Friday, April 11, 2014

REVIEW ~The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone~

Title: The Day He Kissed Her
Author: Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3
Release Date: April 1, 2014

My Rating: 5+ 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...

Oh my heavens! I LOVE this book! I'm reading along, and I like it and I'm engaged and then the second half of the book happens along and blew my freaking mind. Don't get me wrong, the entire book is magnificent. The second half just happens to pack the biggest punch. Emotionally, I was exhausted after reading this book. Mac and Lily obliterated my heart but, thankfully pieced it back together as well. I'm now going to have to take a good 24 hour break from reading just to decompress. I always have to be ahead of my reading schedule when I dip into a Juliana Stone book because she's always hits me with a massive book hangover. But, hey, you'll never hear me complaining :)

The Day He Kissed Her revolves around the third and final bad boy of Crystal Lake, Mackenzie Draper. Mac, as he is affectionately known, may be the most damaged out of the three. Well, their measures of damage can't really be compared, but his damaging factor, aka his father, is still around. Lily, bless her heart, is just the most stable, and supportive heroine I have ever read. Together the two of them make up a dysfunctional, and perfect puzzle. Lily had planned their chance meeting to stay a one-time deal. Fate had another plan in place. Through mutual friends and changed plans they meet once again. This time Mac isn't going to let her get away so fast. Although, part of me, thought he was just in it for the chase. I love it when I'm wrong about my cynical views. Mac is all in, granted he may not know it yet, but he is. Lily, try as she might to fight it, is equally deep into their relationship. While their relationship is rocking along just fine, Mac's tortured youth is always there to remind him he can't have the white picket fence and 2.5 kids. Lily would love to prove him wrong but, he's just not susceptible to the idea. Matters only turn worse when the source of his pain returns full force and solidifies Mac's doubt in himself to care and love for another person. And it just goes downhill from there. Because once Mac is already turning to run, Lily drops her own bomb that may ruin any chance of him ever warming up to the idea of loving and keeping her.

Before I get into all of my feelings, and sappy emotions, let's touch on the one thing all of us romance junkies want to know about: the sex. I will tell you this- for as much as Lily and Mac are emotionally drawn to each other their physical connection is as equally gratifying and amazing. I have to say, this felt much sexier than Juliana's previous books, in my opinion. Mac just cannot get enough of Lily and they are so incredibly, sickeningly adorable together. Gah! Love it! Resume sappy, emotional talk- Through one of the toughest heartbreaks, Lily remains calm and collected. But she says her piece. Which I love. I never felt like she should have said more of stood up for herself more. She was a picture perfect arguer and lover. Mac on the other hand was the complete opposite. The best way to describe it is, Lily she is Mac's gravity. She reigns him in and holds him down.While he may try to fight it, he's just not able to. This book made my heart do that tight, palpitation thing. It literally made me ache. No joke, in a matter of about 80 pages I felt the widest array of emotions. What I have to appreciate about Ms. Stone's books is that they aren't the screwy, dark emotions though. It may have a dark tinge to it, but for the most part it's a contemporary romance book with a more than average emotional aspect to it. It's just those couple of pages where Ms. Stone let's her evil twin out to twist and stomp your heart a few times. Overall, I'm really at a loss. I wish emotions could speak for themselves through the internet because I'm not doing this book justice with my words. Just trust me when I say to go grab this book. It's quite fantastic. 

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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