Series: Juliet Immortal #2
Published by Delacorte Books on October 9th 2012
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Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *
After some of the craziness that was Juliet Immortal, I was really excited to dive back in and see Romeo's POV. While I thought Romeo Redeemed would be a pretty straight forward read, I quickly discovered that I was wrong.
Romeo Redeemed is divided into three POVs: Romeo, Ariel, and Juliet. With each POV diving deeper into the plot. At first glance, much of Romeo Redeemed seemed like a rehash of Juliet Immortal. The night Ariel and Romeo meet is revisited with some drastic changes that move this plot line forward. Readers of Juliet Immortal will easily recognize the changes in Romeo. Gone is the crazy boy that captured my attention from the previous installment. This Romeo instead is more likable in some ways, but, strangely, I really missed the previous version. The same cannot be said about Juliet.
In Juliet Immortal, Juliet was a sympathetic character. The changes to the overall Romeo and Juliet tale made Juliet truly seem like a victim. However, I got a different feeling from her this time around. Here, Juliet is technically her own person, albeit trapped in another time and place. And Ariel is now her own person. Changes like this to Romeo Redeemed really added a level of confusion to this tale.
While some changes came with a certain level of explanation. Others had none whatsoever, which, at times, made Romeo Redeemed a really hard read to follow. Making me, for the most part, give up on trying to make sense of what it was that I was reading, and just accept it for what it was.
Romeo Redeemed suffers from trying to fit too much into a small package. The concept of having Romeo truly find his peace was fantastic. But the added level of Juliet and the back story of the Mercenaries versus Ambassadors made the story overcomplicated. There was simply too much going on. I think if some of the lesser elements had been toned down or even removed, it would have made Romeo Redeemed a much better read.