Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Series: The Starcrossed Series #1
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: New Adult
Source: Galley provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ 

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.

I think I am going to have to keep an open mind as this series continues.  There are some things about BAD ROMEO that I loved and some things that absolutely did not work for me.  I'm hoping as they play out, it will turn around. Let me explain.

We first meet Cassie in present day. She's an actress being paired up with an ex for an upcoming play.  She's got some moxie. You know she's been burned by this guy but she has some attitude that you hope will get her through the tough position she is in.

Ethan on the other hand seems somewhat quiet and gentle. Nothing at all like a guy that so thoroughly broke a girls heart, making her reel from it years later.

Then comes the flashbacks.  We move to when Cassie and Ethan first meet and it's like a complete reversal of attitudes.  Cassie is awkward, unsure of herself.  Ethan is total dick.

As the past plays out, we see how they meet, why they grow close to each other.  Here is where my issues start.

Ethan is not just a typical book boy jerk. He's a complete and utter asshole to Cassie and flat out tells her that he always will be. They won't be friends, they won't be more than friends.  Yet Cassie pushes him on this at nearly every turn.  I didn't absolutely hate that, as I typically would in a book. I don't usually like a character who is a glutton for that kind of punishment and rejection. But Cassie is so, hmmm...naive in life, that it didn't really feel out of place for her character to do something so, well, dumb.

My big issue here was the constant, and I mean constant, outside force to bring these two together.  There is so much mention by other characters about the "chemistry" these two have together. It's spoon fed to them and to you as a reader.  I prefer to feel the connection for myself, not be told it's there. Yanno? It made it feel forced and contrived.

As the relationship progresses Cassie makes it crystal clear that she wants Ethan. This is a part of the book that I loved. She is so horny and so goofy about it. She doesn't mince words and I fell in love with her a little for that.

I bet he has a very nice penis. I bet it's glorious, like his stupid perfect face, and gorgeous eyes, and muscled body. I bet if he entered his penis in a competition, it would win "Best in Show" and he could walk around with a giant blue ribbon stuck to his crotch. 

Ethan has his issues though. As I said, he made it clear he's not the relationship type. But he falls for Cassie, while still keeping her at an arms length.  When his issues begin to be revealed, I began to be annoyed.  They were not enough for me to buy how big of an asshole he was. They aren't something that you just move on from, certainly, but you don't treat everyone with such callousness over them either.  I had a major problems with this.  Again, hopefully more comes to light in the next book. It needs to, in my opinion.

However, the parts of the story that happen in present day were enough to keep me wanting to read this book and keep going with the series, even if I have to do it with a grain of salt. 

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