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Rule #1 of falling in love with your best friend’s sister: Be prepared to fight for her.  Even though Cassandra Carrigan doesn’t want to be fought for. No matter what he does, she won’t speak to Roman Sullivan. Not a single word. When Roman’s parents move, forcing him to live with the Carrigans, he’s not sure how he’s supposed to live in a room next to the girl he’s lov Rule #1 of falling in love with your best friend’s sister: Be prepared to fight for her.  Even though Cassandra Carrigan doesn’t want to be fought for. No matter what he does, she won’t speak to Roman Sullivan. Not a single word. When Roman’s parents move, forcing him to live with the Carrigans, he’s not sure how he’s supposed to live in a room next to the girl he’s loved for years, the girl who doesn’t want him there. But she has a secret, one existing between the pages of the romance books she loses herself in: Cassie is a hopeless romantic, in love with the idea of love.When she asks him for her first kiss, he can’t say no to her, not when he wants to fall into that single moment, hoping it doesn’t have to end. Fantasy can’t last forever, and that version of the girl he knows is nothing but that, a fantasy. The battle for the real Cassandra Carrigan has only just begun, and Roman is going to prove that one kiss isn’t enough.  Beware of lovesick hockey players, alligators playing in the rain, and a girl finding the strength she’s had all along. The Gulf City High series: Jesse and the Ice Princess Roman and the Hopeless Romantic Spencer and the Younger Girl Nate and the Invisible Girl


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Rule #1 of falling in love with your best friend’s sister: Be prepared to fight for her.  Even though Cassandra Carrigan doesn’t want to be fought for. No matter what he does, she won’t speak to Roman Sullivan. Not a single word. When Roman’s parents move, forcing him to live with the Carrigans, he’s not sure how he’s supposed to live in a room next to the girl he’s lov Rule #1 of falling in love with your best friend’s sister: Be prepared to fight for her.  Even though Cassandra Carrigan doesn’t want to be fought for. No matter what he does, she won’t speak to Roman Sullivan. Not a single word. When Roman’s parents move, forcing him to live with the Carrigans, he’s not sure how he’s supposed to live in a room next to the girl he’s loved for years, the girl who doesn’t want him there. But she has a secret, one existing between the pages of the romance books she loses herself in: Cassie is a hopeless romantic, in love with the idea of love.When she asks him for her first kiss, he can’t say no to her, not when he wants to fall into that single moment, hoping it doesn’t have to end. Fantasy can’t last forever, and that version of the girl he knows is nothing but that, a fantasy. The battle for the real Cassandra Carrigan has only just begun, and Roman is going to prove that one kiss isn’t enough.  Beware of lovesick hockey players, alligators playing in the rain, and a girl finding the strength she’s had all along. The Gulf City High series: Jesse and the Ice Princess Roman and the Hopeless Romantic Spencer and the Younger Girl Nate and the Invisible Girl

30 review for Roman and the Hopeless Romantic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    This is the second book in the series. We met Cassie and Roman in the first book. Cassie suffers from anxiety and shyness which stems from watching her mum get shot. Roman is a popular person but his parents aren’t really in his life. Cassie and Roman use to best friends but after what happened to Cassie with her mum she stop talking to Roman. A situation happens to Romans which ensures he will be in Cassie life even more and from their relationship starts to mend and become more. Both main char This is the second book in the series. We met Cassie and Roman in the first book. Cassie suffers from anxiety and shyness which stems from watching her mum get shot. Roman is a popular person but his parents aren’t really in his life. Cassie and Roman use to best friends but after what happened to Cassie with her mum she stop talking to Roman. A situation happens to Romans which ensures he will be in Cassie life even more and from their relationship starts to mend and become more. Both main characters and secondary characters where likeable in this book. This is a lovely YA which isn’t just romance it includes friendship and family. I received an ARC for a objection review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    Sweet romance with heart. Michelle MacQueen's YA romances somehow combine the tragedy of a John Green novel (without being horrible and depressing) with the sweetest romance a la Kasie West. It's a talent and it is wonderful. Highly recommended. Sweet romance with heart. Michelle MacQueen's YA romances somehow combine the tragedy of a John Green novel (without being horrible and depressing) with the sweetest romance a la Kasie West. It's a talent and it is wonderful. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Now I know that occasionally I'm a bit dramatic with my book reviews and I am here to say that this will NOT change today. I laughed, I cried (a lot), and I face planted on my pillow and wiggled around in pure glee, let's not pretend you haven't, you liar. Cassie is a fictional character I get that but i think that a little part of all of us is a Cassie. I guess what I am saying is sometimes all you need is a Roman to make you believe in yourself, not to save you but believe in saving yourself. Now I know that occasionally I'm a bit dramatic with my book reviews and I am here to say that this will NOT change today. I laughed, I cried (a lot), and I face planted on my pillow and wiggled around in pure glee, let's not pretend you haven't, you liar. Cassie is a fictional character I get that but i think that a little part of all of us is a Cassie. I guess what I am saying is sometimes all you need is a Roman to make you believe in yourself, not to save you but believe in saving yourself. Okay, enough with the mushy stuff but Roman could literally run me over with a car and I think I'd thank him ? To any of you who though of not reading this book PLEASE think again, this is the book version of Brave by Sara Bareilles, only with cuter book boys! Okay Buenas noches mis queridos!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Landberg

