By Stacey Jay
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Source: PublisherSeductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
Review: This book was SO GOOD! Seriously, I thought I liked Juliet Immortal, but I absolutely loved Romeo Redeemed! Who knew an author could take the overused and abused story of Romeo and Juliet and create something so fantastic??
After reading Juliet Immortal, you grow to absolutely detest Romeo. He ruined Juliet and everything he does seems to be with evil intentions. So going into this one, I wasn't sure how I would be able to read about a suddenly "turned-good" Romeo. But I soon found I had absolutely no problem falling for the changed Romeo in this book!
In order to change his ways and go against the bad Mercenaries, Romeo must show the real Ariel how to love. Mmmm and Romeo really knows how to charm a girl. Despite having to deal with the notorious player reputation of the body he's taken over, Romeo is able to turn on his charm and draw in any girl who comes his way. But Ariel has gone through too much heartache and betrayal to let Romeo in that easily.
You would think Ariel would get annoying by how much she played the typical hurt girl who isn't willing to trust anyone, but she really wasn't. Stacey Jay was able to play on her vulnerability and trust issues just enough to make a really awesome story. I loved how everything kept on changing from who was trusting who and as the reader you didn't even know who to trust until the very end. It was so awesome! Watching Romeo work his magic on Ariel didn't hurt too much either :)
There was seriously never a dull moment in this story and you were always kept on the edge of your seat, flipping through the pages to figure out what would happen next. There were so many questions at the beginning and I just couldn't wait to figure out the answers the entire time I was reading. I just didn't want to put this book down! The best part was that we got a Romeo we're used to; a romantic, charming guy who every girl dreams of having. This original take on a Shakespeare classic gives you a love story that's simply impossible to resist.