Friday, June 9, 2017

Roommates with Benefits by Nicole Williams: Blog Tour Review & Excerpt


Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.

We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.

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“Coming in,” I announced, opening the door and stepping inside. A plume of steam rolled over me, instantly coating my skin in a hot, dewy shield. “Hot shower?”

​“Hell of a lot better than the cold one I took a couple of nights ago.”

His voice echoed off the walls as I focused on squeezing a glob of toothpaste onto my brush. It was difficult. I found myself quite distracted by the knowledge he was naked behind that thin shower curtain, a whole three feet away.

​Just as I was about to stick my toothbrush into my mouth, the shower cranked off, the curtain whipping open right after.

​Soren. Wet. Exposed.


​My eyes clamped shut, but it wasn’t fast enough. From the low chuckle he gave, he hadn’t missed my two-second gape.


​“Sorry. Water got cold.”

​I gave him a few seconds to cover up before I opened my eyes and got back to brushing my teeth. He hadn’t covered up though.

​“What are you doing? Grab a towel.” My arm flailed in the direction of where we kept our fresh towels hanging from the rack. My eyes felt like they were about to go crossed from staying focused on my reflection instead of his naked one in the same mirror.

“Out of fresh towels. Haven’t gotten around to the laundry.” He moved up beside me at the sink, reaching for his own toothbrush. He was standing so close, his wet arm was brushing against mine.

Don’t look down. Don’t look down. Don’t look at the giant—

Crap. I looked.

He was grinning at me as he brushed his teeth, my face crimson thanks to what I’d glanced at.

“See anything you like?”

My body was still buzzing from what I’d seen that I liked. I kind of hated him for calling me out on it though. I kind of even hated him for having so much to like.

“I know what you’re doing.” My eyebrow rounded as I got to work brushing my teeth too.

He spit in the sink, somehow winding up closer to me when he leaned back up. “Air drying?”

My eyes narrowed in the mirror at him. “Trying to change my mind.”

He stared back, brushing his teeth in all of his naked glory, a cocky tenor to his expression. Once he finished brushing, he rinsed his toothbrush and turned toward the door.

“I don’t need to change your mind,” he said, pausing when he was directly behind me.

When he turned, I swore I could feel his arms coming around me, pulling me into the shelter of his strong body. An involuntary shudder spilled down my back. He didn’t miss that either.

“I just need you to speak it instead of lying about it.” His eyes dropped to the back of my neck, where I knew he could see the raised flesh. I knew, because one side of his mouth lifted.

Bracing my hands on the sink, I didn’t blink as I locked eyes with him in the mirror. “It takes a lot more than washboard abs and a giant . . .” Crap. Something else. “Ego to get my attention.”

Soren leaned forward, his hands framing around the outsides of mine, his arms running the length of mine. His chest didn’t touch my back, but I could feel its expanse hovering above it. “I’ve already gotten your attention.” His eyes dropped from mine to my chest. Where it was rising and falling noticeably hard, my nipples pushing through my camisole. “I’m looking for something else.”

Another shudder, this one spilling down my legs. “What?”

His crooked smile changed into a cryptic one before he leaned back and opened the door. “You’ll see.”


“Don’t worry. I’ll tell you when you give it to me.”

My fist curled around my toothbrush as I turned toward him. “I’m not giving you anything.”

“You’re giving me something right now.” He didn’t glance back before leaving the bathroom. Did he really need to have that nice of an ass when he already had a glorious package? I was screwed. “This point goes to Decker.”

About the Author:

I'm the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that's one tiny way I can make it so. I'm one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Review by Michelle:

Watch out Jude Ryder, Soren Decker is the new man on the scene and bound to give even you, one of my all time favorite book boyfriends, a run for your money. Roommates With Benefits is sweet, fun, adorable, and totally swoony with a slightly antagonistic and quarrelsome relationship that will captivate you from that first fateful meeting, a small town heroine looking to make it big, a hero that is guaranteed to steal your heart, and a story that is super cute with tons of good natured teasing, witty banter, incredible sexual tension, and lots of laughs.

Within pages Soren morphs from a no nonsense, slightly deceptive smartass to sweet, considerate, and thoughtful right before your eyes. When I saw there was an upcoming enemies to lovers story by Nicole Williams, I knew I just had to read it. When I read the sneak peek of the first chapter, I was foaming at the mouth to sink my teeth in. But once I glimpsed the gooey center of Soren Decker, I was irrevocably hooked. Soren might be a slob, he may be stubborn, a tad immature at times, and in dire need of a few pointers on sharing close quarters with a girl, but he is also truly one of the good ones. A seemingly bad boy that is even more kind, selfless, sensitive, attentive, and protective.

Nicole Williams does the constant, maddening push and pull between characters like no other. That exasperating feeling when you just want the couple to get together already, but you know it's not the right time, but you just want it so bad, but they aren't ready yet, but you are going to pull your hair out if something doesn't happen soon, but their walls are still up and there's no getting over their internal roadblocks, but you need it to happen now, but then the other side needs more time ... and so on and so forth. It may be pretty infuriating, but it is also exhilarating and keeps you glued to all the turmoil until eventually and finally something happens with just the right amount of anticipation to amplify the satisfaction that much more once all that hoping, wishing, and dreaming comes to fruition.

Although Soren's revelation after he and Hayden get together is sweet, it is also surprising and quite honestly a little unbelievable for me. While I understood Hayden and I understood the reasoning behind it, I just don't really see it as plausible for a gorgeous and highly sought after baseball player, making it a little over the top and even slightly unnecessary in this case as he could have and would have been just as attractive, endearing, and completely heart melting if he had not had such a secret to reveal. While it sort of took me out of the story a bit as I had been loving absolutely everything about the book up until this point, it wasn't so critical as to ruin your enjoyment and once you get past this part we back into what's not to love territory. There were also quite a few immature moments that made me steam in which a little communication would go a very long way, but hello, didn't we all make more than our fair share of mistakes before we were even 20?

When you pick up a Nicole Williams book you have to be ready for an emotional, turbulent journey and you will be rewarded with wit and charm and captivating characters that will stay with you. Roommates With Benefits is exactly that, a story with every imaginable high and low, a powerful connection, and enchanting characters you will be thinking about long after the last page is read. Another home run!

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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