Title: Wicked Heart
Series: Starcrossed #3
Author: Leisa Rayven
Release Date: 17th May, 2016
Genre: New Adult
Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven is live on all platforms!
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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.
“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.
“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.”
The Starcrossed Series Reading Order
Bad Romeo: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS
Broken Juliet: Amazon ~ UK | US | CAN | AUS
WICKED HEART is live now! Can be read as a standalone.
Meet the Author
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.