Bad Romeo is a story about angsty young love filled with heartache and broken promises. Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt first meet while auditioning for a performing arts college. Ethan is the brooding misunderstood leading man and Cassie the quintessential shy naive small town girl. Personalities collide causing intense chemistry and constant bickering between the two. Star-crossed lovers? Well, not at first. Things gradually change in their relationship as they are thrown together over and over again.
What I liked:
Rayven tells this heart-wrenching story through Cassie’s POV. Cassie’s character goes through a reversal of sorts that was at the same time both compelling and painful to witness. She starts out as this naive, and optimistic individual that believes in love. Then loving Ethan happens to her. Yes, she grows as a character from it. Emotionally though she’s stunted, frozen in time. This is completely obvious when she tries to mentally prepare herself for a re-union with Ethan after six years.
I can do this. I can see him and not fall apart.
I sigh and press my forehead against the wall.
Who the hell am I kidding?
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.
What I didn’t like:
That ending though…ugh! I hate hate hate cliffhangers! I get this is the first book in a series but it should have some kind of resolution along with the transition to the next book. I was so mad when I got to the ending and it ended the way it did. I actually threw my copy of the book across the room. Then I proceeded to express my opinion on the ending in my Goodreads update. Cliffhangers are so yesterday people! I’ve always felt it is a cheap and lazy way to end a book. I absolutely hate cliffhangers. Rant aside, I picked up Broken Juliet and continued the story from there. The point, however, is that cliffhangers are overplayed and this reader would love it if authors would take that out of their writing tool box.
That said, why did I rate it 4 stars? Aside from the ending I loved this story. It’s absolutely enthralling, and Rayven’s writing is so freaking beautiful. This emotional roller coaster ride had my FEELS all over the damn place. If it had ended differently I think it would have been a solid 5 stars for me. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys New Adult contemporary romances with an overabundance of emotional angst. No joke, you will need some damn tissues while reading this one. If you have read Bad Romeo and enjoyed it then I would recommend you pick up anything by Colleen Hoover.