Bad Romeo

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

4.5 stars!

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down.”

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So, guess who loved this book when most everyone else didn’t?

Guilty as charged. To be fair, I am a total angst whore and gobbled this book up. Want to know what’s even scarier? For all of the angst this book doles out, I’ve read angstier!

This is the story of Cassie and Ethan, who met when they were young aspiring actors. The book begins in the present, three years after Ethan shattered Cassie’s heart, and the two of them are cast as the leads in a new Broadway play. Ethan, after all of the shit he put Cassie through, is desperate to get her back but Cassie won’t let him back in easy.

This book alternates between the present and the past, giving the reader both sides of Cassie and Ethan. Cassie who in the past was a horny, naive virgin and in the present a jaded and bitter woman. Ethan, a dark storm cloud in the past more closed up than a tight clam shell, and in the present a man who had worked through his issues and wants to be redeemed.

I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because I went into it with the absolute lowest expectations. I also read the spoilers ahead of time and knew the ending would be a cliffhanger and many questions would not be answered, so I came into this book prepared. So many people hated or disliked this book, but I still gave it a shot because my local library has a copy. And if it’s free, why not? Well, I’m glad I did. For me, this book was unputdownable.

I will say I did not care for the whiplash, but in order for a guy to redeem himself, he has to be a dick right? Yeah, Ethan was a dick. But, I felt like he really did change by the time he was an adult. I just really wish I knew what horrible thing he did to Cassie BECAUSE THE AUTHOR DIDN’T TELL US IN THIS BOOK!!!

And the other thing I didn’t care for? That vagina slow clapping line. My god I cringed when I read that. I think it was supposed to be funny, but this was me reading it instead:

Anywoo, if you like angst and men trying to make up for their colossal mistakes, this book is the one for you! I’m actually really excited for book 2 and some answers.

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