Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 13th May 2016
Wicked Heart by Leisa RayvenWicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed, #3
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 17th 2016
Pages: 304
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five-stars

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.
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.

As one of the rare few who couldn’t quite stomach ‘Bad Romeo’ and ‘Broken Juliet’, awarding 5 quick stars to this book as soon as I finished it is probably going to make me look as if I have suddenly developed schizophrenia.

But it is that good. To the extent where I am anxious to go back and comb through every character’s lines and actions once again to see if I’ve overlooked anything which I’ve so obviously misconstrued, as must have been the author’s intention all along.

Yet what made ‘Wicked Heart’ superlative was Leisa Rayven’s ability to sink you into her brand of angst and pain, leaving you to believe that nothing good enough can save a long-ago relationship from the last, spitting embers of apparent betrayal and residual pain – until a short but powerful confession turns everything around, redefining the term ‘perspective’ and realigning my own fickle reader-allegiances.

What a journey this proved to be: angsty, highly emotional, deeply nuanced yet so redemptive in a way that left me stunned, gutted yet incredibly happy for all the characters.

five-stars

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