    This book was a lovely read, just like the first one! It was fun to see Jesse and Charlie again, but now the focus is on Roman and Cassie, and I've been looking forward to getting to know them as well. Besides the love story (which is adorable!) we get an idea about what it's like to suffer from PTDS and anxiety. Since Cassies mother was killed two years ago she speaks to no one but her family, and the only time she leaves the house is when she goes to her therapy sessions. Before that Roman was This book was a lovely read, just like the first one! It was fun to see Jesse and Charlie again, but now the focus is on Roman and Cassie, and I've been looking forward to getting to know them as well. Besides the love story (which is adorable!) we get an idea about what it's like to suffer from PTDS and anxiety. Since Cassies mother was killed two years ago she speaks to no one but her family, and the only time she leaves the house is when she goes to her therapy sessions. Before that Roman was her best friend and he truly wants to help her feel better, but how is he going to do that when she can't even talk to him? I read this book in two days, being torn between wanting to read it all in one sitting and not wanting it to end... Unfortunatly, now it IS over and I have to wait for the next book in the series! *I received an ARC from the author and promised to give an honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    *I received an early ecopy from the author. This does not affect my review.* Um...can I just say this might be my favorite of the contemporary stories I've read by Michelle MacQueen so far? Because it's right up there, and I loved it! It had a nice mix of 'real life', friendship, romance, and healing relationships/character growth that it felt more like a story about their life and not just focused on the 'romance' while still having plenty of romance to keep it firmly in the YA Contemporary Roma *I received an early ecopy from the author. This does not affect my review.* Um...can I just say this might be my favorite of the contemporary stories I've read by Michelle MacQueen so far? Because it's right up there, and I loved it! It had a nice mix of 'real life', friendship, romance, and healing relationships/character growth that it felt more like a story about their life and not just focused on the 'romance' while still having plenty of romance to keep it firmly in the YA Contemporary Romance group! I loved how the story was written and presented, and enjoyed that heavy topics can be introduced and discussed without the overly depressing feel that tends to follow the genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Lee Zonneveld

    Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is the second book in the Gulf City High series by Michelle MacQueen. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is a best friends sister YA story. It's very well written and I loved it. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is the second book in the Gulf City High series by Michelle MacQueen. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is a best friends sister YA story. It's very well written and I loved it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cait Marie

