Book Review - Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye

Friday, November 21, 2008

Author: Robin Kaye
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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.

If you're in the market for a light-hearted romantic romp, then Romeo, Romeo is the book for you. I enjoyed reading this debut novel by Robin Kaye. The author writes in a warm, friendly and realistic way that's akin to speaking with your best friend.

The dynamics of growing up in an Italian-American household in Brooklyn are brought sharply to life in this story where the protagonists play a cat-and-mouse game of hidden identity, hidden agendas and lots of relationship rules.

Both Multi-millionaire Nick Romeo and corporate-turnaround expert Rosalie Ronaldi are commitment-phobics. While Nick is that way because women hound him for his wealth and status, Rosalie has some serious personal issues about marriage that have made her relationship-shy. Nick and Lee are typical of modern couples as in they like to indulge in casual sex with no strings attached. Or so they both like to think! It's hilarious to watch as tables are soon turned and die-hard bachelor Nick comes to realize independent Lee is the love of his life, even as she's determined to keep him at a safe distance.

He's is just about the perfect hero if only for his ability to cook, tidy up and stress-vacuum. Rosalie, on the other hand, is as real as can be and I loved her for her messiness, her ability to stand up for herself and for her, frankly, ability to eat and enjoy her food. It's so refreshing to see that this is one duo who bonds over food!

With interfering and gossipy relatives and friends alternately aiding and hindering their budding romance, Nick and Lee try to find out what is more important in life, love or other things.

In Short

Kaye's writing is just about perfect for this kind of story as she balances a fine line between romance, sex and family, all of which come together with ease. The result is the totally irresistible Romeo, Romeo.

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