Recently I’ve been consuming a bunch more romance than I typically pick up and these two new to me authors are definitely mini review worthy. Check out my thoughts on these steamy reads below!
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
Image and Description Credits: Goodreads
One night. No one will know.
That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.
Until the night she didn’t show up.
Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?
Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.
Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai is the first book in the Forbidden Hearts series. A story of rival families and star crossed lovers, this one packs an unending emotional punch. Livvy and Nicholas are childhood sweethearts torn apart by terrible circumstances. The only problem is that they could never give each other up. Honestly how could this not be a hit.
Livvy is an amazing tattoo artist just returning home to rebuild familial bonds. Nicholas on the other hand hasn’t left, and is running the family business. Holy wow though! The tension in this one is just off the charts! It’s ridiculously clear from the start that these two still have deep feelings for the other but the obstacles in the way make it all the more steamy.
There’s a lot of underlying story in this one and I loved how the layers were peeled back at every turn of the page. It’s definitely not a sunshine and daisies book, but that makes it all the more impactful. Dealing with depression, loss, and grief are all just the tip of the heavy iceberg, and Rai handles it all with excellent writing and careful plotting.
Thank you book world for hyping Hate to Want You! It totally deserves all of it!
The Lady of Royale Street by Thea De Salle
Published by Pocket Star on August 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 252 Format: eBook Source: Purchased
Image and Description Credit: Goodreads
Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.
Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain’s wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.
I honestly didn’t think I could love The Lady of Royale Street as much as I did the two previous NOLA Nights books, but Thea De Salle proved me extremely wrong. With wedding preparations at The Seaside in full swing, there was bound to be hijinks galore and chemistry at every turn. Honestly I just love these characters and getting to know more about each one of them has been great (Nash needs his own book ASAP!)
In this one, the reader is treated to a delightful romp between the best man and maid of honor after a wedding planner meets her maker. Alex is ridiculously uptight, devout, and completely awkward around others while Theresa is constantly moving, snarky, and always speaks her mind. The two of them together make for an interesting pairing especially as they keep butting heads.
I thought De Salle did a wonderful job weaving faith/Catholicism into an extremely sexy book. There’s a lot of internal conflict, questioning desire when there’s such a strong attraction. It’s typically a plot point that gets swept aside and I’m glad to see it brought to the fore front. Plus all the religion still doesn’t take away from ridiculous hot scenes between Alex and Theresa.
NOLA Nights is must read romance!
Are you interested in either of these series? Want to be swept up in sexy times?
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