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Library Journal Review
Cassie Taylor is thrilled to get the starring role in an off-Broadway play, even if it means sharing the stage with Ethan, the man who broke her heart three years ago. As Cassie tries to work past her feelings, she flashes back to her and Ethan's tumultuous college relationship. They met on the day she auditioned for one of the most prestigious acting schools in the country. The two had instant chemistry, both onstage and off, but were seemingly unable to get beyond their misunderstandings. Now they are forced to deal with their unresolved emotions and figure out where they go from here. Verdict Rayven's debut, reportedly somewhat modified from its original form as popular fan fiction written under the title The Diva Diaries, is well crafted. However, the narrative takes a while to gel and drags at times. That said, this roller-coaster love story will appeal to fans of new adult authors such as Cora Carmack and Tammara Webber.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Rayven's debut adult contemporary romance shows some skill with prose, but gets lost in its own tangled plot. Cassie Taylor, a young actress making her debut on Broadway, learns that her emotionally constipated ex, Ethan Holt, has been cast as her leading man. Their torrid college affair began when they played Romeo and Juliet together, and Cassie doesn't want to give Ethan another chance to break her heart. But Ethan is determined to show Cassie that he's changed, and that onstage chemistry can lead to offstage happiness. As their relationship in the present progresses, a separate thread portrays the painful self-destruction of their previous connection. Rayven creates a plausible snapshot of two overdramatic, psychologically damaged people unable to get over one another or to make their relationship work, but both Cassie and Ethan are so wounded, vicious, and unpleasant that the theoretically happy ending is completely unbelievable-and undesirable. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Cassie and Ethan meet as 19-year-old aspiring actors in drama school, but the reader meets them as 25-year-old romantic leads on Broadway. It is clear that the two had a steamy but tumultuous relationship, which ended in Cassie's heartbreak, but now, as coworkers, they must find a way to overcome their past. Cassie flashes back to their drama-school days, when they were instantly and passionately drawn to one another. Ethan's insistence that he would be bad for her keeps them from fully giving in to their mutual obsession with one another for most of the book. Despite that, there's no lack of rumination on all of the details leading up to their eventual lovemaking, or reminiscences from the older Cassie's journal on how hot it was once they finally got together. Originally self-published, this new adult title is heavy on sexual tension, light on plot, and ready with a sequel, which will hopefully develop their narrative as a couple as well as their relationship following reconciliation.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2015 Booklist