ARC Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Posted December 26, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
Bad Romeo
by Leisa Rayven

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 23, 2014
Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 417
Format: ARC
 

“… if you like some anger and angst with a lot of sexual tension, then you will enjoy BAD ROMEO.” ~ Under the Covers

I will be completely honest, I was sold on this when I read the blurb.  It sounded so interesting I couldn’t pass it up.  What I quickly found was the type of new adult that can easily get on my nerves, though.  I still pushed through because a spark of interest was lit.

BAD ROMEO goes back and forth in time telling us the story of Cassie and Ethan.  They met in acting school, had what you can assume to be a turbulent past, and in present day have to work together for a play.  Cassie wants nothing to do with Ethan now, and Ethan wants her back.

This book had plenty of moments I enjoyed and quite a few that were a bit frustrating.  The chemistry was one of those good moments.  It keeps this story riding on a high.  There’s plenty of sexual tension, and frustration.  This was one of my favorite things because it doesn’t rush to that sexual finish line.  The build up is very enjoyable.

But I have to complain about something that annoys me in general.  And this is a personal preference that I’ve complained about before.  The hero that thinks he’s so guilty for something that happened in his past that he could never be good enough to another woman.  When that thinking happens, I expect a good backstory.  And I feel like the one in this book was very weak.  It made no sense that he would feel that way to me.

All that aside, if you like some anger and angst with a lot of sexual tension, then you will enjoy BAD ROMEO.  A lot.  That’s the core of this book.  And this is not a story that ends in book 1.  Yes, there’s a cliffhanger and you will have to read the next one.  I know I will because now I have to know how this all ends.

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About Leisa Rayven

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 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.)

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Yes! Yes to everything in this review! I had high hopes but I felt like the back story was wear. I know it’s a duology but come on, I got nothing from the first book. I’ll read the second book because I’m intrigued but I expected a lot more

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Glad to know I wasn’t the only one! I saw so many raving reviews I thought I was the odd one out LOL

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I hate that too Francesca thanks for sharing your thoughts

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ugh i can’t read a jerk book….thanks for the review francesca

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I’ve read mixed reviews about this book so this will be a library check out.