Oct 16 2017 12:00pm

Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You Book Club Discussion Thread

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving.

Today, join Team H&H for October's Book Club pick and gush with us about....Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You

Hate to Want You, the first in the Forbidden Hearts series, is a book we've talked about a lot here at H&H HQ and has been raved about by our reviewers, over and over again! Livvy and Nicholas's story of forbidden love, rival families, and childhood-sweethearts-turned-enemies resonated with us, and we hope it will resonate with you as well! 

Don't know the story just yet? Here's what's to expect from Hate to Want You:

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.

When you're ready, come and chat with us about Livvy and Nicholas and their sexy, angst-filled love story.

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.


***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Hate to Want You. This is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Now that you've read the book and met Livvy, Nicholas, and more characters coming up in the series, let us know your thoughts on:

  • Nicholas and Livvy’s families were torn apart by tragedy… How did you feel once you learned a little more about what that tragedy was and how it impacted the two families?
  • Every year Nicholas and Livvy reunite for one night together. Do you think this was healthy behavior, and how do you think that helped or hindered their way to a happy ending? 
  • This book very much features an ensemble cast. Besides Nicholas and Livvy, who was your favorite character and why? 
  • In Hate to Want You, the sins of the father are very much a debt their children still have to pay. Do you think that’s a responsibility these characters should have to shoulder? Why or why not? 
  • Throughout the book, Livvy draws various tattoo designs on Nicholas. What was your favorite?
  • The next book in the series, Wrong to Need You, stars Jackson and Sadia. What are your hopes for their story?

Do These Elements from Hate to Want You Leave You Cold or Warm You Up?

We love everything about Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You and so we pulled out a few of our favorite things we loved about them. Now it's your turn! What do you think of these 5 elements of Hate to Want You?


H&H Editor Picks:

Alisha Rai Excerpt: Hate to Want You

First Look: Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You

11 Books H&H Reviewers Couldn’t Put Down in September 2017






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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I loved everything about this book! It was so great. I loved the dynamic between Nicholas and Livvy and I cannot wait for Sadia and Jackson!

I wasn't terribly surprised about what we learned about the families' dynamic pre- and post- the family tragedy/business shenanigans. And I think it even made sense for Livvy and Nicholas to break up at that point. It even makes sense that Nicholas and Livvy would keep up their annual "visits" and I also totally understand Livvy ending that arrangement at her 30th birthday. If I had been her friend, I would have told her to end it long ago because I would be worried about the emotional toll that took on her. That being said, I'm super glad that this is a romance because them coming back together—and Nicholas tracking her down to be like "where were you why didn't we do this" was so great because it wasn't done in a way that made it seem like Nicholas thought that this was his due but that he was obviously still deeply in love with Livvy and this was the only connection they allowed themselves. LOVED IT.

I never think it should be on the children to pay for the crimes unless they were somehow involved. So yeah, that's the one place I don't agree with family feuds. Otherwise I'm usually fine with that premise.
2. willaful
I enjoyed this one so much... as I suppose is kind of obvious since I picked it as a best of the month here. :-) Wonderful angst, that isn't based on either hero or heroine being an utter douchebag.

I don't think I've read it recently enough to answer the questions, but maybe I'll do a quick skim and come back later.
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
So I'm reading this now (do I have perfect timing or what) and I was immediately taken by the dynamic between Livvy and Nicholas. They're supposed to be enemies but want each other desperately and have so much history between them... Ugh! I am the biggest sucker for that kind of internal conflict and angst. GIVE IT ALL TO ME.
Jen Wattley
4. JenWattley
This book is easily one of the best I've read this entire year.

I loved every single moment of the angst between Livvy and Nicholas, I love that they TALK TO ONE ANOTHER. My goodness, so many problems in romance novels could be solved by talking, but the fact that they do speak to one another and things aren't instantly resolved is still so great.

And I've already read Sadia and Jackson's story in Wrong to Need're not going to be disappointed. It's so wonderful, maybe my favorite between the two which also puts it in my top 5 books of the entire year.
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