Publisher: Tara Lain Books
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.
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.