Book Review – Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Book Review - Bad Romeo

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Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1)

Author: Leisa Rayven

Publication: December 23rd, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Format: Kindle Edition, 417 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: November 2015

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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

Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
The set up of this book switches between the main character’s freshmen year of college and onward and six years later in the beginning of the set up of their new play. It’s so raw! It’s emotional, dramatic, angsty and passionate. I feel like this is the type of New Adult book that I want to see. It’s real life, not an over exaggeration of the fact. It’s just so honest, and I loved it!
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
It has a very steady pace which is good considering all of the emotional things that are happening. It’s raw and powerful. But it’s also fun and sexy. I mean, it’s New Adult right? One of my favorite things about it is the way she does metaphors. It’s just so good. READ THIS! haha
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
They are amazing! The great thing about the structure of this book is that we get to see the growth of both the characters from one point of their lives to another. Cassie, our main character, is sweet and a tiny bit naive in the beginning. As a freshman, she’s hopeful and starts to become bold and determined. She has a very positive outlook on life and is just ready to learn and grow. When you meet her in the present, it’s a complete 180. She’s closed off, has nervous ticks and is quick to let loose her temper. The story unfolds and explains how that change came to be. Same thing happens with our male protagonist, Ethan. In the past, he’s moody, tortured and rude. One of those types of male protagonists that pull you in because of how closed off he is. But at the same time, he’s incredibly passionate, specially about acting. Once we see him in the present, again he’s like a completely different person. He’s persistent and open and honest. It’s very interesting how their characters flipped and became sort of like each other. IT’S SO GOOD!


This is the first fanfiction turned novel that I’ve ever read and I’m happy to say that I absolutely loved it!

The plot is intense. We follow Cassie at two different moments in her life. her freshman year of college and then six years later as she is cast in the lead role of a new play with her ex-boyfriend, Ethan. This book is full of humor and angst and first times and drama and first love. This book is basically about the main characters and their relationship, how it happened, when it happened, why it ended. It sound like just any other New Adult book when I describe it that way but it’s so much more than that. It’s a real representation of being heartbroken and how that affects you and how you deal with life and people. It’s a representation of how to move on and move forward. How to forgive those who’ve wronged you and how really truly hard that is to do. I love the journey Cassie begins in this book and it’s great to see their relationship before by tiny bits so it brings this element of mystery and suspense. It keeps you on your toes, thinking what went wrong? It’s awesome as well to see the changes in each character’s personality because it’s part of the plot itself, how these changes forces them to confront and re-evaluate their past together and apart.

Cassie is one of my favorite characters ever. I feel like I say this a lot about female protagonists but this is one of those characters that really hits close to home. I related to her so much in her college years. She’s so excited but at the same time, nervous about her career and her classes and these decisions she’s making. At the same time though, she’s very positive, which is good, but sometimes it makes her naive and it places her in relationships that do more harm to herself than good. Which is why six years later, she has extreme trust issues and is more the type of girl to hook up and nothing else. In this book we see more of why she became the way she is and it was such an interesting story.

Ethan was hard to warm up to in the college years. He’s a very obviously damaged person and I think at times he purposely used Cassie to feel better about himself because she was always believing in him. But at the end of the day, the person that has to believe in you, is you. He let his doubts and fears get to him and it caused a lot of destruction in his life. It’s sad and frustrating and it makes you angry but it’s something that I can relate to on a very deep emotional level.

This book ends at a giant CLIFFHANGER. GAH. It was so annoying and frustrating but at the same time sets a very clear line between the two books. The first is setting you up and explaining what’s going on and the second is getting over that barrier: learning to forgive.

So that’s it for my review! Let me know if you’ve read this. If not, let me know if you’re interested in it after reading this review, because that’s kind of the purpose of these things. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

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