Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Goodreads Summary

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.


I don’t read a lot of romance novels. Actually, I don’t think I read romance at all. I’ve read books with romance in it, but never ventured much into this genre. When I heard about this book on Twitter, I just knew it would be perfect to introduction to this genre.

What I liked

(+) My favorite aspect of this book is that the story includes PoC representation and a happily ever after. I know a lot of people are not huge on happily ever after, but I really needed this book after weeks of political BS. I NEEDED a book where the PoC characters got a happy ending.

(+) Livvy Kane is probably one of my favorite characters. She was so well-written and such a badass. I loved that this character was multidimensional and complex. She was real.

(+) Loved Nicholas as a love interest and his growth from this rigid and routine character to a man making bold declarations.

(+) The love scenes. Nothing else needs to be said. Well-written.

What I didn’t like

(-) This is very very minor, but I had a little difficult understanding the family issues and major events at first. However, things cleared up by the end.


The plot was great and the pacing was enjoyable. If you’re in the mood for some romance, with PoC characters, and a little family drama, you’ll enjoy this.

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