Series: Starcrossed

Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology

Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed AnthologyBad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology by Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed, #4
Published by Amazon Digital Services on November 21st 2016
Pages: 252
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four-stars

Ethan and Cassie’s first Christmas with the Holt family should be nothing but jolly. Sure, Cassie’s a mess trying to impress her future in-laws with the perfect casserole, but when an unexpected blast from Ethan’s past shows up beneath the tree, the season gets a whole lot more serious—and sexy.

After being apart for months, Liam and Elissa are making up for lost time on a secluded island, where they think they’re free to explore each other’s bodies in peace. But when it turns out their Christmas sanctuary isn’t as deserted as it first seemed, their Christmas dreams turn into a nightmare.

When the gang from the Grove gets together at a lavish New Year’s Eve party, it’s like no time has passed. Except Elissa and Josh are dating Hollywood royalty, Jack and Zoe have been hooking up in secret, Connor’s new girlfriend wants to murder Cassie, and Erika’s mystery man has everyone talking. Before midnight, shocking revelations are made, industry tongues are wagging, and the poor mistletoe is ready to pass out from overuse.
No matter how you're spending the holidays, BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS is sure to heat up your festive season this winter.

Leisa Rayven rains Christmas down in style with a superb end to the Bad Romeo series and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wished I could have had more time with Liam and Elissa after I finished ‘Wicked Heart’.

‘Bad Romeo Christmas’ delivers it all and more. It’s smart, swanky with so many hilarious scenes interspersed with solemn drama-queen moments, all of which emphasise the depth of love each couple has after earning their HEA in their respective books. The humour and the angst (that comes as a side serving) are all on point and I loved how Rayven simply cycled through every part with such panache, confidence and swagger that you do start believing in these miracle-laden world where celebrities wander the halls decked with ‘normal’ people and where love really conquers all…despite naughty naked moments that the entire world sees.

Doesn’t Rayven know by now, that by offering this ending, all I want is more?

four-stars

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

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