Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

Posted April 22, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana StoneThe Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

He can’t wait to leave…

Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She’s finally found a place to stay…

For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings...

 

Quick Summary
Lily St. Clare had a one-night-stand with a gorgeous but anonymous man she met in a cab as she was leaving a pub on New Years Eve. Now, six months later she’s facing that man who turns out to be her good friend’s best friend, Mac Draper, after he returned home for the first time since that night.

 

So, what’s the conflict?
Neither Lily or Mac want to be in ANY relationship, with good reasons. Mac’s sort of a man whore and Lily is terrified by how attracted she is to this man. He’s ready for the chase because…he’s Mac. She’s not playing hard to get…it’s real for her. But, their coming together is just inevitable.

 

Then, what about the romance?
I LOVED their romance. It was honest, real and sizzling while both tried to convince themselves they weren’t getting deeply involved with each other. Mac’s family history is still his present and he’s afraid it will haunt his future so why commit. Lily’s family background is equally dysfunctional, just different issues. In spite of all of this, they created something pretty special.

 

Anything else?
This story put a spotlight on domestic violence and it was chilling, adding to the frankness and honesty of this story. It was sometimes hard to digest and it provided insight on the residual effect of it on all of those involved, including friends and neighbors.

 

Bottom line
The last book ended with Mac and Lily’s one-night-stand so I was really anticipating their story. There were no disappointments here as I enjoyed all aspects of this story, most especially how well crafted Mac and Lily were as characters and their wonderful relationship. I don’t know if this is the last book in the series (I really hope not) but I really want to see more of these characters and those around them. I loved the story and Mac and Lily. It was worthy of them both.

 

 

 

 

About Juliana Stone

My love of the written word and ’80s rock have inspired me in more ways than one. I write dark paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance and spend my days navigating a busy life that includes a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Music and words have always been my passions. I sing in a band in which my husband plays guitar, and my son comes along for the ride as well. We’re total ’80s geeks, but sadly, the big hair, big shoulder pads, and neon colors are a thing of the past!


The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone

The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone

Posted March 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

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The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

Posted April 26, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

I came ever so close to not downloading this book and am I ever grateful that I gave it a second shot. It wasn’t another story about a wild-child-turned-rocker who comes home to prove to the hometown crowd he could be somebody (what I thought it would be). Instead, it was a tender, loving story about a guy, Cain Black, who had a bit of bad boy in him, was incredibly talented as a teen-ager and everyone knew it and returns home when one of his best friends from that time was killed in action in Afghanistan. The group that was affectionately called the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake get to reunite for the first time since high school but sadly with one missing. Maggie […]