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.
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.
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. If the author ever decides to rewrite the end and make the book longer I will definitely support it. In it’s current state I would rate it 3.5/5.
I received and reviewed a copy of this book as a part of a blog tour.
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.