Title – Broken Juliet
Author – Leisa Rayven
Publication Date – April 28, 2015
Series – Starcrossed, #2
Some loves never let you go…
Cassie swore she’d never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Finally he’s able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?
The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it’s like to be trusting and open again–the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?
If I had envisioned my perfect ending to Ethan and Cassie’s story, Broken Juliet will have fulfilled, and exceeded, all of my requirements! These characters’ journeys pick up where they left off in Bad Romeo, so we’re thrown right back into the push and pull of their relationship. I thought that Rayven did an excellent job in making the past relevant, but not allowing it to consume their present. Basically, these two have burrowed their way into my heart and I don’t see myself letting them go anytime soon.
“Will there ever be a time when we have the forward without the back?”
Where Bad Romeo focused on the issues within Ethan, Broken Juliet held more about the man behind the mask and how he chose to repair those cracks he believed were present. On the other hand, Cassie had turned into a woman devoid of love and the ability to trust. Coincidentally, this made her relate to Ethan on a whole new level. The role reversals were so spectacular and necessary because it allowed each of the characters to walk in the other’s shoes; it forced them to experience their relationship from the other’s heart. Furthermore, it allowed the reader to see just how much each of them fights to get to a good place not only with each other, but with themselves. Once again, I was blown away by the chemistry that these two shared. There is something about the way Rayven writes them that gives you tunnel vision, wanting nothing more than to be burned by the flame of their passion.
“I invented chemistry with you. Everything else is just pretend.”
The back and forth between time periods also felt so imperative for Broken Juliet. I was able to see exactly what instances of their past shaped the present day emotions and actions for both Cassie and Ethan, which resulted in a deeper understanding of their love; it all just flowed so effortlessly. I found myself often singing a Rascal Flatts song thinking that these two had been on such different broken roads, but ultimately, it led them to each other, and we’re all better for it. In a sense, two book characters opened my eyes and made me believe in the idea of soulmates.
“We just stand there for a while. Breathing each other in. Being. Still not fixed, but far less broken.”
I was a moth to a flame with Broken Juliet. I wanted nothing more than to forego every responsibility I had to get lost and bury myself in this world. There is something that sucks you in and leaves you breathless while simultaneously breathing air into your lungs. I’m not ready to say goodbye to Ethan and Cassie yet, but I’m also satisfied with how their story ended. Rayven has an immense talent for writing in the way that she can paint images and emotions for her readers, and I’m definitely intrigued to see what she can deliver to us in the future!
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Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)
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Wicked Heart (Starcrossed, #3)
Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology