Title: Waiting for Romeo
Author: Diane Mannino
Release date: November 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours
Heartbroken by the one guy she simply couldn’t resist, Emilia King is determined to move on. But Logan Prescott is also determined… determined to win her back. He lost the only person who truly mattered to him and now he’ll do whatever it takes to convince Emilia to give him a second chance.
While their attraction to each other is undeniable, the obstacles they’re forced to confront may be too much. And just when it seems their love for each other is a bond that knows no bounds, Emilia faces her worst nightmare.
With her newfound inner strength, Emilia realizes fighting to be with Logan is her only hope…and waiting for him may ultimately determine not only their future together, but her own destiny.
I’m happy to report that some of the things that bothered me about Running from Romeo aren’t an issue in Waiting for Romeo. This is a shorter book, which is a good thing. It allows for a tighter, faster-paced story with less repetition. Running from Romeo dragged for a good portion of the book; Waiting for Romeo doesn’t. Something is always happening, and there’s a lot of action near the end of the book involving twist that I didn’t see coming. I knew something was up; I just didn’t know what it was.
Full song lyrics have been dropped in favor of shorter snippets. I think the longest one was only a little over a page but most are only a few lines. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with as many of the songs in Waiting for Romeo as I was in Running from Romeo. Luckily, the guest post for this book tour at Between Printed Pages contains links to Youtube videos of the songs.
And finally, the overuse of the word giggle, which I know was a major issue in some of the reviews on Goodreads, has been dialed way, WAY back! There are only 25 uses of giggle/giggles in Waiting for Romeo.
If you’ve read my review of Running from Romeo, you’ll know that I didn’t like Logan very much. Upon first starting Waiting for Romeo, I was worried. He’s very, very pushy about getting Emilia back, almost to the point of stalker-like behavior. Fortunately that doesn’t last long and he lets up once Emilia forgives him. By the middle of the book, I found myself actually liking Logan. I think it’s the Valentine’s Day date that put me over the edge. It’s a very thoughtful date and I can tell Logan knows Emilia very well and knows that she will love it.
Emilia’s best friend and roommate Bryn is back, of course, as are Sam and Rosemary, Emilia’s bosses at the surf shop. I really like that Emilia has a good support system — and she needs one! She also makes a new friend, Chloe, in one of her classes. Chloe serves a dual purpose as both an addition to Emilia’s friends group and someone who is able to keep tabs on Logan’s ex Seraphina, through a class that she shares with Seraphina. Seraphina is, as always, up to no good!
Waiting for Romeo doesn’t end on a cliffhanger the way Running From Romeo did, but I still think there’s potential for another book. Waiting for Romeo ends at spring break (March) and I’m hoping to read about Emilia and Logan (and Bryn and the rest!) through graduation and as they start their post-college lives.
About the Author
DIANE MANNINO graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Literature. She is a former writer for Museum and Arts Washington and Star Magazine as well as several television shows, including, Inside Edition, American Journal, and E! News Daily. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Running from Romeo is her first novel and she is currently working on the sequel.