Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Posted 23 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa RayvenBad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
Series: Starcrossed #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin on December 23, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 417
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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.

Here Are My Thoughts

Favorite Quotes

“’Cassie … We’ve never been over. You know it as well as I do. Even when I was halfway around the world and you hated my guts, we weren’t over. You can feel it between us now. And the closer we are, the stronger it gets.’”

“Yeah, sure, I can do a passionate play with my ex-lover, who broke my heart not once, but twice. No problem.
I bang my head against the wall.
If there were a Nation of Stupid People, I would be their queen.”


Bad Romeo was a fantastic book. It had a very complicated plot that definitely held my attention. It was told in two time periods, one of the past and one of the present. I thought that, for the most part, it was a nice touch to the plot line, because we were constantly seeing what was wrong between the characters that occurred in the past, and at the same time, we were privy to how they were working it out in the present.

I really enjoyed reading it but as I got further and further the percentage read got higher and higher and we weren’t moving towards a conclusion. I’m sad to say that there wasn’t really one. It was an abrupt cut off that ruined the fantastic flow that this novel had kept up for the entire duration. It was really a shame and a pity because I fell in love with the characters and I didn’t really get any closure except something that was vaguely implied. Did they reunite? How did the show go? What happened after Ethan left Cassie in the last scene from the past? What happened in the three years they were together? What did Ethan do to Cassie that was so bad that everyone, including his own sister and the press, took her side? I felt like this last point especially was mentioned so much in the novel and carried so much weight that it was imperative that it was at least mentioned. I really hope that it is addressed in the sequel, although I felt it would have been better addressed here.

The CharactersThe best part about this novel was the characters. Both of them were very deep and three dimensional. They both had their faults, especially Ethan Holt, but not in an over dramatized way. Holt was very complicated in the past and Cassie was complicated in the present. The only thing about Cassie that turned me off a bit was her seeming obsession with penises…it was just really weird and the fixation would pop up at times throughout the novel. It made me a bit uncomfortable at fist. Off that topic, I liked how they seemingly switched roles and we got to see the darkness and insecurities in both of them instead of just the guy. Both characters seemed very realistic to me, which definitely colored my opinion of the novel. They were just so complex that I was rooting for them. They were amazingly written overall.


The romance was interesting and tension filled. Cassie and Ethan had been together prior to the story, but Ethan had broken her heart not once, but twice. Although we never exactly find out what he did, it has a negative affect on their initial reactions. They are cast as lovers in a rendition of Romeo and Juliet. Of course, they seemingly hate each other, but the sexual tension is palpable throughout the entirety of the novel. One the other hand, we saw glimpses into their past. It made the romance deliciously complicated.


I absolutely adored this novel due to the complexity of the plot, characters, and the romance. It pulled me in and held me under until the very last page. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of the ending. I felt as if it tainted the novel as a whole: turning it from an almost perfect read to just simply amazing one (not too shabby!). Hopefully all these loose ends will be tied up in book 2–which I cannot wait to get my hands on. Bravo to Rayven for a fantastic debut.

4.5 Stars
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