This was my first Alisha Rai novel and I think I made a mistake. I should have read this trilogy in order. Many romance novels stand alone, even well within a series. This book did stand alone, technically, but I felt like I was late to the party (or wedding as it may be) and missed introductions.
My favorite part of this book was the way Gabriel viewed Evangeline. His descriptions of her butt (large), and back (with a cute roll of fat), made me wish all characters in romance novels were described with reverence to their “flaws.” I think when you truly love someone, especially when you are in lust with them, as Gabriel is with Evangeline at the beginning, every part of them is cute and sexy. It made both characters so relateable and accessible on many levels.
The unrequited love/lust in this novel pulled at the heartstrings and the complex family dynamics were beautiful. I love the diversity that was explored in this novel and the soap opera vibes. I’m looking forward to reading the first two novels. Highly recommend.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**