BOOK REVIEW: Bad Romeo Christmas by Leisa Rayven


From the internationally best selling author of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART comes an anthology of sweet and sexy novellas featuring beloved Starcrossed characters such as Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, and Josh and Angel; as well as the gang from The Grove.

Have Yourself A Sexy Little Christmas: An Ethan and Cassie Novella

Ethan and Cassie’s first Christmas with the Holt family should be nothing but jolly. Sure, Cassie’s a mess trying to impress her future in-laws with the perfect casserole, but when an unexpected blast from Ethan’s past shows up beneath the tree, the season gets a whole lot more serious–and sexy.

The Naughty List: A Liam and Elissa Novella

After being apart for months, Liam and Elissa are making up for lost time on a secluded island, where they think they’re free to explore each other’s bodies in peace. But when it turns out their Christmas sanctuary isn’t as deserted as it first seemed, their Christmas dreams turn into a nightmare.

Happy, Horny New Year: A Josh and Angel Novella

When the gang from the Grove gets together at a lavish New Year’s Eve party, it’s like no time has passed. Except Elissa and Josh are dating Hollywood royalty, Jack and Zoe have been hooking up in secret, Connor’s new girlfriend wants to murder Cassie, and Erika’s mystery man has everyone talking. Before midnight, shocking revelations are made, industry tongues are wagging, and the poor mistletoe is ready to pass out from overuse.

No matter how you’re spending the holidays, BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS is sure to heat up your festive season this winter.


Leisa Rayven’s Bad Romeo Christmas felt exactly like coming home for the holidays. This warm, welcoming, and genuinely happy feeling just envelopes every part of you as soon as you read those first few sentences of the book. It was a great treat to be able to revisit with some of my most beloved fictional characters from one of my all-time favorite series. It was the best way to start of my most favorite time of the year.
This Anthology not only brought the giddiness from being surrounded once again by the Starcrossed series crew, but along with it, the author brought a dangerous heat which blazed through its pages– THREE-fold. That’s right, this book is broken up into 3 glorious parts each of which give us a glimpse of every one of our fave couples—

Ethan & Cassie in a wonderfully romantic short of their first Christmas together as an engaged couple. I loved seeing just what these two were up to and the shenanigans we find them in from the very start had me giggling and falling in love with them all over again. And it couldn’t be denied that the chemistry between Romeo and his Juliet have not ebbed but have only become even stronger.

In the second part of the book we are reacquainted with Elissa and Liam and I was quickly reminded as to why these two hold such a special place in my heart. I loved their part of the book most and no, not because of the obvious bias… But because I thought that Ms. Rayven gave us a storyline that was so full in such a few, short pages. Finding themselves separated across oceans for months because of career commitments, Liss and Liam had this desperate hunger for each other that didn’t only have my heart thrumming but my lady bits buzzing in the best way. I swear, I swooned all over Liam like some… Ho, ho ho! I was the bee all over his honey! Ugh, he was just so crazy sweet and the action between these two not only in between the sheets but on about every surface they could find definitely made my bells jingle. In the end of it all, I just wanted even MORE of them!

And of course this wouldn’t be complete without Josh and Angel. In Wicked Heart (book 2 in the Starcrossed series), we get to know Angel and Josh a bit. So I was excited to know that they would be part of this anthology because it would give me a chance to properly get to know them that much more. Josh is insanely loveable and I totally want him to be my bestie too! He’s witty and funny and I think the perfect match for a Hollywood starlet like Angel. I love that this geeky guy who has a penchant for super heroes could capture Angel’s heart. You seriously just want to “ooh and ahhh and aaawwwwwe” anytime these two are together.

I seriously want to hug the heck out of Leisa for writing this much needed holiday Anthology. This was a warm cup of hot cocoa while sitting across a crackling fireplace as the Christmas lights twinkle all around you. A feeling so comforting and wonderful, Bad Romeo Christmas is the perfect stocking stuffer for this year’s holiday season.

We Like It Big Tunes:

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You


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 she is now the proud mother of numerous book babies, including BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART. (Macmillan New York)

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three judgmental cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (*NB: Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.*)


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