December 25, 2020

#BookReview: Roman and Jewel by @danaldavis @InkYardPress

Synopsis: If Romeo and Juliet got the Hamilton treatment...who would play the leads? This vividly funny, honest, and charming romantic novel by Dana L. Davis is the story of a girl who thinks she has what it takes...and the world thinks so, too.

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway's hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead...and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea--especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.

Books by Dana L. Davis: 
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
The Voice in My Head
Roman and Jewel


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review:  
I loved this retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Dana Davis did a brilliant job of making a classic tale modern and relatable. I instantly fell in love with the characters even the ones we're supposed to hate. Jerzie Jhames is an aspiring Broadway star who goes for the role of her dreams to star in a Broadway retelling of Romeo and Juliet only to be cast as un understudy instead of the lead. She's devastated to find out she lost the role to pop star Cinny simply because of her fame, not talent. Head head high she walks into rehearsal and has a chance meeting with Romeo himself, Zeppelin. Could this be live at first sight? Are they the reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet? I loved the drama behind the scenes of the production and cried along with Jerzie through her heartbreak. (And cheered for her during the cat fight). This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down and read in one sitting. The HEA ending felt like a perfect way to end the story, I just wish we could have seen a tiny bit more of Zeppelin and his family working on their healing. I can't wait to read more from this author. 


“An entirely showstopping story of star-crossed love on the modern stage.”—Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of If I’m Being Honest

About the Author

DANA L. DAVIS is an actress who lives and works in LA. She has starred in Heroes, Prom Night, Franklin & Bash and 10 Things I Hate About You. Dana is a classically trained violist and the founder of the Los Angeles–based nonprofit Culture for Kids LA, which provides inner-city children with free tickets and transportation to attend performing-arts shows around LA County. She currently appears in the animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is her debut novel.

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