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Crossed Lines

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  561 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Psychopath. Borderline. Crazy.

Seventeen-year-old Maryanne Mayweather wears each term like a badge of pride. Expelled from her twelfth boarding school, she lands on the doorstep of her flighty aunt Elaine and Elaine’s husband James, one more screw-up away from being made a ward of the state.

Once a successful author, the last thing James Thorne wants is to care for his wif
Published August 14th 2019
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OMG. I'm just not having any luck with books this month. I hate giving bad reviews. And this bad review is not because of taboo content. I will read any taboo content. This is about the writing.

This is my first book by this author. The subject is very taboo (girl who has some psych issues that's never really dealt with but used as a plot device to get to live with the hero and the hero is her blood aunt's husband who is her guardian). Another reviewer mentioned this was dull and that's the word
Mary Gebhard
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

From page one this book had me hooked. It’s so, so different and so brutally forbidden and the name is perfect. This might be my favorite story from Lana—which says a LOT. It’s so twisted, flawed, and beautiful. The suspense is expertly woven with the romance. One minute you’re certain you know who the villain of the story is, the next you’re in love with them.
Like I said, the title fits it perfectly.
I’ve read a lot of age gap roman
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This being my first Lana Sky book, I did not know what to expect. But I did not expect this book to hurt my heart, rattle my bones and touch my soul. It might seem like I am over exaggerating but I have never been this affected by a story.

I have read a lot of age gap romances none like this. This story was raw and heartbreaking from the start. I knew Maryanne was in too much pain and not just acting out because of boredom. Even if it felt like she was being unbearable just for the heck of it, y
Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sonal, 2019-reads
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*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Sonal
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Lana Sky has blown me away this year with her books.
(Must Read Series - The Savage Fall Duet and War of Roses Trilogy)
HOWEVER! Crossed Lines is on a whole other level. I’m not kidding.
Maryanne is someone you will never forget. Thorny..on my goodness..brilliant and broken.
This read is raw and real. Maryanne and Thorny made no excuses or apologies for their actions. Crossed lines made me FEEL EVERYTHING.
I truly applaud Lana Sky for the magnificent writing. She captured difficult issues and made
Mehaque Khanum
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I’ll never get enough of the ocean. It will always be too vast. No matter how cautiously I approach, it’s quick to shove me back with wave after wave."

Oh man, what a book.

"Now I know why he writes about death so much: it’s the quickest, easiest means to an end. Even if it hurts, someone gets their freedom."

Lana Sky should own a different genre altogether, her stories are nothing like others, her writings are nothing like others, she owns what she writes so well- I could legit tell when
Sierra Clothier
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I've read this year. One of the best books I've EVER read. How do you describe a book that makes you feel alive? Makes you feel flayed open, along with the characters? Makes you want to understand how one author can create a masterpiece of family relationships and dissect it to its bare bones? I was stunned by this epic and felt changed after reading it.

When you meet Maryanne, and understand her background, you will find her eminently relatable. She uses humor and anger to
Michelle E
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of Lana Sky for years, starting with her first book Drain Me. Crossed Lines has to be one of my favorites. Lana has dabbled in many genre's (especially dark ones) and though this is not a dark romance, it deals with dark topics as suicide, mental health, drinking, etc. I loved the 'taboo' age difference between the two main characters.

As the story unfolds, we learn that Maryanne is a very troubled seventeen year old who is taken in by her aunt and uncle. James is the one w
Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader
**Review of the audiobook**

“A girl with no thoughts in her head other than the need to have all eyes on her. Always.”

When we are first introduced to Marianne, we are told that she is a hellion. With personality disorders that have caused her to be kicked out of schools, mental hospitals and from the homes of all of her family members, I was very eager to read about this dysfunctional diva. Unfortunately, the majority of Marianne’s debacles occur BEFORE the story starts, so we don’t get to e
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lana Sky is an amazing story teller. Why am I writing this? Because I went into this story with a vague idea of a selfish, crazy teenager exacting revenge on a family that hated her. Instead I found myself crying at times for a sad, neglected, misunderstood girl. Is Maryanne a twisted person? Not as twisted as her extended family is! Uncle Thorny is a character I hated. He wallowed in his misery while he made everyone suffer around him. He's such a weak person that it's hard to find the hero Mar ...more
This book has a dull kind of feel.

It could have been interesting but unfortunately it’s so dull and choppy. It abruptly moves from one scene to another. It’s like we don’t even know we have already moved into the next scene. Choppy kind of writing. Very hard to get in.

The heroine was very unlikable and a brat. The author tried to create a suspense kind of writing but it was very confusing.
The book did had potentials. But lost it.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that you are going to see the cover of this book and read the title and blurb and assume you know everything about it. Well, trust me when I say that you don't. It is more, so much more than you'd expect. This is a gripping, thought provoking read that easily and quickly ensnares you in Maryanne and James' story. A story that pushes boundaries, buttons and crosses big red lines of both the reader and the characters involved. It does contain content that could be triggers for some (violen ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lana Sky has been one of my favourite authors for years now, and has even written some of my favourite books. I have enjoyed each and every one and Crossed Lines is no different.

