Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
5 fateful stars!
“I used to think that if I just waited long enough, fate would bring us back together. That our stars would align, or whatever, and you’d come crashing back into my life to stay. But that didn’t happen. So now I say, screw it. I’m done waiting. Sometimes, fate is what you make it.”
This book in one word:
And being the angst whore I am I ate up every single bit of it. I loved Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet, so there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to read the next book Leisa Rayven put out. The arc had been sitting in my kindle for a while, and boy am I kicking myself for not reading it the moment I received it! This was soooooooooo good! (At least, it was for me). The perfect angst fix I needed when my angst supply ran out, and Rayven is the dealer 😉
Wicked Heart is the second chance love story of Liam and Elissa. Six years earlier, Liam and Elissa had a fling, but one that stuck with Elissa throughout the years. Liam left to become a big time movie star and Elissa remained in New York and became a prominent stage manager in the acting community. Now Elissa is working on a new production of Romeo & Juliet with her director friend Marco, and the kicker? It’s starring Liam and his gorgeous fiance Angel.
Now the two are working in close proximity and old tensions and feelings begin to rise. But Elissa doesn’t want to give in to her attractions for many reasons, and Liam wants to be respectful of her.
So based on my 5 star rating I’m pretty sure you’ve deduced I loved this book. If that’s not obvious, let me say it clearly: I loved this book!
If it hadn’t been for stupid real life (always getting in the way, so pesky) I would have finished this book all in one sitting. There came a real point in this book where I was reading late into the night and this was me:
I loved Liam and I loved Elissa, separate and together. I get that their relationship can be seen as a kind of instalove, but it just clicked. Their connection was so tangible to me as a reader, I felt for them the entire book through every choice, every moment. And on the plus side, this book was HOT. For real. I got to have my angst cake AND eat it too???? I’m a happy reader.
Rayven gave excellent explanations for past actions, ones that I had thought were unforgivable but I turned out to be wrong. Elissa wasn’t a doormat, she was a strong woman put in the horrible position of being confronted with the scenario that the love of her life was engaged to another woman. So while she wasn’t perfect, I sure as hell am not going to judge her for it.
Liam as a hero was so genuine, I instantly was on his team. Not that there were a bunch of teams, but if there was one, I’m in it. I was rooting for him and Elissa and while I didn’t understand some things near the beginning of the book, when all was said and done I began to understand his actions when seeing them in a new light.
Another bonus….. this book is a standalone. No waiting, no cliffhangers. Just full on satisfaction at the end of the book. What more could you want?
“The one thing you’re absolutely not allowed to give up on is true love. When you find it, you should grab it with both hands and never let it go, because although it might not always be easy or convenient, it’s worth it.”
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review