Swoon-worthy Justin Banks is FINALLY HERE in
RoomHate by Penelope Ward!
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.
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 never let’s down and she sure delivers another winner with RoomHate! When I read the blurb I was sure I was going to enjoy the book.. I mean what was there not going to be to love? Friends to enemies? Hopefully back to friends and since this is romance let’s assume lovers… seems like a great read right? What I wasn’t expecting was that absolutely fantastic journey she took me on. The whole range of emotions from laughter to tears, frustration to swooning, yelling to sighing – you name it I experienced it! I know I know, why did this surprise me? You got me! I have no damn good reason! I shouldn’t have been! Shouldn’t we expect this?
The story kind of breaks you and tears at your heart as you wonder if they will ever find a way back to each other again. Then it tears a little bit more as you peek back into their childhood, yet somehow that also helps heal you and gives you hope and faith. well, I guess maybe that is why I was all over the place with my emotions. I just fell in love with all the characters and sometimes was torn with what I wanted. It often just felt real. Raw. Messy. Things weren’t easy here. It didn’t get tied up in a neat and pretty bow and have smooth sailing for our cast of characters. But then again, my life hasn’t been smooth sailing, has yours?
Penelope Ward wove a tale that had me glued to my kindle and not wanting to leave my reading nook until I swiped that last page. This is one you don’t want to miss!
I received a complimentary copy of RoomHate in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
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.
Other books from Penelope Ward
Sins of Sevin
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)
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