Series: Starcrossed #1
Author: Leisa Rayven (Website | Twitter)
Age Group: New Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
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.
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My Review: Oh, holy hot thespians everywhere, guys, this book killed me. But in the best possible way. Not like a stabby, painful kill, more like a I-just-melted-into-a-puddle kill. If you're like me, you've heard amazing things about this book. Well, I'm here to tell you even more amazing things! Whoa, crazy, right?! It was just that good. Seriously, I want more. I want the second book. Quick, someone give it to me!
I'll be honest, at first I was a little thrown off by the style in which this book was written. It switches between two time periods - one where our main character Cassie is just getting into acting school and six years later. I generally don't like this style when reading because it makes the story feel choppy to me but I found it done really well in this book. The different time periods paralleled each other. There were strings in each that wound into the other one and made them feel connected and just right together. I saw the connections the past and the present were making and it made me appreciate the intricacy of it.
Also...the characters. I love the characters. Cassie and Ethan effortlessly stole pieces of my heart throughout this story. I couldn't get enough of them. Neither were perfect. In fact, they were flawed a lot. Cassie was a hard-core people pleaser and Ethan was about as cuddly as a porcupine. However, when they came together it was magic. Their conversations, the banter between them, and the *ahem* sexual tension was off the charts. I ship them so hard, guys. So. Hard.
The plot of this story was so cool. I can safely say that I loved every single second of it. It was awesome getting a taste of what it's like to go behind the scenes of a play with the actors. Seeing them challenge themselves and struggle with their passion and fear. Their struggles and the obstacles they had to overcome made this plot gold. I could especially appreciate the plot because it was two separate ones woven into one with the past and present scenes. I adored it. I totally, completely adored it.
I need the second book now. Seriously, I need to know what happens next. And I need you guys to read it, too, and bask in the gloriousness that is Bad Romeo. I'm outrageously excited to see what's going to happen with Cassie and Ethan next. Lisa Rayven is an author to look out for, seriously!
“So you're his new Juliet, huh? Has he ruined you yet? Run while you still can. Trust me on this. You do not want to be around when that boy self-destructs."