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“My Dark Romeo” by Parker S. Huntington and L.J. Shen Book Review

Book: “My Dark Romeo”

Author: Parker S. Huntington and L.J. Shen

Series: Dark Prince Road #1

366 pages, Paperback

First published March 1, 2023

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“Beauty and the Beast” with elements of Shakespeare’s tragedy, “My Dark Romeo” is a breath of fresh air. A book full of funny jokes, ridiculous situations and moments when you feel like your heart has been ripped out with rusty pliers.

Characters and Storyline

I really liked the portrayal of Dallas, the main character. He’s funny, clever and an absolute jack of all trades. In most books and movies, the image of women is an independent, strong, educated (with at least 3 degrees), career-oriented member of the female gender, but that wasn’t the case here. Don’t get me wrong, Dallas is a badass woman with interests and opinions on everything, but also a woman who grew up with Southern values and dreams of being a wife and mother (of at least 5 children). It was surprising for me to read a contemporary book with such a heroine because as we know, everyone starts using a theme once it catches on and it’s nice to have variety because after all, everyone likes to engage in art. But enough of southern hospitality, sweets, tea and debutante balls. The male lead takes to the stage.  

Trust the title 100%. Romeo is an asshole, a storm cloud, a cold-blooded, sexy psychopath. At least on the surface. Behind this image are traumas caused by his parents. And let’s face it, if you’re a buffoon, you can’t afford to bring emotion into the business, and that’s exactly what Dallas seems to be for Romeo.  

In the chapters from his point of view, there are often conversations between him and his two friends, Zach and Ollie. Not only did their conversations fit perfectly into the overall narrative, but they also made me laugh out loud. I assure you, it was not a pretty sight. I’m not sorry. 

In the middle of the book, I asked myself who I envied for his patience.

Dallas’s for putting up with that goose Romeo, or Romeo’s for not having a nervous breakdown every time Dallas spent at least half a million within two hours of waking up. Their relationship, the numbers that endeared them, and the gentle buildup of the dynamic between them – Chef’s Kiss.

My opinion of My Dark Romeo

As a fan of the love story between our old Disney friends, I loved the references to the Rose of the Beast and Belle and Dallas’ shared love of books and libraries. The two authors seemed made to write together. The second book (“My Dark Desire”) is even better, but you’ll hear more about that from Denny. 

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