Title: Rome and Jules
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #15
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 6th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 242 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
Rome Siracusa has a problem, well actually he has several…his family and pack are filled with a bunch of homophobic asses, which makes life hard because Rome’s known he was gay since he was twelve, and worse – his father is pressing him to marry (a woman, of course), but he’s in love with his father’s arch-enemy’s only son.
“I love you. I love you stupidly, like the storybooks say. Beyond reason and sense. Don’t ask me why because I can give you a million reasons, but none of them touch the truth. It is what it is. I’m begging you to believe me and to love me back, but I understand if this seems silly or premature or adolescent. I’ll wait for you forever.”
Jules Havilland doesn’t have it any easier. Even though his pack knows he’s gay, he still isn’t that accepted, and now his drunk of a father is forcing him to marry a lowlife with possible criminal connections as the pack’s sacrificial lamb to get an influx of cash. Oh, and he’s also in love with his father’s arch-enemy’s youngest son.
There’s a bit of action, some suspense and political pack intrigue, a few surprises along the way, and the story offers a bit of romance and sexy times (but no knotting), along with a happy ending.
While I’m really happy this didn’t follow the original Romeo and Juliet storyline, and I liked the characters, I’ll admit I really would have liked more romance and less family politics and intrigue.