Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

❝ Sex is for the body. Romance is for the soul.❞

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Title: Mister Romance
Author: Leisa Rayven
Series: Masters of Love
Publication Date: April 30, 2017
Publisher: Self-published

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Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York’s socialites can’t get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he’s careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn’t fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

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Bad Romeo Christmas by Leisa Rayven

“We’ve come to learn that we’re each a precious gift to the other, and when you’re blessed with a love as powerful and passionate as ours, no matter what life throws at us, every day feels like Christmas.”- Elissa, Bad Romeo Christmas

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Title: Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology
Author: Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed
Publication Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Self-published

Links: Goodreads | Barnes & Nobles 

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: From the internationally best selling author of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART comes an anthology of sweet and sexy novellas featuring beloved Starcrossed characters such as Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, and Josh and Angel; as well as the gang from The Grove.

Have Yourself A Sexy Little Christmas: An Ethan and Cassie Novella

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.

The Naughty List: A Liam and Elissa Novella

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.

Happy, Horny New Year: A Josh and Angel Novella

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.

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Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

“I’m not saying goodbye, because this isn’t over. One day, fate’s going to fix this. Bring us back together. I believe that.”- Liam, Wicked Heart

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Title: Wicked Heart
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Synopsis via Goodreads: “Hilarious, heartwarming and unique, the Starcrossed series is highly recommended.” –USA TODAY

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.

“With the perfect balance of humor, steam, angst and impossible to put down, Leisa Rayven is a gifted storyteller, and Wicked Heart is truly exceptional.” –NATASHA IS A BOOK JUNKIE

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Tired of her leading men always dumping her for their leading ladies, Elissa Holt swears off dating actors ever again. That is, until she meets Liam Quinn, a hopeless romantic who believes that he and Elissa are meant to be. But their relationship is put on hold after Liam lands his big break and heads out to Hollywood to make a name for himself.

Six years later, Elissa is the stage manager of a new Broadway show, starring Liam Quinn and his beautiful fiancé, Angel Bell. Despite being apart, Elissa and Liam’s feelings for one another have not change. Are these two willing to risk it all for a second chance, or will rules of the heart stop Elissa from making the same mistake twice?

“Sexual frustration is one thing. Relationship frustration is another. Both together make people like me do stupid, desperate things. Things they end up regretting.”

I first read the two previous installments in the Starcrossed series a few months ago and completely fell in love with the story of Cassie and Ethan. I’m not usually a fan of angsty romances, but Leisa Rayven somehow managed to grab my attention and I could not put these books down! I love how unfiltered her writing is and her characters are relatable. Seriously, there are so many LAUGH OUT LOUD moments while reading her works. The third installment, Wicked Heart, follows the story of Elissa and Liam, and by far, this book has to be my FAVORITE in the series.

This book made me cry, IN PUBLIC! I was not expecting tears, especially since I didn’t cry while reading the two previous books. I think the reason maybe the fact that there is a bit more conflict in this book than there was in the previous two. Liam and Lissa are trying to find some way to be together. Liam is also battling his own personal demons from the past and is trying to deal with the craziness that comes with being famous. Liam and Lissa’s story just pulled at my heart strings and had me praying that there would be some type of happily ever after. The PLOT TWIST was great and entertaining and it affected me more so than I thought it would because characters I initially didn’t like became characters I loved!

Our two main side characters, Josh and Angel were a RIOT! I could not stop laughing whenever I read a scene with these two. You would think that one would not like Angel, especially since she is the main reason for why Liam and Lissa can’t be together, but it is really hard to hate her. She’s ditzy and doesn’t really pay much attention to what is going on around her, but she’s a great friend and she surprised me in the end. Josh, Lissa’s long time best friend and co-worker, looks out for her and keeps her balanced. I could not get enough of Josh and I really want him to have his own story. With the way things ended for him, I think another story is a MUST!

“Love is an asshole. It doesn’t care about people’s plans. It’s never convenient. It crawls inside you at the most ridiculous times and makes you feel, whether you like it or not. And even long after the time when you should have learned to stop loving someone, it just keeps holding on to them.”

I swear, Leisa Rayven is the QUEEN of angsty romance. This book had SO MUCH ANGST, I COULD NOT HANDLE IT! These two were ON FIRE! One little spark and BOOM, WILDFIRE! Their passion could not be contained and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the romance. The pacing was great, not two fast and Liam and Lissa took their time to find their way back to each other.

I adore Lissa and loved reading this book from her POV. At the beginning of the book, she is guarded. All her defenses are up and she is not willing to hear Liam out. But slowly, he starts to pick away at her walls and she eventually lets her guards down. She doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her, even after things started to spiral. She held her head high and she fought back.

I initially didn’t like Liam because he’s kind of a jerk, but that plot twist led me to having a change of heart. He’s not the asshole he makes himself out to be. He had good intentions, it’s just that his plans ended up hurting the one person he cared for the most. Don’t write him off just yet!

Then ending was BEAUTIFUL! NO DRY EYES IN SIGHT!

“But 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.”

Wicked Heart was a beautiful and sweet second chance romance filled with all the angst. I loved this book so much, I was hugging my eReader when I finished. Leisa Rayven is truly an entertaining story teller and I can’t wait to read more books written by her. BRING ON THE ANGST. I AM READY!

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Broken Juliet- Leisa Rayven

“Love is love. Passion is passion. And people who are lucky enough to feel it should grab it with both hands.”- Erika, Broken Juliet

21411062Title: Broken Juliet

Author: Leisa Rayven

Series: Starcrossed

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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Synopsis via Goodreads: How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, 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. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.

