Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven Review

"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."

Ohh... A romance.

Ethan Holt has 99 problems, and at least three quarters of them are his fault. For real. Because of those problems, he broke up (not once but twice) with Cassie Taylor and screwed her over (not only once but twice). Now, he is back for the third time. Can he make it right? Don't know, but Cassie still misses him. He has a chance. But can he do it? 

Bad Romeo switches between past and present every other chapter or so, and the story is told from Cassie's perspective. The chapters of the past unravel that complicated relationship that is of Cassie and Ethan. From the beginning, they have a spark and a strong chemistry. It is what got Ethan into acting school (finally), and it is what got Cassie her Juliet role. Ethan is Romeo in the acting school's play.

I'm not an actress. The most acting I have ever done is for my elementary school play, and even then, I was a minor character (very minor). But when I read about what is going on in Cassie's mind while she acts, I feel like I'm there myself. (I have some idea of acting but not that much. Obviously, I need a real actor's opinion to determine whether or not the acting here is accurate.)

Cassie is an interesting character, who changes throughout the book. She starts off as a girl who is just beginning to find out about the world. She is a good girl, and slowly, she goes to the dark side. She learns about alcohol and drugs. She falls in love with Ethan and dances with her feelings. She goes bad, and she doesn't mind it. But the longer she spends with Cassie, the more worried I am for her. Let's be real. Ethan is bad for her. The people she surrounds herself with are... not exactly good influences. (She smokes now.) 

Ethan is a typical tortured character. In the past, yes, but not currently presently tortured. He is plagued by his father, and he is a real heartbreaker. Unlike other tortured characters, he has therapy. And from what I have seen so far, it seems like it is working. (Cough, cough, cough, so many other male characters, cough, cough.) 

Overall, Bad Romeo focuses a lot on Ethan and Cassie's relationship with each other. I barely know any of the secondary characters. If you want romance, then sure, this one will work. It is hot, and the main characters have chemistry. Yes, it is explicit. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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