Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake

Review: The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone

Posted March 26, 2014 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone
The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 01, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 321
Source: NetGalley

Also in this series: The Summer He Came Home, The Christmas He Loved Her
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
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...


Quiana’s Review:
The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone is the third book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series.  In the first two books, two out of the three life-long friends, Cain and Jake, dealt with the loss of their best friend and brother, Jesse Edwards, and found love in the process.  Now it’s bad boy Mackenzie’s (Mac) turn to find love with the beautiful and strong-willed Lily.

Once again Juliana Stone manages to weave a tale that pulls the reader into the story and the world her characters occupy.  The plot and the three-dimensional characters were engaging and added depth to this intricate story.  Stone respectfully deals with some heavy subject matter: domestic abuse, child abuse, and death.  But she still manages to infuse humor and romance to balance out all the angst.

Mac and Lily were relatable, complex, and dynamic characters.  The two had so much in common.  They both preferred to ignore their problems rather than face them.  They both had rocky relationships with their families.  Neither wanted to get married, have children and start a family: not until they fell in love with each other.  What I loved is that their relationship pushed them to challenge each other, and to confront their pasts so that they could move on and build a future together.  I’m pleased to say that Mac and Lily grew as people, and the growth was significant.

Over all, I enjoyed this book immensely.  If this is the final book, then I’m sad to see the series come to an end, but I feel we were given a satisfying conclusion to the series that introduced us to characters we have grown to love and care about. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)

Review: The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone

Posted October 10, 2013 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone
The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Military
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 1st, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 353
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

Also in this series: The Summer He Came Home, The Day He Kissed Her
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
All he wants this Christmas is her.

In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.


Quiana’s Review:
Juliana Stone is back again with a new addition in her Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. The series follows three life-long friends and their trials and tribulations after the tragic death of one of their own, Jake Edwards. In the first book, Summer He Came Home, love blossomed between Cain and Maggie. In the recent addition to the series, The Christmas He Loved Her, Jake and Raine get a second chance at love.

Once again Juliana Stone crafts a vivid and engrossing tale that deals realistically with loss and love. A well thought out plot and complex characters add layers to this enjoyable read. Stone’s vivid descriptions of Crystal Lake and its nosy inhabitants pull the reader directly into the story. And though the basis of the story is rooted in tragedy, she successfully manages to lighten the mood from time to time with humor.

Jake and Raine are two likeable and not easily forgotten characters. Jake essentially abandoned his family and Raine as a result of his grief and harbors a couple of secrets surrounding Jesse’s death and his relationship with Raine. Raine is drowning in grief as a result of her husband’s death, and is dealing with her anger and disappointment in Jake for abandoning her when she needed him the most. On top of her grief, she’s been keeping a huge, life-changing secret that not only affects her, but Jake and his family as well. Needless to say, as rocky as their relationship is, they make each other feel alive and the chemistry between them is undeniable. However, it takes a lot of work, both together and separately, before they’re able to take a chance on love.

In the end, this was a satisfying read. I’m excited to see what’s in store for Crystal Lake’s final bad boy, Mac Draper, in the next installment entitled The Day He Kissed Her. If you have yet to read this series, I encourage you to go out and pick up the book that started it all, The Summer He Came Home. You won’t be disappointed. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)

Review: The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

Posted March 31, 2013 by Sherri in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone Series: A Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1 Genres: Contemporary Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Source: NetGalley, Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started… Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame. For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she […]

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