Title: Bad Romeo
Author: Leisa Rayven
Genre/s: Romance, New Adult
“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down.”
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.
This story alternates between past and present. In the past tense we learn about Cassie Taylor meeting Ethan Holt at the auditions to get into acting school. They both get in and end up playing Romeo and Juliet in their first production. Ethan is no Romeo and seems to have a giant chip on his shoulder. The only one he makes any effort with is Cassie and even that is questionable at best. But Cassie keeps trying to get to know him and cannot deny the strong attraction she feels to him, no matter how he treats her.
The Cassie we meet in the past is optimistic and innocent, introverted yet intriguing. She has a light about her that calls for attention, even if she’s spent her whole seeking it from others. Grown up Cassie is the complete opposite. She’s cynical and mistrusting and a whole lot broken. Same thing goes for Ethan. When we meet the younger version of him, he’s rude and standoffish, brash and intense. The intensity is still there as an adult, but he’s completely open about what he wants and the fact that he intends to get it–something that scares Cassie.
I loved the way he was fighting for Cassie. Proving to her that he’s grown up and wasn’t the same guy she once knew. Cassie’s strength into not instantly giving in to Ethan was great, she really made him work for it, because although she’s never stopped loving him, she doesn’t trust him and doesn’t know if she can ever begin to again.
I fell in love with Cassie and Ethan. Their chemistry as a couple was off the charts and I found myself pulling for them the entire book. The story itself, bouncing between past and present-day, is so well written. The transition between the timelines was so seamless and made the story incredible.
I knew this book wouldn’t disappoint me. I hope I have the second book with me so I can read it ASAP, but I guess I have to wait until I have my own copy.