*ARC provided by the publishers through Turn The Page Tours in exchange for an honest review*
Publication Date: January 5th 2021
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 learnsCinny 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
About the Author …
Dana L. Davis is a novelist and Hollywood actress with previous series regular roles as: Carmen Phillips on TNT’s Franklin and Bash and modern day mimic Monica Dawson on NBC’s cult series Heroes. In addition to her work on screen, Dana has become a motivational speaker for teens. Her stirring assemblies empower and encourage youth, helping them to redefine what it means to win and lose. Dana also created her own non profit organization Culture For Kids, LA, an organization which gifts inner city children tickets and transportation to see performing arts shows around the Los Angeles area.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
I know next to nothing about Broadway or musical theatre in general. I know a few of the most popular songs like Take Me or Leave Me from Rent, All You Wanna Do from Six The Musical and that one “how does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore..” lyric from Hamilton but other then I’m a total noob so I was really intrigued by this book.
Roman and Jewel follows Jerzie Jhames who has been cast as the understudy for the lead role in up and coming Broadway production of the same name which is a modern sort of retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Things get complicated, however, when a video of Jerzie rehearsing with the lead Zeppelin goes viral.
I did like this book but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed on some level.
Like I mentioned earlier it was the Broadway elements and this fictional adaption of Romeo & Juliet that I most wanted to read about and I just wish that had been a more prominent part of the story. I wanted more!
Overall I think if you’re into musical theatre this could be a book you really enjoy as it does have characters you can’t help but root for like Jerzie who was sweet if not naive and whose love and passion for musical theatre was fun to read about. Also the romance was cute enough to ship.
Possible Trigger Warnings for mentions of suicide.