Review: A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Reviewed by Caitlin

When I first started reading romance, I noticed a lot of “enemies-to-lovers” stories involved the hero being shitty to the heroine for no reason, so she responded by standing up for herself. It’s too bad, because I typically love that set-up, but it was frustrating to watch the hero be so much shittier than the heroine and still have it play out like they were both equally at fault.

The reason for this, of course, is that we (me included! I’m working on it!) are much more willing to forgive our male characters and root for their redemption arcs than we are our female characters. A female character who is unapologetically sexual and selfish and abrasive is more difficult to root for than a male character with the same traits. [Read more…]

Review: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Reviewed by Sara

In Hurts to Love You, the third and last book in the Forbidden Hearts series, Gabe is the son of the former housekeeper to the formerly wealthy Kane family. He’s the best friend to Olivia Kane and part of her wedding party. Thing is, he’s also more. Secretly he’s in love with Olivia’s soon to be sister in law, the sheltered Eve. He’s also holding on to another secret that could alter his relationship with Olivia and her family forever, a secret it’s getting harder and harder to hold on to.

Eve is the youngest of the Chandler siblings and has been treated like a child her entire life. She’s recently split from the family business and is on her own trying to develop an improved ride share business. She’s also trying to show Gabe, who she’s always had a crush on, that she’s not a little girl anymore. Which would make it a bad thing for Gabe to find out that she’s been his ubiquitous and mysterious ride share driver for the past several months. [Read more…]

Review: Serving Pleasure by Alisha Rai

serving pleasureReviewed by Shelly

It’s been a while between books, (the first being published in 2009). I can’t say that this would have been worth the read if you prefer ménage, as was the first in the series, but this is still a very good m/f book. It can be read as a standalone.

Rana Malik, the oldest of the siblings, has been good for the past year. In her mother’s eyes, if she didn’t change her old ways she was never going to have a man marry her (*whisper* – she’d slept with too many). But Rana’s never really wanted marriage and babies; she just wants the love that comes with companionship. Micah Hale is Rana’s newest neighbor. He’s a British artist who’s had all the best things in life – success, friends, family, and yes, women. Unfortunately, not all good things last and after an attack Micah, just couldn’t handle dealing with his life and escapes to America to avoid all the things that haunt his past. [Read more…]

Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

glutton for pleasureReviewed by Shelly

I’ve seen this author’s work around for quite some time but I’ve never been inclined to give it a try. I’m glad I finally did. I liked this one so much that I already have the second book in the Pleasure Series on my TBR. Considering this was originally published in ’09, it still holds up as a good read with ménage (m/f/m) content.

The Callahan brothers, Jace and Marcus, have always preferred bedding the same woman. If they can bed her together, that’s ideal. Once Jace sees Devi Malik during a restaurant visit, he’s immediately besotted and wants her for himself and twin, Marcus. The shy, sheltered Devi is the chef at her family’s Indian themed restaurant and how she even gets involved in these guys is quite interesting – thanks to one of her older, loving yet meddlesome sisters. [Read more…]