Title: Bad Romeo
Author: Leisa Rayven
Format / Length: Paperback / 416
Publisher / Date Published: Macmillan Australia / January 1st 2015
Category / Genre: New Adult / Contemporary
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Description: Cassie Taylor was just another good girl acting student. Ethan Holt was the bad boy on campus. Then one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing onstage, Cassie and Ethan’s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.
Now they’ve made it to Broadway where they’re reunited as romantic leads once again – and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret-and he’s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, when it comes to love, sometimes it’s the things that aren’t good for us that are the most irresistible.
“I love you,” he murmurs as he rests his head on my shoulder. “I love you so much. Don’t leave me.”
I wanted to read Bad Romeo for two main reasons: 1. the author is Australian, and 2. I’d heard GREAT things about it beforehand.
So, I’ll start off by saying that I was neither disappointed nor surprised by this one. I got what I was expecting: a New Adult novel, a bad-boy love interest and a whole heap of chemistry. To sum in up — I enjoyed this one. But I didn’t love it. Then again, that’s purely a it’s-not-me-it’s-you sort of thing, because these sorts of novels have never been to my particular taste. In saying that, though, this was still a good and enjoyable read. Although not a novel I would outright recommend to everyone, I would DEFINITELY recommend this to you if you like that whole New-Adult-sexual-tension sort of theme going on.
The strongest point of this novel was the writing.
The novel alternates between the past and the present, between normal narration and in the format of diary entries. Sounds
complicated, huh? I loved it. It worked especially well with the author’s style of writing and it was nice to see how Cassie’s character developed between the past and the current. So perhaps this style of writing — the constant back-and-forth between times — might not work for everyone, but Leisa Rayven works it in so seamlessly you hardly noticed. (Though I was more interested in reading the past rather than the present — probably because we saw how Ethan and Cassie’s relationship started.)
“I never realized how much it hurt to not be with you until I saw you again, and the pain went away.”
Now I’m going to get into the stuff I wasn’t that fond off. First — Ethan. The bad-boy relationship is fun to read, but literally every New Adult book I’ve read features a “bad boy” who either a) sleeps around, b) has trouble with violence and/or law, or all them put together. Can we not spread our horizons here, people? Again, I DO like reading about it, but after awhile it gets a little bit been-there-done-that sort of thing. And now, Cassie. To describe her in one (hyphenated) word: sex-crazed. Really. It seems she grew out of it as she became older — or at least there was LESS of it the “present” chapters, but god, really?! Some of her diary entries made me roll my eyes so much I thought I would pass out. But hey! Maybe that’s just her character. That’s fine. I just wanted to shake her sometimes and say, “There’s more to life than just sex, you know.”
Wrapping this review up — I liked this book. I am looking forward to the sequel (because holy hell that cliffhanger was CRUEL), and I think Leisa Rayven is a wonderfully talented writer. Recommended for fans of bad-boy New Adult.