Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
Cast 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 discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.
I’ll admit, the cover is the first thing that drew me into this book. It’s so colorful and raw and I just love it. (I hope this one is released in paperback because it will look just lovely on my shelves.) I’d seen a few mixed reviews for it, but I’ll tell you, from the minute I opened it, I knew I was going to love it.
Bad Romeo is written from Cassie’s POV in both the present day and the past, when she and Ethan first worked together. While I would have undoubtedly loved to get Ethan’s POV during some scenes, I think this was a great way to discover their past and why Cassie was so against working with him again. They had quite a past. Some of it was great. Some was far from good. But at the same time, I always felt like it was obvious they belonged together so I just wanted them to work their differences out already.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I really liked Cassie. Despite her “star” status, I found her easy to relate to and, generally likable. She was a bit of a doormat in the beginning, so I had to applaud her character development throughout the book. She became stronger and less inclined to please those around her at the expense of her own happiness. She was maybe a bit more stubborn than I personally wanted, especially when it came to Ethan, but I definitely understood why. She didn’t want to get hurt again and I can respect that. It took awhile for Ethan to grow on me and I think that’s because I never knew what was going on in his head. I only had Cassie’s spin to go on, which didn’t always portray Ethan and his motivations in the best light… or, perhaps, the most realistic one. By the end of the book, I had a total crush on Ethan. He’d learned from his mistakes. He was a good guy.
I have a difficult time classifying Bad Romeo. It’s part second chance romance, part friends to lovers and part antagonistic romance. The mixture is straight-up perfect. Especially when you add in all the sexual tension. And my god, there was sexual tension. The chemistry between Cassie and Ethan was off the charts. The “will they? won’t they?” back and forth kept me hanging on to the edge of my proverbial seat throughout the entire book. I just wanted to lock Cassie and Ethan in a room and hope the dam would finally break. I’m not generally a fan of the tease, or THIS MUCH of the tease, but I loved it here. It WORKED.
I will warn you, Bad Romeo has one hell of a cliffhanger. One that left me desperately trying to turn the pages on my iPad to see if there was more. There wasn’t. I need more. Broken Juliet seriously cannot get here soon enough. I need to know what happens next! April is way, way too far away.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.