Review: Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) by Leisa Rayven

Wednesday, October 5
My rating:
Can we just take a minute to appreciate the cover?
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Don't you think this could be a perfume ad? It actually might be. I would totally buy that perfume. And I'll be honest with you, the whole reason I bought this book was for the cover. Didn't read shit about it until I had it in my hot little hands and thought huh. I wonder what it's about.

The Synopsis:

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

What I loved:

- I thought young Cassie was hilarious. She was an awkward, people pleasing, socially anxious dork, and she made me chuckle so hard.
Quote…I bite back the instinct to say "thank you," because after the way he's treated me, he doesn't deserve it.
"Thank you," I mumble involuntarily.
Damn you, automated politeness!

- The past / present switches got a bit confusing at times, but I enjoyed reading both. I loved the contrast between young, optimistic, bumbling Cassie, and jaded, cynical Cassie. And the transformation Holt goes through is astounding... except when he regresses to a jealous, tantrum throwing baby.
- The un-sex. This book is all foreplay, all the time, and I enjoyed that for the most part.
- I love that Ms Rayven gave Cassie such good friends, and Holt such a good family. Since, really, you couldn't give him friends. He wasn't super likeable at the best of times.
- Ms Rayven did a phenomenal job of tugging on my heartstrings. I really felt for Cassie. I got frustrated for her, angry for her, happy for her, I swooned and blushed and laughed right along side her. It was a great story to be a part of!
- The writing was impeccable. Poetic but contemporary. Never slang-y or dated. Funny, emotional, heartwrenchingly good.

What I didn’t love:

- Ok, it has to be said: What I didn't love is almost enough for me to throw this book out the window. I feel ripped off, and manipulated into spending more money to finish the book. I can't be the only one who feels that this is not a full book.
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It's not about the cliffhanger ending. You just flat out can't read this book without buying the second book. The whole story isn't in here. It's not a book. It's a Part 1 without telling you anywhere that it's just part 1. Not gonna lie, that pisses me off.

What's missing, to make me froth at the mouth like this?
1. We keep flashing back to 6 years ago when they met, and 3 years ago when Holt left Cassie. We don't ever find out in this book what happened in the 3 years between them meeting, and him leaving. I assume they were together through that time, but you know what they say about assume-ing.
2. We know he left her. But we don't ever find out in this book why, or how, or anything except that it was clearly very painful for her. It's the whole fucking axis around which this story rotates, and we get told nothing about it.
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Swear to all that is holy, if I bought this book on it's release day, I would be so pissed. I can't believe the author left people waiting 5 months to read the other half of what is essentially only one story. That's not cool.

Overall…

10 stars for the cover.
5 stars for Cassie.
4 stars for the alternating tenses & the building tension.
5 stars for Holt with all his angsty, sexy, over-sensitive bullshit.
-23 stars for manipulating me into paying full price for a different book just to find out half of what's going on in this one.
= 1 Star.
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