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April 21, 2014

Loved It: The Day He Kissed Her by Juliana Stone + Series Chat & Giveaway

Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake 3
Format: Mass Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He can’t wait to leave…

Mac Draper finally has everything he’s always wanted: An amazing career. A New York City apartment. He’s this close to being free of his past forever. But a mind-blowing encounter with the sexy yet tough-as-nails Lily St. Clare has him delaying his plans to put Crystal Lake in his rearview mirror for good.

She’s finally found a place to stay…

For Lily St. Clare the charming small town of Crystal Lake is her haven – a place she can hide from her famous, back-stabbing family. It’s as close to happy as she’s ever been. Until an unforgettable night with tall, dark and tortured Mac Draper gives her a glimpse of what true happiness feels like.

Lily can’t help but melt a little under the sizzling heat of Mac’s touch. But Mac’s scars run deep, and Lily’s afraid she may be falling for the one man who can never return her feelings.




Hi Juliana! Thanks for coming back to Talk Supe! Weee!! So let's get down to business and talk about the latest bad boy on the chopping block.

We've been introduced to Mac Draper in The Summer He Came Home and to Lily St. Clare in book 2. One thing I love the most about Bad Boys of Crystal Lake is the small-town romance feel of the book. The two seems ritzy to me. Will their story deliver the same humble feel or are we going to be thrust into Lily's paparazzi filled life?

Juliana Stone: Nope! The Day He Kissed Her takes place in Crystal Lake so that same ‘feel’ is there. One of the reasons Lily ended up in Crystal Lake is because she needed to slow down and the peace, tranquility and the people there, soothed a part of her soul that was kind of broken. You’ll be catching up with the other ‘bad boys’ and seeing some familiar faces!


That's great news, for a minute there I was expecting a tabloid kind of love story. Speaking of other bad boys, I love the conflicts of the previous books two. They're unconventional in the sense that the females especially have histories, Maggie was a struggling single-mom, Raine was a widow, aside from Lily's notorious socialite status, what else does she bring to the table?

Juliana Stone: Lily is at a point in her life where she’s either going to be moving forward or pretty much standing still. She’s got a lot to offer a man though she’s been hurt before and with such a dysfunctional family she doesn’t believe in happy ever after so much. Because of her background she totally gets Mac and that’s why they work so well together. There’s an understanding there and not many women can handle a man like Mackenzie. They’d try to change him and it’s pretty hard to change a person once they’re in their 30’s.


Tell us more about Mac Draper and please make us swoon while you're at it!

Juliana Stone: Ah, Mackenzie! He’s such a tortured soul, you just want to hug him and root for him. If ever someone deserved and HEA it’s him. He’s alpha yet caring. He believes he would become his father, and a lesser man might give in to his demons and just let go. But Mac is a good man and it’s because we know this, that we want him to find love even when he thinks he doesn’t deserve it. And our Mac knows how to love a lady (quiet game anyone?)


I have no doubt about that last one. Now I'm afraid to ask but is this the last bad boy novel since you've told all of their stories?

Juliana Stone: Technically there aren’t any more bad boys, but I should have news on more books set in Crystal Lake! Stay tuned because I’m very excited to visit this town again!


*lets out a big sign of relief* What other projects are you working on?

Juliana Stone: At the moment I’m working on a few things. I have a debut young adult novel published by Sourcebooks Fire, releasing in May. BOYS LIKE YOU is a contemporary novel and just like my adult books there is angst, love and some feel good times. I just turned in the second YA novel and am gearing up to write JACK which is book 2 in my Family Simon series! So, busy as ever but loving every minute of it!


I've heard about Boys Like You (I'm part of the tour too!) Aside from this virtual book tour, where can fans catch you person?

Juliana Stone: I love hearing from readers and they can email me at Juliana@julianastone.com They can also visit my website www.julianastone.com and sign up to receive my newsletter as I have contests and always alert them about new releases and news!

I also hang out on twitter (more than I should ) and Facebook. Those links are also found on my website.

I’ll be attending and signing at RT convention in NOLA and the RWA convention in Texas! So come out and say hello!



The Summer He Came Home was classic romance and The Christmas He Loved Her was mildly erotic, THE DAY HE KISSED HER, the latest Bad Boys of Crystal Lake novel by Juliana Stone is very pop contemporary romance with tortured heroes, angsty relationships, bad family life and all that. Mackenzie Draper believes that no matter how hard he tries, he's no better than his abusive father so he keeps everyone at arm's length, bailing out before things get serious. Lily St. Clare is basically on her own despite her fortune and influential family name. As long as she keeps up with appearances and play family once in a while, they are basically strangers. And what started as a New Year's hook-up eventually turned into a happily ever after love story but not without some family drama, hair pulling and punches thrown here and there to spice things up.

THE DAY HE KISSED HER is everything I hoped it would be! I am not a fan of angsty relationships especially when the characters are adults so I didn't like that part of Mac and Lily's relationship even if the causes justifies it. What balanced it out for me was Mac and Lily made the boundaries of their relationship clear from the start so there was no misunderstanding on that part. I hate it when the characters expect things out of each other when the premise says otherwise. Another thing that I loved, even if it broke my heart, was seeing Mac's internal struggle in terms of not following in his father's footsteps and how this battle is overshadowing all of his relationships. This gave me much insight on why he's a commitment phobe and emotionally unavailable to an extent not because he's a jerk but it's his convoluted way of protecting people from what he can be capable of. 

Lily is possibly my favorite series heroine at this point. Jake Edward's mother (The Christmas He Loved Her) was correct when she said she's heaven sent and that Lily brought Jake back to Crystal Lake. Not she gets extra points for saving Mac from solitude and endless hook-ups. She's not the rebel heiress that I pegged her to be, Lily is very grounded, knows what she wants and just as thirsty for love, affection and family like Mac. At the same time she's fiercely independent and can be a player like Mac so really these two are par for par. My only regret is Lily's backstory was glazed over, I was hoping that her storyline would be something like Raine's (The Christmas He Loved Her). 

THE DAY HE KISSED HER is a solid, sexy, swoon-tastic, small-town contemporary romance. It certainly gave me butterflies and a big chunk of warm-apple-pie feels topped with delicious smexy heat, I couldn't ask for more. Bad Boys of Crystal Lake has to be my favorite adult contemporary romance right now. Every installment gives us different flavors of romances plus the town of Crystal Lake feels very much like home I wish I could move there. I hope this isn't the last novel in the series as I really won't mind more romantic stories with this tone and in this setting. JStone did a wonderful job in bringing us light but heartfelt stories, her books are food for the soul and mine needs to be fed constantly. And if you're reading this, Ms. Juliana Stone, I think Becca and Liam needs someone like Cain (The Summer He Came Home) so I hope that will help convince you to write more Crystal Lake tales. 

And if you're wondering if the novels can be read as stand-alone or doing it out of order, I think you can get away with that because there's no series plot and every book not only features a different couple and story, the theme varies too. Although I don't think you'd be able to resist reading the rest of the series once you've tried one. Once you pop, you won't be able to stop!




Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.


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    1. True! I hope Mac's sister gets a book, she did say that she'd love to come back to CL

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  2. I have the paperback copy in my TBR pile :)

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    1. Don't wait too long! This is a super good series :)

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  3. Oh yeah, this series recently caught my eye. I'd like to read it as soon as I get a chance.

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    1. This is a super feel-good romantic oozing with love story!

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  4. Wow, a contemp romance. I am just so use to you going all para on me with the books you read. But you know me, I love contemps now so I am all up for this one. I agree, it's sounds like a solid romance story.

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    1. We need to switch it up once in a while, I get saturated when I stay on the same genre for too long.

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  5. You make some great points about what there is to love in this books- series. I'm a big fan too. I wasn't as taken with Lily as I was Mac, but I totally respected her too. Great questions for your interview and I loved her answers about the characters.

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    1. I saw your review and for a minute there it made me nervous coz you and I look at the same things. I wish Lily's back story was explored more, I felt handicapped like that

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  6. Why haven't I read this series..you know how I love small-town romances and bad boys..LOL This sounds wonderful!

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    1. I recommended this to you a LOOONNNGGG time ago Kimberly!

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  7. I love a series set in a small town. I've been meaning to pick up this one but just haven't done it yet. Good to know I don't have to read them in order. Thanks for the Supe Chat too. It was nice to hear about Lily and Mac from Ms. Stone and I'm kinda excited about the YA she has coming up. I hadn't heard of it.

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    1. I love her contemporary romance, period. Her romances are super sweet, I even love her NA one and that's saying a LOT

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  8. Oh I need to get my butt in gear and read her soon!

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  9. More Crystal Lake books?? YAYAYAYAY! That excites me very much. I'm really happy to see that you enjoy this series too, Braine.
    Great review!

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    1. I know! I was excited when I read that too!

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  10. I'm a big fan of small town romances, looks like I need to add this to my never ending TBR.
    Thank you! I love the review :)

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    1. Never ending stories... as long as each book is good in that TBR, we're in good company

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  11. Wonderful interview and review! I hear so much about this author and everyone seems to love her! I think I can understand why. I have a book by her in mly TBR pile but I haven't read it yet. I should, it makes me curious. thanks for sharing!

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    1. This is a good series to detox from all the high velocity UF we usually read

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  12. Great interview! I just added the series--I love small town romances too ;)

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    1. Aren't they the sweetest and the bestest?!

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  13. Sounds like this has a lot going for it, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the interview.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and I suggest you give it a try, you won't be sorry

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  14. I'm going to start with the first book. As always awesome review gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, birthday girl! Yes do read it, I think you'll love Caine, he's a dreamboat!

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  15. Sounds like a nice break from Paranormal. Might give this one a try.

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    1. Oh gosh, YES! Well I always make time for this series LOL

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  16. oh her books sound amazing, always wanted to read them. I don't mind angst in books, as long as it's a controlled amount lol

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    1. True, it was handled really good on this one.

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