Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven Book Review



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

Melanie’s 4.5 Stars Review:

I’ve always believed that when a first love breaks your heart, it is irreparable. Sure, time heals wounds and you move on and more than likely find love again but I don’t think that you could ever be the same again. First loves are when you are most vulnerable, when your heart is at its softest point. There could never be anything to replace the feeling; the pureness and the naivety of it. A mixture of chaotic serenity of both love and hormones stifle you into ever thinking that anything could go array. How many of us have been there before? And more importantly, how many of us still manage to get our breath caught and find our hearts irrationally skipping a beat at the mere mention of that guy or that girl—the one who could have been but got away?

Bad Romeo was a stark reminder of that. The intensity and the beauty of Ethan Holt and Cassie Taylor’s love story will definitely catapult you back to that time in your life. To the time when you feel invisible, when nothing else mattered but feeling. The journey that the author takes her characters on isn’t easy. It is tumultuous and angst-filled. Many times I wanted to scream and pull my hair out. How could two people so perfect for one another constantly find themselves wavering from one another? The answer to that is simple folks—fear. The fear that resides in Ethan is vast and it takes over every part of who he is and while Cassie is the only one capable of stripping him bare, she still doesn’t seem to be enough. I loved Cassie; loved how very open she was with her feelings and I thought she was insanely brave for always being the one to step up. Always the one to swallow her pride for the sake of love. I thought that the contradiction between the two characters were played so well; you could really see that they were the ying and the yang of one another. While the other pushed, the other pulled. Almost becoming an entrancing dance, not knowing which way it would end.

I thought that the author did a fabulous job with the time lapse; alternating between past and present without it ever being confusing. Instead it made me understand their story that much deeper preventing me from hurling my Kindle across the room. It helped with alleviating the frustration I felt towards Ethan knowing the underlying reasons behind his phobia to commit and to truly allow anyone in. The multitude of girlish giggles that bubbled out of me, embarrassingly too many to count. Cassie and Ethan just had that effect on me; they pulled me into their cat and mouse game which was exciting to be a part of. It awakened the “grandma” out of me and took me back to my days of dating and flirty banters. Along with the girlish giggles and the excitement, also came empathy for Cassie. With my hand to my sore and heavy heart, I felt the disappointment she did and the stabbing pain of sharp shards of her shattered heart.

I enjoyed this book so much. The storyline, the dialogue, and the characters. All of which just came together beautifully, enough to just suck you right in. So though it may feel like I’m frantically trying to wrap up this review, well… That’s probably right because what I’m itching to do right now… This very second, is dive into Broken Juliet. So I bid you adieu, until next time. I sure hope Juliet could be pieced back together into the beautiful, feisty, and confident Cassandra Taylor that I so loved in Bad Romeo.

We Like It Big Tunes:

Love Story- Taylor Swift

About the Author:


Writing 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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