Rome and Jules (Susan’s Review)

Title: Rome and Jules
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #15
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 242
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5


Two werewolf households, both alike in dignity….

Rome Siracusa, youngest son of the alpha of the nouveau-riche Siracusa pack, wants to be a faithful son and pack member, but he’s got two big secrets. One, he’s blessed with enhanced hearing, vision, strength, and the ability to shift at will. Second, he’s gay, a fact he can’t admit to his deadly homophobic father.

Rome crashes a party at the mansion of his pack’s greatest enemy, the ancient, pure-blooded Havillands. Jules, the gay son of the drunkard alpha, is being married off to a rich entrepreneur. Smitten and moved by the beautiful male’s plight, Rome tries to find a way to save Jules—while digging himself deeper into pack politics and navigating his own arranged marriage. Secrets climb out of the caves as the werewolf gods speak through the mouths of their children, and the two great families clash, suffocating the hopes of star-crossed lovers

I didn’t like this all that much.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, since this is a Romeo & Juliet story after all, but all the family drama really annoyed me here. I guess I was hoping for a bit more romance before all the political intrigue took over.

Rome is the 3rd son of the Alpha of Siracusa, and the only one of his siblings to have true alpha powers (enhanced speed, better hearing and sense of smell, and the ability to shift at will instead of only during the full moon). Rome has always kept this hidden from everyone since he knows his family will never let a true alpha go if he decided to leave the pack. And that possibility has always been real, since Rome knows the pack will probably not like a gay alpha.

Rome and his best friend sneak into a party of the Havilland pack one night. And that’s where Rome sees Jules, the son of the Havilland alpha. Rome is immediately smitten with the beautiful man, but he knows nothing can come of this since the Havillands are their mortal enemies.

But of course Rome has to sneak into Jules bedroom at night to get to know the other wolf better…

This is definitely a star-crossed lovers story, because everything that could go wrong, did indeed go wrong. Everyone was against them and it seemed they could not catch a break. It was exhausting.

I was expecting Rome and Jules to spend more time together before they were completely smitten with each other. Or at least have me believe the depth of their feelings a bit more. But here I felt the romance was almost an afterthought in the middle of all the political games.

There isn’t a lot of smut to find in this. We got one frotting scene and one full sex scene, but darn how could I forget how crazy weird Tara Lain’s sex scenes always are…

“Get that cock in your wolfie’s ass now.”

Every nerve ending inside Rome lit up with energy that sparked his balls and tingled through his cock like someone had plunged his penis into a glass of champagne. Oh yeah, that baby was drunk on Jules.

Somewhere behind him, Jules began to whimper like a puppy in the rain, and that did it. Rome howled like the canine he was, while energy as powerful as the shift slammed through him and shot out his cock in spurts of ecstasy, watering the moss. Jules popped his hips more like a rabbit than a wolf, then thrust and yelled.

I think this is a case of ‘it’s me and not the book’, so please do not let me steer you away from this book if Romeo & Juliet retellings with a shifter twist are your thing. I was just annoyed with all the characters all the time.

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