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review 2014-03-26 12:51
Taming Romeo...
Taming Romeo (New Adult Romance) - Rachelle Ayala

When I got the sign-up email for this tour, I originally passed on it.  It came around a second time and on a whim I signed up for it.  I am so glad I got that second email because without that I would never have found a new author and series to read.

Taming Romeo is different... in a good way.  I've read white romance, black romance, interracial romance, and, dare I say, even interspecies romance.  What I've never read is a Filipino romance, until now.  Do others exist?  Where have they been hiding?  I've never specifically looked for them, but I have looked for romance novels with a Japanese or even an Asian flair to them.  They are not easy to find. At. All.

I do know a few Filipino people, but they are all girls.  So, trying to imagine a hot Filipino man was very difficult for me.  Google Images to the rescue.  I found a hot Filipino man.  Wanna see him?  Of course you do!

Well. Hello Hotness!  Yeah, he's nice.  Who knew?

Alright, so anyway.  I really enjoyed this.  So great to have something different, where there is so much of the same.  The story touched me and I felt so much for Romeo, and for Evie - to a point.  She was a little selfish while Romeo, on the other hand, was selfless.

The family and community dynamics played an integral role in the story as well.  Evie and Romeo are part of this community, where they all know and care about each other.  Not necessarily related by blood but they are all family.  The blood family members.  Wow!  Mothers are plotting.  Grown women are being grounded.  Sibling rivalry rearing its head.  Total crazy, total fun and total pain in the ass for Evie.

Not many romance novels make me hungry, I think other than this one, there is only one other.  Food is a major player in some cultures.  And although I'm not part of this culture, I do come from one where food equals love and comfort.  It was easy for me to see why there was so much of it in the novel.

Evie had some issues to work through and I thought she was doing pretty well.  I also thought I knew where the story was headed.   I thought wrong.  Towards the end, I started getting nervous and twitchy.  My heart started to get a little crack in it.  Things were headed in a direction I was not prepared for.  Then, the sky cleared and angels were singing and my heart was healing.  Thank goodness for that.

Now, I'm gonna talk about the naughty parts.  Whew... they were steaming hot.  Do you understand?  This is why I needed that visual aid.  If I could have found that man naked and on a motorcycle, I would have been in heaven. I liked seeing these characters uninhibited.  We all know what people do behind closed doors, but that scene with the motorcycle, wow.  I wasn't expecting that from Evie.  She seems so reserved and I think at one point she does say that Romeo brings that out of her.  Well, good for him and her.

All in all.  It was great.  I really enjoyed it.  And I'm excited for the sisters' stories.  Also wondering if maybe there will be a prequel of some type that tells the story of Romeo and Evie's parents. That seems like it could be a very interesting story.

*Copy received in exchange for an honest review. 

Source: kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/03/taming-romeo-review-tour.html
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review 2014-02-25 00:00
Taming Romeo (New Adult Romance)
Taming Romeo (New Adult Romance) - Rachelle Ayala http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/2014/03/TamingRomeo.html

While I do enjoy reading my fair share of love stories and romance novels, I am not much of a ‘sizzling romance’ reader. But I have read Rachelle Ayala’s previous books and I quite like her works - especially Broken Build, so I decided to give Taming Romeo a chance.

Evie and Romeo have a history that dates back to their high school days. When Romeo walks into Evie’s life again while she is recovering from a heartbreak and working at her parents’ restaurant, Evie tries to avoid him. But with so much history between them, a chemistry that practically puts the pages on fire and a stubborn Romeo intent on getting answers from her - it seems unlikely that she could escape forever… While Romeo tries to find out why Evie had stood him up at prom and Evie trying to get her life back on track, things are about to change for both of them while we readers get a front row seat to their story.

Okay, so this is a typical romance novel and as such the plot is very much predictable. But Rachelle Ayala maintains a standard of narration style and that is what makes the story interesting to the readers even when they what is going to happen anyway. Romeo is this hot stud and Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story’ kept playing in my mind whenever he was on the pages. Evie did get on my nerves a few times with her ‘jumping to conclusions’ at every turn, but is in fact quite a balanced character. Rachelle Ayala’s characters are always very well developed and easy to fall in love with. Evie just takes a tad bit longer to grow on you. The chemistry between the two is super hot too.

I made one mistake though… I picked it up after I was done with dinner and all other chores for the day and read well late into the night. As a result, I was VERY hungry by the time I put down this book and was particularly craving Fillipino food. Don’t do that if you are a foodie - make sure to keep something around when you pick this one up!

Overall, Taming Romeo is a fast - light - hot - fun read that’s well worth couple of hours of your reading time if you enjoy Food and Romance.

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