Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ARC Book review: The Day He Kissed Her (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #3) by Juliana Stone

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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..

This is the last book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. I knew from reading the previous books that Mac's book  was going to be the most difficult to read.  Mac Draper pulled himself up from nothing to become a success, to control his life and his decisions.  Lily St.Claire goes to Crystal Lake to get away from her meddling family.  A sizzling hot encounter with Mac and she thinks that's the last she'll see of him. Little does she know he's in Crystal Lake for the summer to help Jake with a project. When they come face to face again sparks fly!  Both Mac and Lily are damaged from their family lives and both struggle with things that have happened to them but most of this story has to do with Mac's life. His father was an abuser and his mother did nothing about it and even stayed with him even after he went to prison. He can't trust himself to not be like his father so he has to stay in control of everything but Lily makes him feel things and he struggles with whether he can be whole finally or if he should just walk away and protect himself. Mac is really quite a ass through the majority of this book and makes it hard for you to like him but i kept waiting for him to come through. I liked Lily but i don't think her family life was explained well enough. She has her druggy sister living with her and then Lily kicks her out and that's it. Its a small part of the story but not enough there for me in that regard. Overall though the book is a great read. The tension and emotions are raw at times and you just want to hug the characters and tell them it will be OK.  I hate to see the series end but Ms. Stone did a awesome job wrapping it up with a hit.

Find out more about this series and the author Juliana Stone here www.julianastone.com/home

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