Review – RoomHate by Penelope Ward

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Review – RoomHate by Penelope Ward Title: RoomHate
Author: Penelope Ward
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: February 3, 2016
Genres: Humor, Erotic Romance, New Adult Romance
Page Count: 280
Format: eBook
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Related Books: Jake Undone, My Skylar, Stepbrother Dearest

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.

I’ve been a big fan of author Penelope Ward since I reviewed her first book, Gemini. I’ve enjoyed seeing her grow in her writing especially when it came to My Skylar. Side Note: If you have not read My Skylar yet, you need to stop reading this review and go get that book….now…its not needed for this book but I want you to read it…lol. 

However I feel like that was the moment where she peaked.

Her most recent independent book, ROOMHATE, didn’t quite do it for me as some of her other books. I absolutely loved, loved, loved the sexual tension between the two main characters. Knowing that they had a history together but nothing ever developed between them physically made me want them to get together even more. I also loved the snarky and sarcastic comments they flung towards one another. He was especially quick-witted with his comebacks.

The two issues that I have with this book: the backstory and the ending. Like an Oreo cookie, the best stuff was in the middle. I thought the backstory was good but the reason for them going their separate ways did not justify 10 years of hatred. The gap gave me exactly what I wanted but did feel a bit anti-climatic. If you like books that are real angsty then this really would be a perfect book for you.

Not some of Ms. Ward’s best writing to me but it is a good storyline with some great sexual tension.

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is the USA Today Bestselling author of Gemini, Jake Undone (A Gemini Novel) and My Skylar (A Gemini Novel). 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 9-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 7-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is currently working on her fourth novel and last in the Gemini series, Jake Understood (expected publication January 2015).