Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed

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by Kele Moon
     
 

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Series: Battered Hearts; Previous Book: Defying the Odds

Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York 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

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Series: Battered Hearts; Previous Book: Defying the Odds

Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York 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 the UFC, 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.

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ISBN-13:
9781623000066
Publisher:
Loose Id
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,069,208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)

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Star-Crossed 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
MMA fighters are becoming the heroes of choice lately, so it takes some clever writing to set each apart. Kele Moon succeeds by presenting us not one, but many strong and capable men who prove they have a heart of gold when not punching at others. Throw in a bit of mafia ties and you end up with one totally suspenseful story and another satisfying release in Ms. Moon's Battered Hearts series. With a couple named Romeo and Juliet you know the path to a HEA won't go smoothly, and from an unhappy twin wanting to maim a boyfriend to a hit sanctioned by a mafia family, there's all sorts of obstacles to true love that are heartwrenching and kept me frantically turning the pages as the tension kept ramping up. For Juliet Conner, the MMA has always been a big part of her life and after a recent championship bout that took an unexpected turn (in the previous installment) she comes in contact with Romeo "The Gladiator" Wellings and a thank you dinner turns to an intense relationship that cleverly builds through texting and late night video chats. Once he comes to town to improve his fighting technique their relationship deepens until his family ties come back to haunt them and they're forced to go on the run and tragedy strikes again. Juliet's not your typical looking heroine. With a body honed through many years of fighting herself to being taller than almost every man she's known, her and Romeo are the perfect match. She's competent and more than capable of defending herself. Her mother died giving birth to her which has led to an intense bond between her and her twin. They both believe they're cursed to lose the ones they love so it's surprising how quickly she bonds with Romeo. And bond they do! The chemistry between them is electric and their sexual encounters hot. The encounters are nicely spaced throughout the story though and don't detract from character development. Romeo, along with his two younger brothers, are a charming set of characters forced into doing things they didn't always want to do. With a grandfather who's the head of a crime family it's no wonder their lives are in constant turmoil. Whenever they try to get out it pulls them back in and it almost destroys them time and again. Romeo was forced into caring for his brothers at an early age so their bond is unbreakable and they're not afraid to show their emotions to each other which made me love them even more. With all the bad in his life, Juliet's the one bright spot and he's desperate to keep her. Again, he's not afraid to tell/show her how much he loves her which made him an even more uniquely memorable hero who I was cheering for every step of the way. The fight scenes in this story are vivid and the world of the MMA realistically displayed. The danger and feelings of inescape with relation to the Moretti brothers and the mafia are poignant and keep a constant feeling of sadness and tension surrounding them, particularly Cassanova who's still knee-deep in that world but has me feeling very sympathetic towards him and desperate to see him find happiness. Younger brother Valentino is equally as charming, constantly in action with a bit of boyishness remaining. He too intrigues me and I look forward to his future in the MMA as he continues to train in "hicksville". Star Crossed has wonderful characters and action that keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat. This is definitely a series that continues to entertain and I hig
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved both books! Will there be a third???
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook 9 months ago
Romeo, aka Wellings, just lost one of the biggest UFC fights to Clay “Powerhouse” Powers in Las Vegas. After saving Clay’s girl from her crazy ex-husband, he runs into Clay’s lawyer and is awed by her hotness. Not only is she tall, strong, tall, and gorgeous, but her full first name is Juliet. It must be destiny. Juliet and her twin brother grew up with Clay, so she offers to take Romeo to dinner to thank him for saving Melody. Romeo agrees and it leads to a wonderful night of passion between the two. That turns into a few months of keeping in contact with him until Romeo moves to her town to train with Clay. Jules’ twin brother, Wyatt, is the town sheriff and is very protective of his sister. Unfortunately, Romeo’s brothers have a dad who is involved in the mob. He tried to keep them away, but their father brought them into that world after their mother died. Romeo has to do their bidding or risk being hurt, killed, or something happening to his brothers. This creates so much angst and turmoil between Jules and Romeo and it’s hard to understand how they can be together with such crappy circumstances. I have to say that I enjoyed this story more than the first one in this series. The tension, angst, and turmoil was so prevalent that I couldn’t help for feel for these characters. I didn’t really like Romeo in the beginning, but my mind changed as the story went on and I grew to love him so much. This pair really were star crossed lovers from such different families who couldn’t be together for reasons beyond their control. I LOVED it! Definitely read the first book from this series to more understand the characters, but they are well worth the time! *A copy of this book was provided for review.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Well, it looks like Romeo and Juliet just blew Clay and Melody out of the water in terms of romance and suspense. After having read the first book in this series, and the first book in the spin-off series, it was nice to not feel lost at the mention of recurring characters in the crossovers. This was the best book in the MMA category I've read to date. Jules has always been one of my favorite characters. She was tough and outspoken in the first book, and nothing had changed. I loved how bold, confident, and feisty she was in regards to her blooming relationship with Romeo. The fact that she'd once been competitive in sports to make the US Olympic Team, she taught self-defense classes and worked as a lawyer and a deputy made her a force to be reckoned with. She was very open-minded and didn't really deny herself anything she wanted. The most appealing thing about her was her honesty, with herself and with Romeo. Romeo reminded me a lot of Marcos from The Viper, the first book in the Untamed Hearts series. Romeo had been sucked into a life he never wanted but couldn't escape unless he wanted to end up with a bullet in his head. The fact that his two younger brothers were in deep with the mafia caused him a lot of grief and heartache. It was heart-breaking to see him feel like just giving up a time or two. Every interaction with Jules was incredibly intense, and once he knew he'd fallen for her, I was elated that he didn't try to slink away "for her own good". You couldn't find two mature characters making adult decisions and respecting one another more than these two did, consistently. The chemistry between them went nuclear pretty much any time they could find some time alone. Each encounter was raw, rough, and highly erotic. My favorite scene had to be their sparring session. As a fan of martial arts movies and Asian spiritual influences, I loved the set-up to them getting physical, both sportively and sexually. It made my ovaries explode. But much like Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, their path to love wasn't without complications. Add in the mafia and a shoot-out, and the ending was a nail-biter. Wyatt and Nova were surprisingly adorable at the end, and I look forward to their stories as well as Chuito's. I hope Tino grows up a bit more before his story comes around because like Wyatt pointed out, it really was like the Jersey Shore had descended on the them. I'd re-read this again in a heartbeat.
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Really enjoyed this one.
Whit25 More than 1 year ago
This delightful story had a lot of twists and turns. Romeo's brothers were hilarious! I loved the chemistry between Romeo and Jules! and the fight scenes Wow!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure if I really got the Romeo and Juliet idea behind this novel but I liked it.
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Not as good as the first but well worth the time! Waiting for Wyatt's story.
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I just adore this series. The characters are great and you can't help fall in love with them.
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Loved this book! Great series!
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BeckeyWhite More than 1 year ago
I agree with many other reviewers there are many similarities between this story & the Shakespeare tale. BUT there is a slight twist with more muscles and a bit of some erotica elements. I found the book to be an interesting and enjoyable story to a point. There was some part of the book that seemed to be dry and slow. I personally found it interesting to see how Romeo and Jules built the relationship between them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved romeo