REVIEW: Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

wicked-heartAuthor: Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed #3
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world… and 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. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Prepare your heart to be fucked in all ways and drown in your own feelings because Wicked Heart will take you to a whirlwind of second-chance, forbidden romance with its phenomenal writing, unforgettable, and downright dramatic sequences I’ve never expected in any book in all the days I’ve been reading. It will hold you down, will not let you go, will not even let you grasp for air once you started it.

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My first Leisa Rayven book and I’m pretty confident this would be the start of my love-hate relationship with her. (I’m pretty sure I’ve also found Marian Tee‘s secret evil twin because the last time I’ve had a post with a lot of GIFs in it was when I almost murdered Marian. Haha!) Because finishing Wicked Heart in one sitting?

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Not sure if that’s a good idea especially since it’s not for the weak of heart.

Liam Quinn is an idiot. Oops, that slipped. Let me try that again.

Liam Quinn is a freaking douchebag. Oh my gosh, why that again?! Come on now, be serious. Okay, okay.

Liam Quinn is everything Elissa Holt ever wanted in a guy minus his status for being an actor because Elissa had enough of that. Six years ago, Elissa would have understood the consequences that came with Liam. Six years later, she wasn’t sure anymore. Because not only she’s going to work with him as the stage manager of their Broadway show but also because he’s got a fiancée who’s his leading lady for the said show. They said time heals everything… only not this time.

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MY. GOD. How do I even begin? Reading the book was hard as it was but reviewing it was entirely a different matter. Because IT WAS AN AMBUUUUSH!!!

And what an impressive ambush!

I dreaded reading it because I was really scared at how things will turn out. I mean—READ THE FREAKING BLURB. (Then tell me how you really feel.) And then there’s the fact that I haven’t read anything from the author yet. But all was good and even great because Wicked Heart is now sitting pretty at my favorites, best reads of the year, ugly cry, exceptionally-written book categories. NO REGRETS! I wanted to scream that I loooooved it on top of my lungs!

The book started really strong. Just from the first few pages, it got my full attention because it was loaded with so much angst, so much emotions wrapped in a way of writing so freaking beautiful, I wanted to crawl in Leisa’s words forever.

Elissa Holt is a strong, gorgeous, funny (and maybe a bit bitchy of a) woman who has a military precision when it comes to her job. She’s professional in every sense of the word and she was hurt by the only man she truly loved.

Liam Quinn as I said was an a-hole for leaving Elissa and even more now because he had a gorgeous-for-life fiancée who’s not Elissa. To make the matters worst, she’s not a bitch. So I was torn if I wanted to hug or kill her. But remove that certain plus one and he’d be perfect. He’s hotter than life, very talented and entertaining.

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I couldn’t believe it though when Liam spilled his guts and confessed everything and then he was hoping Liss would take him back after all those years! I mean, really?! Six years have passed without a word from him and he was acting like that? He didn’t deserve her! I was like…

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I think this was where I had doubts because the redemption had been quick and easy and I was expecting Liam to grovel a lot more than that. The six years of non-miscommunication was a bit too long as well. I didn’t think I believed Liam’s belief in fate. That fate was kind of what you make it thing. Because he failed at that—twice. Clearly, Liam didn’t deserve Liss because of what he did and Liss didn’t deserve Liam because he’s a huge piece of shit. Ohhh, look at that… now they match!!

But the author didn’t just end the story without giving it a fight because AHHHHH!!! More twists!!! And I freaking loved it!

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The battle of wills and the giving-in-to-temptation force were scorching hot! And the chemistry between Liam and Liss was out of this world! I felt like being seated in a rollercoaster ride without the safety belts because the build up was freaking intense, my heart was beating wildly like I ran with zombies behind me! And OMG, the hot scenes. The hottest of scenes! My. Goodness, Liam fucking Quinn! Ahhh!!!

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Wicked Heart was a fantastic blend of all things contradicting. The book managed to make me feel ALL THE THINGS. I cried, I got my heart ripped to pieces, I laughed, I swooned, I cheered for every success and failure (haha!) the characters encountered. And most of all, I enjoyed Liss and Liam’s journey to their happy ever after. I couldn’t explain the wickedness in Leisa’s writing but I’m telling you now: you won’t be disappointed. And if you’d ask me if it’s worth all the pain and tears and nearly every heart attach I had to endure while reading, I’d say…

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The book wasn’t exhausting at all though it was feels-loaded because the resolution and the funny comebacks of every character balanced it all out. It’s the kind of story you’d be rereading a hundred times over.

Wicked Heart is a stunning, excruciatingly painful but beautiful, passionate story of second chances that rendered me speechless, left me well-satisfied (and maybe even wanting for more) and at the mercy of Leisa’s haunting words. It began strong and ended even stronger. Highly recommended!

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Now, let me find a way to have this in a signed paperback because there’s no way I’m not having it!

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