Author: Stacey Jay
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Random House Children's Books (I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: October 9, 2012
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All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.
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.
WARNING: If you haven't read Juliet Immortal, this may contain spoilers.
When we first come into the story, Romeo is suffering in his rotted corpse. An Ambassador comes back and gives him a chance to redeem himself and come to the light. He gets sent to an alternate universe where Ariel hasn't died. He is put back into Dylan's body right as Ariel discovers he went out with her on a bet.
And he has like, three days to make her completely fall in love with him.
I loved the concept of both Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed. Because Romeo and Juliet is such a well known play, I loved the idea that Stacey Jay made her own twist with paranormal elements.
Also, I really enjoyed that Romeo wasn't a truly horrible person like I previously thought, and that we got some major insight into his reasonings for what happened back in 1304. He was really naive and made some really bad choices (obviously).
But, I struggled a lot with the insta-love. I mean, all he did was buy Ariel things and pay attention to her for a day and a half and she fell madly in love with him. There was no real merit to their relationship at all besides that. At least in my mind.
And so when the romance happened, there were no butterflies fluttering in my stomach, because it was just so fast.
The Mercenaries and the Ambassadors, quite frankly, both sound like messed up sides. The Friar was one messed up dude. Personally, if I were to die, I just want to be dead, not having to choose sides and living in mist until I'm needed. Just sayin'.
So while I did enjoy reading this book, I definitely did have some issues with the insta-love aspect of it.