BAD ROMEO (Starcrossed #1) by LEISA RAYVEN

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Title: Bad Romeo

Authors: Leisa Rayven

Age group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Erotica

Release date: 23rd December 2014





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 they’re forced 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 the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online – a story that’ll captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.




Holt sleeps fitfully, tossing and turning as the fever and drugs work their way through his system. He alternates between shoving me away as he spreadeagles on the bed, and clinging to me with desperate intensity.
After an hour, he starts mumbling and groaning. “Cassie … ”
His eyes are closed, but he’s reaching for me.
“I’m here,” I say as I touch his face. His forehead is hot and slick with sweat. “I’m just going to get a washcloth for your head, okay?”
His eyes snap open, heavy and full of panic. “You’re leaving?”
“I’ll be right back.”
“No … please.” He pulls my hand to his chest and presses his forehead against my arm. “Don’t leave. Please, not you.”
He looks so desperate as he grips me like his life depends on it, that I’m not entirely sure he’s awake.
He keeps mumbling “Please, Cassie,” over and over again, and it’s only when I pull him into my chest and run my fingers through his hair that he relaxes.
“It’s okay,” I say, “I won’t leave. I’ll stay with you.”
He sighs, and the air is still thick and wheezy in his lungs. “Thank you.”
He pushes his head into my neck, and I’m a little shocked when I feel his lips on my throat.
He moans and kisses me again as his arms tighten.







Sharon: There has been a lot of noise made about this novel around book circles so our expectations for Ms Rayven’s début was high. And let’s be honest! Not only is the book cover second to none, but the title is also perfect for a book which has more than a Shakespearian touch. However, the paragon of such a tragic irony between two would be lovers is not comparable. Why the title then? Quite simple, actually. Once accepted in the well-known Grove Institute of Creative Arts, Ethan Holt is chosen to play the part of Romeo by Erika Eden, the head of the acting department; and he’s not at all happy about her decision.

“Because even if it was possible for me to comprehend playing such a pussified dipshit, which I can’t, I highly doubt Taylor here would be thrilled about me doing it.”

Rachel: Oh Sharon! You knew how much I was looking forward to reading this one. I read you the blurb on Goodreads and like me, you were ‘Okay, I need to read this!’ You read it far quicker than me as I just couldn’t stop people from annoying me; oops I mean talking to me! Well, it was Christmas,  so when I finally picked up this book I got nervous; real nervous. Ok, let me explain. I must admit that I am a book cover snob. The cover is beyond amazing, one of the best I have even laid my snobby little eyes on, and then I read the blurb and I was hooked. So you can see why I was so hoping it wasn’t going to disappoint me. Well, I can honestly say I loved this book; no scratch that… I ADORED it!

‘’Like a book cover that begs you to flip it open and get lost in the story.’’

Sharon: Ethan! I. Fell. In. Love. With. Him! Saying that, I could have easily handed him Romeo’s dagger without the blink of an eye! He drove me up the wall! So indecisive. So unsure of his feeling for Cassie, the leading lady, Juliette. His hang ups are described to perfection, too. I felt like I was treading in deep waters with this drop-dead gorgeous man for many reasons.

“Yes. The seas will boil, the skies will darken, and every volcano in the world will erupt, thus bringing an end to civilization as we know it. So for the sake of humanity … in fact, for the sake of everything you hold dear … stay away from me.”

Sharon: Juliette’s character is to be played by Cassie Taylor. She tells us her story in first person throughout, and she’s determined to make this work whether or not her attraction for the leading man is a hindrance in her plans for grandeur. Now here is a gal who tries her hardest to please all and sundry. But there is one person that makes her open her eyes. Yeah! Him! Blinking heck; always him! Cassie has a diary. Her most intimate confessions are written down in it and take us backwards and forwards in time. If you read this book like we did; in one sitting, take care with all the details. Every one of them is of utmost importance.

Rachel: Cassie! Well, wasn’t she a brave young woman! She is away from home, doing her very best to achieve something, then meets Ethan and falls head over heels in love. I loved her honesty with how she feels about Ethan. You would think a young, sexually inexperienced woman would shy away from her feelings. Oooh no, not Cassie. She wastes no time going after him. Convincing, there is no doubt in my mind that she is. The possibilities these two opinionated souls have together are simply amazing. And I cheered her on all the way. At times, I could’ve wept for her. Gotta love a trier *sigh* because I think her motto should be ‘Go big or go home!’

‘’Love cannot be found where it doesn’t exist, nor can it be hidden where is truly does.’’

Sharon: These two young protagonists who are going to be judged for their interpretation; get their act together. Excuse the pun as their relationship is like a ship without propellers. Their part in this tragic play is more than awesome; it’s spellbinding. A perfect connection in soul and body is horrendously sexy. So why on earth is this guy so concerned about popping her cherry when he has it on a silver plate? Cassie goes out of her way to entice, cajole and convince with her womanly ways. Regardless of being forewarned, she goes ahead causing a catacomb of emotions. Sobbing here… Kindle bashing, no broken windows; but broken hearts. Mine included. Now let’s talk about Romeo’s theoretical dagger, Ethan’s crux of this heart-breaking story which is obviously the backbone of this story.

Even though this young man tried to everything in his power not to fall in love. He did. His last decision was a huge mistake. He had no grounds to make this absolutely beautiful girl suffer so much. Because of him, she lost her course, her direction. I found that when I was 60 – 70 percent into the book, things slowed down a bit too much. It picks up after this hiccup I tried to ignore. Then we reach the end that left me a little confused. The author mentions that they broke up twice. For the life of me, and with all the notes that I took, I couldn’t find the second breakup!

‘’Don’t you see how f****d up this is? How bad I’d be for you?’’

Rachel: Throughout the book, you are totally entertained with the witty prose and dialogue. I don’t think I have ever highlighted as many parts of a book, and most of it was the dialogue between Ethan and Cassie. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. Every page left me wanting more and more! I was thoroughly immersed into their story and can’t wait for book 2 as the ending leaves you wanting to throw your Kindle out of the window in exasperation! You want so much for these two young people as they really deserve their happy ever after. This book also reminded me why I love the Young Adult genre. So much so that I salute and thank you from the bottom of my heart Ms Raven for an amazingly fabulous book.

‘’Did you not get the memo that no one’s allowed to have sex in my bed tonight? That Star Wars quilt cover is vintage!’’

Sharon & Rachel: This story’s flashbacks are of importance. They may make you dizzy, but we tried not to be since this story needs one hundred percent concentration. And believe us when we say that it’s certainly worth reading on. Six years! Pain and sufferance abound. Realm. We asked ourselves many times why it took so long for this testy man to have a change of heart. We wanted to know more. The ending was a tad rushed for our liking, but saying that, all the author has done is tangle a juicy carrot in front of our noses. Grrr… We can’t wait for the next book to discover how these two incredible not really lovers yet are going to find a happy medium. This book has definitely set for bar high for 2015, Congratulations Ms Rayven. As you can see from our review, we loved it!

The author titillated us with Ethan and Cassie’s sexy thoughts. D-day is so abso-frinkin’-lutely explicit that our Kindles turned into a make believe fans. The banter and humour flourish. Crisp passages and no nonsense dialogue were much appreciated. All we can say is Bravo to you! Really looking forward to Broken Juliet in April! The beginning of please!


BAD ROMEOnWriting has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.

Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.

Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.

These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, will be available in a worldwide release through Macmillan Publishing in December 2014.

Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.

(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)
















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