Welcome to our stop on Losing Romeo tour for Cindi Madsen. This tour is hosted by Wordsmith Publicity.
Author: Cindi Madsen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: January 5, 2015
Review Source: Cindi Madsen Books
When Rosaline Capulet takes a pill Romeo Montague gave to her in a love letter and goes to the Capulet party to find him, the last place she hopes she’ll end up is jail. Before taking the drugs Romeo gave her, Rosaline had always followed the rules. So she doesn’t understand how her only mistake lands her a one-way trip to Middle of Nowhere, Arkansas. Forced to live with her aunt, the threat of military school hanging over her head, she’s sure she’s ruined her life—all over a boy who disappeared from the party with her cousin Juliet.
Bryson Mercer’s motocross career was destroyed the night he was attacked, his knee shattered. Now he can no longer race, the thing he loved most in the world, and has to walk with the help of a cane. He’s kept to himself for a long time, but then Rosaline moves in next door with her aunt. Even though Bryson’s sure the girl’s trouble, as well as out of his league, he can’t deny his attraction to her.
The more time Rosaline and Bryson spend together, the closer they get, and they both find themselves doing the one thing they said they’d never do again—fall for someone. Meanwhile, Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is igniting the Capulet and Montague feud back in Verona, and people are getting killed over it. Rosaline’s starting to think losing Romeo was the best thing that could've happened to her. But when the words she speaks to Juliet lead to a chain of devastating events, the repercussions might not only tear her family apart, but also make it impossible for her and Bryson to be together
I really wanted to read this one because I LOVED the rendition of Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio. I know...I know...that was so "the 90's"...but I was a teenager, what do you expect? I'm really into Contemporary YA Romances right now, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did! I was expecting a Romeo and Juliet story, but it was so much more than that.
The things I liked about this book was the love story behind it. Rosaline Capulet gets in some major trouble and is sent away from her Romeo to the middle of nowhere. All is lost for her, or so she thinks, until she meets Bryson Mercer. First of all, Bryson is a hottie. Who cares about Romeo when you have Bryson? I really loved the two of them together. Were they perfect? No, but that's what makes this even better. There are some YA Romances I read where it doesn't feel normal or realistic, but I didn't get that with them.
I also liked the plot. Madsen took the idea of a story that's been around forever, but changed it into her own little story. There isn't much about Rosaline in the original Romeo and Juliet, so the skies the limit when it comes to weaving your own story with her. I like that she was a good girl who made a mistake because of a boy. We have all done it. I know I have a time or two!! Bryson is also the hottie bad boy that you picture yourself with. The story line was good and kept me reading to the last page.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my 8th grade students. I think any grade level below that would be a little risky. I hope to read more from this author in the future!!
Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases. Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.