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Broken Juliet

Book 2, The Starcrossed Series

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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.

"The emotions were superb. Hottest new book couple!" -Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain

"Leisa Rayven crashes onto the romance scene, laughing, flirting, and just daring us to put Bad Romeo down. I couldn't!" -Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 13, 2015 – The second half of Rayven s contemporary romance duology (after Bad Romeo) begins with its leads tentatively giving romance another try. Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt have been on-again, off-again lovers since college, and their job as co-leads in a Broadway play has made them confront their feelings for one another. Cassie remembers Ethan s emotionally withholding past behavior in a long series of flashbacks as she attempts to learn to trust him again. Much of the book is devoted to Cassie s slow recovery from her deep emotional wounds, but Ethan s own, similar recovery takes place offstage, so it s hard to see that he s worth the effort. In addition, the pattern of codependent need that made the pairing a bad idea is shown in such excruciating, repetitive detail that it becomes difficult to believe they can transcend it. Rayven s writing focuses on scene-by-scene ups and downs, and the book comes across as one long argument for its protagonists seeking therapy years and hundreds of pages earlier than they actually do.

Customer Reviews

A masterpiece I can't get enough of!

I've been waiting to read this book from the very the second I finished reading Bad Romeo in October. That's over six, very long months to find out what happens between Cassie and Ethan, but I'm happy to say the wait was well worth it. I fell into the story from the very first page and felt happy and satisfied after reading the last.

Broken Juliet answered all of my questions and filled in all the details I was missing about Ethan and Cassie's relationship, starting from the first day they met. I found myself often astonished by what happened between the two of them. Both Ethan and Cassie are complex characters. They're heavily influenced by their pasts and it shows in their actions and responses. Insecurities also play a huge role in the destruction of their relationships with each other and a very large hindrance to any sort of reunion they might have.

One of the most surprising thoughts I had while reading this book was, "Ethan and Cassie have come full circle." In the past Ethan held all the control in the relationship and Cassie was helpless against his whims. Now in the present, Cassie held the reigns and Ethan was the one trying to convince her to let him in. She sure didn't make it easy for him and I completely understood her reticence to let him in. A person is once burned, twice shy, but Ethan had decimated Cassie more than once and in this case a third chance was too risky for her to take easily.

This duology was the perfect showcase for the power of heartbreak and love. Ethan and Cassie made so many mistakes and they kept hurting each other, sometimes purposefully and other times inadvertently, but the bond they had was undeniable and unbreakable even with the distance between them physically and emotionally. I was spellbound as bits and pieces of the past were revealed and then made relevant to their present. The growth of these two from the first page of Bad Romeo until the end of Broken Juliet is significant and visibly noticeable.

The saga of Ethan and Cassie is a masterpiece that will enchant, captivate, and entrance you. It's impossible to put down and even harder to forget. Leisa Rayven has done a phenomenal job at delivering a story with characters I don't think I could ever tire of reading about. I can't rave enough about how amazing this book is. I hope to see glimpses of Ethan and Cassie in the future and I will eagerly be awaiting Leisa's next release.

Too much back and forth between the hero and heroine in this one.

Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss

Bad Romeo was so addictive to read and I had so much fun reading it. With the way it ended, I was dying to get my hands on the sequel, so I could find out what happens. Broken Juliet was another fun book to read but I got bored with all of the back and forth between the hero and heroine.

In Bad Romeo, Ethan's self-loathing was sad to watch. His self-destructive tendencies only get worse in the past chapters of this book. Meanwhile, in the present storyline, the tables have turned completely. Now Cassie is the one who is unsure of Ethan. Six years later, he's fighting for Cassie and prepared to show her how much he's changed and how much he loves her.

Just like Bad Romeo , Broken Juliet hooked me and I had to keep reading. One of the things left unanswered in Bad Romeo was the reason Ethan left Cassie six years ago that later led to her downward spiral. We get that answer in Broken Juliet, but I had to say that it was slightly underwhelming. The impact of his departure at that time was diminished by the other numerous times he left her.

I mentioned recently in another review that sometimes contemporary series featuring the same couple are sometimes better being condensed into one book or one book and a novella. I would have been a-okay with this being one book. I felt like Broken Juliet was more of the same as Bad Romeo with Ethan's self-destructive behavior and the constant break-ups. While I understood Ethan's plight, it got old seeing him constantly flip-flop between staying with Cassie and leaving her.

Cassie and Ethan's story wraps up nicely in this book. I will definitely be reading Wicked Heart when it comes out.

2.5 stars

* I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


I really enjoyed this book. I loved seeing how much Ethan changed. The whole time reading the book I felt like my heart was breaking along with theirs. I'm surprised this book doesn't have that many ratings. Glad I found this book. Highly recommend it.

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Broken Juliet
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Apr 28, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Starcrossed Series
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