Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 
Synopsis: 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.

What I Thought:

I've been waiting to read this book from the very the second I finished reading Bad Romeo in October.  That's over six, very long months to find out what happens between Cassie and Ethan, but I'm happy to say the wait was well worth it. I fell into the story from the very first page and felt happy and satisfied after reading the last.

Broken Juliet answered all of my questions and filled in all the details I was missing about Ethan and Cassie's relationship, starting from the first day they met. I found myself often astonished by what happened between the two of them. Both Ethan and Cassie are complex characters.  They're heavily influenced by their pasts and it shows in their actions and responses.  Insecurities also play a huge role in the destruction of their relationships with each other and a very large hindrance to any sort of reunion they might have.

One of the most surprising thoughts I had while reading this book was, "Ethan and Cassie have come full circle." In the past Ethan held all the control in the relationship and Cassie was helpless against his whims.  Now in the present, Cassie held the reigns and Ethan was the one trying to convince her to let him in. She sure didn't make it easy for him and I completely understood her reticence to let him in.  A person is once burned, twice shy, but Ethan had decimated Cassie more than once and in this case a third chance was too risky for her to take easily.

This duology was the perfect showcase for the power of heartbreak and love. Ethan and Cassie made so many mistakes and they kept hurting each other, sometimes purposefully and other times inadvertently, but the bond they had was undeniable and unbreakable even with the distance between them physically and emotionally. I was spellbound as bits and pieces of the past were revealed and then made relevant to their present. The growth of these two from the first page of Bad Romeo until the end of Broken Juliet is significant and visibly noticeable.

The saga of Ethan and Cassie is a masterpiece that will enchant, captivate, and entrance you. It's impossible to put down and even harder to forget. Leisa Rayven has done a phenomenal job at delivering a story with characters I don't think I could ever tire of reading about. I can't rave enough about how amazing this book is. I hope to see glimpses of Ethan and Cassie in the future and I will eagerly be awaiting Leisa's next release.

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About the Author
leisaWriting 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, will be 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.)
Author Links: Website Facebook Twitter Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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