LitStack Review: Star Crossed by Kele Moon

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Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New star crossedYork where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

In her second installment of the Battered Hearts series, Star Crossed, Kele Moon brings readers into Jules and Romeo’s world. Fresh from his UFC loss to Clay, Jules’ childhood friend, in which Romeo saved Clay’s love, Melody, from her abusive ex, the fighter seems at odds. He wants to be done with his family and their illegal mafia-esque lifestyle. What he really isn’t looking for is a distraction. But when Jules offers Romeo a free meal as her way of thanking him for saving Melody, what happens next changes both their lives forever.

Star Crossed is a modern, loose interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Bard’s themes peek out here and there, but otherwise, this story is unique to the ill-faded lovers stories that writers have been penning for centuries.

Jules and Romeo’s affair won’t be easy to hide; she does, after all, have a domineering, nosy twin brother who doesn’t think much of Romeo. With distance dividing them (and the delicious necessity of some truly steamy online and phone sex tiding them over), the couple struggles to keep their relationship a secret. But Romeo can’t get enough of his Juliet and when he interrupts her very secure life by coming to train at the MMA gym she owns, then the fireworks and complications get even stickier.

Star Crossed is a well-written, engaging romance that will have fans of angst, true love stories and steamy, steamy love scenes panting for more.

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