Thursday, 27 March 2014

Blog Tour: Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayala

I received a copy of Taming Romeo in exchange for my review.

It has been two months since Evie's boyfriend, Eric, dumped her, leaving her confused and failing med school. Now working as a waitress in her parents' restaurant, she runs into Romeo, the man that she left on the night they were planning to elope. At first she wants to only avoid him, but Romeo has never forgotten Evie and wants to romance her once more. With their families planning various parts of their lives they find that it is difficult for the pair to have a successful relationship, not to mention dealing with a jealous sibling, past relationships and their careers to think about.

Firstly, I had thought that the film set was going to play a larger role in the story of Taming Romeo, when in fact there were only a couple of scenes that it featured in (and they were mostly to highlight the attraction between Romeo and Evie), though I thought that that did add a level of believablity to the story.

Evie in particular was a good central character, she isn't the most perfectly attractive person (well according to Romeo she is) but Evie herself she has imperfections, which makes her much more relatable as a character. Also she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, which may not make her all that relatable to some people, but for me I found that the attacks made her more accessible for me (I sometimes suffer from them). Basically Evie was a very complex character.

Additionally there was a lot of the family culture in Taming Romeo, particularly overbearing and over protective parents. In fact there were some moments where I couldn't quite believe the pressures that Evie's parents put her under. But it made the story more dramatic, and worked well.

I enjoyed Taming Romeo, it was a good, fun read!

Book Blurb :

Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak by working at her parents’ Filipino restaurant when in walks Romeo Garcia, the boy she left behind. Only now, he’s a hot movie star surrounded by gorgeous actresses and adoring fans. Bad boy Romeo Garcia never understood why Evie stood him up at the prom. When he rescues her from a flying coconut in the dumpster, he is determined to dig into her heart for the reason. Their mutual attraction and unresolved feelings ignite in a scintillating night of daring sex, and Romeo shows Evie what she’ll miss the rest of her life if she walks away again. Evie lands a part as Romeo’s co-star and falls into her role, totally in love. He plays his part, too, with his romantic gestures and skillful lovemaking. But is the fantasy real or revenge? Evie and Romeo are about to discover if their buried feelings will explode in pure delight or utter disaster.

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About the Author:

Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She enjoys writing love stories and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment. The tapestry of characters in her books reflect that diversity. She is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. Check out her four romantic novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful, emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story combined with controversy over difficult decisions, and Knowing Vera is a suspenseful, cross-cultural romance mixing an unsolved murder, adventure, and hot, steamy love scenes.

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