Katiebird Reviews Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3) by Leisa Rayven



Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven 

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.


Being a huge fan of Leisa’s work is so easy! Seriously the talent of this woman knows no bounds. She has this way of telling a story that touches on every emotion, and doesn’t always take the easiest path to get to happily ever after. Her characters feel more real that way. Elissa Holt’s brother Ethan completely owns me, because his younger self was all brooding and hot. That doesn’t not mean I don’t have a place in my heart for Liam Quinn.

Fate. Some people believe that Fate is a real thing that leads us and takes away our choices in life. Others not so much. Elissa and Liam meet one night on the steps of a train station in New York City. Instant attraction and chemistry galore! Liam believes it’s Fate that brought them together, and does everything possible to get Elissa to believe it as well. Fate has other plans for them. Elissa doesn’t date actors especially ones that are working in the same show that she is managing.

Here is where Leisa tortures us, and her characters. She gives us a taste of what could be, then puts it just out of our reach. Damn her and her UST skills. If you’ve read the other books in the series, you know what I mean. The good thing is Elissa and Liam are not the same people at Ethan and Kassie. There is no brooding boy with commitment issues or a girl with people pleasing issues.

What I liked about Elissa is how funny and strong she is in her conviction. Liam wants to be with Elissa, but understands the position they are in.  He is a pretty happy guy who just gets himself into a situation that has consequences that seem so final. When Fate yet again steps in and puts them on opposite sides of the country, all we can do is hope that some how Fate will stop being stupid and get them back together. I also have to mention Josh, Elissa’s straight best friend and Angel, Liam’s fiancé. As secondary characters they shine their own light. I think geeky guys are hot, and with Angel being a red head, I wanted to hate her, but just couldn’t.

Honestly, I’m doing my best to not give too much away, because I loved every surprise that happens. I am torn at whether I think you could read this book without reading Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet. We hear about Ethan and Kassie, but they are very much in the background. Something really big though happens at the very end, that could totally ruin the other books. I am going to go with No.

Selecting my favorite quotes was difficult, because I highlighted a lot from this book. Leisa is just that talented, and Elissa is just that funny.


favorite quotes


Leisa’s dedication: This book is for all those who have been kicked in the face by love and gotten back up again. May your fragile hearts be warmed by the sun, and soothed by gentle breezes, and may you one day hide behind a strategically placed tree which allows you to ninja-tackle love and junk punch it right in the nads. 

I know I should be cautious because I know so little about him, but for some reason, I feel safe. Everything about him is brand-new and familiar at the same time. Like there’s been a tune playing in my head for my whole life, and he’s finally given it words.

“Come home with me. If you don’t want to have sex, that’s fine. Talk to me. Touch me. Whatever you feel comfortable with. Just be with me. Please. We don’t have much time left. And I have the strongest feeling that having a part of you is going to be better than having all of anyone else.” –Liam

Years ago I saw a magazine article that claimed everyone should have their hearts broken at least once in order to become a better person. It said that the pain of losing someone you love will teach you about yourself. Develop your strength and resilience. Whoever wrote that article can go fuck themselves. Heartache doesn’t teach you to be resilient. It teaches you to protect your fragility. It teaches you to fear love. And it draws a bright red circle around all of the ways you’ve failed as a person and laughs while you cry. 

“Not a lot of people know this, I am in the fitness protection program.” He tries not to smile. “Is that right?” “Yep. Every year I’m hunted by gym memberships, but they’ve not found me yet.”




Leisa Rayven is running an amazing giveaway because the release of Wicked Heart is delayed to May 17th. A SIGNED set of Starcrossed books, including BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and yep, WICKED HEART, and a gift card from Amazon valued at $100 with which you can by ALL THE THINGS. (Even books. Well, let’s be honest, especially books.)

One lucky winner is going to take home ALL of those amazing prizes. That’s 19 signed paperbacks in total, PLUS $100 bucks to buy even more books!

PRE-ORDER links:

Amazon US: http://goo.gl/mgSFEO

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/VmkvfG

Barnes & Noble: http://goo.gl/iVpVoK

KOBO: https://goo.gl/4Ky3sp

IndieBound: http://goo.gl/zGjfGJ

iBooks: https://goo.gl/iAk8vd

Hit up the Rafflecopter below to enter. The winner will be drawn on Wicked Heart’s new release date: the 17th of May, 2016.

Click here to enter.

Good luck, lovelies! May the odds be ever in your favor.

Leisa x

5 stars

I give this book 5 starcrossed stars, and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads. 

***I was given an ARC from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. Excerpts are from that copy.***




About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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