Title – Broken Juliet
Author – Leisa Rayven
Publication Date – May 17, 2016
Series – Starcrossed, #3
Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.
After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.
Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.
There is something so addicting about Leisa Rayven’s writing. She scripts these beautiful, broken characters that as a reader you want to see them have a happy ending, but as a human being, you almost need to see it happen. Wicked Heart is the third of the Starcrossed novels, and I’d venture to say Rayven’s best one of the series. She continues to grow, push boundaries, and discover new ways to surprise her readers – which I really appreciated.
“Time’s supposed to heal everything, right? Well, it hasn’t educated my heart to stop wanting a man who doesn’t want it back.”
Elissa and Liam had such a different dynamic from Ethan and Cassie, so while the book is in the same series, it never felt like a simple retelling of storylines. I really admired Elissa’s professionalism and ability to lead with her head, rather than her heart. Though she had a history and past with the hero, she respected boundaries despite how difficult it was for her at times. Furthermore, Rayven easily could have made her a petty, childish character. Instead, she was written as a mature, hold-your-head-high heroine that never lost sight of who she was at the core. It made me instantly like her, and truly sympathize with everything she was going through. From the moment we met Liam, he wasn’t a difficult character to love, but there were certainly some hostile feelings that developed over time. However, as the layers were peeled back, my heart swooned and ached for what these two were going through. He was so dedicated and loyal, even if it wasn’t always easy to see. Plus, he was a family man through and through, which always hits me in all the feelers. The chemistry and tension between Elissa and Liam was something so special and could be felt through the pages. With the way Rayven writes them, you could feel everything sizzle and pop with the words. When the characters felt a strong emotion, I could feel it course through my veins, which honestly made for an unforgettable read.
“My therapist says love is like a lion in captivity – it can be embraced, but never tamed.”
When I first picked up Bad Romeo, I knew that Leisa Rayven’s books would be ones that I would jump on to read as soon as possible. Her writing is woven together with heartbreak and laughter on the way to a happily ever after. Her characters have yet to feel like just people on a page; they’ve felt like friends who you experience life with. All of these things translate to feeling such a strong emotional pull that encapsulates you in her worlds. As a reader, I can tell how much heart and soul goes into her stories and my heart always feels a little bit lighter after I finish.
“And that’s why I’m so torn. My head is telling me to go, but my heart wants me to stay. With you.”
I finished Wicked Heart and felt so incredibly satisfied that I couldn’t imagine wanting more. But then I realized that it’s Leisa Rayven, and of course I would love to see her deliver more from these characters, as well as the secondary ones. There is something so realistic and endearing about the way she writes her stories, resulting in her quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. Wicked Heart may have raised the bar on my expectations for her, but I have no doubt that she’ll soar above it when it’s time for her next release!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)
Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2)
Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology
Leisa Rayven is a freelance actor and producer in Brisbane, Australia, who makes frequent trips to L.A. and NYC.