Review: Broken Juliet (Starcrossed #2) by Leisa Rayven

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Summary:

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.

Review:

Soooo here I am, sobbing, after this rollercoaster of emotions! Leisa Rayven did it again! You thought everything was fine after Ethan’s thousand I love yous, but what happens after that?

This man represents so many things to me. He was my first true friend. My first love. First lover. The master of more pleasure than I knew existed, and the architect of more heartache than I thought I could endure. It seems almost impossible to translate all of those men into the one he wants to be. The one who just wants to be a single thing to me. Mine.

After reading Bad Romeo (which I loved, you can find my review here) I couldn’t wait to read more about Cassie and Ethan, but the closer we got to the release date of Broken Juliet, and the more I was worried this would just add unnecessary drama, and probably end up annoying me. Well, not even close. After Cassie got Ethan’s declaration he was right there outside her door waiting to be taken back. Cassie wants to try, because she knows Ethan can make her happier than anyone ever could, but she thinks she’s already broken beyond repair. Should she really put herself on that dangerous path again?

“You think I don’t love you?” he says as he steps away from the wall and draws up to his full height. “If I didn’t, do you think I’d be in hell right now? You think I like feeling like this?”

As in the first book, chapters alternate between the present and the past. Although we got a good look at what happened between the two, in Broken Juliet we can see more of the ugly parts. We get to see a young Ethan trying, and failing, at being Cassie’s boyfriend, we see her being always hopeful and wanting more than anything to get Ethan to open up. But he wasn’t ready, and even though they tried they never made it work. I really loved how in this book both characters, at different stages and times, went to therapy to overcome their problems. As long as Ethan wasn’t ready to face his fear he couldn’t possibly be with Cassie, even if he loved her, even if he wanted to be better for her. He thought he’d never be enough, that he’d hold her back with his problems and his jealousy. Only after six years apart, and a true journey toward recovery, he was finally ready to really fight for her, and be a man deserving of her love.

For my whole life I’ve heard people throw around the term “heartache”, but I never truly understood what it meant until now. I mean, how is it possible that an emotion, something that has no mass or form except what we give it, is able to wrap around our hearts like a python and squeeze until every valve and chamber aches? Until the blood itself, which has no feeling at all, pulls barbed wire through our arteries with every broken beat? It shouldn’t be possible.

Well, what Ethan did to Cassie, not only once, but twice, truly broke her. She’s not anymore the girl who finds the strength to brush off his jealousy and kiss him to remind him that he is the only one. She doesn’t want whatever he feels like giving to her this time, like she did when they were younger. Now she’s scared. Cassie can see that he’s changed, but she’s been there once before. How can she be sure that this time it’s the real thing? She wouldn’t survive another heartbreak. So Ethan has to really prove himself now. And Cassie understands that she, too, needs help to finally move on, if she really wants to make things work between them.

For all its amazing strength, our hearts are made of eggshells, and sometimes all it takes is someone you’d almost given up on declaring their love for it to crack wide open.

In the end, this book didn’t turn out to be a disappointment, as a lot of those should-be-a-standalone-but-the-book-did-well-so-let’s-write-a-sequel books; the characters in the present don’t have to face more drama, they just have to work to actually be together. Because after someone makes you feel so much pain, forgiving them is only the first step, then you have to really let go of the fear and the anger, and find a way to trust them again. It’s not easy, and that’s what this book is about. The drama mostly stays in the chapters about their past.

The thing is, if people were books, Ethan would be a bestseller. A sexy, intelligent, page-turner you’d find hard to put down, even after it reduced you to a sobbing mess.

Ethan… when he’s at his best he’s amazing, he’s funny and hot as all hell. This book is quite steamy *fans self*

I hope you’ll like it! Enjoy!

manuela calloway sisters

 

 

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