Review ~ The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

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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…

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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.

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Review ~ The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone

TheChristmasHeLovedHerBook: The Christmas He Loved Her

Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2

Author: Juliana Stone

Format: e-book

Page Count: 353

Published: Sourcebooks, October 1st, 2013

Source: Publisher

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The emotional in this book was off the charts. I swear towards the middle of the book, where all the necessary stuff that needed to be out in the open was being let out in the open, I read it all with a lump in my throat. I admit, I’m a bit of a crybaby. Give me anything even remotely dramatic and watch the waterworks. And considering this book had twin brothers who were close and who also loved the same woman, with only one of them surviving the beginning of the series, I’m sure you can understand me doing the reading with a clarity in my eyes that only unshed tears can provide.

Jake Edwards has left the small town of Crystal Lake after his brother’s funeral a year ago. He lives in a dark place along with his grief over his brother’s death, his own nightmares from his days in Afghanistan where he served with, and lost his brother, and his guilt over loving his sister-in-law. He finally decides to come back to his hometown and piece his life back together as best he can. And the biggest piece of all? Raine, his brother’s widow, the only woman he ever loved.

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Review ~ The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

TheSummerHeCameHomeBook: The Summer He Came Home

Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1

Author: Juliana Stone

Format: e-book

Page Count: 277

Published: Sourcebooks, Incorporated, 2013

Source: Own Library

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I find that for a long while now, almost all the series-first books I’ve read fell just a little short and gained four stars from me. I’m not one to usually be picky about my five stars, but I look for that something that makes me come back to the book after a break. For a while after the start of this book I thought it was a four star read but then, about halfway, things got really intense and interesting and I had a hard time putting it down.

Cain Black is the famous rock star of small town Crystal Lake-what a marvelous name!- and he comes back to his hometown for his childhood friend’s funeral, after years of being away building his famous career.

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