Summary of Book: Romeo Wellings is a heavyweight UFC fighter with a criminal past and deep family ties to the Italian Mafia. Jules Conner is the only lawyer. a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy, and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. After a steamy, one-night stand with his sworn enemy twins sister, Romeo 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.
“Life’s pretty friggin’ mean most of the time. People got real problems and real shit to cry about, but this isn’t it. This is the good stuff, and I’ve been kicked by life one too many times to just ignore it when something sweet falls in my lap.”
This has everything that I love; sports, mafia, romance, funny as hell moments and there wasn’t a character that I didn’t love or get invested in. Romeo is gritty, has a dark past, but a bright future. Jules has a steady future, an overly protective brother, and is so strong willed that it almost gets in the way of her love for Romeo.
I wouldn’t re-read this just because it’s one of those books that once you read it the first time, the second time around might not be as good or magical but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. I did. A lot. I feel like Kele Moon’s writing improved immensely from the first book in this series to this one. Her descriptions got better, her scenes were more dynamic, the chemistry between the two characters better described and felt.
The only critic that I would have is that similar to the first book, I feel like Moon relies on sexual chemistry to portray the fact that each couple is ‘meant to be’ and I’m one of those people who would rather feel and see the chemistry through dialog and connections outside of sex (because let’s face it, everyone can have sex and feel a connection with someone so that’s not that special), and Moon definitely relies on sex scenes in order to express how close each couple is.
That would be my only critic but as I said, I’m one of those people who would rather have no sex scenes at all with a ton of dialogue that expresses and tells the tale of how a couple falls for each other versus a dozen sex scenes that I kind of skimmed through.
Outside of that, this book was great. It had up an downs with Romeo feeling the need to hide is feelings for Jules in order for her to not get hurt and caught up in his dark life and Jules needs to hide her feelings for Romeo because not only does Jules brother hate him, but her brother is also the sheriff of their small town and can get Romeo not only in a lot of trouble, but ruin his bright UFC career.
In a way, it’s a secret, forbidden romance that only intensifies the chemistry and action between Jules and Romeo. This is also fast paced, funny, and deep. All in all, a really good read that made me fall in love with their story.
Read more about Star Crossed by Kele Moon here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14759652-star-crossed