While not your typical Lana Sky dark romance, Crossed Lines deals with dark topics such as suicide and mental illness. The biggest “taboo” subject in this book is the age gap between our two main characters. I personally loved how authentically the age gap was portrayed, and how real it felt. I love how Lana approached t
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-tbr
Quite possibly my favorite of her works to date.
I am a big fan of Sky's writing and as such, I went into this with expectations
- Shattered-
Preconceived notions of how this would play out 
- Shattered- 
Nothing was what it seemed. 
This was not her usual fare by any means in some ways it was so much more.
I have to be careful here - the slightest slip could spoil the contents. 
Unlike her previous works, this isn't physically dark.
It is, however, a slow build story, not a romance really, m
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I practically devoured this book! Not many books hold my attention where I read them straight thru without adding another book to break it up but this one did. I was so engaged in Maryanne and James that everything else just faded out. My only issue was I wish we got a tiny glimpse into the POV of James cause his mind was as big of a puzzle as Maryanne was and even though I loved the ending and it made so much sense on the grand scheme of the book I just wish I knew what happened next but with t ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, bookbub
Blow my mind - everything and more - simply stunning!

After finishing this book I don't have other choice but finally say out loud that I love Lana's stories. This one just blow my mind. Don't even know what I want to write as a review as no words in my opinion will give this book a justice. And I do not want to spoil anything for the other readers as the best way to enjoy this story is to deep dive into it. And let the words immerse you, don't swim just drown, let them take you on the crazy, int
M Chapman
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lana Sky pulls another trick out of her pocket with this amazing book. She is certainly not pigeonholed into one type of book and Crossed Lines is a testament to that. Maryann is a budding psychopath who doesn’t quite realize it yet. She just knows she is different from everyone else. Thorny knows who he is and has become quite good and playing human. Until Maryann comes along he has all his baggage packed in neat little boxes. Unfortunately once she moves in she starts unpacking in more ways th ...more
J. Ockenhouse
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maryanne is certainly one character you'll never ever forget and getting to know her crazy was pure genius. I just couldn't get enough of her.

I wasn't sure what kind of story Maryanne and James was going to have but dang was it a rush. I laughed so hard then getting to see how the lines crossed will have you sitting there afraid to blink.

This is one BOLD story. Lana has a way of giving unforgettable characters and spell weaving her words to captivate the reader. Good luck not falling under it's
I loved this book in the beginning simply for the h being wild and free with some mental illness mixed in, plus the slight taboo matter. Why, the 3 stars you ask.Well the scenes felt rushed. Like you are waiting for them to elaborate more, maybe that’s suppose to give it a mysterious feel. It did, it had the opposite effect like it’s unfinished. As I read I felt like the h was childish, using mental illness as a cover up. I loved the H. He was an epic alphahole! The ending left a sour taste in m ...more
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Dnf at 90%. I just couldnt finish it so I will not give it a rating. This just was not for me, I live taboo and age gap. But this was lacking so much and I felt like she only used the mental health as a plot device rather than bringing awareness to the disorder. But to each their own. Just didnt do nothing for me!!
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no words for how I much I loved this book. I almost didn’t read because all the by reviews , if you are reading this please pay no mind to them. This book was awesome. It was written in such a way that blows your mind away. I want more of this
You either love this book or you absolutely hate it. There's nothing in between.
J.A. Wynters
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
elegant, stunning, heart wrenching - I loved this book so hard
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beautifully written, emotive, almost poetic I loved this book for so many reasons my first by this author but certainly not my last
LaBrie James
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Lill James
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Fantastic characters and writing.

I have never been so absorbed into a character before. James was an enigma wrapped in a secret and rolled like an onion. Maryann was a tragic heroine with a hole of loneliness so deep and only one person could fill it. I felt like they were living, breathing creatures because their backgrounds were just so expertly crafted. What they did, why they did what they did, why they hurt with such depth, I felt it all and more. Is it a ro
Ellie Johns
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
This book took me longer to read than I would have hoped (due to me struggling, to get back into reading) but I’m so happy I picked this book! It was absolutely incredible, it’s such a page turner, so well written and honestly very intriguing.

I actually have BPD (borderline personality disorder) and it was very interesting to see someone else’s perspective and view on the disorder. For the most part I think it did all right, perhaps for a lower functioning BPD person, but the dramatisation of i
Tabitha Wildman
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to get into, but good

It took quite a few chapters to even start liking the book, but when I felt like throwing in the towel, it finally clicked. The writing style slowly morphs, and the psyche of the characters come clean for us all to see. Damaged people are the hardest to understand, and Maryanne was almost unrecognizable in her pain. Putting a pen in her hands helped her heal... this isn't a love story. The only thing, I wish it wasn't left unresolved. The possibilities are endless with
Marshay Smith (Mommywhatchureading)
At first it took me a while to get into this book. Maryanne suffers from mental illness. The book is a mixture of her scattered thoughts which was a reason it took me a minute to get into. This book impressed me, it was my first book by this author. I love that it is about writing. This taboo love story was many highs and lows at times. I felt sorry for Maryanne while at the same time was annoyed. It was a quick and intriguing read.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t give up. The characters in this book had me so frustrated for the first 1/3 of the book. I almost put it down a handful of times, in search for the next great thing. This review is for all of the readers out there like me. The readers searching other reviews for a reason to keep going. Once I finally reached the peak, I couldn’t put the book down. Finished it in one night. Keep going!
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