This was the first book I read by the author. And it was worth every second I spend with it! Never had so much fun while reading an old story about love. Now, while waiting for the third one to come out (later this year) I am posting my review for the first Bad Romeo book *smile* Allowedly I read this book some time ago. Some looong time ago. But my enthusiasm hasn´t changed. I still can see those hilarious scenes, can hear the fantastic dialogues, and have fun by just remembering them. The plot is old, now set up in a new environment, but the basics remain the same. Leisa Rayven has a very unique way to capture her reader´s hearts and those of her characters. 

Bad Romeo
by Leisa Rayven
The Starcrossed Series #1
Publisher St. Martin´s Griffin on December 23, 2014
Genre Novel
Pages 416
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discover one of their own… Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college... then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan´s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart. Now they´ve made it to Broadway where they´re reunited as romantic leads once again – and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret – and he´s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him again reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it´s the things that aren´t good for us that are the most irresistible. 
Cassie is finally free from her mother´s over-protectiveness and can do what she always wanted to do: Acting on stage and learning how to be a great actress. If only Ethan wouldn´t be a part of her class. With him she feels like in a free fall – and no net insight to catch her. Working with him, rehearsing with him is fun and pain at the same time. And when everything goes south with him, her pain and broken heart hurt more than anything else she´s ever experienced in her entire life. 

Bad Romeo is a phenomenal great novel. Fabulous scenes, fantastic dialogues, and two main figures who top it all. The author presents her story about Cassie and Ethan with a wide variety of words, has a language that makes you laugh and cry at the same time and has a writing style that you read with fast speed. I never felt so great entertained while reading a novel about Romeo and Juliet as I was while reading this book. There is a director who gives absolutely dry comments to the hot and steamy things that are going on between Cassie and Ethan while rehearsing their scenes – screamingly funny. I had the time of my life reading this absolutely gorgeous and to the point written book.

Modern times don´t mean that feelings adjust to them – or that lovers have it nowadays easier as in past times. Nope! The emotional roller-coaster is the same, the things lovers have to face are only a bit more technical or more sophisticated but the rest? Stays the same. Heartbreaking, painful, passionate, and everything you feel when it comes to loving someone and get hurt. All the figures are in unison when it comes to their passion for the stage. But despite that, they couldn´t be more different. Cassie is a young woman who wants nothing more but to escape her mother who is a real control freak. She grew up in an overprotective environment and now the art school is her only way to get as far away from home as possible. Ethan is quite the opposite. He never felt like he belongs really to the family he grew up with. There has always been the feeling deep inside him, that he doesn´t deserve them, that he is in the wrong place. As light and easygoing Cassie is, the more complicated, dark, and buttoned up is Ethan.  

This book is pure fun. Hilarious, with sexy scenes, to die for and I can say with all my heart: A must-read! The combination of a great language, incredible steamy scenes, hilarious dialogues, and two main figures who teach you quite a lesson – nothing can compare to that. Fantastic!

Happy reading

The German edition (first cover edition) looks like this: 

Leisa Rayven
Leisa Rayven ©Stephanie Do Rozario

Leisa Rayven lives at the other end of the world, in Brisbane, Australia. Actually, she wanted to become an actress. "As a young woman, I often did not know where I belonged, it seemed to me easier to play different identities than develop my own identity. This is particularly true when you are suffering from a wild temperament, but actually shy and introverted.” Leisa Rayven is a freelance actor and producer and became famous beyond Broadway when one of her texts sparked a wave of enthusiasm with more than 2 million internet readers almost overnight. 


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