The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.
Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.
After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.
Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.
This book was both what I was expecting and completely not what I was expecting. Let me try to explain without spoiling it.
You find out pretty early that Liam and Elissa have a history. You are brought into their history, their brief affair from 6 years ago, and their break up/ending that came a bit out of the blue. You find out that they have not spoken in 6 years and that they never discussed how things ended with them. Both are still emotionally hung up on one another, that much is obvious the minute they see one another again at the beginning of the book. Liam has a fiancée, Angel, and they seem happy and in love with careers tied to one another and fans who can’t wait for the wedding (they are both now huge movie stars with a highly successful film series). To further complicate things (although, we really don’t need MORE), Elissa is the stage manager of the play Liam and Angel are starring in, so contact and time together for them is unavoidable.
I read other reviews, I knew it was angsty. I was expecting this. What I was not expecting was that it was THAT angsty. The tension between Liam and Elissa was amazing. Edge of your seat, grip your Kindle tight, heart in your throat angst. You felt it through the pages of the book. You wanted them to be together, you wanted to know what happened 6 years ago. You wanted them to take up where they left off…but you are conflicted, as that would be cheating…and, well, do you want your romantic hero to cheat on his fiancée? It kills you not to know the answer, not to know where this is going, so you keep reading, ignoring things like work tomorrow, dinner, and a reasonable bed time.
I was not expecting to genuinely like Liam’s fiancée, Angel. She is the other woman, I got to know Elissa, but I also got to know and like Angel, making the fact that I wanted her heart broken, that I wanted Liam to leave her, all that much harder to deal with. I felt, at times, that I was as torn and emotionally invested as Liam, Angel and Elissa. Which means the writing was amazing.
I was expecting that there was a reason that he ended things with her. I was expecting the reason to be something that would allow the readers to move past his actions. But I was not expecting the reason to be as good as it was. Well done to the author on this.
In fact, well done to Leisa Rayven for the pacing, the dialog, the writing and the characters. The book could so easily move slowly, with all that it is dealing with…but it never does. The pacing is perfect, with just enough balance of the angst and the payoff to keep the reader from losing their mind.
And, I was actually wondering for a while how it was going to end…was Liam going to end up with Elissa, or was he actually meant to be with Angel? Which way was it going to go? How was it going to work out? This book is one that you want to start early so you have time to finish it…you can put it down in the early portions…but by about 20% in, you HAVE to know what is going to happen. This is a stay up until 1am to finish kind of book. I speak from experience…but it was worth it.
This one went straight to my 5-star “all-time favorites” list…with about 40 other books. It is THAT GOOD.