ARC Review: Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

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ARC Review: Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
Wicked Heart

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 3rd 2016
Series: Starcrossed #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Pages: 304

“…it was the chemistry of these two characters that kept me riveted from the start.”
~ Under the Covers

It’s been a while since I read the previous two books in this series and to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t put two and two together about who these characters were when I started. Lets call it very bad memory.  It didn’t click until much later.  However, I jumped right in reading WICKED HEART and it was the chemistry of these two characters that kept me riveted from the start.

Elissa (Ethan’s sister!) fell hard and fast at 18 for then aspiring actor Liam Quinn.  Distance and fate had different plans for both of them and making their relationship work was not in the cards.  Liam stomped on Elissa’s young heart and went on to become one of Hollywood’s A-List actors, while Elissa did very well herself as a Broadway stage manager.  After years of Elissa secretly following Liam’s romance with a beautiful actress, she’s confronted  with their love affair when they are cast as the lead roles in a play she’s managing.  All while also filming their reality TV show on the road to the altar.  Needless to say, the tension is high.

There is something about the way Leisa Rayven tells her stories that just sweeps me in all the angst surrounding these characters.  Mostly in a good way.   I guess if you aren’t into angst in your books you may reconsider this series because there is plenty of that.  Sometimes welcomed, sometimes a bit overdone.  And at times the angst in this one was caused because I didn’t have the big picture of what was happening and I was conflicted with the actions of the characters.  In the end, the author managed to pull through with her explanation, but I’m not necessarily fully convinced, and I think it was a bit too convenient.  Kind of like dragging things on until the very last minute and then it all gets tied up with a pretty bow that just makes me question why it couldn’t have happened sooner, and if the heroine really has the integrity that I like to see.

But again, I go back to the chemistry.  I did like the push and pull tension between these two characters.  When they were in the same room, the longing was palpable.  All in all, I am going to be looking forward to the next book by Ms. Rayven for sure.  Whether it’s in this series or something else.  I do enjoy her storytelling and her characters always manage to entertain me.




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About Leisa Rayven

Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ve had this series on my wishlist for a while.


I’m not a fan of but I read a duet recently that was angsty and I loved them so I may give this one a try. Thanks for the review Francesca

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I find angsty books so hit or miss. I guess it’s really subjective to the mood I’m in.


I enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to the third. Unfortunately it has been a while and I’m going to have to spend time rereading the first two. I keep telling myself not to get invested in a series until all the books are out. My reading time can be limited and I don’t like having to reacquaint myself with books I have already read. Thanks for letting me rant!

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Ohh I completely agree. I guess I’m thankful I don’t have that need, I just go in and stumble along until the light bulb comes on in my head. LOL


I don’t always like when an author doesn’t tie everything up until the very end…it makes the story drag

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This didn’t necessarily drag but I think it made the ending have to be tied in such a simple way for me that it wasn’t my favorite thing.

Kathleen Bylsma

Too much angst just doesn’t work for me. Thanks for the head’s up!

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This series has heaps of it!


I’ve heard a lot about this one. Might give it a try. Thanks for the review!

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Let me know what you think of it!

I’m with you, Francesca, with the explanation being too convenient. I enjoy the chemistry Rayven created, but the whole conflict part of the book didn’t work for me.