Published June 2014
Series: The Roomies #1
Genres: New Adult
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London Reed is on the hunt for a place to live before the start of her second year in college. Either she is successful and can enjoy her student life without the pressure of her parents breathing down her neck, or she goes back home and clashes with her parents.
Because London doesn’t have a filter.
''You’re a weird one, aren’t you?''
She basically tells it as she sees it. So when she meets the hunky and scarred guy who lives in apartment 2B, the last apartment on her exhausting list, she’s sure to bring some crazy in his life.
But he’s determined to not take a girl for a roommate.
"I have nothing against you, but I don't see this working for me."
London doesn’t give up that easily and makes a deal with him. If she makes it for two months, she’s in for the whole year. If not, then she leaves to never contact him again.
Easy, right? Not so much.
"You should have told me that you wanted me to be all over you."
When a guy and a girl live under the same roof, it’s bound to complicate things. Between banters, heady games of seduction, innuendos and insecurities revealed, the life in apartment 2B isn’t simple, and a few slips in their relationship doesn’t help the matter.
"You're driving me completely nuts. That's my fucking problem."
London Reed is looking for a place to stay before the new semester begins because she doesn’t want to share a dorm anymore and because she wants to avoid living with her parents and commuting to college.
After a flat-seeking frenzy, she finally stumbles onto the perfect place: the rent is cheap and it’s close to the beach and close to college. The only problem is that Byron Davis, the guy the place belongs to, has no desire to share his flat with a girl. But the sassy London does not give up so easily and manages to negotiate a one month-trial period.
Byron warns her straight away about his manwhorish ways, and London tells him straight away that she will not be the idiotic girl that falls for him, and that he could consider her one of his buddies. But just how much self-restraint will she be able to show when – let’s face it – her roommate is a sexy hunk of a man?
Let me start by saying that since I liked Stephanie Witter’s last book – Patch Up – I was actually looking forward to this story, because it held a promise of something fun and light, and because I am a sucker for hate-turns-to-love / friends-become-lovers plot. But a few chapters into the book, I found it all quite predictable. Thank god this is not something that deters me easily, but it got quite annoying when I noticed that the story wouldn’t really move along.
As you can imagine, the two characters start liking each other more than expected, and instead of staying true to their feelings, they play around with each other and inevitable end up hurting one another. And this goes on until almost the end of the book, and then the ending itself is just rushed.
I liked the fact that London wasn’t your usual heroine, but at the same time I also had trouble connecting with her. On the one hand, she was this spunky girl without a filter, direct and funny and self-confident it seems (a part of her I really appreciated), but on the other hand, her issue with her weight comes up in almost every chapter and her whole self-confident act goes out the window.
I also didn’t like the fact that both main characters were childish and hypocritical. London is sick of Byron going on with his one night stands – even after the two of them had sex – and calls them sluts or skanks. But she is pretty much known for being a tease and never giving it up, but never reluctant to give great head because she thinks that by doing this, she has great control over men. And then she goes faking having sex with people just to get back at Byron. How childish is this?
And Byron, well he was really hot, and just the way you would imagine a “broken” army soldier. And of course, like any other messed up main character, he’s a total manwhore. And even after having slept with London, and still keeping up his one-night-stands, he calls London out on messing around with other guys – that is just so hypocritical!
Anyway, it was a nice read, but not always very coherent, and the characters’ actions and behaviour was quite childish at times, which didn’t seem realistic. I would recommend it to those who can overlook such details, though.