Review: RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Posted February 29, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Review: RoomHate by Penelope WardRoomHate by Penelope Ward
on February 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

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.

Crista’s Review

ROOMHATE by Penelope Ward was a quick, emotion-filled, romantic read that I was able read in less than a day.  It was a book that I wasn’t quite sold on, so I played it safe and downloaded the sample before committing.   If only the book could have kept the same intensity going as the first three chapters!!

This is a love story that spans many years.  Our main characters lived next to one another growing up and were best friends.  As they went through puberty, that friendship grew into a deeper attraction.  When Amelia discovers a painful truth and decides to move away, her decision breaks Justin’s heart and he spends years resenting her and hating her for leaving him.

ROOMHATE is divided into two parts.  Part one has flashbacks that help us understand the bond that Justin and Amelia had as children.  It also shows present day where Justin and Amelia are reunited as co-owners of Amelia’s late grandmother’s house.  Justin is still angry with Amelia and goes out of his way to be rude to her. Justin also has a girlfriend in this part of the book.  I really do not enjoy romances where one of the characters has more than one sexual relationship within the same book.  Justin has two significant relationships in this book.

Part two just got weird for me.  There is a huge twist that happens at the end of part one the throws this book in a completely new direction and part two does not even resemble part one.

This is a childhood friends-to-enemies to lovers romance that quickly morphs into a rock star romance.  There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to what turn this book would take next because it was all over the place.

It might have helped me to like Justin better if some of this book had been told from his perspective.  Only the epilogue gives us insight to what he is really thinking, and that is a shame.

Amelia was very insecure and it bothered me.  She was consumed about what Justin was doing with other women, however, after watching him flirt with Amelia and then go and have wild sex with his then-girlfriend, she was probably justified in her worry.

This book has some very heart-felt moments to it, and the steam in this novel is burning!!!  Amelia and Justin have been thinking about one another for years, and when they finally hook-up, they certainly make up for lost time.

This was not a complete waste of time, but will definitely join my other 3 stars: Okay reads that were ultimately forgettable.


About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of seven novels. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. Penelope 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 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-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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