    In the first book, we were introduced to Jesse’s sister, Cassie, and his best friend, Roman. After witnessing their mother’s murder, Cassie suffers from PTSD and anxiety. She has barely left the house or spoken to anyone outside her family in two years. Not even to Roman, who used to be her best friend too. On the outside, Roman is this cocky, light-hearted hockey player, but he’s struggling to find where he belongs. Jesse’s family has been there for him more than his own, and when Roman’s parent In the first book, we were introduced to Jesse’s sister, Cassie, and his best friend, Roman. After witnessing their mother’s murder, Cassie suffers from PTSD and anxiety. She has barely left the house or spoken to anyone outside her family in two years. Not even to Roman, who used to be her best friend too. On the outside, Roman is this cocky, light-hearted hockey player, but he’s struggling to find where he belongs. Jesse’s family has been there for him more than his own, and when Roman’s parents decide to move halfway around the world, the Carrigans don’t hesitate to take him in. Well, all except Cassie. She hasn’t been able to talk to Roman in two years, and now she shares a bathroom with him. Roman eases into Cassie’s life and works to help her move forward, while trying to get his best friend back. Together, they grow as individuals and as friends. And the whole thing is just so stinking beautiful. I am low key obsessed with this book. I read it back in December (I know, I am super behind on reviews), and it instantly became one of my favorites of 2019. In fact, it made the top 3 list… out of 94 books. Roman and Cassie both have a lot going on; Cassie’s struggles are just more apparent. These two are so lovable and relatable. Characters are vital for me, and both were so easy to connect to. They truly made me love the story from the very beginning. Actually, my love for them started in book one. Seeing their friendship mend and then grow into something more… It was just perfect. There was so much emotion in this book. Between Cassie’s traumatic past and Roman feeling unworthy because his parents aren’t there for him, the reader is sucked in to their story, and Michelle does such an incredible job conveying all those feelings. There are light moments too, though. Roman is obnoxious and funny, always trying to make situations easier. So, naturally, he’s now my favorite. He actually reminded me a lot of Becks from her other two series, Redefining Me and Discovering Me. Except Roman is slightly less ridiculous. Slightly. Overall, this book was fantastic. I already want to re-read it. I cannot recommend it enough! Definitely check it out! *Full original review on Functionally Fictional.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    (3.5 stars) - from PTSD to more, inc a parental caveat I suffer from anxiety, though thankfully, not to a debilitating level. But I do have an idea of what it's like to walk into a room full of strangers while your brain is screaming at you to run away. Thankfully, I figured out fairly early on that the best thing to do for it was to not give in to it. Giving in to it makes it more powerful & therefore worse; so instead I learned things I can do to help reduce it, as well as how nutrition can hur (3.5 stars) - from PTSD to more, inc a parental caveat I suffer from anxiety, though thankfully, not to a debilitating level. But I do have an idea of what it's like to walk into a room full of strangers while your brain is screaming at you to run away. Thankfully, I figured out fairly early on that the best thing to do for it was to not give in to it. Giving in to it makes it more powerful & therefore worse; so instead I learned things I can do to help reduce it, as well as how nutrition can hurt or help. Still, I can't even begin to imagine how it would affect me if I had gone thru something like Cassie did. Major kudos to the author for tackling the subject in this story. I liked Roman, and I liked Cassie, but unfortunately, I didn't really find them believable as a romantic pairing. There was so much emphasis on his feelings for her when she was younger & pre-trauma, etc, but all I was getting from that was a non-romantic, sibling level affection. The characters in general are likeable, too, but remain pretty much the same as in the first book. They just don't have a lot of depth to them. So, my opinion here is much as it was for the first: It's well written enough that I found it entertaining, despite some imperfections, & I'll probably be reading the next in the series when it comes out *Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic *Language: very minor, 3 d---'s, 1 h---, & 1 sh-- *Religion: relatively neutral, except for an offensive joke about Catholic nuns in Vegas *Parental Caveat: while there's nothing egregious, the attitudes/behaviors of adult figures viewed positively by the characters in the book may not quite line up with the values you're raising your teen to have. It's a potential discussion opportunity with younger teens, along with ways that we can be emotionally supportive of friends - & the importance of recognizing our limitations there as well, as 2 of my kids found themselves in over their heads with emotionally draining psychological situations of friends that they weren't equipped to handle

