Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay



BLURB: “Romeo Montague, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways and cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, is being given the chance to redeem himself. Ariel Dragland doesn’t know it, but she holds the fate of the world in her hands. She is at the center of a power struggle between the Mercenaries, who fight to destroy love, and the Ambassadors, who try to keep it alive. If Romeo can win Ariel’s heart and make her believe in true love, she will turn from her darker side once and for all and will no longer be a threat to the Ambassadors or to the world – and Romeo will be guaranteed protection from the wrath of the Mercenaries. The seduction begins as a lie, but just when Romeo starts to realise he’s in love with Ariel, Ariel begins to suspect that Romeo’s love is a deception. As Ariel becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulations, her inner darkness might just tear them apart.”

REVIEW: After reading the first book in this pairing, Juliet ImmortalI was really intrigued to see where Jay would take the story from that point onwards, especially when using Romeo as her protagonist. In the first novel, the reader has an unquestionable hatred for Romeo, and therefore I was unsure whether or not I would be able to see him as a sympathetic character in  this second book. The character transformation Romeo goes through in this book, however, is at once both dramatic and believable as he becomes a protagonist that the reader can truly sympathise with and like. The return of Ariel as a main character and as a possible catalyst for Mercenary evil is a brilliant twist – the reader got to know Ariel in the first book and, unlike with Romeo, was already fond of her. The relationship that blossoms between Romeo and Ariel, although originally a ruse, is a believable one and the reader soon begins to hope that they could be happy together, despite the ongoing war between the Mercenaries and Ambassadors to gain control of Ariel’s mind. It is difficult to say more without spoiling the many twists and turns that evolve throughout the novel, particularly when the reader is not sure whether or not Ariel has finally been won over by the Ambassadors. Overall, however, I enjoyed this sequel much more than I was expecting too and am impressed at how Jay managed to completely revolutionise my concept of Romeo’s character. I also thoroughly enjoyed how all the loose ends were tied up at the end of the novel, with Juliet’s story as well as Romeo’s reaching a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading any of Jay’s other works.


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