Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 01, 2014
Also in this series: The Summer He Came Home, The Christmas He Loved Her
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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...
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)
The Summer He Came Home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #1)
The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #2)