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’ve been debating whether I should write a review of Bad Romeo or not because when I love a book as much as I love this one I feel like words refuse to come out of my mind. Like this one meme my sister found today that pretty much sums up my feelings when I love the heck out of a book.
But then there’s another side of me that wants to recommend my favorite books to the entire world, so here I go. I’m going to make y’all want to read the heck out of Bad Romeo.
I’ve created a fun equation that pretty much sums up this book.
Ethan + Cassie + fun + school + acting Romeo and Juliet + angst + sexual tension + young love + jealousy + insecurities + Europe + Ethan + heartbreak = a (kind of) different Cassie, a (kind of) different Ethan and a reader with a heart full of angst.
Cassie and Ethan have a past, alright. They met back in college. They played Romeo and Juliet. Sparks flew and then a bucket of cold water fell on top of that spark. Perhaps it was written in the stars that it wasn’t meant to be.
Now, three years later, the stars decided to play a little game and force them back together. They are pretending to be in love once again… or are they really pretending?
Cassie hates Ethan’s guts (or so she says/wants) but Ethan is back and better than ever and he wants her back. Unfortunately, she’s forgiven him before and he’s broken her heart time and time again. She’s not about to let him break it again.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I felt like jumping inside of this book and shaking both Cassie and Ethan until they got back together. I also can’t tell you the amount of times I wanted to pull my hair out from the frustration these two characters put me through. If this were any other book I probably would have called it quits, I would have closed it and thrown it out the window. But this is not just any book. It’s THE book. The one that make you enjoy things you would usually hate. So I read through my frustration and man, it was amazing.
When Cassie and Ethan are not killing you with their love/hate, they are hilarious and lovely characters. Ethan will become your next book boyfriend and you’ll secretly wish you were as hilarious as Cassie. They’re the kind of characters that are impossible to forget.
The story is like absolutely nothing you’ve ever read before. It is romantic and funny and sad and real. It makes you feel frustrated but that’s because it is raw and complicated just like real life. It’s not sugar-coating love because love is not all hearts and flowers and horse riding into the sunset. It is heartbreaking and sometimes you just want to punch it in the face but it’s still beautiful and worth it.
Please don’t be afraid of getting frustrated at the story or characters while reading this book because in the end it’s still beautiful and you’re still going to love every word. No matter the outcome.
I recommend this book to all of you reading this. Bad Romeo is more than any second chance—more like third chance—romance book you’ve ever read. It is unique and fresh and very cozy. It’ll keep you warm during this fall time. You’ll find your new favorite quotes inside of it. It’ll keep you on your toes, biting your nails, wanting to puke your heart out from all of the angst, hating/loving the characters and blushing from the hotness overload.
This book made it to the top of my favorite books list like it was nobody’s business and made Leisa Rayven one of my favorite writers. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did and I hope it makes you want to read more books by Leisa.
Ethan and Cassie’s story cannot be contained in one book so here’s a warning; if you don’t want to die from a cliffhanger then have Broken Juliet ready to pick up immediately after you finish reading Bad Romeo.
6 / 5 Leisa-Rayven-only reserved flowers