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

    I received an eARC of this book via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Best friends….secret love….y’all Michelle MacQueen put my two favorite tropes into one incredibly sweet story. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is the second book in Macqueen’s Gulf City High series, and as the title suggests, follows the story of Roman Sullivan. If you’ve read book one, he should be familiar as Jesse’s flirtatious, good-natured best friend. I was really excit I received an eARC of this book via the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review. Best friends….secret love….y’all Michelle MacQueen put my two favorite tropes into one incredibly sweet story. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is the second book in Macqueen’s Gulf City High series, and as the title suggests, follows the story of Roman Sullivan. If you’ve read book one, he should be familiar as Jesse’s flirtatious, good-natured best friend. I was really excited to start this one, and it does not disappoint! Roman, as I’ve already stated, is genuinely a good guy and a bit of a flirt, which gets him the reputation of being a ladies man. However, he couldn’t be farther from that. He’s lonely. His parents are constantly away for work, his best friend has a new girlfriend, and his other best friend is currently not speaking to him. Roman doesn’t take it personally, or at least tries not too. Cassie doesn’t speak to anyone, but that doesn’t stop Roman from talking to her. When his parents tell him they are moving to another country and he has to go with them, Jesse makes him an offer he can’t refuse. But how does one go about living in the same house with the girl he secretly loves? Cassie Carrigan lost her innocence and security the day she witnessed her mother’s death two years prior. Since then, her anxiety and PTSD has kept her inside her house where she only speaks to her family. Even Roman, the boy who was once as close to her as her brother Jesse, she can’t talk to. Her fear gets the better of her at every turn. She’s lost herself, the fun loving girl she used to be, and she doesn’t know how to get it back. When Roman moves in with them, Cassie’s therapist sees an opening for her to push back at her anxiety. Between the small challenges her therapist assigns and Roman’s constant presence, can Cassie begin to live again? This book is more than a romance. It’s a heartfelt exploration of loss and grief, first love and best friends, and how anxiety can cripple it. I adore Roman! He is a big teddy bear who loves fiercely. And Cassie….my heart broke for her, but I was ultimately proud of her resilience and determination to break out of her shell. Michelle MacQueen perfectly captures this couple, and while the romance is sweet, it’s their friendship that drives the plot. If you are a fan of YA contemporary romance, I highly recommend it. This review first appeared on Mom with a Reading Problem. To see it and other reviews, follow the link.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    After Cassie witnesses the murder of her mother, she develops anxiety over just about everything. She doesn't talk to anyone and always has her nose in a book. Romances are a way for Cassie to escape from everything around her, especially one of her favorite male leads Cade. Cassie misses the way things used to be, but she can't ever go back. To her, there's a Before and an After. When Roman learns that his parents are moving, Jesse offers for him to live at their house. Roman jumps at the chance After Cassie witnesses the murder of her mother, she develops anxiety over just about everything. She doesn't talk to anyone and always has her nose in a book. Romances are a way for Cassie to escape from everything around her, especially one of her favorite male leads Cade. Cassie misses the way things used to be, but she can't ever go back. To her, there's a Before and an After. When Roman learns that his parents are moving, Jesse offers for him to live at their house. Roman jumps at the chance to not have to leave everyone. However, he wonders how hard his presence would be on Cassie. It's hard for him to see her so reclusive. Roman and Cassie used to be best friends. She was the girl who would lead him into trouble and will always have a special place in his heart. During a thunderstorm, Roman stays home with Cassie knowing she would be scared. After a card game, he realizes that all hope isn't lost for her and he can't give up on her. The old Cassie is still in there somewhere and he'll do anything to bring her back. With their hearts on the line, the two of them will have to rely on each other to bring back the good. ROMAN AND THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC really hits home for me because I also suffer from anxiety. There's no explanation for why it can grip you so tightly, but this is what Cassie is suffering through. I love how sweet, patient, and determined Roman is. He isn't the playboy we originally believed him to be. Instead, he's just as amazing as Jesse. Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of romance, mental illness (anxiety), contemporary, and coming of age. This review can also be found on YABC: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yaindi...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela's Book Addiction

    Roman and the Hopeless Romantic by Michelle MacQueen is a contemporary young adult, friends to lovers romance told in third person, dual POV. It's the second book in the Gulf City High series and can be read as a standalone. Cassie has suffered from panic attacks and debilitating PTSD related anxiety after tragically losing her mother two years ago. She can barely leave her house or even speak to anyone outside of her family members. When her former friend and her brother's current best friend, R Roman and the Hopeless Romantic by Michelle MacQueen is a contemporary young adult, friends to lovers romance told in third person, dual POV. It's the second book in the Gulf City High series and can be read as a standalone. Cassie has suffered from panic attacks and debilitating PTSD related anxiety after tragically losing her mother two years ago. She can barely leave her house or even speak to anyone outside of her family members. When her former friend and her brother's current best friend, Roman, comes to stay with her family, Cassie follows her therapist's advice taking steps to overcome the anxiety that has held her captive. Roman misses his friend and will do anything to have her back in his life. I loved this story! I was rooting for Roman and Cassie the whole way. I enjoyed how Cassie's issues were explored in her therapy sessions. I loved how Roman was there for Cassie as a source of support, and how both of them were able to grow and heal together. The story explored issues of grief and mental health. A super sweet tale of hope and healing, friendship and love. I absolutely loved it! *** I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC. ***

