Book Review: 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

TeriLyn's thoughts: I loved everything about this story. The writing is great, the structure toggles us between past and present beautifully, and the characters are two who make it easy for a reader to fall in love with them.

Ethan Holt is a brilliant anti-hero. Tortured, damaged, dark, broody, moody - name anti-hero characteristics and it would be fitting to Mr. Holt. His life is a mess, his head is full of insecurities yet he shines through his love for Cassie. Even when he's making mistakes it's hard not to love this character. He's a man I found myself pining for a little bit. His darkness feeds something in Cassie and I was able to connect with all the emotions she was during the tenure of their tumultuous relationship and reconnection.

Cassie Taylor gives good feels. She's smart, funny, and on a path of discovering who she is independently from the life she left when she began drama school. Her intuition about Holt is dead on yet she forges through full speed ahead trying to make him believe in himself and them in the same way she does. There was never a time when I felt Cassie's actions weren't warranted.

Together, their chemistry is palpable through the pages in both present day and as we re-live their past with Cassie.

Bad Romeo proved to be a grand adventure in love. It's funny, smart, witty, and entertaining thanks to the main characters and the plethora of secondary characters who keep these two on their toes. I loved how the author weaves the art of acting through the pages making direct and indirect connections to the story of Ethan and Cassie based upon the characters they play throughout drama school and currently in the play they star in. This technique really ramped up their chemistry for me. Their love is beyond believable and I found myself absorbed in their story wanting desperately for them to let go of their past and embrace a future together. It ends in a mild cliff hanger that allows the reader to draw their own conclusions about what will happen next in the love story of Ethan Holt and Cassie Taylor.

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