cover image Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts, Book 3

Hurts to Love You: Forbidden Hearts, Book 3

Alisha Rai. Avon, $7.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-256676-8

The only thing more romantic than a wedding is the long-awaited consummation of love between two favorite characters in a series, and the enjoyable third installment to Rai’s Forbidden Hearts contemporary series serves up both. When the formerly feuding Kane and Chandler clans reunite for a luxurious wedding between Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler, Eve, the youngest Chandler sibling, faces several days in the same place as her longtime crush, tattoo artist Gabe Hunter. Little does she know that he’s been secretly lusting after her for years. But as the adopted son of the Kane family’s hired help, Gabe has never felt worthy of the heiress. It’s fun to watch timid Eve come out of her shell and risk exposing her true feelings in the days leading up to the wedding. True to Rai’s style, family secrets and surprises add complexity to this strong story about how wealth and privilege can do as much to destroy happiness as to facilitate it. Agent: Steven Axelrod, Axelrod Agency. (Mar.)