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

The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana StoneAvailable: April 1, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

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…

Being back in Crystal Lake isn’t where Mac wanted to spend his summer. He’d much rather be in New York and not where all his most painful memories of growing up are. At his best friends urging he decides to stay and help with the planning of an upcoming new development on the lake. But with his mothers continuing aiding of his abusive father and his sister showing up with a shiner all her own, Mac knows that it’s going to be a difficult few months. The only thing he’s looking forward to is the fact that his holiday one night stand is also in town and she’s looking better than ever

All Lily wants is to belong. To have a home that isn’t marred by her own pathetic family. Her friendship with Jake has her sticking around Crystal Lake and laying down some much needed roots. She wasn’t expecting Mac to show up there again so soon, let alone stay for a few months. She can’t deny their attraction and things are certainly heating up between them again. Lily knows he isn’t really what she needs with his fear of commitment and many family issues but that doesn’t mean her body is listening to her mind.

Juliana Stone writes books I want to live in. Seriously, her writing tears me to pieces each and every time. It’s not truly a Juliana Stone book until I’m crying.  The Day He Kissed Her was no different. It’s emotional, it’s real and it’s just honestly a fantastic book in the romance genre.

Mas has intrigued me since book one. He hits the bottle a bit to hard but his loyalty to his friends is forever unwavering. When he meets Lily at the end of book two readers got zero closure because it happens on literally the last page. So I was eager to read this one and find out (past the obvious) where these two were headed. Mac has some serious baggage from his upbringing in an abusive household. He’s justifiably skittish about relationships that delve any deeper than a sexual connection because of his fear of turning into his father.  Lily seems different to him though, for whatever reason Mac is willing to give her the entire summer, as long as she agrees that’s it.

Lily thinks she can handle a no strings attached summer fling but as the summer drones on she realizes that she most certainly can not. Her feelings for Mac are evolving and she finds herself starting to fall for the man with so many issues. Lily never thought she wanted someone for keeps but Mac is making her change her mind. The problem is that he won’t let her in any further. He is convinced his fathers bad blood flows freely through his veins and that given the opportunity, he’ll become just like him.

With a story line focusing on abuse and those that never seem to be able to escape it I knew this would be an emotional ride and Stone delivered. She approaches the subject with grace, finesse and conviction. Mac’s childhood was paved with bruises and black eyes and the man he’s become still fights the demons of his past. Lily had her own version of a bad family life and together these two people are trying to achieve more than they grew up with. Together they find themselves both yearning for things they never thought they deserved. Mac and Lily are simply sigh worthy together. I highly recommend this, and anything else you can get your hands on from Stone. She’s a sure thing. This is one for the keeper shelf.

I give The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone 5 stars! 

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