From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?
Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.
When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.
The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.
The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didn’t come alone.
I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.
Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career.
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
She is currently working on her fifth novel, Jake Understood. She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest.
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Review by Michelle:
I've said it time and again, I love a good enemies-to-lovers story. RoomHate adds old friends to the mix and now you have all of the pent up frustration and anger behind a falling out along with the passion and intensity that comes from the hurt of losing a close friend culminating in a grudgingly bad attitude complete with scathing remarks and hurt feelings followed by wishful thinking, longing looks, and serious sexual tension. We're talking the kind of tension that at times is so thick and electric it makes your heart race and your palms sweat. The kind that makes you anxious and nervous and starry-eyed and turned on all at the same time. You know, the very best kind.
There are two kinds of romance in my book. First, there is the dreamy fairytale in which anything and everything that sounds too good to be true and over-the-top romantic can and does happen before the hero and heroine ride off into the sunset together. These romances are wonderful for an escape, for fantasy, for comparing to your own love life, and often resulting in feelings of inadequacy. I enjoy these just as much as the next girl, but I find there is a time and a place for these in my life and it is usually few and far between. The romance I enjoy the best is the lets-be-real, tell-it-like-it-is, everything-is-not-always-perfect kind. The kind where people have lives and responsibilities outside of falling in love, where life can be hectic and can often get in the way. The kind where dragons don't have to be slain, love is not made for countless hours at a time, and I love yous aren't spouted within hours of meeting or reconnecting. I appreciate even more the true-to-life sweet gestures such as a heartfelt all-nighter spent talking or a much needed break from dishes or laundry that is sure to buy an appreciative roll in the hay. These are the truly touching stories for me, the ones that I believe in and cherish, the ones that are the most affirming and fulfilling.
This story, and Justin especially, is the epitome of realism. Justin is far from perfect. He doesn't always say the right thing, he doesn't always do the right thing, he doesn't have all the answers all of the time and, honestly, that's what makes him all the more appealing. I love the way Justin doesn't just jump in with both feet. He has a life and commitments and obligations that he doesn't all of a sudden drop as soon as he sees Amelia again. He has morals, he's level-headed, he takes things one day at a time, and he doesn't make any promises he can't keep. Is it the most excessively romantic situation ever? No, definitely not, but actions absolutely speak louder than words and his actions, his care and concern, and his dedication and support make him even more charming and attractive and incredibly sweet. He may not be over-the-top swoony, but when he loves, he loves hard and you just can't help but be drawn to that kind of intensity, devotion, and adoration.
Complete with an incredibly shocking twist that proves to be a total game changer, there are surprises around every corner. You think you can see where things are headed a mile away, but this shocker and its aftereffects will keep you guessing, second guessing, and triple guessing what this could mean for the future and how it could change anything and everything Amelia has ever wanted.
Going in I was expecting something hot and steamy with a somewhat egotistical yet irresistible roommate and some seriously intense sexual tension. What I got was all of this and even more. What I would consider Penelope Ward's most heartwarming and touching story of all, RoomHate is hot and sweet, fun and stirring, a heady mix of ups and downs of every kind that will keep you glued to its pages.
*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Stars