Review: Romeo Romeo

Review: Romeo Romeo by Robin Kaye

Rosalie Ronaldi doesn't have a domestic bone in her body ...

All she cares about is her career, so she survives on take-out and dirty martinis, keeps her shoes under the dining room table, her bras on the shower curtain rod, and her clothes on the couch ...

Nick Romeo is every woman's fantasy - tall, dark, handsome, rich, really good in bed, AND he loves to cook and clean ...

He says he wants an independent woman, but when he meets Rosalie, all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he's cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog ...

So what's the problem? Just a little matter of mistaken identity, corporate theft, a hidden past in juvenile detention and one big nosy Italian family too close for comfort ...

Dominick "Nick" Romeo may be a Romeo in name but he's a Casanova at heart. A rags to riches past, Nick is now known as the Donald Trump of Brooklyn and he's practically beating women off with a stick. It's been a long time since he's had to pursue a member of the opposite sex but when he meets Rosalie Ronaldi, Nick recognizes a challenge when he sees one. It's not just the woman's voluptuous body that he's craving, it's also that Rosalie surprises him at every turn. Usually he's the one to give the talk on a first date about how he's not looking for marriage but is interested in a monogamous sexual relationship. Yet to Nick's dropped-jawed surprise, it's Rosalie who delivers this speech to him. In essence, they're the same. Both are career driven people with the accompanying fear of being tied down but in order to get their pestering Italian families off their back, they need a stand in.

There's only one draw back to Nick dating Rosalie, she thinks he's a mechanic...

Nick is not the type of man that Rosalie is used to dating. One, he's alarmingly attractive. Two, he embodies that arrogant take charge - I am man you are woman - personality that sets her teeth on edge. And three, she's breaking all her rules to be with him. These shortcomings can be excused with fact that the man is an insanely good kisser, he doesn't want to get married, and she's never been so sexually satisfied in her life. Rosalie's friend Gena would call these points a one way ticket to Fallinginlovetown which is then followed quickly by Brokenheartland, but Rosalie shakes this observation off with a shrug of her shoulders, for now...

Gena, a bit overprotective where her best friend is concerned, man-handles her brother-in-law and city cop to do a background check on Nick the mechanic. It's not seconds after the discovery that Gena is telling Rosalie that her Nick is none other then the super rich Dominick Romeo. But at this point, the unveiling of Nick's true identity does little to ruffle Rosalie's feathers. She can completely understand why he would want to keep his name a secret and honestly, they're just sleeping together. No harm, no foul. She'll wait for Nick to tell her when he's ready, if they're even still together by that point.

Meanwhile, Nick is discovering a bit about Rosalie that he's not too happy about. Rosalie works as an interim Chief Financial Officer for companies that are in trouble. Her job is to pull them out of unfavorable financial situations and turn them around and into profitable companies. Unfortunately, Nick discovers that Rosalie is turning around Premier Motors, a sports car dealership that Nick has coveted for years. He knew that the owner's son would run it into the ground and he's also been quietly passing along rumors of the dealerships impending collapse. The last thing he wants is for Rosalie to save the dealership.

Its when Rosalie comes down hard with Pneumonia that her and Nick's relationship begins to become way more complicated then just bed partners. Seriously sick, Nick drops his life to give Rosalie round the clock care. He shrugs off her potent barbs over his demands to take medicine and her incessant questions as to why he's even bothering in the first place. Nick also fends off her nosy and often times, rude mother. To top it all, he cleans her entire apartment, stocks her refrigerator and makes sure that her dog, Dave, feels loved. Like front cover claims, Nick Romeo is a Domestic God.

It's not long before Nick and Rosalie fall into a comfortable routine. To Rosalie's surprise, Nick is living with her - has been living with her for nearly three months. It's definitely a first for both. Also, Rosalie is starting to wonder when Nick will come clean about his identity. At first, his omission was understandable, but now that they're practically living together, Rosalie can't determine why he wishes to keep up the charade.

