REVIEW – Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo

Title – Bad Romeo
Author – Leisa Rayven
Publication Date – December 23, 2014
Series – Starcrossed, #1

Bad Romeo


While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own…

Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college, then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan’s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.

Now they’ve made it to Broadway where they’re reunited as romantic leads once again, and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret, and he’s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it’s the things that aren’t good for us that are the most irresistible.

Don’t miss the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online–a story that will captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.


AH! If you haven’t picked up Bad Romeo yet, or it’s been sitting on your e-reader, move it to the top of your list ASAP! There is just something about Rayven’s writing that causes you to fall in utter love with these characters. She writes them with a special charm that leaves you mesmerized and turning the pages; heck, you’ll even come to appreciate every ounce of angst and tug at your heartstrings.

“It seems to fragile, yet it somehow manages to endure, even with cracks and scratches.”

Ethan was one of those broken heroes that every girl wishes she could fix while Cassie was the girl who was searching for her place in the world. I loved that even in moments of seemingly being put together, these were the roots of their personalities. However, what impressed me the most was the role reversals we experienced. Dependent on the time period these two were in, they did a complete flip flop in their insecurities. It allowed me as a reader to get a well-rounded impression of who they were, resulting in a multi-dimensional feel to their characters.

“Personally, I find perfect glass boring.”

Cassie and Ethan have what can most simply be described as a love/hate relationship, but in the perfect way. They fought hard, yet loved even harder, even when denying their attraction. Quite honestly, they brought this entire story to life for me. They would be described as having this perfect chemistry on stage. However, all those descriptions that the author included are what I felt in their “real life” moments as a couple. They seemed to sizzle and pop from the pages and I never wanted to leave their sides.

“I love all of those pieces, and the scars of their survival make them even more beautiful in my eyes.”

If you asked me what stood Bad Romeo apart from other books, I would have a hard time pinpointing it. The novel simply has a special quality to it that sucked me in, kept me invested, and left me wanting more. I’m incredibly anxious to read more of Ethan and Cassie’s journey, and see more of the character growth I witnessed in Bad Romeo. I’m kicking myself for not starting sooner, but definitely glad I can jump right in to Broken Juliet!


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Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2)

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Wicked Heart (Starcrossed, #3)

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