When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.
Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks
“We’ve never been over. You know it as well as I do…”
Okay WOW!! This book is absolutely jam-packed with sexual tension. And I absolutely loved it!!! Very much deserving of a 5 star rating. It’s one of those ‘I-hate-you-but-I-love-you’ type of love stories told in the best way possible. The author has a wonderful way with words as she mixes the perfect amount of tension, humour, love, amazing chemistry and just puts it all together to create a recipe for my first top read for 2015. A wonderful second-chance romance with a moody, broody, ‘I-just-want-to-jump-through-my-kindle-and-hit-the-hero-over-the-head’ male character and a female lead that I fell in love with.
The story follows Cassie, a stage actress who is cast in the Broadway remake of Romeo and Juliet and is casted along side Ethan Holt, the man she has always been in love with, who broke her heart into smithereens. After six years apart, Cassie can’t forget about their painful past, but their chemistry is so intense that all her feelings come flooding back with a simple glance. Ethan knows how badly he hurt her, but uses this second chance to try and win her over, proving once and for all that he has in fact, changed.
“Cassie, I felt like a ghost while I was away from you. I was. Now, I want to feel real again.”
The story switches from past to present, filling us in on small parts of their lives at two different times. It’s written in a way that when we are in the past, we get a glimpse of Cassie trying to convince Ethan why they should be together and Ethan doing all he can to keep her at arms length, knowing that if things got closer to that relationship ‘line’, it will all fall apart. When we go back to the present, it’s the opposite. Ethan is the one who is trying to win Cassie over, and Cassie does her best to protect her heart that he once shattered. <– I really loved that about this book!
“…but the only consistent thing about him is his unpredictability.”
There was so much I loved about this book. Every word said between both characters was felt in my soul. Their connection was beyond anything I have felt in a story for a really long time and I just took in everything I could. The banter between the characters was awesome. They really knew how to get under each others skin. I need to point out something really important for you guys, this book ends in a ‘kind-of’ cliffhanger. I personally hate cliffhangers so I was a little hesitant to start this book, knowing that book #2 was still a little while away, but I can honestly say that the way the book ended – for me – has left me more excited than depressed. It leaves you in a good place of wanting more, excited to see where their relationship will go to next. There are so many unanswered questions in book #1 but I can honestly tell you that you will feel satisfied regardless. Leisa Rayven is an incredibly talented author and you just feel that she knows what she’s doing. And I cannot wait to get my hands on Broken Juliet (which you can pre-order here). Ethan and Cassie’s story will conclude in book #2, but there will be another book in the Starcrossed series that will be about Ethan’s sister, who you meet in Bad Romeo.
Seriously, this book is incredible. I recommend it to everyone and I know we are only a few weeks into 2015, but I can see this series being one of my favourites of the year. 5++ stars!!!