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Whether I’m watching a scene from a motion picture movie or reading the words on paper, I love escaping into a great love story!

Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo CoverTitle: Bad Romeo
Author: Leisa Rayven
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Description:

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.

 

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Review:

Deep breath, Tiffany.

Words can’t express how in love I am with this book. SMH

I loved the content. I loved that it was about actors. I loved that it was a “fracking” ( 😉 ) phenomenal story that made me not want to stop reading. LITERALLY. It hurt me to put it down for those brief seconds. Every time someone came to get my attention I cringed inside because all I wanted to do was finish the damn book! Does that ever happen to anyone else?! I just wanted to scream, “GO AWAY PLEASE! I’M READING AN AMAZING BOOK RIGHT NOW!” This story, and these characters, stole my heart!

Cassie is such a fun, lively girl that has insecurities, but once she meets Ethan (a.k.a Holt) she finds it easy to be herself. She doesn’t feel like she needs to blend in with the crowd; she can say what she thinks, have and form her own opinions, and be incredibly honest with him about almost everything. They have this immediate connection that starts off strong and only grows over time. They build a lasting friendship while also trying to control their irresistible attraction to each other. The fact that they have to act in one of the most famous plays of all time, playing lovers, doesn’t make things easier either! 😉

Ethan is this sort of troubled, unapologetic guy that you can’t stay away from because you want to find out why he behaves the way he does. From the start, he treats Cassie differently and unbeknownst to her, it’s probably because he doesn’t like her. WRONG, YOU FOOL! It couldn’t be farther from the truth. Throughout the whole story, you fit the puzzle pieces to see why he’s so different when he’s around her, and how he manages to be so unbelievably patient with their budding romance and taking it to the next level. AHHH!! My heart!! ❤

Goodness gracious! My heart clenched a million times. Ok, yes, that’s a little dramatic, but it felt like it did. I absolutely loved the past and present flashbacks to get the full essence of their love story. It was beautifully written and captured a lot of the themes and emotions both characters were feeling. At one point, it seemed younger Ethan’s opinions were almost on par to present day Cassie’s. MIND. BLOWN.! 😮

There are so many things I enjoyed about this book. I don’t think I’ve ever highlighted more quotes and scenes because they were simply hilarious, touching, or brilliant. The ending was…

*slow claps*

Folks, there IS a cliffhanger, and yes I was literally screaming and jumping when I read it, but it will keep you satisfied until Book 2! 🙂 If not, you can just read Bad Romeo over and over again till April. Like I will be *coughs*

Cassie and Ethan’s story was about how they grew emotionally and intellectually, and really got to know each other. They didn’t jump into something because they were drowning in their infatuation. They flirted and teased relentlessly, and it was so fun to read! Their time spent together is so sweet (and funny at the same time), it’ll make you smile. BUT, it’s also complicated and tense. Their passionate energy was springing off the pages. I couldn’t resist their love story and neither will you! Here’s a snippet:

“Nothing about this scares you, does it?” he asks quietly.

I almost laugh. “Of course it does. It terrifies me. You terrify me. But not enough to make me think you won’t be worth it.”

His gaze is intense. “You think I’m worth it?”

I nod. “I have no doubt.”

He swallows. “That’s the sexiest goddamn thing anyone’s ever said to me.”

AHH!! This BOOK is so worth it! I feel like there’s still another HUGE puzzle piece that will be revealed and I’m so excited to find out what it is! All the angst and “will they/won’t they” spirit made this such a thrilling read. You got me, Leisa! You hooked me as a reader and fan, and I can’t wait—no, like seriously, I can’t wait—for the next installment. I’m more than excited to continue reading about these star-crossed lovers you’ve created and had me fall in love with.

Alright, enough of my fangirling. Go get this book and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

P.S. Kudos to Leisa for introducing me to Pablo Honey by Radiohead. *adjusts earbuds*

Pre-order Book 2 by Leisa! 😀

(Starcrossed #2)

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About the Author:  

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.)n>

 

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One Comment on “Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven”

  1. leisarayven2014 December 31, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Oh, Tiffany, your review made a great big goofy grin appear on my face. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m beyond humbled. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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