Nick knows that he's on the path to disaster with Rosalie and the thought of losing her makes his gut clench. When did he fall in love with her? How did he fall in love her? These realizations throw him through a flame covered hoop but now that he knows, he's going to keep Rosalie. With every intention of telling Rosalie all, his plan backfires and instead of getting on his knees and begging her to be with him forever, Nick walks out with the new intention of never seeing Rosalie again.

'Romeo Romeo' was a fun and entertaining read. There are many laugh out loud moments and Rosalie's family is nothing short of hilarious. I also couldn't help but fall in love with Dave, Rosalie's dog. He's very integral to the plot and I've always been partial to stories with animal sidekicks.

Nick was an amazing hero even if he is structured too much around the fantasy. But hey, this is romance right? Having a "Domestic God" is every woman's wish. A man who cooks, cleans, and takes care of your every emotional and physical need. Who is this man and where can I find him? (Just kidding honey! You know I love you!)

On the flip side, I thought Nick's giving nature was also his downfall in that I thought he gave too much for very little in return. And just straight out - I could not see what he loved so much about Rosalie. Ultimately, I think she presented a challenge. For the first time in Nick's life he's presented with a new relationship dynamic in that he's not the man, Rosalie is. And yeah she's smart and funny, but she never inquires about his life or who he is and I don't think she would have had the heart to care for Nick as he did for her when she became so sick.

I understand, appreciate and celebrate the independent woman but Rosalie surpassed independence and instead embodied belligerent stubbornness. But I will concede the fact that her reasons for fearing marriage and commitment were well formed and expected. Even still though, Rosalie put up one hell of fight against Nick and that angered me on several occasions. It could merely be that I'm simply not the same woman as Rosalie nor do I share the same goals, but there were just many times that I wanted to beat some sense into her.

Although, even with all my dislikes, I really loved the essence of 'Romeo Romeo'. It's an amazing debut and its also inspired me to pick up 'Too Hot To Handle' which is about Rosalie's sister and Nick's best friend. Shall be fun!



Leontine said...

Hi VFG - Enjoyed your review as usual but it doesn't imediately push my craving buttons, I like my heroes a little more, darker and arrogant then that. He does sound like a very romantic guy though :D

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Leontine!

LOL! Yeah, I hear you on the love for dark and arrogant heroes. And while Nick is a bit arrogant, hell he changed Rosalie's name to Lee, but he certainly isn't dark.

(((hugs))) VFG

Erotic Horizon said...

I didn't read the review part of the post - I only read your thoughts as i have this book close to the top of my TBR pile....

I like a darker hero as well - but i was really pleased with the hero i got in the second book, so i was pleased to know Nick comes over quite well...

I absolutely detested Rosalie in the second book, but i am looking forward to seeing a human side to her - she was all business and too crass, and i wasn't feeling her.

I am really looking forward to seeing what Ms. Kaye does with her character...


Lea said...


Super review! I've read a number of them about this book and looked at it I think last year when it was published?

It sounds fun but didn't really jump out at me so I so appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

I hope all is well. :)


VampFanGirl said...

Hi E.H.!

Ooo good, I'm glad to hear that Dr. Mike is a pleasing hero. I'm looking forward to what Ms. Kaye can dish out with 'Too Hot To Handle'. But yuck that Rosalie is a total bitch. Hmmm...somehow that's not totally surprising. You'll see what I mean by that when you read 'Romeo Romeo'.

;) VFG

Hey Lea!

Yeah so I'm noticing a trend that 'Romeo Romeo' just isn't eye catching enough.

I probably wouldn't have picked it up either until I read some reviews and Barbara said it was pretty good. But it's a fun read, not for everyone though.

;) VFG

Lea said...

Is Wicked Little Game the book Barbara reviewed last week? Sorry, I'm having a mind blank here VFG.

