Friday, January 10, 2014

Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay [Review]

Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2) by Stacey Jay
Format: hardcover
Source: purchased
Date read: October 31, 2013

Juliet Immortal
1. Juliet Immortal
2. Romeo Redeemed - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle

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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Seductive 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.
Thoughts on Romeo Redeemed: I'm not going to lie about this -- Romeo started out a whole lot less likable than Juliet did. He's done things in the course of his long existence that would be frowned upon in polite society. He's murdered and sown dissent and destroyed the lives of many couples who might have had their true love in their grasp if he hadn't intervened.

Redeeming him looked to be a long, hard road.

That said, I enjoyed Romeo and Ariel's tale. He sets out to seduce her and put her on a specific path and he ends up falling for her instead. Their romance burns hot and bright and I liked it. Things got sticky when the Ambassadors start dealing in lies and half-truths and it's unclear who can be trusted and who's out for revenge.

Generally speaking, I've enjoyed all of Stacey Jay's books to date. While the romance here worked for me, the alternative timelines and history of what might have been began to get confusing. I loved the ending, but sorting out who was who and how they related to the characters we'd met before took away from that a bit.

However, I really did like that we got to see Romeo redeem himself from the despicable acts he committed in book 1. I liked seeing him turn his life around and take a stand, even if it meant he'd spend the rest of his existence forgotten and rotting. We got closure on Juliet's story and Romeo found his true love. I can get behind that.

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