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Taming Romeo (Contemporary Romance) (Sanchez Sisters Book 1) by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer's Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2505 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amiga Books (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IF7VMIO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,334 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I received a copy of Taming Romeo in exchange for my review.

It has been two months since Evie's boyfriend, Eric, dumped her, leaving her confused and failing med school. Now working as a waitress in her parents' restaurant, she runs into Romeo, the man that she left on the night they were planning to elope. At first she wants to only avoid him, but Romeo has never forgotten Evie and wants to romance her once more. With their families planning various parts of their lives they find that it is difficult for the pair to have a successful relationship, not to mention dealing with a jealous sibling, past relationships and their careers to think about.

Firstly, I had thought that the film set was going to play a larger role in the story of Taming Romeo, when in fact there were only a couple of scenes that it featured in (and they were mostly to highlight the attraction between Romeo and Evie), though I thought that that did add a level of believablity to the story.

Evie in particular was a good central character, she isn't the most perfectly attractive person (well according to Romeo she is) but Evie herself she has imperfections, which makes her much more relatable as a character. Also she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, which may not make her all that relatable to some people, but for me I found that the attacks made her more accessible for me (I sometimes suffer from them). Basically Evie was a very complex character.

Additionally there was a lot of the family culture in Taming Romeo, particularly overbearing and over protective parents. In fact there were some moments where I couldn't quite believe the pressures that Evie's parents put her under. But it made the story more dramatic, and worked well.

I enjoyed Taming Romeo, it was a good, fun read!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Rachelle Ayala has written a great romance novel. What I love about this book, besides the romance, is the peek into another culture. The characters are Filipino. Now, don't get worried, this is not a book on the Filipino culture. It is a romance novel with some culture mixed in. The cultural aspect is not overpowering.

I was hooked from the beginning of the book, and couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in about a day. The book is so realistic, except for maybe Romeo being a "movie star". The feelings and confusion that Evie faces are so real. I know I've kind of faced some of the same confusion in my life. My husband and I were good friends, and I had just gone through a rough break up right before we started dating. I wasn't sure at first if what I was feeling was real or just a rebound thing. I wanted him to be more than just a safety net or backup plan. I can say, after almost 25 years together, it was and is true love.

I give this book 4 stars. There are a few adult situations that some parents may not be comfortable with their teenager reading. However, I don't think it is much different than other books that teenagers read these days. If you get a chance to read this one, please do. You will enjoy it.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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Rachelle Ayala’s Taming Romeo could be classified as a Filipino soap opera. Although I haven’t seen a Filipino TV drama, I think the characterization and high drama in this sizzling romance has all the essential qualities. What I enjoyed about this book are the detailed descriptions of Filipino cultural practices, sometimes quite ridiculous, like the three dates rule and also the delectable references to Filipino food.

Taming Romeo has mastered the art of being a sizzling romance and also a window into an ethnic community living and practicing their way of life. The characters and their individual relationships are skillfully created and Evie and Genie, her sister’s sibling rivalry makes it all the more real. Evie’s relationship troubles with Romeo and her ex-boyfriend Eric are all too characteristic of romances in your early twenties. The indecisiveness and the need to get all the attention you can is quintessential young adult behaviour, which is not confined to any particular culture. Rachelle Ayala’s treatment of these well rounded and flawed characters is to be applauded.

Although Taming Romeo is quite evidently an adult romance with explicit sexual references, the book’s gastronomical, cultural and strong line-up of characters give it a whole new dimension. However, having said that, I also believe that the story line needed a stronger plot to make it even better. As you mentally eat your way through the story and go along with the hedonistic behaviour the story suddenly ends! Yes. quite abruptly. It is as if, suddenly, all their lives were fast forwarded. Romeo’s arrival in a street near where Evie lived could have had a gradual build up, instead, everything that happens after Evie goes back to University is crammed in the last few pages.
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To say Evie and Romeo have unresolved feelings is an understatement! Ladies, BREAK out those fans because you will be simmering along with Evie as Romeo works his ‘bad boy’ magic. The author has created a story full of culture, rivalry, and a little sizzling romance… Ok! A LOT of sizzling romance! Now throw in caring but domineering parents, and these two have their work cut out for them. Romeo is determined to show Evie what all he can bring to the table. As you read, you are hoping they will be able to feast on their love. And the ending…hmmmm… Interesting. On a personal note, let’s NOT tame Romeo.
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HASH(0x8be95030) out of 5 stars Hot, hot, hot! 13 Feb. 2014
By CR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow! I didn't want to put my Kindle down! Talk about a fun and sexy romp. Rachelle Ayala continues to entertain! Taming Romeo is different from her past romantic suspense books, being full on romance, but I loved it!

Evie has a lot of growing to do and a heartache to get over, but that won't stop Romeo from going after what he wants, full throttle. The chemistry between Evie and Romeo sizzles and the heat between them is a force that can't be denied. The author even threw me for a loop at the end with an unexpected twist that was great! Didn't want this one to end and I hope to see more from Evie's family in the future. Can't wait to see what Rachelle comes up with next! I highly recommend picking this up!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be9527c) out of 5 stars a breathtaking story of being pursued and caught by a love so boundless and intense that all we can think of is forever 16 April 2015
By Shadowplay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Taming Romeo is a breathtaking story of being pursued and caught by a love so boundless and intense that all we can think of is forever. When a love so pure and right envelopes and permeates itself so thoroughly and gently throughout your heart, it cannot be easily stopped or pushed aside. Throwing aside such a precious gift is unthinkable and beyond cruel. Unfortunately, in life nothing is cut and dry when it comes to love and life. Sometimes we are convinced that love will only serve to hold us back from our dreams when in reality they only help to fuel and enhance your deepest dreams. If only, we could really understand that and not allow others to convince us to settle for leaving our heart on the side of the road. Living life without your heart completely removes the reason for life itself. Who would want to live like that?

