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.
You know when you find one of those books that you want to devour but you read really slowly because you don’t want it to end? You get this magical feeling, all tingly and your heart beats really fast. You tell everyone you know to drop everything to dive in and to join you in that magical place with a perma-smile all over your face. Bad Romeo was that book for me. That book you wait for to join the handful of books that make it into your top reads list. This was just one of those books. When I first saw the cover, I just got this feeling, I knew it would be unforgettable. After one clicking and reading a few pages, I was hooked! Could. Not. Stop.
Bad Romeo alternates between past and present. We meet Cassie Taylor, a well-known stage actress who has had her heart broken—not once, but twice by Ethan Holt.
They first meet way back when and are thrown together in Romeo and Juliet for their school production. Their chemistry is off the charts and cannot be denied. They’re drawn to each other. Both of them have the same dream—to become famous Broadway stars.
Cassie is so attracted to Ethan and she instantly likes him. Doesn’t help that he is so freakin HOT that she could combust right there. She’s not shy about it either. It’s during these moments that I literally laughed out loud so many times. She innocent with very little experience and the words that came out of her mouth had me in stiches. I was shaking my head saying, “She did not just say that out loud!!!” I absolutely adored her character and her innocence.
Ethan Holt. What can I say about him? He keeps a safe distance, but because of the scenes they do, they are constantly in each other’s presence. He doesn’t want anything serious, so he cautions her to guard her heart. He had me all hot and melty. Totally a Book Boyfriend for me. His assholey ways, his beautiful body—it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be able to stay away either!!! He’s afraid and is used to “expecting nothing” this way nothing can hurt him or be taken away. Unfortunately, he can’t deny his feelings, so he gives in to them.
We travel on Ethan and Cassie’s journey where we learn the history of their past. We learn how he cracked her heart open, ruining her dreams of a happily ever after. Ethan’s fear won and he destroyed her.
Now, six years later, he wants to win her back. He’s willing to prove to her how far he’ll go for another chance.
“I’m going to prove I’ve changed. Then you’re going to fall back in love with me, and we’ll get the happy ending we should have had the first time around.”
Cassie is afraid. So afraid. She knows he still owns her heart, but she’s so scared to hand it over again.
“The cautious part of me is whispering that being with him is like wearing the worlds’ most comfortable pair of shoes that sometimes catapult you headfirst into a wall. It’s like having an allergy to shellfish and refusing to give up lobster. Like knowing you’re about to fall, face-first, into a patch of poison iv but refusing to halt your steps.”
Does love deserve a second chance? Can a person’s heart heal and be given freely without the fear of being destroyed again?
Take the journey with Ethan and Cassie. Give yourself over to Leisa’s words. You will fall in love and this story will stay with you long after you finish. More than 6+++ Stars!!!
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About Leisa Rayven
Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.
Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.
These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.
Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.
(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)