Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Posted November 26, 2014 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

What it’s about
When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was
the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated
casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters
they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he
broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is
back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories
of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret
college affair. But they’ll also they’ll discover that people who rub
each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.

 Publication date: 12/23

Crista’s Review
2.5  Frustrating Stars!
Bad Romeo
is a perfect example of when a potentially excellent book takes a few wrong
turns and almost ends up in the “did not finish” reading pile.  It has an excellent premise, characters that
I wanted to love, and an interesting way of telling the story with a series of
flashbacks. Unfortunately, the amount of time it took for our hero to finally
succumb to the undeniable attraction during the flashback scenes and the amount
of time it takes our heroine to forgive our hero in the present day scenes
proved too much for my patience.
Ethan Holt
and Cassie Taylor meet in college when they are both accepted into a
prestigious acting school.  They prove
from early on that they have an undeniable and rare chemistry on-stage.  This is a chemistry that is also felt
off-stage as well, but Ethan has no intention of acting on his attraction.  He is a character with deep- seated emotional
pain and wants nothing to do with a committed relationship.
Taylor is extremely attracted to Ethan and tells him in a myriad of ways how
much she’d like to be a relationship with him. 
I liked her, but after awhile, he endless pursuit and obsession with
Ethan came to seem a bit desperate and weak.
Once the
reason for Ethan’s hesitation to commit is brought to light, it helped me
understand his hesitancy to commit to Cassie a little more, but not
entirely.  I felt that his past did not
warrant his dramatic resistance to human connection and love.
This book
is an endless case of a “cat and mouse” chase. 
Cassie is chasing Ethan and he’s resisting.  Then the tables turn and Ethan is chasing
Cassie and she’s resisting.  It was at
first intriguing, then frustrating, and by the end when they finally figure
things out (at 93% on my Kindle), I just didn’t care anymore.
In my
humble opinion, the climax of this book was too little too late.
*An advanced copy of
the book was provided by St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an
honest review*

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5 years 2 months ago

Great review Crista!!