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.
Penelope Ward really outdid herself when she created RoomHate. This is a second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance that you’ll never forget. This author knows how to pack an emotional punch in her writing and she definitely didn’t hold back here. I’m still getting tears in my eyes reflecting back on some of the highlights! The element of surprise was used brilliantly and I couldn’t put this book down once I started.
Amelia and Justin were the best of friends growing up. Their relationship always remained platonic even though they both hid strong feelings for each other. The inclusion of specific scenes from their younger years were perfectly placed to best enhance the story. This really gives the reader an opportunity to know these characters on a deeper level and become more committed to their journey. I loved every beautiful memory and each moment spent reminiscing. With a history so powerful, I knew these two couldn’t stay apart and only time would bring clarity to what they had been missing.
Even after ten years, the sexual tension between Amelia and Justin is extremely obvious from the first time they are in a room together again. Their reunion is definitely not smooth sailing though. With all those years of pent up frustration, anger, loss, and undiscovered love you know the impact will be super intense. Justin is clearly still upset over Amelia walking away, no matter how indifferent he appears. The first part of this book revolved around them becoming reacquainted somewhat after being forced to live together so the emotions are running high. Plus Justin’s girlfriend is around to add additional resistance and barriers but don’t let the threat of a love triangle keep you away from reading this!
The second portion of this novel involves a curveball you won’t see coming but that makes this book the standout it is. This is a must-read that had me sobbing and crying for what was lost, hoping for the possibility of forever love. What this author gave us with this epic journey is truly spectacular.
In true Penelope fashion, she has provided a literary experience unlike anything I’ve had the privilege of reading before. Her work is always extraordinary and memorable. RoomHate is a novel any reader can appreciate and enjoy so I hope it gets the recognition it deserves. From the first word to the last, I was caught up in this glorious story and it is an adventure I will truly cherish.
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.
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 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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