Rai, Alisha. Hurts to Love You. New York: Avon Books, 2018.
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0062566768 | 369 pages | Contemporary Romance
Hurts to Love You is a fabulous conclusion to a fabulous series. Once again, Alisha Rai manages to capture the perfect balance of well-paced romantic tension, hot sex scenes, and emotionally rich family drama that colors the characters’ histories.
Gabe and Eve are both sympathetic characters in the struggles they’ve dealt with. Despite being raised with privilege, Eve has never received her father’s love. Gabe, on the other hand, hides secrets about his own parentage, leading him to close himself off from deeper intimacy. Despite these obstacles, I loved seeing these two come together in such a believable way.
And while the romance in this book stands alone, I love how it ties up a lot of the over-arching plotlines of the series concerning the feud between the Chandlers and the Oka-Kanes. Not to mention how moved I was with the big reveal as to how Gabe fit into all of it. And I developed much more love for Livvy and Jackson’s mother, Tani, who had been more of a supporting player in the previous books really shines through in this one as an amazing mother, especially in the last pages of the book.
I would recommend this book to fans of emotionally rich, raw, and real romance. They are hard to come by, and this one is one of the best.