Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Leisa Rayven has a knack for making you feel. She weaves her story in a way that is at the same time utterly romantic and simmering with sexual tension and raw longing. Her writing is beautiful and her characters are so engaging and well-developed that you will root for them, no matter what.
Liam Quinn is the biggest movie star in the world. With his fiancée Angel, they form Hollywood’s golden couple. Elissa Holt is a very professional and respected stage manager on Broadway. If you have read “Bad Romeo” and “Broken Juliet”, you’ll know that she is the sister of Ethan. Elissa is very affected when she learns that her next play will star Liam and his fiancée. Elissa and Liam are not perfect strangers. Six years before, they had a short and passionate relationship, but Liam left Elissa on his way to megastardom. Deeply hurt, Elissa never really could get over Liam’s betrayal and doesn’t believe in true love anymore. Being around him on the play is very complicated and their relationship is tense. Elissa is so tired of wanting what she can’t have : him.
I confess I had mixed feelings for Liam at first. His behavior seemed ambivalent, to say the least. But as the story progressed, I was able to understand and forgive him for his past behavior. I could easily connect with Elissa. Her despair and feelings of inadequacy towards the megastar that Liam has become moved me. My emotions were all over the place during the first part of the story. But then the author introduced a major plot twist that I had not seen coming and everything changed.
Although Wicked Heart is part of “The Starcrossed Series”, it can be read as a standalone and is told entirely in Elissa’s POV. Overall, this book was unputdownable in a very emotion-inducing way, with an ending that I found absolutely satisfying !
A copy of this book was kindly provided by publisher St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.