shakespeare burning by charisse moritz

by Charisse Moritz


He’s the boy who wants to disappear.

One mistake and seventeen-year-old Shake LeCasse lost everything. Now there’s no going back and no way to move forward. The once-popular Varsity hockey captain is living in the basement of a grandmother he barely knows, ditching school, avoiding friends and working hard on self-destruction.

She’s the girl nobody sees.

Cleo Lee survives however she can. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes, and saving Mr. Popular isn’t part of the plan. Telling him the truth about the night that destroyed his life is downright dangerous. She needs to keep quiet, be smart and let the guy she’s been half in love with since middle school throw away a future she’d do anything to have. Too bad she sucks at playing it safe.


Shake LeCasse is a troubled young man trying to find a way to escape the survivor’s guilt. Suddenly, everywhere he looks he sees Cleo Lee–a girl with a bad reputation of being from the wrong side of town. He can’t decide whether he hates her or wants her. Maybe it’s both? Both a sympathetic and frustrating character, you cannot help but want better for Shake.

Cleo Lee is the kind of girl you want on your side. She is fiercely loyal, funny, strong, independent, and she wants Shake, but her secrets keep her from doing more than keeping an eye out for him. That is until they both cannot stay away.

I was instantly sucked in by the first chapter of Shakespeare Burning. Between the captivating and entertaining mindset of Shake LeCasse and the strength of Charisse Moritz’s storytelling ability, I was a goner. So much so that I could not put it down and finished within a day of picking it up. Those are the authors to watch out for! They sneak up on you and have you hunting them down for their next great piece.

This dark, yet beautifully tragic book finds a way to make you laugh, cry, and connect with such intense characters, all while racing to the end. I received this copy from Amazon after connecting with the author, Charisse Moritz. She had my heart breaking with every Shakespeare quote and beautiful metaphor. For a debut novel, she knocked this one out of the park!

#Bingeworthy #ShakespeareanLove #SweetRomance

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