Saturday, January 26, 2013

Star Crossed by Kele Moon

Title: Star Crossed
Author: Kele Moon
My RatingA+

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance 
Series: Battered Hearts #2
Main Characters: Romeo and Jules
Release Date: July 2012

ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Loose, ID
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Heavyweight MMA 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 MMA, 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.

My Review:
This was an amazing book. Seriously, I loved it so much. 

Romeo was in Vegas fighting for the heavyweight championship against Clay (hero from Book #1, Defying the Odds) when he meets Jules. Jules and Clay grew up together and along with her twin brother, Wyatt, own the local MMA training gym in their small town. Romeo is never a guy that she should be messing around with, but she's intrigued and horny. That one night stand turns into a three month long relationship via text, phone, and video conferences until Romeo comes to Garnet to do some training with Clay.

Unfortunately, Romeo is a victim of his circumstances. When he was six years old, his mother became the mistress of a mafia boss and over the next two years had two sons with him. The mafia boss never wanted anything to do with the boys until he realized the oldest was a freakish genius and could be a major asset to the family business (this was when Nova, the son, was just barely a teenager). By this point, Romeo's mother was dead and Romeo, as only a teenager himself was trying to keep his young brothers fed and cared for...and away from the life of their real father. Through a series of awful events, Romeo has found himself and his brothers entrapped within the life of the mafia and it's not a happy, safe place. He really doesn't want to pull Jules into all that, especially considering the fact that her brother is sheriff and Jules is also a deputy.

This is a heartbreaking story just because all of the options here are awful. There's no sign of anything even remotely like a happy ending. It's destroying Romeo and as a reader, it just makes you love him more. He loves Jules so much and that feeling is very mutual. They are an amazing couple together. But he either cooperates with the mafia or he ends up dead and endangers the lives of his brothers too. 

This was also a really amazing book just because all of the brothers. Romeo and his two brothers are incredibly close and they are all stuck, with very few options. Then there's Jules and her twin brother Wyatt. When they were born, their mother died during their birth, so they've always relied on each other...probably more than even most twins do. He's very protective of her and hates Romeo and his background. There's a lot of pushing and pulling throughout the book and it all comes to an extremely exciting climactic end that was so good. I couldn't foresee how it would all work out, but Kele Moon did it and she wrote it incredibly well. 

Such an amazing book. Now I am dying for Wyatt and Tabitha's story!!! (And crossing my fingers that this one comes out in print soon so I can add it to my keeper shelf.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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