Review ~ The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone


Book: The Day He Kissed Her

Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3

Author: Juliana Stone

Format: e-book

Page Count: 321

Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 1st, 2014

Source: Publisher


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…


Alright. I didn’t even have the time to mark this book as ‘currently reading’, which should say a thing or two about it. It’s no secret that I loved Juliana Stone’s Bad Boys of Crystal Lake . Ever since the first book, I’ve read these guys getting over their problems and finding love, and with each book my excitement grew more and more. Naturally, when I realized Mac’s story was within reach, I grabbed for it and inhaled it real quick.

I already said this before, but the biggest thing I like about this series is the kind of problems the heroes are facing. I still call myself a newbie when it comes to contemporary romances, and the ones I’ve read so far, as enjoyable as they were, didn’t exactly deal with the kind of real life struggles these heroes had to face. Don’t get me wrong, every book has its own unique story and beauty, but I love a challenge when it comes to romance, something more than just jealous exes or spiteful could’ve beens. So when I come across a story that takes its hero and/or its heroine and puts them through some rough patches, it becomes extra special and exciting for me. This story, along with its predecessors, did exactly that.

Violence is never an easy issue. Domestic violence is even more difficult and delicate issue, one I wish didn’t even exist to discuss here or anywhere else. The sad truth is that it exists. And it’s more often that not gone unnoticed. It ices the blood in my veins and makes my hands shake with anger. By the time we start reading this book, we already know what Mac’s been through in his house when he was young. What he still has to struggle with. Violence has been part of his life for so long that he truly believes the saying, ‘apple doesn’t fall far from its tree’. That is, of course, not the case here, and we know Mac is a good person and he’d rather die than hurt the people he loves. But for a person who’s been though what he’s been through, I think it takes a while to get there. I’ve realized that while reading his story. There were times I was mad at Mac because the anger inside him hadn’t found an outlet, and so he reflected it towards people who didn’t deserve it, but once I put myself in his place and tried to look at things from his perspective, it all made sense. And that’s the whole point of a plot and character point of view, right? Step by step, I followed Mac’s journey from bitterness to acceptance and finally letting go, and I loved every bit of it. I thought I had a problem with this book because I usually like my stories to have closure in every way, but I guess it’s part of the reality-that I look for in stories- that for some things in life, there’s no closure, just letting go and moving on. I knew I already loved Mac, and I ended up loving his story just as much.

For every little affirmative tick I put on Mac’s side, I put one for Lilly St. Clare. She actually managed to surprise me in her own story. When I first met her, she was cold and distanced-though she had her reasons for that- but the Lilly St. Clare I met in this book was a warm, sensual woman, who was strong yet fragile, tough yet tender. It is why we gotta wait for their own books, the are so many more layers to peel off the characters. The only little detail I wished was different abut Lilly’s storyline was her relationship with her sister and father. We’re given bits of their problems but never really get back to them to see how they ended up.

When you have personalities such as Mac and Lilly, you expect a romance that’s beautiful, because who better to fall in love than two broken souls? My expectations were met. Not only was their romance sweet, their chemistry was sizzling. I guess they didn’t call these guys ‘Bad Boys’ for nothing.

As sad as I am to leave these guys and Crystal Lake, I’m glad to have finally read them all. They’ve been through a lot, but they each got what they deserved, a happy ending.

I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this sweet and powerful story into my hodgepodge.




Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series by Juliana Stone:

  1. The Summer He Came Home
  2. The Christmas He Loved Her
  3. The Day He Kissed Her







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