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Immediately after having finished Bad Romeo, I started Broken Juliet. With a cliffhanger ending, I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. Once again, these two frustrated me to know end, but surprisingly, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first book (HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!). Without further ado, let’s see how this dramatic romance ends!1Picking up right where the first book ends, Ethan Holt is standing outside Cassie Taylor’s apartment, begging for a second chance. A new beginning. With her hand on the knob, Cassie has to decide whether she wants to let Ethan in, back into her life, back into her heart. What she decides will either make them or break them, forever changing their lives. In the epic conclusion to a dramatic romance, will this be the end of Ethan and Cassie, or a new beginning for these star-crossed lovers?2Like I stated in my previous review of Bad Romeo, the ANGST in this book was KILLER! It was PURE PHYSICAL TORTURE!

This romance is slowed down a bit in this book, especially since there are longer scenes with our characters in the present. We start to see how events from the past are coming back to haunt both our characters and the affects they have on this relationship. We also see the break-up and get a better understanding of why Cassie is so guarded. Ethan definitely put her through the ringer. His insecurities took over to the point where it didn’t matter what Cassie said or did, he would never feel that he would be good enough for her.

One of my favorite parts was learning about Ethan hitting rock bottom, only to finally suck it up and start climbing back to the top. He worked on himself, pulled his life together and became a better person. I don’t think I can say it enough, but I LOVE present day Ethan! His character development was well-done and I loved seeing him grow and become that amazing guy in the end.

My other favorite part were Cassie’s therapy sessions. I don’t know about anyone else, but I may have shed a tear or two while she relived the past and expressed her greatest fears about her future with Ethan. I was really annoyed with Cassie during the first half of this book, but I couldn’t stay angry at her for long because REASONS that I cannot state as they are TOO spoilery!

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The writing was beautiful, so many quotable quotes! The pacing was great and you could feel the struggle between these two as well as the internal struggle Cassie was having with herself. The bringing together of the past and the present was executed quite nicely as the past events seamlessly connected with the events in the present. Now while this romance annoyed me because things were taking TOO LONG to happen, I have to admit it was well worth the wait. These two know how to shine both on and off the stage and the finale was beautiful!

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I have become a FAN of Leisa Rayven’s writing and I eagerly await the third book in this series. I have no doubt that I will enjoy it just as much as the previous books in this series, but I really hope there is not as much angst. I don’t think I would make it through a third round of an angst-filled book. NOT AGAIN!193

Bad Romeo- Leisa Rayven

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down.”- Erika, Bad Romeo

21411058Title: Bad Romeo

Author: Leisa Rayven

Series: Starcrossed

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.

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I don’t think I’ve ever loved and hated a series as MUCH as I do with the Starcrossed series. These two characters frustrated me to no end, yet I could not stop reading. This story sucks you in right from the start and I needed to know HOW this tragic romance was going to end. My poor heart was in for a doozy!

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The moment Cassie Taylor laid eyes on Ethan Holt, she knew she was in for trouble. A bad boy unable to control his emotions, Ethan knows that staying far away from Cassie is the best thing to do, for both of their sake. But their attraction is too strong and with an undeniable chemistry, the two are cast as the lead roles for the play, Romeo and Juliet. Sparks fly and the two give into their desires, but with Ethan unable to let go of his fears, the relationship goes south, leaving Cassie brokenhearted and alone.

That was three years ago…

Now, fate has brought these two together as they are once again cast as the lead roles for a upcoming play. This time, the roles have reversed as Cassie struggles to let go of her fears in order to let Ethan in. Can these two overcome their issues and finally find happiness, or will their story end like Romeo and Juliet’s, a tragedy.

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First and foremost, let me just say that the ANGST in this book was KILLER! You literally feel the sexual tension between these two.

The chemistry between Ethan and Cassie is UNDENIABLE. They are two passionate people, both on and off the stage, who feel with EVERY fiber of their being. Although the back and forth between these two had me pulling at my hair, I couldn’t help but hope that things worked out for these two because they deserved it. I mean Ethan is basically putting everything on the line, he’s showing all his cards when he returns to win back Cassie’s heart. GOD, I love present day Ethan SO MUCH!

The banter between these two was entertaining as Cassie is a bold and is always speaking what is on her mind. She’s very hesitant and she has every right to be as she’s been down this road before. I initially thought that the reason for why Ethan acts the way he does was going to be ridiculous, but he has legitimate reasons for why he treated Cassie the way he did. Dude has some major issues when it comes to trust and letting people in and I think he made the right choice when it came to letting Cassie go because HOW was he going to love her if he didn’t even like who he was? Seeing him change and become a better person not only for Cassie, but for himself was so touching.

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My favorite thing about this book has to be the WAY it was written. The chapters are split into two parts: one which shows the couple in the present and one which shows the couple six years ago. I loved how the two paralleled each other because we would be reading the events going on in the present and the interaction between these two, and then we would jump to six years ago and see how they interacted in a similar situations then. In the past, Ethan was the one holding back and Cassie was the one who kept pushing for more, but in the present, the roles are reversed which led to me feeling so conflicted because I was loving the past Cassie and hating the past Ethan, but then in the present, I was loving Ethan and hating Cassie. DO YOU SEE MY STRUGGLE?! 

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So of course the angst wasn’t enough as this book also ends with a CLIFFHANGER! Send help!

Overall, I’m so happy that I decided to pick up this book, even though I could’ve done without all that angst. This book is going to be a hit or miss with readers, but fans of New Adult should definitely check out this series. I’ve already read the sequel and I gosh I LOVED IT! So much angst, but the ending was so worth it!

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