Forget all those other roommate romances you might have read.
Heather and Chris don’t hate each other…very much. And they don’t have sex all the time…at least not at first. Chris doesn’t go around shirtless, flexing his muscles and driving Heather wild…too often. And he doesn’t get jealous and possessive every time she goes out with another man…well, maybe occasionally.
But they definitely don’t fall in love…right away.
When Heather comes back to her hometown, she plans to take over her father’s historic restoration business and move into a beautiful converted apartment in Preston’s Mill. Then she finds out she’ll have to partner up with the one man she can never forgive. Chris Dole, who abandoned her father and betrayed her trust three years ago.
It gets even worse. They don’t just have to work together. They have to become roommates for six months to prove they can get along. That means Heather will have to play nice with Chris and put up with his obnoxiousness, his drop-dead sexiness, and his ugly recliner named Flo.
She’ll do what she has to do out of loyalty to her father, but she isn’t going to like it.
At least not much.
WOOOO!!! I finished this book awhile ago, but wanted to wait to post my review until we were closer to the release date. And since its release day, I can finally shout to the world about this book.
If you’ve visited me before, you already know I like Samantha Chase, but I recently got a chance to see a Christmas book combo where one story was by Samantha and the other was by Noelle Adams. And now they’ve teamed up for a full story together.
First off, I really like this author pairing. I feel like they both really bring out strengths in each other. Being transparent, I am not as familiar with Noelle’s other work. But I am very familiar with Samantha and I can easily tell where Noelle comes in, so that is where my previous statement comes from. I really admired that Noelle seems to bring the sexual scenes to life, where in normal circumstances, Samantha allows our imaginations to go where we want with her characters. With that said, I appreciate that the books don’t turn into erotica or too smutty. I don’t have a problem with that, but I don’t know that it would have been believable for the story or the characters if we went from a sweet, heartwarming story to crazy erotica scenes.
The concept of this story was unique (at least to me, maybe you’ve read a billion roommate books, but I have not). It was fun to see Chris and Heather have to work together on not just a relationship but also a professional level. I respected that Heather and Chris weren’t ever inappropriate in the workplace though. Again, this isn’t something I have a problem with, but this company belongs to Heather’s father. It wouldn’t have made sense for her to do something like that in her father’s company. I mean, maybe a total lapse of judgement but even then, it would have been really unnatural for Heather or Chris. So the fact that the authors restrained themselves from taking it there (when, really, its an easy love scene to tie in) made me value the story even more.
Heather has past issues from when her mother abandon her, and Chris has had past trauma from when he lost his mother, and essentially, abandoned Heather and her father in the aftermath. While we see both characters having situations that were holding them back, I was really satisfied that the baggage didn’t overtake the story. We know they both have to work through things on their own and come to terms with the past, but they still are living in the present. I thought Noelle and Samantha balanced this really well.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It has the love scenes that we crave, but also the true love story to back it up. Heather and Chris have this fantastic chemistry that is real, but they also experience troubles like any regular couple would. To me, that made their love story even greater.