Wicked Heart (Starcrossed, #3) by Leisa Rayven REVIEW

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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.


“How long does it take to fall in love?
A second? A week? A year?”

Wow what can I say, it’s been a long time since I read a book that was so angst-ridden and that had me on the edge of my seat. I was left wondering how on earth the author was going to pull off a happy ending but what a fantastic journey it was, I truly loved this book.

Elissa Holt is a stage manager working on Broadway, she’s the best at what she does and highly professional. When Hollywood stars and celebrity sweethearts, Liam Quinn and Angel Bell, enter her world to try their hand at theatre, she is severely tested as it turns out that Liam is the man who broke her heart six years prior and the sole reason she vowed never to date an actor again.

Elissa is a better woman than I am because there is no way I could have watched the love of my life interact with his fiance on a daily basis, but that is exactly what she has to do. Luckily she has her best friend, Josh for support because it’s clear as day that the attraction between them hasn’t waned at all in the time they’ve been apart.

“In that moment, he’s not a movie star, and I’m not his stage manager.
We’re the same two desperately connected people who fell down a rabbit hole years earlier and climbed out forever changed.”

Told in Elissa’s point of view, we live the agony with her, and only get glimpses of how Liam is feeling about being in close proximity to the woman he left behind. Also, we have flashbacks to their time together as young lovers, and I was so eager to find out how they went from having such fantastic banter and explosive chemistry, to severing contact for good.

“I’m not saying goodbye,” he says as he shoves his hands in his pockets.
“Because this isn’t over.
One day, fate’s going to fix this.
Bring us back together.
I believe that.”

Wicked Heart is a second chance romance that has all the great elements that I like in this kind of story. It was angsty, heartbreaking, and suspenseful, and then it ripped your heart to pieces and built you right back up again. It was delicious torture.

I adored all of the main characters, but Liam and Elissa stole the show and so they should have since it was their book. Maybe we’ll get lucky and get another book that features the other two 😉

Highly recommend this to anyone who loves the kind of book that makes you feel all the feelings, good and bad.

Wicked Heart is a standalone contemporary romance, told in the heroine’s POV.

ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Leisa Rayven

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, was published through Macmillan New York in December 2014. The sequel, BROKEN JULIET was released in April 2015, and the final book in Leisa’s Starcrossed series, WICKED HEART, will hit bookstores and kindles on May 3rd, 2016.

The Starcrossed series has gained hordes of passionate fans all over the world, and the books have now been translated into eight foreign languages. Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet have also featured on international best seller lists in Brazil and Germany.

Leisa Rayven 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.)

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