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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing on February 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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.
book review: 10 BEA-utiful Music stars
I still can’t figure out why the hell I didn’t dive into this book the moment it started living in my Kindle. I had bet everything I had that it would be beyond awesome and a story that will spellbound me really tight. So, still this question hasn’t found an answer. But now that I have F I N A L L Y got to meet the incredible Justin and his Patch, I have to admit that it was far far far far more everything I had imagined or expected.
Even from the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down. The way Penelope chose to start telling their story really did the trick. As I was diving deeper and deeper into their magnificent journey, the instant connection I felt with them from the first chapter kept getting even stronger with every passing page. And let’s not get me started with the extreme reactions my body had every time Justin and Amelia had an intimate moment.
” The fact that you just squirmed in your seat is proof that you also have an illogical side. Maybe our illogical sides need to meet sometime.”
But, first, I must tell a short version of their story because it will be a crime not to since it’s so precious and wonderful. So, here’s how everything begun:
Amelia and Justin are around ten when they first meet. Justin was playing his guitar when he caught her watching him from her window. Since then, they became best friends. Five years later, Amelia runs away leaving Justin heartbroken and never sees him again until nine years later, when her dead grandmother makes them co-owners of her beach house.
Now, they found themselves forced to confront the past and every scar it carries with it. Both have suppressed feelings in them which they are trying really hard to keep hidden since their nine years “break” brought lots of changes. Although, it never got to change one thing; the most important, vital thing. The unconditional, soul deep, powerful, unforgivable way they love each other.
“ I wanted everything with you.”
Their confrontations were mighty intense in a way that I felt as I was right there when they were happening. And no one can deny the overflowing passion in each and every one. I could feel it no matter if they whispering, yelling or talking in normal tone. Plus, the info I was getting as they were looking back all those years ago, remembering not only their moments but also what separated them, was keeping me at the edge of my seat. And when I thought that they would probably end with the expected HEA, Ward comes and just with the addition of Bea, crashes everything down leaving me staring open mouthed. Oh no! Don’t get me wrong! I may never had seen this development, but, without doubt, was the point were everything got so upside down and damn interesting, that I didn’t dare go to sleep – FYI it was close to 8am when I finished – until I reached the very end.
And DAMN! The way Justin was with Bea? Simply. Swooning. On. The. Floor. And I close-to-quote Amelia here, “my ovaries had caught fire“. I was almost ready to jump in the pages and literally attack him but I got to keep myself under control. :p From the moment Bea showed up, I lost track of time and generally anything happening around me. And as the story kept unfolding, I was getting more and more in love.
Every character Ward added in this story was incredibly well-written and with such personalities that took the story 10 levels higher. As for Amelia and Justin? Both are creatures with a tough exterior but when you look inside, you will find a heart of gold, miles and miles of strong feelings and an inner strength like anything you have seen before. And where the one was lacking the other went and filled the gab. Also, the amount of vulnerability Justin showed every time he was with Amelia or Bea or thinking about them, was the greatest thing since he portrayed a male who isn’t scared to show how he feels and would do anything to protect the two people he loves more than anything in this galaxy. The love, support, sweetness and passion that I saw flowing out of him towards these two females was mind blowing and had me close to tears. From the other hand, Amelia was one of the strongest female characters I have ever had the chance to meet. Her inner strength had really no bounds and when she was with Justin, it became unlimited. Although, some times she might was more insecure than she wanted to be since she was an independent woman, she never gave up on expressing what she was feeling. And more than anything, her undying love for Bea was something that didn’t leave my notice or my heart.
I know I may have just written my longest review, but I couldn’t contain my thoughts in less. This book became one of my TOP FAVS and with no doubt, it will stay there for the rest of my life. Just imagine that even though I have finished it a little over 12 hours, I crave to read it again and again immediately. And that doesn’t happen often to me! If I would have to read one book for the rest of my life, RoomHate would probably be the winner. I definitely have hundreds of more things to say, but if I succumb to that desire, I would never stop writing. So, I stop here and I leave you with my heart full and a big giant huge THANK YOU to the gorgeous Penelope Ward for writing such a gem of the contemporary literature and one I will cherish forever.