Swoon-worthy Justin Banks is FINALLY HERE in
RoomHate by Penelope Ward!
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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
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.
RoomHate Review :
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 ‘BEA-u-tiful’ Stars ~
As is the fashion after reading a Penelope Ward book, my emotions are a jumbled mess. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!!
If you are a Friend’s to lovers fan, than I think you should give RoomHate a try. This is more of a friends to enemies to lovers style story. Penelope added a different type element to your typical friends to lovers story.
But be warned that your emotions will be taken on an emotional rollercoaster!! Penelope gave us anger, love, romance, heartbreak, swoony times, and of course sexy times 🙂 I would say this book was filled with a lot of angst and sexual tension. As always Penelope gave us a story that will captivate you as a reader and you will have a hard time putting this book down. It was so good I read it in less than a day. I’m always kind of sad at the end of a Penelope Ward book, because I never want them to end.
As I have said before, I am a HUGE Penelope Ward fan and have read all of her books. She has yet to disappoint me and RommHate was no exception!!! I truly loved this book. I won’t go into detail about the storyline because I don’t want to post spoilers, but I have to be honest and say I was a little worried that Justin (H) might be the first Hero Penelope has written that I didn’t fall in love with. Well have no fear, I should’ve just trusted in Penelope, because by the end I was absolutely in love with Justin.
In this story we meet Justin and Amelia, they were friends when they were teenagers, but then something happened and Amelia runs away, leaving Justin sad and hurt. Fast forward 9 years and the two are forced together again, because when Amelia’s Nana died, she left her summer house to both Justin and Amelia. Forced to share this house, Justin and Amelia are made to look at their past and everything that lead up to their split. What happens after that is a a journey of forgiveness and friendship for two people who thought they would never see each other again. I absolutely loved the pace that Penelope took with this story and these characters. Nothing was rushed or unbelievable. She actually had these two characters become friends again before just jumping into something physical. As always she does add in a couple roadblocks for Justin and Amelia, so that their road to happiness is not an easy or smooth one. They do endure a lot of bumps in the road.
I also loved all the side characters we meet in this story. Not one really stands out to me, but they all lend their spin on this story.
I honestly feel like my reviews and thoughts can never express how much I truly love Penelope’s book!! I guess to truly express the greatness that is Penelope Ward, you are just going to have to read her books.
RoomHate is a stand alone novel told solely in Amelia’s POV. There is NO Cliffhanger and it will leave you with a HUGE smile on your face 🙂
Copyright © 2016 by Penelope Ward
His eyes darted to the side, and he noticed me standing there. We just stared at each other. It was ironic, but the only times I could ever feel the remnants of our old connection were in fleeting moments of silent eye contact. Sometimes moments of silence spoke the loudest.
I left him alone again, making my way back down the hall and into the restaurant to tend to the customers I’d been ignoring.
Things really started to get busy. Without Jade working tonight, we were short-staffed, and I was having a hard time keeping up with the orders. Sandy’s had indoor and outdoor seating. Normally, I would only be working one section, but tonight I was going back and forth between the two.
It was nice out, so I knew they would have Justin performing outside. I kept glancing over to the small stage to see if he was there. It was past eight, and he hadn’t made an appearance yet.
Sometime close to eight-thirty, I was in the middle of serving a large party of ten when I first heard it: the chilling sound of a soulful voice that was not familiar in the least. He gave no introduction. No warning. He just started to sing out the first few words, followed by the strum of his guitar. The song that Justin had chosen to start with was a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
The entire room soon quieted down, and all eyes were on the stunning blond male specimen with the spotlight shining down on him. Despite the fact that I was carrying a large round tray of dirty dishes, I couldn’t move. The vibration of his thick, smoky singing voice had completely paralyzed me, penetrating my body and soul.
Aside from the lone teardrop that fell the night he lost it on me during steak dinner, I hadn’t shed any more tears—until now. It was all too much. Hearing how different his voice sounded, how he’d trained it over the years, was a wake-up call as to how much I had missed. All of the hours of practice that must have gone into honing that beautiful voice, and I wasn’t there for any of it. The guilt, the emotions, the reality of a decade gone…everything started to pummel me at once. Not to mention the song—about a girl leaving. It probably had nothing to do with me, but in my mind, it sure as hell felt like it did.
Meet Penelope Ward :
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Other books from Penelope Ward :
Sins of Sevin