Book Review – Rome and Jules by Tara Lain

Publisher: Tara Lain Books
Pages: 231
Characters: Rome/Jules
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal

Blurb:
Two werewolf households, both alike in dignity….

Rome Siracusa wants to be a faithful son and proud member of the Siracusa pack, but he’s got a couple of dangerous secrets – –

He possesses “alpha advantage”, the whispered myth of superiority that shouldn’t fall to youngest sons…

And he’s gay, an invitation to get killed by his homophobic alpha father.

But all his good intentions go up in smoke when he gets one look at Jules Havilland, gay son of his pack’s deadly rivals

Both guys are supposed to be pawned off in “advantageous” marriages, but forget that.

After all, this is a story of star-crossed lovers.

ROME AND JULES is an enemies-to-lovers, forbidden love, secret marriage, rival families, werewolf paranormal, MM romance – with a dash of Shakespeare.

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Review

I loved this story, and the way it alludes to Shakespeare, without the tragic ending, and as an extra bonus—it has werewolves. I liked how the characters reference the similarities throughout as well.

Both Rome and Jules are strong characters. I liked how Jules was much more than he appeared, and takes his fate into his own hands. The balcony scene is a wonderfully cool nod to Romeo and Juliet with a twist.

The world building is fabulous. I enjoyed the slightly different take on werewolves, especially the alphas, and how the rival families plot line translated into werewolf packs. Although I knew Rome and Jules would get their happy ending, they certainly have to work for it, which kept me turning pages. I got invested in their story very quickly.

The supporting cast rocks. Yolanda is a very smart, strong woman, and I liked how she helped Rome and Jules achieve their happy ending, and also one for herself. I also liked Merrick and Lawrence, Rome’s grandfather. Anderson is a horrible man, and I felt for Jules every time the creep made an advance towards him. Their fathers aren’t much better, both bigots trying to marry their sons off for money and pack alliance.

I loved the ending, which I thought was a satisfying conclusion for the story. Although it is a standalone and works well as one, I’d love to see more of these guys and their pack.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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