Review: Crossed by the Stars by LJ Evans (Anchor Suspense #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
LJ Evans returns to her Anchor book universe with the second novel in the Anchor Suspense mini-series, Crossed by the Stars. As you can probably tell from the title, this is a story about star-crossed, erstwhile lovers, Dax Armaud and Jada Mori, who get a second chance at a happily-ever-after but at what cost? For the past ten years, the two have tried to move on, but it seems like time can never truly and completely heal broken hearts. Dax has kept his distance, but one phone call is all it takes for him to head in direction of the only woman he's ever loved. And while Jada believed it was necessary for her to continue to push him away, the man who's always owned her heart has no intention of doing so. To stay one step ahead of the danger chasing them, Dax and Jada go into hiding, but now, there's no hiding from their feelings. When all is said and done, will they choose each other and the love that's always existed between them, or will they choose their families?
I read this book in one sitting, and I'm still dealing with the hangover it left me with. Dax and Jada are the sort of couple that you can't help but want to get all emotionally invested in. If anyone deserved a happily-ever-after, it was these two, especially given the sacrifices they felt were necessary, costing them so much. Naturally, they had to go through a whole lot more this time around, and there was a great deal of growth on both sides. Dax and Jada have love and loyalty in spades, and they're equally protective of each other and those who mean most to them. Just like with the previous Anchor Suspense book, Unmasked Dreams, LJ Evans has struck a fine balance between the romance and suspense aspects in this new story while also developing one her most unforgettable couples ever. That's saying something because she's yet to create characters and stories that aren't layered and complex. Crossed by the Stars easily garners five stars.
Release Date: 29 September 2021
Date Read: 29 September 2021
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