RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Book: Roomhate

Author: Penelope Ward

Review by: Onni

Release date: 3 February 2016

Basic story: Amelia Payne, having inherited half of her gran’s summer home, decides to head up there during the summer. Her peaceful idyll is soon shattered when co-owner, Justin Banks makes an appearance. She hasn’t seen him in 10 years, after she left Providence in haste, never wanting to speak to him again. Surely now the pair can put their past to rest?

Justin is not in a forgiving or forgetting state of mind. If they have to share the summer house, that’s fine with him, but he’ll make her life hell. After arriving with his girlfriend Jade, Justin takes every opportunity to let Amelia know that she’s nothing to him.

Despite the toxic atmosphere, Amelia is desperate for a glimpse of the boy she knew. The boy she loved. Now Justin is hardened, fit and sexy in the forbidden-fruit kind of way. It’s going to be a long summer…

Why you should read it: this book had me up until 3AM! I didn’t want it to end. It was a slow burn (which I love) and the characters were so well drawn that you’ll feel as though you know them. It’s a single POV from Amelia’s perspective, so you don’t know what’s going on in Justin’s head until he starts talking. Justin is a sexy musician type with a strong sense of self. Despite some of his cruelties I loved him to bits. Such a dirty mouth! Amelia goes through a lot in the book and I felt for her in many respects. She’s determined to make up for the past and her resilience is strong.

What you may not like: I reckon you’ll get to the end of the book and want more. I may re-read it once I get done with this review! If you’re not a fan of salty language then maybe this isn’t your bag, but I would seriously recommend reading this book.

Rating: 5/5 for a thoroughly surprising book. It starts off as one thing, then develops into more. I loved it from start to finish and think you might too.

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