Roomhate by Penelope Ward

Posted March 4, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Roomhate by Penelope WardRoomhate by Penelope Ward
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Love to Hate, Musician, Romance, Second Chances
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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.

I love romances where the two main characters hate each other when the book starts, I mean come on, who doesn’t love a bit of drama, or all the angst. Let’s face it, a lot of time, the people who hate each other have some seriously rocking chemistry. Add in the fact that these two are now living together AND that they knew each other when they were kids and had some big time history, well I knew this was exactly the book for me.

So when the book starts we have Amelia’s grandmother passing away and leaving her house to her, well not just to her, but also to the boy who lived next door. The boy Amelia happens to have a bit of a history with from back when they were kids. Let’s just say that Amelia kind of knew going into it that this summer with the boy she used to know, was not going to be easy. That being said I don’t think she was remotely prepared for the distain that he was throwing her way, or that fact that he brought his girlfriend with him to live with them. Talk about awkward having to listen to the two of them go at it.

Amelia is a really sweet girl, and part of what I really liked about her was how she was basically just really nice throughout the entire book. Even when things with Justin are at an all time bad, she is still nice to him, she doesn’t engage on a mean level, she’s respectful, she makes genuine friends with his girlfriend, she just all around the kind of person I would want to be friends with.

Justin on the other hand, well let’s just say he has the whole hot jerk persona thing down pat. The funny thing is that even his girlfriend doesn’t understand why he is so hostile to Amelia, like he never really explains it. So going into the book I didn’t necessarily have the highest opinion of Justin. I mean he was jerk. But this book ended up cover a big chunk of time, so I was really happy when we were able to follow along with his growth as a character, especially when we find out what’s behind all the hostility.

As I said, this book covers a big stretch of time, it’s not just one summer, so there is a lot that happens in it that I feel like I can’t really put in a review because it might ruin the story for you. That being said this book has everything, you have angst ridden hate relationship in the beginning, the ah-ha moments where you figure out what is actually behind all the hate, you have a lot of emotional scenes that actually had my heart thumping hard in my chest hoping everything was going to work out okay. This is really a great story, with the journey of two people over time, it doesn’t happen fast, it’s like a slow burn, but man is it totally worth the ride.
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About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and 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 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is the author of eleven novels. Her book RoomHate hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Neighbor Dearest, Stepbrother Dearest, Stuck-Up Suit, Cocky Bastard and Playboy Pilot (the latter three co-written with Vi Keeland).

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