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsy

    This is the second story in a new series. I highly recommend this series and author! I love that these stories deal with so much more than romance and are super relatable. You meet Cassie in the first book about her brother Jesse. She has crippling anxiety so she barely leaves the house or talks to anyone. Her brother has tried to help her as much as he can and has pretty much taken on the role of both parents. Roman is his best friend and soon to be housemate because his parents drop a bomb tha This is the second story in a new series. I highly recommend this series and author! I love that these stories deal with so much more than romance and are super relatable. You meet Cassie in the first book about her brother Jesse. She has crippling anxiety so she barely leaves the house or talks to anyone. Her brother has tried to help her as much as he can and has pretty much taken on the role of both parents. Roman is his best friend and soon to be housemate because his parents drop a bomb that could screw up everything for Roman. I love the chemistry between everyone and I wish I had friends as great as these characters do. I’m so glad that you are able to get inside Cassies head and see what she’s going through. I’m also glad that Roman could be there for her again and pull her back into the person she sorta was before. I loved that everybody makes Roman feel at home and that he has places to go since his parents don’t seem to want to be parents anymore. The character development is fantastic in this story! I loved the ending to this and I’m exited for the next one!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nate Hensley

    I need to start out by saying that Michelle MacQueen is one of my favorite authors. I am always so excited to read her next book and once again she doesn’t disappoint with this book. I instantly fell in love with the character Cassie in this book because she is dealing with an issue that many people deal with but isn’t talked about enough which is debilitating anxiety. This story is about overcoming an issue and fighting for what you want but Michelle reminds us that asking for help is not a wea I need to start out by saying that Michelle MacQueen is one of my favorite authors. I am always so excited to read her next book and once again she doesn’t disappoint with this book. I instantly fell in love with the character Cassie in this book because she is dealing with an issue that many people deal with but isn’t talked about enough which is debilitating anxiety. This story is about overcoming an issue and fighting for what you want but Michelle reminds us that asking for help is not a weakness but a strength in us all. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions while reading this which I personally think if an author can do that to you then they have really created something special.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MeaQC

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have fallen in love with this series. I got so caught up in this book that I lost track of time, lol. It is beautifully written! The way Ms. Macqueen wrote about PTSD and anxiety was so special. It was a brutally hones look at someone who was living with these 2 conditions. I finished this book with a new understanding, connection and admiration for those who live with these conditions and those around them that try to help. As in I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have fallen in love with this series. I got so caught up in this book that I lost track of time, lol. It is beautifully written! The way Ms. Macqueen wrote about PTSD and anxiety was so special. It was a brutally hones look at someone who was living with these 2 conditions. I finished this book with a new understanding, connection and admiration for those who live with these conditions and those around them that try to help. As in the first book, Ms. Macqueen did a great job making me feel as if I was right there. The friendships between the characters grew stronger. When they were tested, you felt the tension and I cheered at the end. I can't wait for book 3!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elysian Fields

    I'm very quickly falling in love with this series (and this author). I love sibling's best friend tropes and this story was an example of why. It has heart and tension, wonderful dynamics, sassy and spunk, but also is realistic and sweet. The characters are real and heartfelt, while the story line brings in real life issues. This YA/NA story is one that the entire family can read and all find wonderful for their own reasons. The characters are dealing with their own personal chances, ideas, feel I'm very quickly falling in love with this series (and this author). I love sibling's best friend tropes and this story was an example of why. It has heart and tension, wonderful dynamics, sassy and spunk, but also is realistic and sweet. The characters are real and heartfelt, while the story line brings in real life issues. This YA/NA story is one that the entire family can read and all find wonderful for their own reasons. The characters are dealing with their own personal chances, ideas, feelings and thoughts but the way the author blends those together to create respecful and enduring characters just adds the my enjoyment. Loved every page. I received an ARC and I am leaving an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Amber

