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.
I’d been wanting to read this book for a while now, but have been putting it off just because of the whole Romeo and Juliet aspect of it. But oh my god holy hot damn it was good! I really was not expecting it to be as good as it was. I listened to it on Audible and the narrator was really good at portraying the right emotions at the right time. Honestly, when I started listening to this book it took over my life, #noregrets!! The story was jam packed with humour, I seriously laughed out loud so damn much with this book, both of the characters were extremely sarcastic and it worked great for the story!
I love a good “bad boy” type story and this was definitely one of the better ones that’s for sure. Ethan was bad, but not crazy abusive bad like Christian Grey or Holder(??) from the After series by Anna Todd (as far as I could tell anyway). I would definitely say that the book is similar to After though, but way less abusive and way more entertaining. The things that I didn’t like about After, I loved in Bad Romeo.
I loved the way the story was told in present day and 6 years ago. I feel like stories told like this can be a bit of a hit and miss depending on how it is structured, but it was done amazingly well in Bad Romeo. I loved seeing how their relationship developed 6 years earlier, and then going back to present day and seeing all the references they make to their past and being able to slowly put the pieces of the puzzle together. From the very beginning you know something happened and to be able to see that happen while simultaneously seeing the consequences, was pretty great!
I did feel at times that the story didn’t really have any other plot points other than their relationship. Which I get because that’s what the story is about, but I would have liked to have seen Cassie actually do something outside of her time with Ethan. The only places mentioned in the book were Cassie’s apartment and their drama class. They did probably go to some other places randomly, but I feel like it only showed a very small part of their lives and didn’t make it seem very realistic.
Other than that though, there’s not really anything else I didn’t like. I loved the characters, I felt like it was very well written, the plot was engaging and kept my interest for the whole book, I didn’t feel like the romance was rushed in any way, and I liked that it was unique in the way that they were theater students. I really enjoyed the rehearsal scenes and just getting to know things about theaters that I didn’t know before.
Overall this is a really good New Adult book! It is quite raunchy so probably not for younger readers, but I highly recommend it! Although make sure you have Broken Juliet nearby because it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger!
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Published: December, 2014
Format: Audio, 12 hrs 23 min
Genre: New Adult Romance
Acquired from: Audible
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