Thursday, January 1, 2015

Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

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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.

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My thoughts: This was the last book that I read in 2014, and I am so hungover from it that I am considering making it the first book I read in 2015.

This book has so many things that I usually hate about a book. The past/present storyline, the cliffhanger, ok well that is only two things but whatever. I am in mourning.
   Lets talk about the past/present for one second. When I am reading a book and I am completely and totally engrossed in the story and I turn the page to find myself in a different time period, I usually cringe. But this book was written with such perfect balance between the two that I loved it, no I craved it. When it begins it is the present and Cassie is having a mild panic attack over seeing Ethan again. The entire time I am sitting there wide eyed thinking, "OMG, what did he do?". And then suddenly you are transported back six years to the moment they met and you meet this boy and you are instantly intrigued. He is a bit of an ass, very blunt and outspoken, but you can see his vulnerability and you just want more. You are so deep in what's happening between them and suddenly you find yourself back in the present and you yell to yourself, "WAIT!! Go back." only to become engrossed in the present. And the cycle continues. I just could not wrap my head around what he could have possibly done in the past to turn things into what they are in the present.

  Ethan is a standoffish personality, afraid to let anyone get too close because he is afraid of getting hurt or hurting them, but it seems this is exactly what happened. Meanwhile, I am left dumbfounded going back and forth craving more and more and more story to see what happened in the past and what is going to happen in the present.
  In the past Cassie, is so open and willing to give herself to Ethan.... in every way... almost to a fault. Like, for real, if there was one thing about this book that bothered me it was he single minded mission to lose her virginity. I found myself thinking, "Slow down whorezilla". But the childish aspect,for me, adds an innocence to her character in the past. She was young (19) and naive. For her everything was simple and could be fixed with a good make out session. And in all honesty that is how most teenage relationships work. The problem being, Ethan is older than her (21) he has experienced love and heartbreak and he has internalized all of it, become jaded. When you switch to the present Cassie is now the who who is hurt and jaded toward the whole idea of a relationship, especially a relationship that involves Ethan and he is determined to have just that.

   This book was 100% unputdownable for me. I devoured it word by word and when I turned the page and realized it was the end I almost gave my iPad a flying lesson. I am counting down for book two Bad Juliet due out April 2015.

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