Spa Week Book Club is back! Get ready to join us as we dive into the hottest new books by your favorite authors. This week we’re reviewing Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments and on social media!

Have you ever been really, really, really heartbroken? So heartbroken it felt like you were dying inside? Author Leisa Rayven has a gift for bringing that feeling to life, and her knack for romantic angst is on full display in her new novel Broken Juliet. Picking up the threads of her debut online hit Bad Romeo, Broken Juliet dives deeper into the tumultuous, troubled relationship between actors Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt.

“The thing about developing an addiction is that it happens so quietly, you don’t know how much trouble you’re in until it’s to late. It tiptoes through the rooms of your mind and body, gently inserting hooks and strings into every cell, until you don’t know where you end and it beginigs. And untangling that web is nearly impossible.”

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Cassie swore she’d never forgive Ethan for tearing out her heart when they were in acting school years ago. Back then he was her one great love, and the feeling was mutual. But her wit and optimism were no match for his anxieties. He was an emotional trainwreck, and she became a casualty. Years later, she finds herself sharing a Broadway stage with Ethan. Even more shocking, he says he wants her back. The book switches smoothly between past and present to give a fuller picture of the background between these characters, which keeps the story lively and suspenseful as the reader learns more and more about who they are and what happened between them.

Rayven has a real flair for dialogue and characters that feel emotionally relatable, and Cassie’s openness and honesty make her the perfect protagonist. Ethan’s problems and his callous behavior left her deeply wounded in ways that have never healed, and the reader feels the ache right along with her. As Ethan says everything she needed to hear all those years ago, her blend of longing and fear is palpable. It’s the kind of genuineness that brings a story like this to life. We can all relate to the scariness of deciding whether to give someone a second chance to be what we need them to be, or protect ourselves by leaving them behind forever. Broken Juliet explores those conflicts sensitively and in depth, and Rayven’s witty, engaging writing style keeps the reader entertained no matter how complicated things get between Cassie and Ethan.

Fans of the delicious sexual tension in Bad Romeo will certainly be pleased to see the sensuality kicked up a few notches in Broken Juliet. The chemistry between Cassie and Ethan is off the charts, and there’s much less hesitation between them now. For all Ethan’s bad behavior, it’s easy to understand why it’s so hard for either of them to let go of the prospect of being together.

Broken Juliet is a sophisticated and satisfying follow-up to Rayven’s first online hit, and we’re looking forward to seeing what comes next for this talented new author. Did you read Broken Juliet? Share your take in the comments below!

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