Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
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?
What a passionate and intense love story!! Broken Juliet is THE perfect ending to Cassie and Ethan’s epic journey.
I loved this book because it mixes both love and heartbreak seamlessly. I was so wrapped up in Cassie and Ethan’s grand love story that I was thrown completely off-balance (just like Cassie!) when things would go wrong. And I loved every single minute of it!! The author once again switched between both past and present here, and while the back-and-forth can be jarring in some books, it worked perfectly here.
Broken Juliet picks up literally right where Bad Romeo ended. Ethan has broken Cassie’s heart more than once and he is begging her for another chance. Cassie has finally moved on with her life and cannot believe that Ethan has finally changed and is open to really love her. One of the many, many things that I loved about this book is that it mixes in plenty of humor with the heartbreak and passion. Cassie is tentatively letting Ethan back into her life but she is trying her best to move slowly so her heart doesn’t get trampled once again. Her inner monologue can be hilarious:
“I can’t drive. Is it cool for me to sleep on the couch?”
No. Get out before I mount you.
Broken Juliet is a heart-pounding, passionate love story above all else. Leisa’s writing is flawless and the chemistry between her two main characters absolutely off the charts. I was so connected with Ethan and Cassie that I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. And when Ethan gives Cassie his journals to read? Perfection. Cassie finally understands what was going on inside Ethan’s head when he left her in drama school years before. These two share a passion and a love that is undeniable and absolutely breathtaking:
“This man represents so many things to me. He was my first true friend. My first love. First lover. The master of more pleasure than I knew existed, and the architect of more heartache than I thought I could endure.”
I also really loved the behind-the-scenes look into the world of theatre. I appreciated the author’s insights into the world of stage actors and the acting process. Some of my favorite scenes take place when Ethan and Cassie are in drama school, these are soul-baring, painful and beautiful passages to read. I can’t recommend this series highly enough and I am totally addicted to Ethan Holt!! Both books are out now, so get reading!
4.5 passionate and heart-pounding stars!!
The thing about developing an addiction is that it happens so quietly, you don’t know how much trouble you’re in until it’s too late. It tiptoes through the rooms of your mind and body, gently inserting hooks and strings into every cell, until you don’t know where you end and it begins. And untangling that web is nearly impossible.
This is more than lust. It’s even more than love. It’s imperative. Mindless, bloody-minded need. I can’t kiss him deep enough, or hold him close enough.
(ARC provided by the publisher with thanks.)
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