Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

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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**NOTE: I did purchase this book with my own money and all opinions are my own**

Let me just go off and say, first and foremost, Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven, is amazing and I LOVED it so much! It is definitely a New Adult (18+) book, so make sure you keep that in mind. This is Leisa's debut novel and it was perfect. I thought that the characters were funny, and I liked the plot line and the all around setup of the book. I really enjoy books that have two different time periods, "before" and "after" like this one did. I think it gives you an insight as to what truly went wrong in the relationship and yet it's also like you get two different stories in one! I don't think that I've liked a female character as much as I liked Cassie, in a very long time. Sometimes I feel like authors write females characters as helpless girls that are oblivious to their surroundings. Not all authors, do this, but there are some. I don't dislike those books, but sometimes you want to read a book with a female character who is strong and takes what she wants. Who's just an all around badass. That's exactly who Cassie is, she wanted to be with Ethan, and she never gave up on her feelings and in turn she got what she wanted. Sort of. Ethan is like most typical bad boys. Unattainable. You want him? Well, sorry, you can't have him. As I mentioned, this doesn't stop Cassie. She, for lack of a better word, "weasels" her way into Ethan's line of sight and makes him be her friend. But she, of course, wants more than that. 

This book is written in two POV's. Cassie is the narrator for both the "before" and the "after" and I thought that you could definitely see how she changed from the time she started college until the present, six years later. I thought Rayven did an amazing job at making her sound older, but she also wasn't the same Cassie, because of the heartbreak that Holt caused. She was more mature, and, unfortunately, colder than she had been. However, you can understand why she is the way she is. Her heart was shattered into a million tiny pieces by someone she loved. I also found it interesting that Ethan was also different, he wasn't the same "unattainable bad-boy" that he was before. He had realized his mistakes and wanted Cassie back. He had also matured and realized that not everyone was going to hurt him. Especially, Cassie.  I did find myself enjoying the "before" chapters more than the "after". I think I just like hearing about couples getting together more than once they're already broken up.

Cassie Taylor, is a really fun and hilarious, nineteen year old college freshman. In the "before" chapters, Cassie, is a virgin, but this doesn't mean she doesn't want to have sex. In fact, she really wants to have sex. Especially, with Ethan Holt. She even goes to the point of watching pornography to make sure she knows what to do when/if the time comes. I found this particularly hilarious, because you never read or even hear about females watching porn. Not that they don't, but I thought is was funny and also it was never written in a way that made it sound bad, or wrong. 

Ethan Holt, is as I described earlier the "unattainable bad boy". You want him, but you can't have him. He is also pretty witty and funny. There's one line in the "after" chapters, where he says: 

This book does end on a cliffhanger and makes you itching for more. If you don't like cliffhangers than I suggest waiting for the conclusion to come out next month. I hope that that book is setup in the same manner as the first because we don't really get an appropriate ending to the "before" chapter. There's still three years worth of relationship to explore and I'm really interested in seeing how everything comes to a close! 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it!! Here's some of my other favorite funny lines from Bad Romeo

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