Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Colebury, VT
Also by this author: Us, Bittersweet, Rookie Move, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Brooklynaire, Speakeasy, Fireworks, Overnight Sensation, Superfan, Moonlighter, Man Cuffed, Heartland, Sure Shot, Lies and Lullabies, Loverboy, Bombshells
Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.
I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed.
Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.
Seeking: a room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread.
I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me.
A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from Kieran Shipley. The broody lumberjack wants more from me than another homemade pretzel, but if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.
Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart…
Passionate, sexy, and emotional, Roommate brings all the feels and all the delicious heat! Lauren Blakely, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of One Time Only
You'll want to curl up with this page turner all night long! New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan
For fans of: Annabeth Albert, Trina Solet, Jay Bell, J.M. Snyder, Devon Cross, T.J. Lorenzo, Eden Finley, L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, Garrett Leigh, Eli Easton, Elle Kennedy, Casey McQuiston.
Keywords: roommates to lovers, Vermont, baker, rancher, mm romance, m/m romance, gay romance, MM romance, male male romance, lgbtq romance, queer romance, childhood enemies to lovers, small town romance.
Roommate is a delightful story of two men from dysfunctional families figuring out their lives. It was easy to connect to Roderick and Kieran because they are so very human. Both struggle with who they are; Roderick is, to use his words, gay AF, but that doesn’t mean he has made good decisions in relationships. Kieran still isn’t sure about his sexuality. He hasn’t been able to face the idea of being something other than straight, so he has simply avoided considering it. When Roderick barrels back into town, he has to face his confused emotions.
These two have emotionally abusive fathers and its so sad. Roderick’s dad cannot accept his sexuality. Kieran’s dad simply cannot accept him, since he already has his perfect child (Kieran’s older brother, Kyle).
Roderick and Kieran have serious chemistry and I loved it! Kieran is kind of a grump (he has “RGF) and Roderick is super flirty. There is great banter, plus you get peeks back at characters from the True North series (Kieran is a Shipley cousin). If you aren’t sure about M/M pairings but are wanting to give it a shot, start with Roommate. Bowen writes such compelling, dynamic characters and the love stories are always so heartwarming!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: roommates, small town, forced proximity
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Both suffer emotional abuse by their fathers as previously mentioned « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, Aced by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank…then you will probably like Roommate!