Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: Anti-Romance by Cassia Leo

Laney Hill is screwed. On the bed. On the treadmill. On the hood of a BMW. And on her boss’s desk. Then she’s screwed again when she steps into the free clinic and finds out she has gonorrhea. That dirty prick gave her gonorrhea! She’s totally going to break up with him...until he breaks up with her...because he’s married! 
A spur of the moment date with her hot musician neighbor, Kade Masters, goes from smoking hot to red-hot disaster in two seconds flat. Then, a night out drinking with friends leads to a fateful--yet awkwardly-sloppy--kiss between her and her best friend George Bratton. 
Laney is ready to go into hibernation-mode, when George receives an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's destination wedding in London. Self-destructive George and gonorrhea survivor Laney make a deal to go as each other’s dates. It will make great material for Laney’s “Anti-Romance” blog and maybe it will help George finally get over his ex.  
Pushing aside thoughts of Kade, and his "big engine that could", Laney jumps at the chance to escape to the magical land of the royal family. But her magical vacation soon turns into a royal, steaming pile of lies.

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Cassia Leo has done it again!!  When I first read the blurb for this book I was not sure what to expect at all.  Plus the title seems to say so much.  I am a sucker for romance so I wondered what this story was about.  Then I found out that it is a love triangle, which I tend to stay away from, only because the idea of having to choose between two men just kills me every time.  But Ms. Leo has this way of completely sucking me in every time.  From the moment I picked up this book I did not want to put it down.  This is a fun, quick read that I absolutely loved and cannot wait to see what happens next.

Laney is a romance blogger, but not in the way that one may think.  She goes on dates with men, and sometimes has a short relationship with them and then writes about it on her blog.  But it is not about the romance, oh no. It is the complete opposite.  Laney believes that romance is dead!  And she is out to prove that with her blog. 

Laney suddenly finds herself single again when the “relationship” with her current man crumbles.  Next thing she knows her best friend George is kissing her in a way she has never been kissed, and then finds herself on a date with the hot and sexy neighbor.  What’s a girl to do?  Especially one who does not believe in romance but has two great men pining for her?  Does she pick the best friend who has been there for her and knows her or the hot sexy musician who lives next door? 

Kade is the hot musician and George is the best friend.  I loved them both and honestly I am not even sure who I want Laney to end up with. They are both different but there are things that I love about each one of them.  I really liked Laney, I am just not sure that I loved her. But she was fun, smart and sassy and I cannot wait to see how her story ends. 

I always love Cassia Leo’s writing.  Just when I thought this story was going one way she completely surprised me and and everything changed.  She always manages to pull me into her stories and I just never want them to end.  And of course she always knows how to leave us wanting more.  Laney has made some decisions that I may not agree with but it is also those decisions that have left us wondering what happens next.  When I got to that very last page, while I knew it was a cliffy, I am not sure I expected to be left hanging in the way that we were.  I cannot wait for book two and to see how this all plays out. 

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