⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Takes awhile to hit its stride but makes up for it

Romeo (Payne Brothers Romance Book 6)

This one took a while to grow on me, but the back half really hit its stride and turned the whole book around. Featuring two leads who are difficult to like (at least at first), Romeo tells the story of a naive, nerdy girl and the flirtatious, fun-loving boy from the family hers has been feuding with for years. There’s plenty of humor with some pretty hilarious moments, but the book takes a turn for the heartfelt once it really gets going. The writing style is really the star of the show here; there were plenty of moments at the beginning of the book where I wasn’t loving the characters, but I loved how their story was being told.

Romeo follows Lady, a 20-year-old who has loved Quint for as long as she can remember. She can no longer deny her feelings, and she’s trying to find a way to tell him to see if he reciprocates. But this nerdy and naive girl has no concept of what that word truly means, and if she did then she’d realize there’s no way Quint feels the same. A diabetic, Quint knows his health isn’t guaranteed in the future, so he lives for the now. He flirts with every woman he meets and goes home with someone new every night. Where Lady is all about planning and considering the consequences of her actions, Quint just does what feels good. They couldn’t be more different if they tried, and the fact that their families are feuding makes their new alliance all the more unlikely. Quint flirts with Lady relentlessly as they spend time together, but she’s holding out for more than one night and that changes Quint’s whole perspective on sex and love.

I will openly admit that I did NOT like Quint at the beginning of this book. He is an over the top flirt, and his pursuit of Lady (for one night of sex) got a little overwhelming at times – even after she made it clear what that would mean for her. As the book goes on, he goes through some major growth but it takes a while. This is the longest book I have read in months, and there were definitely times it felt too long, but once I started to see the changes in Quint, the story was worth the wait. It still should’ve been shorter, but the first half is all about the humor and getting to know these two. If you’re looking for a book that has a little of everything – plenty of laughs, great banter, some steamy scenes, intimate moments, and some angst – stick around to see the changes in Quint as well as the growth in Lady. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Romeo by Sosie Frost. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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