Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo

byLeisa Rayven

Kobo ebook | December 23, 2014

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While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered 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.

Don't miss Leisa Rayven's Bad Romeo, the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online—a story that'll captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.

Title:Bad RomeoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 23, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1466868376

ISBN - 13:9781466868373


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheres the love button?! I COULD NOT PUT THIS ENTIRE SERIES DOWN!!! It was obsessive really. The way Leisa connects you to the characters is incredible and sensational. I felt like I was so deeply rooted in the story line that when Cassie was struggling, I too was struggling. Perfect amount of angst and not at all cliche like you'd suspect from a New Adult Romance.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angsty and Wonderful If you're looking for angst, this is the book for you. The way Rayvan just tugs at your heart strings is criminal. I loved falling for Ethan the way Cassie did and my heart broke when hers did as well. A typical story in the sense that good girl falls for bad boy, but something about the writing style and the way it toys with your emotions makes this unforgettable compared to far too many other stories with the same plot. Loved how you could see that even though years have passed between the two of them, they're destined to repeat what was history, but maybe this time it'll have a different ending.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars-interesting and capitivate story 3.75 stars--BAD ROMEO is the first installment in Leisa Rayven’s contemporary, new adult Starcrossed romance series focusing on stage actors Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt. Told from first person point of view (Cassie) alternating between past and present using flashbacks, time jumps and diary entries, BAD ROMEO is a second chance storyline following Cassie and Ethan’s tumultuous relationship that began six years earlier while both were attending The Grove Acting School in Westchester, New York. Auditioning for parts in the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Cassie and Ethan find themselves cast in the leading roles. They say life imitates art, Cassie and Ethan’s love affair will be destroyed by choices made and running scared. Fast forward six years later, our couple will be, once again, cast opposite one another in a storyline that is all too familiar and brings with it painful memories and broken hearts. The relationship between Cassie and Ethan spans two time lines but concentrates on building love and breaking down walls. Ethan is the ultimate bad boy-moody, sulky, mysterious and emotive- and Cassie is the reluctant virgin who falls in love with her leading man. Six years earlier Ethan walked out of Cassie’s life without a goodbye or backward glance and now he has been given a second chance to claim the woman with whom he had fallen in love years before. Ethan’s love and need for Cassie has never faltered but his issues of family, self esteem and personal trust find Ethan pushing away the only woman he would ever love. Present day finds Ethan desperate to reclaim Cassie and make amends for everything that went wrong. The sexual tension is high as our couple play around one another for a good portion of the story. The colorful secondary and supporting characters include Ethan’s parents and his sister Elissa; their fellow actors and students at The Grove Acting school –Zoe, Jordan, Lucas, Jack and Connor- as well as Cassie’s roommates Ruby and Tristan. Tristan is very protective of Cassie and makes a point to let Tristan know exactly where he stands. The world building takes the reader onto the stage and behind the scenes where two people must balance the reality of life and the unreality of the stage. Ethan’s past has formed the man that he is today; Cassie Taylor will need to step up her game-to understand and break through the walls that Ethan has erected to protect his fragile heart. BAD ROMEO is an interesting and captivating storyline, not too emotional or angst ridden, but I did have some issues with the back and forth between past and present. At times the two timelines were all too similar (and familiar) with respect to what was happening but the author was showing how Cassie and Ethan’s love for one another mirrored itself both past and present; history, did in fact, repeat itself; but it was difficult, at times, to differentiate between the two timelines.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Redemption Story Talk about angst! If you're looking for angst, this is the book for you! The chemistry between Ethan and Cassie is definitely there and you just hurt a little with Cassie as she dives into their history. It's not as simple as it seems. The writing is simple and non pretentious and there's just something real about these characters.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg i had a hard time getting into this book at first but once i did i couldn't put it down
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book. Oh my god. This book. I honestly did not think I would enjoy this book when I picked it up. One of the women working at chapters noticed me looking for a Colleen Hoover book and recommended this to me. And man she was right I really enjoyed it. When I first read the back of the book and a small excerpt for iBooks I was skeptical. I mean it sounded so cliche. However as I began reading it I found myself enjoying it more and more. Around 50-100 pages in I was hooked. ! I loved the characters, and the world and the way they both interacted with each other. Cassie and Ethan have easily become one o my favourite book couples. I love the way they interacted with each other. And even though, like many new adult books have their issues you can see how they really care about each other. I can definitely say I'm craving the second book in this duo-logy now. I need to know what happens next. Definitely recommend to any lover of romance, new adult, and an overall good easy read. Very impressed !
