ARC Review: Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Expected Publication: May 3, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
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.
(I buddyread this book with sis Bea. Click her name to read her review) 🙂
Wicked Heart, for me, was like a tornado of emotions! Ever read a book where you find yourself swooning yet you feel scared at the same time because you know your heart’s going to break at the later part? That’s exactly what I felt while reading this book. Gratefully, it ended with a perfect HEA, so no complaints at all from my satisfied heart!
Leisa Rayven has quickly become one of my favorite authors in the New Adult genre. This author really has the gift of hooking her readers and making them feel drawn because of her awesomely attractive and well-defined characters and of course, her brilliant writing style and beautiful romantic plot. Once again, I’m awed. I loved Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet and I also loved this book!
Wicked Heart focuses on Elissa and Liam’s story. Elissa, an aspiring stage manager, met Liam one day. Having been broken-hearted a few times by her ex-boyfriends who happened to be actors, she swore she will never ever date and fall in love with one ever again. But when she learned that Liam was aspiring to become an actor, her heart became confused whether to continue her romantic affair with him or not. An opportunity that offered a promising future to Liam’s career eventually came to him which led him to abandon Elissa and go to New York. This changed their relationship to a whole new level and Elissa ended up broken-hearted. After years of being apart, they met and sparks once again flew.
“Love in an asshole. It doesn’t care about people’s plans. It’s never convenient. It crawls inside of you at the most ridiculous times and makes you feel, whether you like it or not. And even after the time when you should have learned to stop loving someone, it just keeps holding on to them.”
I fell in love with the way the author plotted the scenarios here. It made me miss Ethan and Cassie when they were still working together as actors at The Grove because of the stage works done by the characters. What made me even fall in love with this book was LIAM effin’ QUINN. Darn, why do book Gods continue to shower us with such oozing hot male characters? Liam is definitely one of them!
The only thing that quite bothered me (maybe it was just me) was Elissa’s character. It’s ironic how I find the jolly, naughty Cassie in her character. Like no difference at all. When I’ve read Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet last year, I saw Elissa as someone who’s a bit demure or if I’m not wrong, a woman with a sense of fashion and sophistication. In this book, however, I thought her character changed… or my perception with her character changed, either ways.
Also, I find Liam (most of the time) an a-hole. What he did to Elissa during the first half of the book was really frustrating and unforgivable. However, he was able to redeem himself in the end and yes, I forgave him and loved him for that.
The journey that both Liam and Elissa went through in this book was really beautiful. How they were able to come back to each other after years of being apart– that was so heart-warming. It made me cry and want to simultaneously punch things just because. ALL THE FEELS!
“In the words of Ancient Chinese proverb, it’s all very well for the bird and the fish to fall in love, but where will they make their home?”
All in all, Wicked Heart is wickedly and heart-breakingly beautiful. Definitely a must-read if you are into romantic NA reads with broken and gorgeous heroes. I am excited to find out what Leisa Rayven has in store for us in the future. 🙂
(Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for generously sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! :))
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