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story was SO beautiful and amazing! I loved reading every word of this book. Roman and Cassie have such a beautiful and tough friendship that also turns into a relationship. Cassie and her family have been through so much and unfortunately Cassie was that witness her mother's death. Cassie deals with anxiety throughout the whole book and makes so much progress while becoming friends with her brother's bestfriend that also used to be hers when she was younger. Roman is incredibly sweet and th This story was SO beautiful and amazing! I loved reading every word of this book. Roman and Cassie have such a beautiful and tough friendship that also turns into a relationship. Cassie and her family have been through so much and unfortunately Cassie was that witness her mother's death. Cassie deals with anxiety throughout the whole book and makes so much progress while becoming friends with her brother's bestfriend that also used to be hers when she was younger. Roman is incredibly sweet and the perfect book boyfriend! Throughout the story he NEVER gave up on Cassie and I think that's really admirable. I cried, I laughed and then I cried some more. I wish i could have gave this story a 100 stars because it was so wonderfully written. I reccomend this book 100%.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nina Derr

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review, but I would have bought it in a heartbeat. This is the second book in the Gulf City High series and my favorite so far. The tears couldn't help but flow with this one. Talk about romance! This book doesn't just talk about love but you also get honesty, and comedy but also anxiety and uncertainty. Cassie dives into her romance novels to escape the real world and her anxiety. I can definitely relate since I do the same thing. I love how the se I received this book in exchange for an honest review, but I would have bought it in a heartbeat. This is the second book in the Gulf City High series and my favorite so far. The tears couldn't help but flow with this one. Talk about romance! This book doesn't just talk about love but you also get honesty, and comedy but also anxiety and uncertainty. Cassie dives into her romance novels to escape the real world and her anxiety. I can definitely relate since I do the same thing. I love how the series keeps the main characters from the previous book in the action so you can keep up to date with them. I can't wait for the next book and also to hear a little more about Cassie and Roman.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    The second installment in The Gulf City High series was everything I wanted it to be and more. I've been anxiously waiting to read Roman and Cassie's story since finishing Jesse and the Ice Princess. The love story along with themes of anxiety are handled wonderfully. Cassie has real struggles and you can't help but cheer for her when you're reading about her learning to challenge herself. Roman is there every step of the way and it's an added element to their story that makes it even more power The second installment in The Gulf City High series was everything I wanted it to be and more. I've been anxiously waiting to read Roman and Cassie's story since finishing Jesse and the Ice Princess. The love story along with themes of anxiety are handled wonderfully. Cassie has real struggles and you can't help but cheer for her when you're reading about her learning to challenge herself. Roman is there every step of the way and it's an added element to their story that makes it even more powerful. This is an amazing book and now I can't wait to read what comes next :-)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    ALL THE FEELS! I fell in love with Cassie and Roman in "Jesse and the Ice Princess", and their story was just so heartbreaking, yet also hopeful, sweet, and sometimes outright funny. It's not only a romance, but also a story about family (which istn't limited to the one you were born into) and about dealing with trauma - and healing. Like the first book, it is beautifully written, and I can't wait to read more in the series! ALL THE FEELS! I fell in love with Cassie and Roman in "Jesse and the Ice Princess", and their story was just so heartbreaking, yet also hopeful, sweet, and sometimes outright funny. It's not only a romance, but also a story about family (which istn't limited to the one you were born into) and about dealing with trauma - and healing. Like the first book, it is beautifully written, and I can't wait to read more in the series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    As someone some who struggles with anxiety, I absolutely loved this book. I know the strength it took Cassie to overcome her disorder and it made me feel proud and happy that she found her happy ending. Roman is the absolut book boyfriend. He managed to heal himself alongside Cassie and finally find the family he deserved.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    I received a free copy for an honest review. I love Cass. She’s probably my new favorite character written by this duo. I relate to her soo much. I’ll be honest, I liked this one better than the others. I was hooked from the very first page and the drama between Cassie and Roman was enough to keep me bewitched. I want more of them and Hadley too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    NanaShauna Joesten

    This is a fantastic series. Cassandra lost her mother in an accident and when that happened everything in her life changed. Now that she realizes the young man that is her Brothers best friend will she open up again. This is a very touching story that really pulls at your heart strings. I definitely recommend this read. Shauna Joesten

  23. 4 out of 5

    Summer Bennett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As horrible as it was for Vassie to go through what she did, I'm glad that her and Roman finally became friends again. I'm even happier that Roman and Cassie realized their feelings for each other and ended up together. As horrible as it was for Vassie to go through what she did, I'm glad that her and Roman finally became friends again. I'm even happier that Roman and Cassie realized their feelings for each other and ended up together.

