Roommate – Sarina Bowen

Reviews by Yael Waknin


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 …

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My review

After the huge success (in my opinion!) of the book HIM, I was looking for another MM book.

I got a recommendation for this book and started it on audio without hesitation because Teddy Hamilton narrating this audiobook 😍

 Roderick returns to the town he left at 18 and is looking for a place to live. Roderick is gay and out of the closet.

Kieran wants to leave his parents’ house and rents a house from a relative. Kieran does not know if he is gay; he has never been with a man, but something about Roderick attracts him.

There are some things I was missing in the book and on the other hand, the book was not bad at all. I mean, the story was good, the characters are good but not super fascinating, and it didn’t make me want to get to know them more and more.

Their chemistry was a bit lacking, and it was only noticeable at times. There was no 100% chemistry, but there was no 0%.

This is the first time I have heard Stephen Dexter’s narration and I must say he does a great job! His voice is deep and rough. His tone matches the scenes, and the change in voice to dub another character was also excellent.

Teddy is Teddy, so he was perfect.

 The book includes 43 chapters. I DNF in chapter 34 – which is right towards the end.

 I DNF in the part that was supposed to be suspenseful and interesting, and I still couldn’t bring myself to want and move on.

 Not because of the plot or the characters, just something was too slow, too dry, and failed to pull me as I had hoped.

I do recommend you read it because it’s mostly good.

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