Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Loose-ID
Released on July 3, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
How can I say WOW in so many different ways! Fantastic! Explosive! Absolutely Wonderful! And how can I get a Romeo like this! Ok, time to push the gushing aside and get to what I loved about the book.
I didn’t come into this story with any pre-conceived ideas since I have not read the first book. My understanding is Clay and Melody meet in the first book and it ends with a big MMA fight between Clay and Romeo, where Romeo is pressured to throw the fight from his mob family that really isn’t his direct family. More on that later. Romeo ends up losing but not because he throws it. He honestly does his best and loses fairly. Shortly after the fight Melody’s ex comes gunning for her and Clay so Romeo ends up saving them both. Taken to the hospital to be checked out, he meets Juliet who is Clay’s manager, friend and lawyer.
Romeo and Juliet (sometimes Rome and Jules depending on the point or who is talking in the story) end up on a date where they really like each other. They fall into bed together for a passionate one night stand. Neither thinking it will go any further, but the next day Clay offers to help train Romeo for his next fight because Clay is retiring. This leads to a lot of phone sex between Romeo and Juliet until Romeo gets to town.
We met Romeo’s brothers, Casanova (Nova) and Valentino (Tino). They all have the same mother, but Romeo has a different father. The boys father is a mob boss who never had any interest in them until they were grown. So now Nova and Tino are knee deep in the mob and dragging Romeo down since he is their brother. These parts were kind of gut wrenching to me. Romeo sincerely loves his brothers after having to give up a lot to raise them when their mother dies. But he is not part of the mob life and wants nothing to do with it. Nor does he want his brothers mixed up in it. So when he goes to train he takes Tino with him hoping to drag him away from the mob even if it is only to have him in the MMA.
Juliet has a twin brother, Wyatt, who is such an interesting character. At times he seems so juvenile, but then he is a sheriff who takes his job seriously. He seems like a dead beat but isn’t. He has his heart broken by some woman and it totally tears up his life that even he admits he can’t get over. Jules also works as a dispatcher for her brother, but admits to a buying habit on clothes. It kind of creeped me out that he was in her room instead of his at the beginning of the book and then later they are in bed watching a movie in their underwear. Extremely close as twins, but at times it was just a little to weird.
When Romeo and Jules get together, they both fill holes in each other. Romeo is not afraid to express his emotions and feelings. He cries, hugs and makes such passionate love to Jules, I wanted to weep. It was wonderful to see a bad-assed character also be a sensitive human with real emotions and crisis in his life he doesn’t really know how to solve.
*Fanning myself* These two have just as much fun long distance as together. The phone sex was awesome, but when they get to the video chat, it rocked harder than I thought it would. I was uncomfortable at first just as if it was me getting ready to do this…uh, nope, I won’t do it…but I don’t mind reading about Romeo and Jules…oh, no! I would never miss their video chat…and you shouldn’t either.
The mob has long arms and Romeo is put once again in a position that might harm Jules. The utter hopelessness you feel for the characters…my stomach was in knots. I yearned for a solution…I just wanted to whisk them away and make it all better. To make me care like these characters were real people takes such talent from a writer.
While I haven’t read the first book, I will be going back right away to read it and looking forward to the next book. A suspense ridden, love story that will ride the test of time like their name bearers…Romeo and Juliet.
“Got enough bags?” asked a warm, sexy voice behind her, amusement laced thickly in his New York accent. “Don’t they teach those country boys manners? They got you carrying everything. I guess chivalry’s officially dead.”
Jules turned around, giving Romeo a look of horror. He just smiled in response, bold and cocky as ever. She wasn’t sure why she was surprised. She glanced back to Wyatt, seeing that he had indeed heard Romeo and was now glaring in their direction as he waited for their tickets.
“Wellings,” she said coolly, despite her pulse picking up and her body responding to him being so near. “Strange coincidence running into you.”
“Not that strange. We all got places to be.” He stepped closer, invading her personal space. Jules jumped when Romeo reached out and grabbed her hand, squeezing it in his larger one. His thumb swept over the top of it as he leaned in and whispered, “If you were on my team, I’d carry all those bags for you.”
Jules jerked her hand out of Romeo’s embrace, turning around to make sure Wyatt hadn’t seen. Feeling very self-conscious, she snapped, “I’m a capable woman. I don’t need anyone to carry my bags for me.”
“Maybe you do, and you just don’t know it yet.” Romeo’s smile grew broader. “You ever think of visiting New York?”
“I’ve been to New York,” Jules said, unable to resist a teasing smirk. “I ain’t all that impressed with it.”
Romeo laughed. “That’s ’cause you haven’t seen my New York.”
Wyatt came up before Jules could respond. He handed her the new ticket, saying, “They fixed ’em.” He grabbed Clay’s carry-on off Jules’s left shoulder, all the while glaring at Romeo before he managed a tense greeting. “Wellings.”
“Conner,” Romeo responded, all good humor gone from his voice.
It was an awkward moment. Jules was just pondering how to break away without being too rude to Romeo or too obvious to Wyatt when one of Romeo’s brothers, who lingered near the sliding glass doors, waved him down.
“You coming or what?”
Romeo waved back, looking irritated at his brother before he gave Jules a look: longing, regret, sadness. She wasn’t real sure what it meant, and she didn’t have time to analyze it.
He turned to leave with a clipped, “Later.”
“Okay,” Jules said softly, trying to sort out her own feelings. That seemed like too humble a good-bye for what they’d shared, but she found herself echoing his words. “Later.”
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