Roommate by Sarina Bowen (Book Review)
From chaotic lives to unexpected housemates, these two men are on a collision course of self-discovery, and so much more.
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Roommate is the story of Roderick and Kieran, two men trying to figure out who they are, what they want, and how they may fit together…and not just as roommates.
Roommate is part of Sarina Bowen’s True North book series, but I read this book on its own, as I have not yet ventured into the overall series. While other characters from other books obviously appear in this book, their appearance is in alignment with the current story, so I never felt as if I was missing anything because the characters of this story stay in focus the whole time. And whew boy, were they in focus.
Roderick and Kieran were fun, flirty, and struggling to appear as if they have it more together than they do. Both men have troubles with their families, never quite fitting in or feeling as if they belong or matter. While it gives them something in common, it also causes them a fair amount of friction. Because while one is open with who they are, the other is not.
Still, I can’t stop wondering how good it would feel to be grabbed up in those strong arms and hugged. Or, say, pinned to the bed while he fucks me. I’m not picky.
This story was a great read. Fun and flirty, hot and sexy, yes, but also serious, also heartbreaking. Roderick and Kieran have a tough journey, first because they are still figuring out who they are and where they belong, but also because they’ve never felt safe or like they matter. They put themselves on the back burner for happiness because neither one of them feel truly worthy of more. How sad is that?
People tell you to be yourself. But not everybody can afford that luxury.
I liked Roderick and Kieran. I rooted for Roderick and Kieran. If any two people deserved to find happiness, it was these two men. For sure. They bent over backwards for the people around them and constantly found out that the more they gave, the more people would take. It was only through each other that they realized it didn’t have to be that way. Which is part of what made this book so great.
My favorite reads are the ones that hold a universal truth. About life, about love, and most of all, about people. Dreams, goals, fears, and hang ups, they all play a part in who we are and where we stand in life. And this book is a prime example of all the reasons why.
BY SARINA BOWEN
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 may want more from me than another fresh-baked 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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