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Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
“…she thinks you can fix me.”
“I didn’t realize you were broken.”
We were chomping at the bit to get to Bad Romeo. There had already been a lot of hype around this book and what intrigued us even more were the polarizing opinions. We received messages ranging from ‘drop everything and read this book’ to ‘don’t even bother, I dnf’d it’. This made us even more eager to jump on in to see which way our feelings would sway. Well; we fit in somewhere in the middle. We didn’t love it and we didn’t loathe it, though there was a time we nearly threw in the towel at around 60% but something compelled us to keep reading and we’re glad we did. Parts of the story wowed us yet parts disappointed as we flipped between enjoyment and utter frustration.
“Love at first sight is a myth invented by romance novel authors and Hollywood. It’s bullshit.”
Leisa Rayvens’ prose was very witty, descriptive and extremely engaging ensuring we’ll definitely be picking up Broken Juliet when it releases in 2015. The whole setting of the theatre and Romeo and Juliet was extremely atmospheric and well written which we loved.
As for the sexual tension! Holy hell! Is it possible to get ‘book blue balls’ because Bad Romeo is one big hunk of foreplay! We were teasingly and achingly provoked throughout this story with the ‘will they, won’t they’ scenario and the unresolved sexual tension was at fever pitch!
“As much as we want it to be the character’s emotions, it’s still going to be my arms around you, and my mouth on yours.”
Initially this was teasing and fun, but as the story progressed it became a little tedious and repetitive. Bad Romeo was a long-ish book and the build-up felt like a never ending appetiser when we desperately wanted to get to the main course! We got dizzy from continually going around in circles.
Bad Romeo is told from Cassie’s POV through past and present switches, unravelling the events that led to a six year separation between her and Ethan and the juncture they found themselves at in the present. Through her voice we did experience the hurt and rejection she continually felt courtesy of Ethan who, despite Cassie’s longings, made it clear from the outset he wasn’t relationship material. After being burnt in a previous relationship he had no desire to give his heart away, thinking himself to be incapable of love.
“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. “
Cassie was a conundrum. Some of her inner thoughts and fantasies gave us a giggle, however her fixation with Ethan’s penis and her relentless pursuit of him taking her virginity made us feel a little uncomfortable at times. This was one sex starved virgin with a penchant for porno. Cassie puts the H in Horny that’s for sure. We envisaged her chasing after Ethan with her tongue hanging out, panting. We have to admit there were times her behaviour seemed so odd that we willed Ethan to run a mile! Imagine if the roles were reversed? Ethan would have been castigated and even vilified if the shoe was on the other foot. He’d be called out for forcing himself on her and being a bit of a wanker. So yeah, we had issues with Cassie and because of this we didn’t experience the passion or intimacy we had hoped to. It felt more about Cassie wanting to dispose of her V-Card to a hot guy with said good looking award winning penis.
So, the story fell a bit flat after the long build up, though we’re guessing there is a LOT more to be uncovered…we certainly hope so because the unanswered questions and the way the story left off had us feeling a little unsatisfied. It wasn’t a cliffy…more an unresolved finish. It just ended….
There were moments of real emotion during the story and we did enjoy it overall. Ethan’s determination to win back Cassie’s heart brought a real beauty to the story and we’ll certainly be there with him to the finish in book two!
**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the publisher, with thanks**
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THE STARCROSSED SERIES by LEISA RAYVEN