Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

Series: Starcrossed #2
Release Date: April 28, 2016
Publisher: Pan
Genre: New Adult
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★ 

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. 

Broken Juliet was all the things I had hoped Bad Romeo would have been.  It isn't that I disliked Bad Romeo, I just disliked aspects of the past portions of Bad Romeo.  I was most happy to not have those same issues with Broken Juliet.

BJ picks up right where BR leaves off, with Ethan professing his love for Cassie and Cassie too scared to give him yet another chance.

The roles are now reversed.  All the parts of Ethan that he regrets about himself are now in full force within Cassie. She's terrified to commit, to let herself become a victim to love...again.  She's broken and it's Ethan's fault.  He swears he's in her life to stay this time but those are only words.

I enjoyed all the flashbacks this time around. They felt more meaningful, like there was much more purpose to them and they were not diluted by annoying sub characters that meant nothing to me other than one more person trying to impart some ridiculous wisdom. Yeah...you can see what really irked me about book one. Sorry.

This time around, those parts were full of the meat of their earlier relationship and gave much more insight into why the relationship falls apart and how Cassie becomes the woman she is now.

I truly felt for her and could finally see her as someone other than a woman who refused to head the repeated warnings of a man telling her he would fuck her over.  I also learned to love Ethan even more. The journey Ethan takes to get to the end isn't an easy one and I respected Rayven for giving him that life lesson on his own terms, for allowing him to want to fix himself and having the courage to do it.

Broken Juliet is just as angst ridden and drama filled as Bad Romeo, but with a deeper, more heartfelt tone.  It was a great conclusion to a pretty epic love story.

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