The cover art is so pretty!


VampFanGirl said...

Yeah Lea, Barbara reviewed 'Wicked Little Game' last Saturday. I LOVED IT! I should have my thoughts up maybe tomorrow...

If you liked 'Scandal' you might like WLG. While the story lines are completely different, they both have that intense emotional depth.

;) VFG

Lea said...

The cover art attracts me the way "Scandal" did.

I'll look forward to your thoughts.

Man, I've got books everywhere right now, it is very scary...


VampFanGirl said...

You're not alone Lea. My TBR is raging out of control!!

;) VFG

Blanche said...

Great review VFG!! I know I have this book in the TBR along with another book by Robin Kaye.....I need to dig them out!! :)

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks Blanche! I can't wait to read what you think of Robin Kaye!!

;) VFG

Mandi said...

Rosalie sounds like quite the woman...LOL. I think I would beat some sense into her too:)

Hope you are enjoying Judd and Brenna:)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...


Great review!

I love difficult heroines, you know, those kind that you want to hate, but end up finding that they're okay. She does sound a tad heartless though. If I had some gorgeous guy cooking, cleaning, meeting all my needs, I sure wouldn't be griping at him. I'd be making more room in bed, sick or not! LOL!

Dottie :)

Renee said...

Oh, I'm glad you reviewed this one! I really liked the excerpt. It seems like a fun, light romance. Despite Rosalie's quirks, it still seems like a fun read.

Cecile said...

Hey VampFanGirl!
Great review. But I have to agree with Lenotine that it did not push my button to buy! But I do love the idea of a Domestic God... but I would prefer a challenge of someone who cares for him as he does for her!
But I do love the review!
Hope you have a great night!

Blodeuedd said...

I need him to make me breakfast in bed right now. Oh yes.
Great review, too bad about the heroine, she would perhaps annoy me, but if their relationship is otherwise good I might just get over it

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Mandi!

*Sigh* Judd...sooooo yummmmyyyy. ;)

Hey Dottie!

Thanks! Well, given your love of difficult heroines, I think you'd really like 'Romeo Romeo'. Rosalie isn't too bad but there were some definite moments where I longed to smack her.

;) VFG

Hi Renee!

'Romeo Romeo' really is a fun and entertaining read. It was a good time from cover to cover.

;) VFG

Hey Cecile!

I'd love my own "Domestic God". Cooks, cleans and is amazing bed! Yum!

;) VFG

LOL Blodeuedd!

The releationship between Nick and Rosalie was fun to watch develope and despite Rosalie's stubborness, I enjoyed it.

;) VFG

Holly said...

I remember I really adored this book when I read it (just before it's release) but I hadn't considered what you said about Rosalie. You're right - she wouldn't have taken care of Nick the way he did her. And I didn't notice that she didn't inquire about him at all until you mentioned it.

She didn't bother me as much as she did you, but I wonder if I re-read it now thinking about the points you raised if I'd feel differently?

I also read 'Too Hot To Handle" but I didn't enjoy it at all. Talk about an obtuse heroine. As a matter of fact, the book was a complete wallbanger for me. Literally.

I will be curious to see your thoughts, though.

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Holly! does appear that I cast a very critical eye on Rosalie. I think that naturally I'm more forgiving of heroes b/c they're really why I read romance but Rosalie's faults really shined bright for me.

I've been getting some mixed feedback on 'Too Hot To Handle'. Some loved it, some hated it. I'm only about sixty pages in but so far, I'm entertained. It'll be interesting to see if my thoughts mirror your own.

Have a great day!

;) VFG

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Barbara said...

Wow, how did I miss this one??? Great review, VFG!! I agree with you about Rosalie putting up too much resistance when it came to Nick. I really enjoyed his character and man, she ran him through the mill at times.

VampFanGirl said...

Ugh, yeah, Rosalie needed a good whipping. Still it was an entertaining read.

;) VFG

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