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Now that is what I'm talking about. Just so so so good. How had I not heard about Bad Romeo before last week? That's like blasphemy. But don't worry. I am now doing my job as a book pusher and well pushing and shoving this book in peoples faces. Watch out I'm coming for you next. Bad Romeo is about Cassie's and Ethan's relationship. Which being a romance book makes sense. But it's also about second(third) chances, forgiveness, and learning to be yourself. It's really hard to find a unique or different romance novel these days. I mean everything has been done. So for me it's all about the story telling. Rayven does a fantastic job of pulling me into this addictive story. Of believing this strong and instant connection between Cassie and Ethan. Starting off we know that Ethan broke Cassie's heart three years ago. To say Cassie is still trying to recover from that is a bit of an understatement. Now she's not only going to see him and have to talk to him for the first time since then, but Cassie is going to be starring beside him in what should be a pretty intense stage show. Which means Cassie is going to have to confront Ethan and her feelings. Bad Romeo follows two different time lines. The present and also six years ago when Cassie started at acting school and met Ethan. So we know that Ethan is going to break Cassie's heart, but we don't know what happens or why he leaves. The six years earlier portions are the start of their love affair, which of course is also the lead up to the eventual heartbreak. So let's break this down in past and present day Cassie and Ethan. Past: Cassie is 18 and getting away from her over bearing parents for the first time. But being a little naive in some areas makes her a people pleaser. She just wants to fit in and to get along with everyone, especially when her opinion is different. Cassie doesn't want to be different. Except around Ethan. She has no problem being sassy and opinionated. Actually Cassie has no problem being herself. Cassie is also quite secure with her sexuality. Which is surprising seeing as she's a virgin. I would think she'd be a bit shy. But nope. She's actually quite obsessed with sex. Which makes for a lot of hilarious and embarrassing moments. Cassie also feels insecure with her acting abilities. She literally has no experience. But it doesn't matter because Cassie just has a natural talent. Cassie is just learning to come out of her shell. Ethan is one of those guys that right away plays the asshole. But Cassie doesn't believe he is one. She's pretty sure it's all for show. He is an actor after all. But Cassie see's through it when hurt will quickly pass over Ethan's face when Cassie plays into his asshole moments. Or the fact that it's really easy to see through the facade to a broken guy with trust issues. I never for a moment believed Ethan's act. He may be a fantastic actor when on stage, but when trying to hide his feelings from Cassie he's about as good as me. Ethan tries to play the "you don't want to be friends with me card" and the "I'm really bad and don't want to hurt you card", but Cassie's having known of that. She pushes her way into his life. She can't not. The connection between the two of them makes it impossible for her to stay away. Which brings me to their relationship. Even though Ethan tries to stay away from Cassie, he just can't. Their chemistry is to strong. I could feel the sparks jumping off the pages. It's hot. But it's also the friendship they offer each other. Cassie can pull secrets and feelings out of Ethan. And Ethan pulls the real Cassie out. It's really unfortunate that as the reader you know they're going to be apart for 3 years. Present: I actually don't want to say too much about the present day. It's clear that Ethan being back in Cassie's life is really messing with her. The fact that they have to play the romantic leads is not helping. Cassie finds it hard to think straight when they're kissing. But I'm pretty sure that's part of Ethan's plan. The thing is he left Cassie broken. And she's still not whole again. Even after 3 years. I love that we see Ethan now as the guy that can say, "I'm sorry" or just want to talk about his feelings. It's a great bit of growth to know that Ethan got help to get himself better. Now he feels like he deserves Cassie because he can give himself fully to her. Now it just comes down to if Cassie is willing to forgive and give Ethan another chance. It's very clear that they could be a power couple. But I think Cassie has a lot to work through first. It's 6 years since they first meet, so yes the spark is still there but that length of time can certainly change a person. I think they'll also have to come to know the present day Ethan and Cassie and not dwell so much on the past. Which leads me needing the sequel, Broken Juliet like yesterday. I need to know that Cassie and Ethan are going to come through together. I want another round of fantastic banter and tension. Bad Romeo was just such a lovely surprise. The theatre and acting school is a fun background to the romance. Just superb all around. I really don't know what else to tell you guys except to gush gush gush and that it's a few days later and I'm still addicted. Talk about a book hangover. Haven't had one of those in a while. Hat tip to you Bad Romeo you did your job and you did it very well.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I can't wait for the next book! Ethan was to die for!! I hope they can work it out! Both characters made me feel and when a book does that it gets a great rating.
Date published: 2015-04-20