Review: WOW. Kele Moon’s second book in the BATTERED HEARTS series was even better than the first, and that’s saying something.
The only problem I had, and it was a relatively minor one, was the vague description of the dress Jules wears during a key scene early on in the story. The reader was left guessing what made the dress so special even though her brother and later her date, Romeo, both commented on the significance of her outfit of choice. The description came much later in the evening.
That aside, STAR CROSSED kept me up all night, as I was drawn into the drama, raw chemistry and emotions of Romeo and Juliet.
Ms Moon does a clever, new, take on Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, Juliet ‘Jules’ Conner and Romeo ‘Gladiator’ Wellings. Clever title choice too 😉
Whereas Melody and Clay from DEFYING THE ODDS took their time getting to now each other before having sex, largely because of the physical abuse Melody suffered during her first marriage, Jules and Romeo give in to their desire on their first date.
They have lots of sex, really, really hot sex. 😀 This book is listed as an erotic romance after all but Jules and Romeo have major obstacles in their path. How they deal with this and the humour that is present in Ms Moon’s writing, is what makes STAR CROSSED such a great read. 😀
Romeo has such a strong, loving bond with his younger brothers, Nova and Tino Moretti, but things are strained because both younger men ended up joining the New York mafia family their father belongs to.
Nova and Tino’s father is actually the mob boss’ son and when Romeo ended up in jail during their pre-teen years, their scumbag of a father swooped in and used them to his benefit – Nova is a genius and Tino became ‘mob muscle’.
The complications from this are numerous and potentially fatal to all three brothers. This is Romeo’s challenge to a HEA with Jules.
For her, it’s about the loyalty to her family – twin-brother and town Sheriff, Wyatt Conner, and their mutual best friend, Clay “Powerhouse” Powers, who fought Romeo in the UFC Championship fight featured in book one.
After their seemingly one-night-stand, Jules and Romeo realise they have a strong connection but are unable to be together, either publicly or physically, for a long time.
Their relationship blossoms though…via telephone and eventually video chat 😉
Let me tell you, these two scorched my Kindle with their activities!
It was a wonder Jules and Romeo didn’t jump on each other when they met again. I’m guessing Hal’s Diner on a crowded lunch hour in a small town was not the best place to embrace, especially when your relationship is still a major secret. 😉
But boy, oh boy, did they make up for months apart! 😀
Romeo and his baby brother Tino end up moving to Garnett for training with Clay and others at the UFC-equipped gym owned by the Conners and Powers.
That’s when his relationship with Jules really begins to grow on an emotional level. There’s danger ahead though from the mafia family that even Nova, with his genius IQ, can’t see a way out of right now.
If you’ve read DEFYING THE ODDS, then prepare yourself for an even more shocking confrontation climax in STAR CROSSED. In makes the hostage situation in book 1 look like child’s play.
There is a happy ending though, so keep the faith. 🙂
Title: Star Crossed
Series: Battered Hearts, book 2
Author: Kele Moon
Rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Loose ID
Publication date: February 2013
Synopsis: Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long-time enemy. After a steamy, one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.
The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy bad boy of the UFC, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.
As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.
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