Author: Luna Lacour
Published: March 28th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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It started with a game - seduce the new teacher.
Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Laurent is living the American Dream. Born into a wealthy, socialite family with more opulent surroundings and material things than any girl could even fathom, Kaitlyn is the fresh, young face amidst a sea of morally-amiss Manhattan Debutantes. She is educated, poised, and on the outside - entirely virtuous. Her life, in short, is perfect.
Or so it would seem.
Inside the walls of her Upper East Side mansion, Kaitlyn is struggling. After her parents' divorce and her father's remarriage to a beautiful but otherwise utterly vapid woman, Kaitlyn quickly finds herself living in a realm of self-created fantasy, completely detached and entirely clashing with her new family – particularly, her classmate-turned-stepbrother, Marius. Arrogant and with a penchant for playing games, he is intrigued and infatuated by Kaitlyn's faux-chaste outer facade that she uses to cover an otherwise calloused heart.
When the two of them enter into into their final semester at Trinity Prep, and the buzz around campus is that a gorgeous new teacher has set foot in the classroom, Marius makes Kaitlyn a bet: seduce the man who is now her Literature teacher.
If she wins, she gets his trust fund. Money that she can use to finally escape a life that she has come to loathe.
If Marius wins...he gets her virginity.
When an initial spark turns into full-blown obsession, and her affections are inevitably returned – Kaitlyn learns that there are no actions without consequence, and some affairs are simply star-crossed.
When I signed up to share the cover reveal for this book, it intrigued me to where I had to email Luna Lacour to ask if she would be so kind to let me read and review it. She is very kind and kept me on a list to read it once it was released. I'm glad she did because it was worth reading.
Sometimes when you read a synopsis, you have this idea of how the story will be. And sometimes you're right... sometimes you're wrong. I was wrong. Wrong in a good way though. The bet ended up leading to something entirely different. Kaitlin and Mr. Tennant have a connection, which Marius doesn't expect or want to see happen. Kaitlin's romance was a surprise, and intense, and real. I enjoyed seeing it develop over the pages, and it became more than either of them realized.
Star-Crossed was a novel I wasn't expecting, but, of course, in a good way. A star-crossed romance, well-written prose, it was nice all around. It was packed with a mixture of everything, and the characters weren't cardboard. I look forward to Luna Lacour's future work, because it's got a lot more to it than most.