Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.
The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.
As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.
Before reading the review, it would be best to click on the video below and listen to the song to get a "feel" of why I rated this the way I did.
I was very excited to read this second installment to the Battered Hearts series by Kele Moon. I had read the first book and absolutely loved it. I was very excited to read that it would be about Jules and Rome or to use their real names: Romeo and Juliet. Instead of getting the book I had long anticipated, I started hearing this song over and over and over. It was that bad. Why? You ask?
Well, first of all, the names Romeo and Juliet were already a cliche and judging from the plot and the title itself, I expected a take on the Shakespeare play. What I got was totally different and many disappointments.
Let me clarify:
1. "Hey, Juliet." These words were the unfortunate trigger to the song by LMNT. The main reason why I posted that lyric video.
2. The lyrics to this song describes the way Romeo watched Juliet to a T!
"Hey I've been watching you, every little thing you do" - This is just the start of it.
3. I need not add that them running away together was just too much.
4. The sex scenes were waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many pages. I feel sorry for my Kindle which Forward button heated up and I had to put it down several times to give it a rest. Poor dear. Poor me.
5. The love affair was too teen-age dream. OMG! Literally texting, sexting, Skyping and Sexyping? Really? these two are in their thirties for crying out loud! Not teen-agers.
6. The language as written did not send me back to Shakespearean Italian as the classic play, neither did it send me to hearing the distinctive citified New York Italian English accent. Instead, I kept reading the language of Goodfellas and The Sopranos. It was not even a Puzo Godfather tone (which I read twice FYI). I honestly kept looking out to read BADA BING BADA BOOM. Thank heavens for small mercies. This was not written in.
Now that is clarified, I kept to the reading so I could finally, FINALLY! find the end of this story.
Unfortunately for me, it was just too much wasted stext! Good heavens, I found myself rolling my eyes over the wasted STEXT.
Although I would love to give this a higher rating, I find I cannot. I did rate the first book a 4, but this, oh dear me. I will just have to stick to a 1.
I am going to wait for Wyatt and Tabitha's story. I just hope there are going to be no black cats, no witches, or worse, characters with the names Sebastian or Samantha.
Review based on an ARC sent by Netgalley