Book Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) by Leisa Rayven



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.



5 out of 5 stars

6 stars all the way! This was such an amazing story! Beautifully written with these wonderful characters that got under my skin and made me feel. So much depth and emotion, I loved it all. Officially one of my favorites of 2014!

Ethan Holt and Cassie Taylor where well developed characters that were perfect and flawed at the same time, I loved them. Ethan and Cassie have that kind of raw chemistry and intensity that pretty much floored me. The relationship of who they were and who they are now is really felt. When they’re young, Cassie was so sheltered and optimistic and Ethan was closed off and afraid. There was such a sense of vulnerability from him. Those times when he let Cassie in, they made my heart explode. Their present day selves are so different. The hurt they carry from the past makes them who they are now, almost like a role reversal and it's heartbreaking and endearing. Their pull to one another made for some seriously hot moments where you could just feel that urgency of want between the two of them. Scorching!

This was told from Cassie's POV and she had awesome internal dialogue. Some of it was pretty funny and I found myself smiling and there were a few laugh-out-loud moments. At other times you could feel her turmoil and pain as well as his. Ethan had his own battles going on and you could feel how conflicted he was. I loved learning about him and all the little revelations that made him who he was. I felt this heart-in-my-throat build because I knew that moment was coming that was going to change everything. The end was amazing. The moment healing begins as compared to the past which was heartbreaking, made me so freaking happy!

I absolutely LOVE how this story was structured, I was completely engaged as it went back and forth between the present and past. The timing was perfect and there was an incredible build with so many poignant moments. There were so many things that mirrored and paralleled between the two main characters during those times and it had me completely captured. I found it very fitting and symbolic. It’s something that really sticks out as important and special to me, even more so since they had a moment literally involving mirroring when they were young which was intense.  

This was just a fantastic story but I will warn you, it's cliffhanger-ish. There's closure for the most part but their story is far from finished. I have so many questions still so I will be impatiently waiting the sequel, Broken Juliet. I need to know. I need more Ethan and Cassie!

I can't stress how much I loved this and how much it made me feel. I am simply blown away by the author Leisa Rayven. This is a MUST READ!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.  



Leisa RayvenWriting has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured
throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)



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Other books in the STARCROSSED series

Broken Juliet

Broken Juliet (Starcrossed #2)

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Available April 28, 2015

Some loves never let you go…

Cassie swore she’d never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever…or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Finally he’s able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago…but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

The answer lies somewhere in the past, and now the truth will come to light. Will Cassie rediscover what it’s like to be trusting and open again—the way she was before Ethan? Or is it too late for these star-crossed lovers?

Don’t miss this mesmerizing final chapter in the Bad Romeo duet, the unforgettable love story that captured the hearts of over two million fans online.

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Note: There are three books in the series, Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet tell the complete story of Ethan and Cassie. In Fall 2015, there will be a third book set in the same world and featuring characters from Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet!



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