  24. 4 out of 5

    J.S. Andersson

    Roman and Cassie. Cassie was traumatised she had locked herself away from the world. Roman broke though her barriers and made her want to join the world again... These two had been in reach others lives since they were kids. Best friends whom shared a love...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    A quick and easy read that gives you a bit of romance and a sense of a 'can-do attitude and overcoming barriers. I only wish that the book didnt end so quickly. A quick and easy read that gives you a bit of romance and a sense of a 'can-do attitude and overcoming barriers. I only wish that the book didnt end so quickly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    sad when it ended wish there was mors

  27. 5 out of 5

    Valy P.

    3.75 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Smith

    Is there any limit to the greatness that is Michelle Maqueen?! We carry on in the series from Jesse to Roman. Not only so we get to know more about the wonderful Roman we really get a feel and story about Cassie (Jesse’s sister). We know from book one that she suffered major trauma after witnessing her mom’s death, but in book two we delve deeper into it and see her journey to a hopeful recovery. The characters are so loveable and full bodied that you wish they were your friends! The emotions are Is there any limit to the greatness that is Michelle Maqueen?! We carry on in the series from Jesse to Roman. Not only so we get to know more about the wonderful Roman we really get a feel and story about Cassie (Jesse’s sister). We know from book one that she suffered major trauma after witnessing her mom’s death, but in book two we delve deeper into it and see her journey to a hopeful recovery. The characters are so loveable and full bodied that you wish they were your friends! The emotions are raw and powerful; you can see them coping as well as growing whilst the book continues. This is a clean, contemporary, YA romance. It is a read that will hook you in from the first page and make you stop everything that you’re doing. It is very easy to read and follow. I absolutely love the author and highly recommend all her books!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Saundra Wright

    I loved this story! It deals with so much more than romance. Shyness, anxiety and self-doubt are universal, no one is immune. But the world outside ourselves often judges us for them. So how do we grow beyond our problems? Sometimes help from our friends makes all the difference. Roman is the rich boy hockey player that uses his smiles and wit to hide the insecurity he feels. In reality his parents have been absent from most of his life. Their efforts go almost exclusively to their business. Fort I loved this story! It deals with so much more than romance. Shyness, anxiety and self-doubt are universal, no one is immune. But the world outside ourselves often judges us for them. So how do we grow beyond our problems? Sometimes help from our friends makes all the difference. Roman is the rich boy hockey player that uses his smiles and wit to hide the insecurity he feels. In reality his parents have been absent from most of his life. Their efforts go almost exclusively to their business. Fortunately, his best friend Jesse and his family have filled the void. When Jesse’s mother was killed, Roman felt he had lost his mother as well. He also lost his other best friend, Jesse’s sister Cassie. Cassie was there when her mother was killed, and it changed her in an instant. For two years, Cassie has spoken only to her family and her counselor. In fact she only leaves her house to see the counselor. She feels trapped inside herself and the trauma she experienced. Even though Roman is still around their house all the time and used to be as much his friend as Jesse. Roman’s feelings for Cassie have never changed. He has always been a bit in love with her. But she hasn’t spoken a word to him in two years. He can’t seem to get through to her. Cassie lives more in her romance novels than her real life. It is her escape. When Roman is thrown more heavily into her everyday life, she wants to get passed her fears and regain her friend. And maybe more, Is there hope for these estranged people? Can they help each other? Or will they forever be separated by their problems? I was gifted a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sareena

    Michelle has done it again. She knows exactly how to deliver a cute love story while making you wish you could befriend all of the characters. There were no mean girls for unnecessary drama, there was just Roman and Cassie trying to find their way back to each other after a tragedy. I loved Cassie and Roman! They both have issues but they don't let them turn them into unlikable people. So many YA books about mental health will rip your heart out (and stomp on it for good measure) but that's not Michelle has done it again. She knows exactly how to deliver a cute love story while making you wish you could befriend all of the characters. There were no mean girls for unnecessary drama, there was just Roman and Cassie trying to find their way back to each other after a tragedy. I loved Cassie and Roman! They both have issues but they don't let them turn them into unlikable people. So many YA books about mental health will rip your heart out (and stomp on it for good measure) but that's not what this book is about. Cassie shows us that anxiety can be debilitating but there are ways of coping that make it easier.

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