Wow, what a captivating book this is. Hook, line and sinker, I couldn’t put this down. This is such an in-depth book of friendship, love and heartbreak. So much was happening in this story but it’s all balanced between a past and present format. Sometimes I’m not a huge fan of reading past times, but this book lays it out perfectly.
The past sections are from six years ago when Cassie and Ethan first meet trying out for the Romeo & Juliet play. For Cassie, it’s attraction at first sight. She’s a sheltered, straight-edge girl who has very strict parents and Ethan is the sexy bad-boy who does and says what he wants. Cassie doesn’t understand why he’s so rude but she can’t seem to stay away. They build their relationship up slowly. It’s mostly Cassie wanting more which he can’t give to her and eventually he breaks her heart which leads us to the present time.
Cassie and Ethan are reunited on the set of another play where they have to be romantic with each other. Of course they are the lead actors and that puts them in the spotlight. Everyone’s heard of the breakup the first time and to them it’s a matter of time before it happens again. It’s up to Cassie now if she can handle working with Ethan so close together without falling for him once again.
I have never read anything by Leisa Rayven previous to Bad Romeo, and this definitely won’t be the last. This book is written so beautifully. The character development individually and within the couple is spot on. Everyone is described beautifully and the backstories of these characters are perfect. The dialog is fantastic. All the characters, even side ones are funny, quirky and intense. I haven’t read anything where the characters are in acting school or Broadway before, so the concept of the book I found very intriguing.
I like that Ethan is a bad boy and not a prissy actor. He has sass and attitude and a dark history. Cassie starts as a naive girl and later turns into someone who doesn’t care what people think and ready to take on the world by herself. The sexual tension between these two characters is so high, they are basically boiling. It’s definitely a New Adult novel as there is a lot of mature scenes. I’ve got to give it to Leisa, she is a very descriptive writer. I definitely felt a lot of emotions reading this book. It’s a very intense, emotional book and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fantastic, twisted love story.