WICKED HEART by LEISA RAYVEN                           Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review

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Title: Wicked Heart

Series: Starcrossed #3

Author: Leisa Rayven

Release Date: 17th May, 2016

Genre: New Adult

Published by St. Martin’s Press

 

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SYNOPSIS

Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

He’s also 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, and one moment of weakness will lead to a scandal that echoes around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn’t always follow the script.

 

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Five Wickedly Heartfelt Stars 

 

“This is the type of kiss I never knew existed. It’s like falling and flying, all in the same moment.”

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of this series. We reviewed Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet and to say we adored these two books would be nothing less than an understatement. So when we heard that Elissa Holt and Liam Quinn were going to have their own one, it was music to our ears. However, we had a small problem with the rating of Wicked Heart as it warranted many more stars than we could possibly give it. Grabbing our attention from the minute we picked it up to the very last word read, Ms Rayven’s writing inspired our private messages. Not only were they exchanged with gusto and at an incredible pace, but also the mainspring for sharing giggles. More than one agonising moment had us speed reading since one of the characters was to say the least, the reason for triggering our frustration.

“Hurry!”
“You’ve overtaken me. I’ll try and catch you up”
“69%. I’m stopping until I you catch up with me.”
“5% to go and I’m with you. Bloody interruptions and I’ve got things to do but this is just getting the better of me… have to carry on. Something’s going to happen!”
“This isn’t going to be good. Shit has hit the fan at 73%.”
“Ooh no! Now the bloody phone.”
“Tell ‘em to sod off!”

This was what was to be throughout this read. We simply couldn’t help ourselves!

“Liam, I swear on the life of my hamster not to use you as a sexual plaything.”
“Not even if I beg?
“Not even then.”
“If you ever beg to be my sexual plaything, I’ll make it happen in record time. More than once, if necessary.”

Having had a hot intense affair pulled from under her feet, Elissa blames her heart on what she thought was fate. Curvaceous, luscious and so unpretentious, she has no option but to learn to live in the present, get on with life and do what she does well as a stage manager on Broadway. Her attitude wasn’t at all surprising to us, either. It wasn’t as if her heart hadn’t been warned. The ‘one’ got away. No other man would ever be able to live up to her expectations. Her internal struggles made our hearts go out to this gracious young woman whose stubbornness seemed to get the better of her. Disillusioned and wary with men in general doesn’t make it easy for her bestie.

Gorgeously drop-dead handsome and happy go lucky love ‘em and leave ‘em, Joshua Kane is highly protective of her and thinks differently. Laugh out loud; his matchmaking skills weren’t exactly what we had in mind for such a sassy lass. Josh is another story all together and we soon sussed out this guy with a sense of humour second to none.

“You gave him a boner, didn’t you?”
“Good night, Joshua.”
“Okay fine. My ‘told you so’ can wait until morning. Oops. Look at that. Seems it can’t.”

Fate. Whether cannily manipulated or not, discovering how the storyline would develop regarding this cruel blow, kept us on our toes. Literally anything was possible and we found this factor an important one and exhilarating. When Liam walks into the scenario, he has the shock of his life. In the limelight, successful and actually a real softy, he regrets how he’s handled the past that just happens to be staring him in the face. Albeit his indecisiveness driving us up the wall, connecting to this adorably scrumptious actor was a piece of cake. The protagonists’ ginormous communication problems brought out many conflicting feelings to the point that we were ticking the two of them off. But then again, this is the backbone of their story.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you from the moment I saw you.”
“You don’t even know how beautiful you are.”

Now if there’s one outstandingly refreshing character the must be mentioned, it has to be Angel. We never expected her to have such a fabulous personality. She gave us a great balance of wit, empathy and sarcasm which just made us love her more! Without giving away what part she played in this well-developed story, we have to say how refreshing her role was. It would’ve be very easy for Ms Rayven to go down the typical if we dare say, traditional route for Angel. Her performance was above par excellent in Elissa and Liam’s story. All we can say is that it was well played! (Pun not intended). You brought to life this loveable dramatis persona who we should’ve hated but because of your unique creativity, made us connect to her strongly.

