jackson and Sadia’s respective private issues in a way that makes them relatable. A hero with a ton of baggage and a chip on his shoulder can often be unattractive, due to the way they brood constantly, but with Jackson in particular, Rai makes him sympathetic by showing how he managed to build a new life for himself with his talent as a chef, while also showing how reluctant he is to deal with issues from the past. With Sadia, I liked how, in spite of the fact that her character was built around being the black sheep of the family, she also has some of her family’s traits of being uptight, as shown through a panic attack she has and a later discussion with her sisters.

Having now met Sadia’s family, I do hope we haven’t seen the last of them, and that there might be a story in the future for Jia, especially since her choice of an alternate career path is a subplot of this book. Given the nature of her chosen new career and its relevance right now, I would love to see that represented in fiction.

I would recommend this to fans of mulilayered multicultural romance. This book presents a great balance of family/culture and steamy romance, so if anyone is looking for something that expertly combines both with ease, pick this one up.



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