Evie is a girl with a dream of becoming a doctor. The only problem is that while her dreams pull her away from home, the boy who has stolen her heart is at home. She is completely torn by this, and ultimately she is convinced that her dreams are more important then what her heart wants. After all she can find love anywhere, right? Her heart tries to tell her that she is wrong, but to prove that she knows best, she finds a love at college that becomes only a shadow of what she desperately longs for. Romeo doesn’t understand why the girl he intended to marry left him standing with his heart in his hands. He thought he knew where she stood, but obviously he’s missing some important piece of information. When she comes home for a short break, he doesn’t intend to waste any time in showing her what all she has missed out on. He wants to ingrain himself so deeply into her heart that she can’t walk away this time. With meddling families and jealous siblings, these two have their work cut out for them. Will Evie follow her heart this time, or will she forever lose the best thing in her life?

Evie attempted to make her dreams come true at the ultimate expense of her heart which only proved to her that she was making a huge mistake in the end. Everything came crashing down around her because you can’t live your life devoid of your heart. You ignore it at your own demise. Her character really tugged at my heart because she learned the hard way that you can’t walk away from the incredible love that she and Romeo carefully built and nurtured. My heart broke for Romeo since he was left completely in the dark without an excuse or any word from Evie for 5 years. I admire him for not hating her when she came back, but instead he was fiercely determined to prove to Evie that he still loved her and she had always been in his heart even she shut him out of her life. He was relentless in loving her and proving to her that she deserved to be loved so completely and perfectly even after she broke his heart. They belonged together, and he did everything he could to show her that she needed to choose him this time.

Rachelle Ayala has created this beautifully dysfunctional Sanchez family who you love and yet want to smack them from time to time. They are a fun yet realistic family who in the end loves each other in spite of their faults and mistakes. While they might not go about things the right way, in the end they find the love, forgiveness, and courage they need to make the right decisions. We all get frustrated with those in our family, but deep in our heart, we love each other unconditionally. This is what I love to see each time I come back to this incredible group of people who have touched my heart one person at a time. I very much look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be95240) out of 5 stars 4 stars = I REALLY liked this book 24 May 2014
By Angela S Goodrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Taming Romeo was a fun read for me. Evie is home after a disappointing semester at med school – her fiancé cut her out of his life with no warning and her grades suffered because of it. Because of the situation, she took the semester off at the urging of her advisor in order to get herself together. So of course, she’s feeling like a failure and is depressed and overwhelmed with life. Fortunately for Evie she comes from a large family that are there for her to help her deal with the situation. Unfortunately for Evie, she comes from a large family that does not seem to know when to butt out of her personal life. This is why she gets blindsided by the appearance of her former high school sweetheart, Romeo.

I will admit that I enjoyed the Karma-like situation as Evie faced the same kind of freeze out from her fiancé that she subjected Romeo to five years ago. And because we all know that Karma’s a bitch, Romeo is now a successful actor with a former music career, so this just intensifies her feelings of failure. We quickly learn that while Evie may have cut Romeo out of her life, he never cut her out of his heart. What ensues is a sometimes emotional, sometimes funny, always hot & sexy courtship as Romeo sets out to win back his girl.

Taming Romeo was a well-written book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I appreciated the glossary of terms that Ms. Ayala provided. I am looking forward to reading the author’s next book about Evie’s sister Choco.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be9581c) out of 5 stars Another Good Book from Rachelle Ayala 5 May 2014
By Kelli R. Guilbeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rachelle Ayala has written a great romance novel. What I love about this book, besides the romance, is the peek into another culture. The characters are Filipino. Now, don't get worried, this is not a book on the Filipino culture. It is a romance novel with some culture mixed in. The cultural aspect is not overpowering.

I was hooked from the beginning of the book, and couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in about a day. The book is so realistic, except for maybe Romeo being a "movie star". The feelings and confusion that Evie faces are so real. I know I've kind of faced some of the same confusion in my life. My husband and I were good friends, and I had just gone through a rough break up right before we started dating. I wasn't sure at first if what I was feeling was real or just a rebound thing. I wanted him to be more than just a safety net or backup plan. I can say, after almost 25 years together, it was and is true love.

I give this book 4 stars. There are a few adult situations that some parents may not be comfortable with their teenager reading. However, I don't think it is much different than other books that teenagers read these days. If you get a chance to read this one, please do. You will enjoy it.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8be95a38) out of 5 stars I need me a Romeo 2 Sept. 2015
By Leanna W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really loved this book. Romeo, the sexy bad boy has improved his life in the past 5 years and has become a successful actor. This is inspiring as he was dealt a bad card when Evie just up and left him. Ironically enough the same situation happens to her by her fiance Eric when he tells her those oh so very dreaded words "we need a break". Ugh those words! This bit of karma was well deserved and fun to read about. With a deep and definite past between them will Romeo decide to let Evie back into his heart, the heart that truly never let her go. Will Evie try to make things right with Romeo after all of this time has gone by? Can he ever trust her again?

Rachelle Ayala is such an amazing author. The way she displays love, hotness, and sweetness with her wonderful and cute humor makes this book and all of hers fun, fast and rewarding reads. Not only are her books great but so are all of her book titles just proving to us readers the extent of her writing talents. And yes there are more books in this series YAY.
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