on February 14th 2016
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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 itÔÇÖs JustinÔÇªthe only person IÔÇÖd ever lovedÔÇªwho 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 whoÔÇÖs now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.
I hadnÔÇÖt seen him in years, and now weÔÇÖre living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.
The worst part? He didnÔÇÖt come alone.
IÔÇÖd soon realize thereÔÇÖs a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it allÔÇªthe boy is still there. So is our connection.
The problem isÔÇªnow that I canÔÇÖt have Justin, IÔÇÖve never wanted him more.
Author's note ÔÇô 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.
This book certainly lived up the hype!┬á RoomHate was one of those books filled with longing, angst, regret and a beautiful dose of reality.┬á ItÔÇÖs a reminder that not everything has to be perfect to find your version of perfect.┬á ItÔÇÖs a tale of how your first love stays with youÔÇªno matter what happens.
There are were plenty of times when I was uncomfortable as scenes unraveled in the book.┬á Not because they werenÔÇÖt written well ÔÇô they certainly were ÔÇô but because of the realness and awkwardness of the situations emanating from the pages.┬á That to me is the gift of an incredible author.┬á JustinÔÇÖs anger wasnÔÇÖt ridiculously over the top.┬á Amelia wasnÔÇÖt crazy dramatic.┬á However, that didnÔÇÖt diminish the storyÔÇÖs ability to captivate.┬á It was so easy to understand the reasoning behind their emotions reactions.┬á Real life isnÔÇÖt clean and easy.┬á Life has bad choices, regrets and hopes of second chances.
The complexity of these characters drew me in so deeply.┬á Then again, they are Penelope creations, and thatÔÇÖs how she gives life to her brain children.┬á The story twists and turns.┬á YouÔÇÖll get no predictability here.┬á ItÔÇÖs refreshing to be surprised by a book in the best way possible.
I lived on Aquidneck Island for a year, which is the setting for the book.┬á Knowing the area well, I could picture everything as it took place.┬á This brought out an entirely new aspect to my reading.┬á IÔÇÖve never been able to so vividly ÔÇ£seeÔÇØ the story; thanks to PenelopeÔÇÖs imagery and my experiences, I swear I was at their house!
So, if you were excited by the cover, excerpt and/or reveal…you are completely justified.┬á Read the book and find out why theresÔÇÖs a thin line between RoomHate and love.
~Review by Loredana