Friday 19 February 2016

Review - RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Title: RoomHate
Author: Penelope Ward
Release Date: February 15, 2016

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.

As you all know, I read a lot. I mean, five to six books a week, plus whatever I’m fortunate to be editing at the same time. I’ve been very lucky to read some absolutely amazing books by some extremely talented authors. But every once in a while one book rises way above the others in just how well it’s written. How well it tells the story of the characters. How it makes you sigh, swoon, and fall in love right along with them. RoomHate by Penelope Ward is one of these books.

Ms. Ward has the distinct ability to pull the reader right into the story from the first few words. I love this. It makes me feel like I’m a fly on the wall, watching and listening in real time. From the beginning reveal as to the disposition of the beach house to when Amelia and Justin saw each other for the first time in ten years, I was stuck like a fly on fly paper—I didn’t put down my kindle until I was reading the last word of the epilogue.

There’s something about a friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers book that’s just so appealing. Especially with the way Ms. Ward worked through the intricacies of Amelia and Justin’s relationship from their teens to the present day. Their reactions, their comments, their dialogue, their actions was just so damn genuine. I laughed, I swooned, I snickered, I choked up, I teared up, I yelled—I felt . . . everything. 
~ Review by Missy

4% into this book I thought, “Oh. This one’s going to leave a mark.”

And it did.

Holy shit, did it ever.

Not in the way I was expecting—in fact, this book was virtually nothing like I expected it was going to be. 

It was so much better.

This book did things to my heart. Terrible, awful, painful things. Beautiful, radiant, joyful things. I felt like my heart was in my throat for almost the entire thing. I didn’t want to put it down and, at times, I literally couldn’t put it down because I needed to know, and feel, and be as much a part of this story as I could. 

RoomHate walks this perfect line between sexy and flirty and fun, while also being deeply emotional, authentic, and heartwarming. The writing is basically flawless, and I’m not entirely sure that my heart hasn’t been lost forever to these characters, in this story. 

I’m about to devolve into fits of flailing and fangirl talk here. I want everyone to read this book so badly. 

I loved every single second of this book. It never felt like too much—just the right amount of angsty, sexy, swoony and sweet. RoomHate is a perfectly balanced, gripping read, and it is only sheer willpower keeping me from going full-on shoutycaps on how badly you need it in your life. 

Go read it. When you’re ready to full on fangirl with me about it, I’ll just be over here wrapped up in all these feels. 
~ Review by Shelly

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and 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 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.

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