Scoring Mr. Romeo by A.M. Madden and Joanne Schwehm is out today! If you’re looking for pure fluff and sweetness, let me introduce you to Luca and Sabrina.
Scoring Mr. Romeo
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 STARS
[Mature Audiences; Some spoilers]
This novel is a quick, fluffy read. Luca knows all the right things to say, and Sabrina doesn’t know how to feel about being treated so well after her marriage ended tragically and dramatically. They fall fast, but she’s feels like she needs to look out for her son’s well-being by maintaining distance between him and Luca, but she gets swept up in being with Luca. (As anyone might!)
There’s not a lot of conflict between the main characters. Everything falls into place for them easily, so it felt so odd to me when Sabrina cuts off Luca for missing one thing in her son’s life, as opposed to letting Luca explain himself and apologize. She’s been very level-headed until that point.
It wasn’t fair to Luca, or Mikey, for that matter. I understood Sabrina wanted to protect her child, but she made the situation worse by kicking Luca out of Mikey’s life so suddenly. Scoring Mr. Romeo is a full length novel, but it felt like this story could have been told in novella format. Short, sweet, and then the drama would have felt a little more believable.
All that being said, it was a good afternoon read. Luca is super swoony! If you’re looking for a man who knows all the right words with a touch of drama thrown in, this one is worth a read.
Here’s a tip: never underestimate romance.
Falling in love was the furthest thing from my mind. I’m a single mother raising a strong little boy, and he is my one and only priority.
The universe felt otherwise, sending me―actually, my son’s soccer ball―hurdling toward a stunningly handsome, perfect man, who said all the right things. He made it hard to ignore how much I missed romance.
In the past, when I met a man, they ran as soon as they heard I was a widow with a child. Not this guy. No, he fell in love with my son, and in turn my son fell in love with him. But, it was hard to believe he felt the same about me. My job was to be the strong one―to protect our hearts from sweet dreams that never lasted.
Women told me I was a master of romance. They were right. I knew how to sweep a woman off her feet, to make her feel special, and good in all the right places. I wasn’t a saint. I’ve had my share of one-night stands. They served their purpose, giving me a steady diet of romance without the hassle of commitment.
Then one day at the park, a soccer ball came careening toward my head, and my life changed in an instant. I never imagined that true love would come in the form of a five-year-old little boy. And then I got to know his mother: She was strong, independent, drop-dead gorgeous, and someone I desired – I just needed to prove it to her.
She called me Mr. Romeo, and that was fine with me.
Lesson learned: Love always trumps everything.