ARC Book Review – Bad Romeo

Posted January 19, 2015 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Book Review / 1 Comment

ARC Book Review – Bad RomeoBad Romeo Series: Starcrossed #1
by Leisa Rayven
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 23, 2014
Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+
Pages: 417
Source: Netgalley
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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



Bad Romeo is a story about young love, heartbreak and second chances.  I did like the story but it was difficult reading the first half of the book.



Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt first meeting at the performing arts college auditions is unforgettable. They instantly clash but there is an intense chemistry between them.  Ethan is the dark bad boy who doesn’t believe he is worthy of anyone caring for him.  Cassie is the naïve smalltown girl who is afraid to show her true self because of her fear of disappointing others.  As the new school year begins Cassie and Ethan continue to argue but with playful teasing, and underneath it all they are both avoiding the attraction. When they are cast as the lead roles for Romeo and Juliet it becomes apparent to themselves and everyone the intense feelings they have for each other.  But just like the characters in the play Cassie and Ethan are destined for doom, just as Ethan warned her.


I was captivated with the story of Bad Romeo but I was disappointed in the direction it went.  I thought the pace of the story was too slow.  Bad Romeo alternates between the present time and flashbacks to their time together in college. I thought the switch between timeframes was good but there were just too many.  Just when the story was on the brink of an exciting scene the author would switch to another time. This left me on the edge of my seat but after a while the constant going back and forth was frustrating.  By the time I hit 57% of the book I was tempted to stop reading because there wasn’t enough of the story for me to connect with the characters.  The present time alludes to the major breakup but the build up for it is really slow.  But I am glad I stuck with this because by the time I hit 70% of the book everything finally made sense. I’m not going to give any details but this is when I finally understood more about Ethan. From here on the story moves faster and grows even more intense.  And the final chapter was so emotional I am so glad I didn’t miss this.


Despite the slow pace I am looking forward to the next book, Broken Juliet. I recommend Bad Romeo to readers who love young romance that is complicated and filled with drama.


Overall 3



Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Reading Assignment
  • COYER Winter 2014-2015


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