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  • 09/2021
  • 390 pages
  • $3.99
LJ Evans
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Crossed by the Stars
LJ Evans, author
Family secrets meant Dax and Jada’s teenaged romance was an impossibility. A decade later, the scars still remain, so neither is willing to give in to their tantalizing chemistry. But when a shadow creeps out of Jada’s past seeking retribution, it’s Dax who shows up to protect her. And suddenly, it’s hard to see a way out without permanent damage to their bodies and souls.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: In Crossed by the Stars, prolific award-winning romance writer L.J. Evans introduces readers to Jada Mori, a fabulously wealthy businesswoman haunted by a grueling, loveless past contrived by her rich but distant Japanese family, and Dax Armaud, an old love from a rival family with whom the chemistry is still almost uncontrollable. But even after betrayals and estrangements, Jada’s connection to her family—and particularly her cruel father, leader of the Kyodaina criminal network--puts her in mortal danger and it is Dax who steps in and risks his life to help her survive.

Prose/Style: Evans gives the reader meticulous descriptions of the emotions the main characters experiencing every moment in the present, and through flashbacks, in the past. The style of the prose is typical for the genre, with a heavy emphasis on description. The vocabulary and sentence structure make the novel a fast read.

Originality: This is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet story with a different, happily-ever-after, ending. The author specifies that the novel was “inspired by Imelda May's Falling In Love With You Again.” What makes this an original and interesting story is the transposition of the plot into an entirely new and unlikely setting.

Character Development/Execution: The characters are clearly delineated as the author cleverly adapts from Shakespeare’s version set in Verona, Italy, in the fourteenth century to a contemporary Japanese milieu. Readers learn so much about Jada and Dax now and in the past that we feel they are actual acquaintances, making their happy resolution of their situation even more welcome.

Date Submitted: August 22, 2021

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Ebook Details
  • 09/2021
  • 390 pages
  • $3.99

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