REVIEW: Waiting for Romeo by Diane Mannino

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This is the follow up to Running From Romeo. You will have to read that book first.

My Review of Running From RomeoPurchase Running from Romeo

Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the follow up book to Running from Romeo and I was anxiously awaiting this book’s release. The first book ended on an unexpected cliffhanger that had me going W.T.F. I really fell victim to Logan & Emilia’s love story and loved watching their story unfold from the very first time they saw one another. However, that cliffhanger had me reeling! I hated it because it crushed me just as it crushed Emilia. When it ended, Emilia was heartbroken and Logan was begging for forgiveness.

This book picks up a few weeks after the end of Running from Romeo and Emilia has been ignoring Logan and all his attempts to win her back. The first half of this book really shows how Logan will stop at nothing to get Emilia back and work to gain her trust back. I had mixed emotions, just as Emilia did. On one hand, Logan screwed up…big time. He put himself in a dangerous situation, one that involved him slipping back into drugs, alcohol and skanky women. To top it off, Emilia witnessed it. So as this book started I was on the side of Emilia’s best friend, Bryn.

“That asshole. He’s screwing with your head, isn’t he? Why can’t he just leave you alone?”

My thoughts exactly. However, on the other hand, Logan was making a very conscious effort to show Emilia that he has changed. Aside from the emails, texts, calls, gifts, etc., Logan made actual changes in his life. He separated himself from all the negative influences and has devoted himself to proving to Emilia that he wants her in his life forever. Okay I’ll be honest, I totally fell for this new Logan. He was sweet and it was obvious he knew he made a huge mistake and needed to make changes to get Emilia back. He was also prepared to do anything to get her back. I found myself rooting for him more and more and wanting Emilia to give him a second chance.

“So, as much as I want you back…the bottom line is that you need to want me. I want you to want me.”

While the first half of this book was mainly about Logan trying to win Emilia’s heart back, the second book had more of a mysterious element to it. There have been a string  of burglaries around the college campus, including Emilia’s apartment and the surf shop where she works. In addition, Logan’s ex-friends are making Emilia’s life extremely difficult. Sebastian, Logan’s ex-best friend/roommate, who is a drug addict has made threats to Emilia and blames her for Logan ending their friendship and kicking him out. And then there is Seraphina. That girl is a bitch and she has no redeeming quality whatsoever. She is determined to come between Logan and Emilia.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I felt like the storyline flowed really well and I loved Emilia and Logan. Their love story was sweet, almost innocent. It showed it was about learning what love really is, regardless of the mistakes one or both make. I remember smiling as I was reading because I knew how much these two people truly loved one another. But, what made this book even better, was the suspense/mystery aspect of the story. Sebastian and Seraphina seemed to be a constant dark shadow in Emilia’s life. I think the best part of this book was what happened at the end – it was a total shocker and took me totally by surprise.

I think the only thing that bothered me was that some scenes and conversations felt like they moved a bit slowly. In addition, the sex scenes were a bit repetitive and predictable. I think I was able to predict what would happen next in the choreography. I also had a slight problem with Bryn’s overprotectiveness over Emilia. I feel like at the beginning she was too vocal and controlling about how Emilia should handle Logan’s attempts to win her back. I felt like she overstepped and it annoyed me in the beginning. However, all these things were so minor in the grand scheme of things that they really didn’t take away from the story at all, which is why I give it the 4.5 star rating.

“You sometimes have to start over to have a happy ending.”

This book didn’t end on a cliffhanger; however, I don’t feel like this was a complete ending either. There are a few loose ends that need to be tied up and I hope the author revisits these characters and the story. I feel like Emilia & Logan deserve their full happily ever after and hope one day they will get it. However, that being said, if the story did end here, I am content knowing that Logan and Emilia are in a good place.

Running From Romeo (#1)

Waiting For Romeo (#2) 

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