Alisha Rai’s latest sizzling contemporary romance brings together two wounded souls who thought they lost their chance at love years before. Nicholas and Livvy were torn apart by their families, but they’ve continued to meet in secret for one perfect night every year. When Livvy fails to show up, Nicholas assumes the arrangement has finally ended and she’s moved on, but he couldn’t be further from the truth. To celebrate the publication of Hate to Want You, Rai shared a few of her favorite second chance romances.
How do you forgive a man who kissed you and then turned around and exposed your brother and father as traitors? Judith has been working hard to provide for herself and her siblings. When she requests a favor from her old love, she doesn’t expect Christian to actually show up. Christian is wracked with guilt, and still madly in love with Judith. Bonus: Her Every Wish, the novella following this book, is also a second chance romance (with the most adorable bicycle riding lessons!).
My favorite books in the Psy-Changeling series are the ones that pair Psy and Changeling characters, because a love story between a cold, seemingly emotionless character and a perfect cuddle bunny is very much my jam. Sascha is Psy, a race that has (supposedly) eradicated all emotions within themselves, while Lucas is a touch-hungry, protective alpha. There’s a scene with a pair of baby leopard cubs that still makes my heart melt.
Let it Shine is a master class in writing a novella: moving, sexy, and perfectly paced. Sofie and Ivan are childhood sweethearts who drifted apart. She’s prim and proper and buttoned-up, and he’s a rough-and-tumble boxer. He’s Jewish and she’s black, and it’s 1961 Virginia, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, when interracial marriage was still illegal (Loving v. Virginia was decided in 1967). This book tore my heart out and then pieced it back together.
The entire Call of Crows series is technically second chance romance. Crows are women brought back to life after an untimely death to fight on behalf of the Viking gods. The Undoing stars Jace, a Crow who would rather jump out of a moving car than make small talk, and Ski, the head of the Protectors, intellectual bookish warriors. Protectors don’t trust Crows, but Ski can’t stay away from Jace. This match is adorable, and there’s also a puppy!
Whenever a book is set in Vegas, I cross my fingers and pray for an oops-we-got-married plot. Poor Hope just ended her engagement, so when she’s celebrating her sister’s wedding in Vegas, bumping into her long-lost college love, Julian, seems like a cosmic joke… made worse when they wake up with wedding bands on their fingers. I love heroes who fall hard and fast, and Julian is all-in and ready to make amends from “I do.”
Alisha Rai pens award-winning, sexy, contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit www.alisharai.com.