“Shoe size?”
“Big.”
“Head?”
“Uh … are you offering, or –“

Wow! If there’s ever a read that hooks you lock, line and sinker, this is it. Both of us agreed that it would make a blockbuster of a film as the plot is well mapped out, so very visual, full of surprises and has a good dose of heartrending scenes. Even though it can easily be read as a standalone, we highly recommend reading Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet as some of the secondary characters’ shenanigans from these two books are highlighted. Ms Rayven, your books are a delight to read! We are both avid readers and your books will always stand out amongst our all-time favourite reads. Hmm… would it be asking too much for a spin off for you know who? We’d love to hear more about them. Last word to sum up has to merely be ‘Bravisimo!’

“As long as I have you, I’ll be the richest man on earth.”

 

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Meet the Author

 

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Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, is available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)

Why not say hi to Leisa! She’d love to hear from you.

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A sizzling hot SPIRAL OF BLISS spin-off novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane

“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”
“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”
A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth.
“You will.”

Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer.

Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers she is caught in a storm she can’t control…

 

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               SIDEBARRED by EMMA CHASE                               Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review

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Title: Sidebarred

Author: Emma Chase

Series: The Legal Briefs #3.5

Release Date: 24th April, 2016

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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PR: Nina Bocci

 

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SYNOPSIS

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this final addition to the Legal Briefs Series.

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man.

And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay out of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

 

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Could we possibly have wanted for more? We certainly didn’t expect this amazing offering from the author of a series which has had us enchanted with all her unforgettable characters. Each and every one of them managed to steal our hearts with such an ease that when we talk about Jake, Chelsea, Stanton, Sofia, Brent and Kennedy, it’s as if we’ve known them for a lifetime. Choosing between these gals’ drop-dead gorgeous partners is like being asked to pick your favourite child. Awful, right? Albeit having a gun put to our heads, we’d have to plead the fifth because there’s no doubt the legal representation would be nothing less than excellent! Shh… no offence to Jake’s best mates who we adore to pieces. Smitten with this guy is an understatement!

“Don’t ever leave me. Promise me you’ll be with me always. I know it’s not a promise you can make…. but do it anyway.”

As per usual, the exuberant banter is overflowing and has the right mix of angst and humour. Laugh out loud, we did. Some scenes were also cause for concern. So much so that while we were messaging one another, we had to take a quite a few deep breaths and dry happy-sad tears before carrying on. The reason for our emotional state was simply because as always, Ms Chase not only has a way with words, but also writes a story which comes alive and is effortlessly related to.

“Regan, give me my turn on the Wii or I’m gonna knock you up!”…
“That phrase is going to go over well in kindergarten tomorrow.”

Jake is back and still at the helm! Narrated by him in first person, he has a lot to say. Who wouldn’t with a household full of rowdy but loveable kids! Faced with everyday problems, his fatherly advice showed us that he is in his element and he wouldn’t change it for the world.

“Some guys may try and give you a hard time about using condoms. And as a guy, I’m telling you straight up – screw them”…
“I mean don’t! Don’t screw them. Ever.”

Mind you, he’s still learning by his mistakes. Taking an issue into his own hands doesn’t exactly please his gorgeous wife, Chelsea. Nevertheless, being such a solid team as they are, he quickly realises she’s right and is there to share his predicaments, his joys and his sorrows. We’re sure by now you all have a good idea what makes Jake tick. And ooh boy, in this little gem of a novella he’s at his best. His better half, his one and only love, has a challenge of sorts that can’t be refused. Positive in every way, he handles it with manly gusto in and out of the bedroom magnificently.

“I didn’t plan on you, Chelsea. Or them. And for as long as I live, you will be the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Why we fell hook, line and sinker this time was meeting up with the gang again. Seeing them together, and we do say ‘seeing’ because this is exactly how we felt, was beyond our wishes. It shone light on how they were getting on and left us sighing a tearful goodbye to these three couples so different but so very connected. Stanton and Sofia won us over in Overruled as did Jake and Chelsea in Sustained. Hmm… our beloved Jake! We’ve always been enamoured with Brent and Kennedy. Yet interrupted, their heart-rending love story spanning over the years left us with a smile on our faces as did the two previous books. We’ve savoured these friends’ up and downs, relished their moments of triumph and suffered while they fought to overcome life’s hurdles.

“We can hear you singing One Direction!”
“We’re never going to live this one down. Ever.”

So we’ve decided not to say goodbye since we’ll most definitely be rereading this series or even better, listen to them on Audible. Thank you Ms Chase for giving all your Legal Briefs’ fans this extended insight into these outstanding folk. Bravo!

 

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AUTHOR’S BIO

overruled4_nBy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 

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