Published by HarperCollins on November 28th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Multicultural & Interracial, Contemporary Women
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A Cosmopolitan Best Book of 2017!
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.
Oh dear Lord… Jackson is just my favorite hero of this series. I love his misunderstood self and how badly he wants his Sadia. Alisha could give me more of him but I don’t think I’d ever be satisfied.
This continues the story started in Hate to Want you but now we get to focus on Jackson (Livvy’s brother) and Sadia (Livvy’s oldest brother’s widow). This continues to uncover what really happened a decade ago when tragedy struck the Chandler and Oka-Kane families. We get a few major bombs dropped during this one but I am going to remain focused on the man who I’d love more of… Jackson… He’s such a quiet person and very self-contained but when he loves, he loves fiercely which makes the pain he’s had to go thru for so many years so much more visceral. He’s always had a thing for Sadia but felt that he would cause her more pain by returning to the town he’s avoided since being accused of something he didn’t do. He didn’t even come home for his oldest brother’s funeral but wait for the payoff because when you see his grand gesture… *heart melts* I loved seeing him lower his guards with Sadia and grow in to a relationship with his nephew. As you go thru the story you get to see him blossom and finally get comfortable with who he is and what he wants. He’s just amazing even if he comes across as standoffish.
Sadia also had a lot of growing to do in this book. She’s still struggling with her husband’s death but also what was going on just prior to his death and now her need to be with Jackson. She has a lot on her plate but the main thing I appreciated was how Alisha captured this need to be perfect and measure up to something that is impossible. I liked seeing how she finally realized what her role is in her family and her own value even if it isn’t the same as the others in her family. She’s stronger than she realizes but seeing her finally accept Jackson and what he is to her was my favorite part. I adored how much she loved her son but also how much she opened up to Jackson even as she tried to keep her distance.
You’ll get to see some major moves towards the families healing and reconciliation but wait until book 3 for the rest of the story behind what actually happened all those years ago…