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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 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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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 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 ...

30 review for Roommate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    OMG are we getting a new MM novel by none other than the author who wrote the first MM novel I ever read???????? THIS made my day!!! UPDATE: I finished it 💕 and it was ADORABLE!!!! You guys are going to LOVE it!!! REVIEW ROOMMATE was ADORABLE!!!! This book is going to be a crowd pleaser. It was sweet. Touching. And had an absolutely adorable couple. I loved them both so much!!! And the story was just the right amount of sexy. But most of all it was charming, and sweet. All the things I loved about the boo OMG are we getting a new MM novel by none other than the author who wrote the first MM novel I ever read???????? THIS made my day!!! UPDATE: I finished it 💕 and it was ADORABLE!!!! You guys are going to LOVE it!!! REVIEW ROOMMATE was ADORABLE!!!! This book is going to be a crowd pleaser. It was sweet. Touching. And had an absolutely adorable couple. I loved them both so much!!! And the story was just the right amount of sexy. But most of all it was charming, and sweet. All the things I loved about the book: • absolutely adorable couple • sweet and charming story • just the right amount of sexy • wonderful supporting cast • great chemistry between the couple • well developed characters (loved the difference in personality between Roddy and Kieran) I think, most people will fall in love with Kieran and Roddy. It was a pleasure to see them come together. Also they matched so well in an opposite attract kind of way. Roddy is out of the closet, a happy guy, and loves to be around people. Being a baker is a way for him to please and charm people with his personality and the products he makes. He is outgoing and loves to talk. The very opposite to Kieran. And not surprisingly he has a lumberjack kink after meeting Kieran. Who wouldn’t? Kieran is this adorable, quiet and kind, former farm boy, now looking like a sexy lumberjack. He is someone who has been thinking about his sexuality, but hasn’t had much time to explore it yet. Thanks to Roddy, he found the perfect partner. These two were charming AF. Absolutely adorable. I swooned whenever they played house together. They meshed so well, and the chemistry and sparks were palpable. Also, we get more Shipley Family which I adored. Honestly, don’t hesitate to pick up this book. Especially if you enjoyed the author’s True North Series Bittersweet. But even if you haven’t read the True North Series yet, you can read it as a standalone, if MM is your jam. If you are searching for more MM novels to read - check out my most favorite MM novels of all time

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars “It’s not so terrifying to show people who you really are.” I was so excited to read Roommates because not only does it have the Shipley family that I adore, but this is probably my favorite Sarina Bowen cover. Kieran Shipley's book has been teased for a while and I was so happy it was finally here. I loved this one! Kieran Shipley is ready for a life change. He works part time at a bakery, part time at an advertising firm, and still helps his brother and dad with all the 4.5 stars “It’s not so terrifying to show people who you really are.” I was so excited to read Roommates because not only does it have the Shipley family that I adore, but this is probably my favorite Sarina Bowen cover. Kieran Shipley's book has been teased for a while and I was so happy it was finally here. I loved this one! Kieran Shipley is ready for a life change. He works part time at a bakery, part time at an advertising firm, and still helps his brother and dad with all the farm chores around the house. What he really needs is to move out. And that's exactly what he does. Only, he needs a roommate. He never expects it to be Roderick. He and Roderick have a bit of a past from high school, but they don't know each other well. Roderick has moved home to Vermont after living in Nashville for many years. He's had a tough time lately, but working at the local bakery is exactly what he needs. Now, he just needs a place to live. He and Kieran become roommates first, and with time, friends. I loved watching them go from coworkers to friends, to more. Kieran is exactly the kind of guy Roderick needs and deserves and Roderick is the type of person Kieran needs to come out of his shell. I love how this opposites attract story worked. These two were great together. I had such a huge smile on my face throughout the book and I couldn't help but to root for these two. I completely adored how the storyline with Kieran's family worked out, though I wasn't such a fan of the quick lived drama with Roderick's ex at the end. Roommate was such a fantastic read for me. The audiobook narration was incredible. Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter did an amazing job voicing both Kieran and Roderick. This was a beautiful romance and I highly recommend it! Audio book source: Soundwise (audio arc) Story Rating: 4.5 stars Narrators: Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter Narration Rating: 5 stars Genre: Romance Length: 9 hours and 5 minutes

  3. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    This book started out well for me. I really liked the first 40% or so, but then it fizzled out and I can't say I enjoyed the rest of the story. (view spoiler)[ *MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD* The relationship development between Kieran and Roderick didn't work for me. Both are likable characters and I enjoyed watching them do things together, like cooking or getting a Christmas tree, but they were often contradictory in their actions and thoughts. Roderick would decide one thing and then change his mind li This book started out well for me. I really liked the first 40% or so, but then it fizzled out and I can't say I enjoyed the rest of the story. (view spoiler)[ *MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD* The relationship development between Kieran and Roderick didn't work for me. Both are likable characters and I enjoyed watching them do things together, like cooking or getting a Christmas tree, but they were often contradictory in their actions and thoughts. Roderick would decide one thing and then change his mind like nothing happened. Kieran's reasons for not wanting to come out didn't make much sense to me, since he did want a relationship with Roderick. I didn't like how he left Roderick alone at Christmas, and then sort of felt offended that he wasn't alone after all. There was even a point in the story where I didn't care anymore if they'd stay together or not. There was too much drama for my liking: - Roderick's relationship with his parents and his living situation - Kieran's relationship with his parents, especially with his father - Kieran's relationship with his brother - relationship drama between Kieran and Roderick - the situation when Kieran applied for school and the drama at his other job, which I found very forced and unbelievable - more drama with Kieran's father and then some more family drama - Roderick's ex appearing out of nowhere, totally unbelievable, ridiculous and cliché I really wanted to enjoy seeing their relationship grow, and while there were some lovely moments between them, they were frequently interrupted by either their own insecurities or someone/something from the outside. Kieran’s struggles with everything in his life literally gave me anxiety while reading this. Everything did wrap up nicely in the end, too smoothly I think. The epilogue didn’t add much to the story, except for maybe introduce the characters for the next book. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendys Wycked Words

    Absolutely awesome... Just as expected. Review to come soon

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shile

    Audiobook - 5 stars Story - 3 stars This was just okay for me. I wasn't expecting anything special and nothing special was exactly what this book delivered. I liked the MCs enough to listen up to the end, I did it mostly for Kieran, he was too sweet. Roderick was okay but he got on my nerves. When it came to the chemistry between the two, I really didn't feel it. They were good as friends and cooking buddies but as a couple it was hard to buy into it. The best part of this book was the cooking and Audiobook - 5 stars Story - 3 stars This was just okay for me. I wasn't expecting anything special and nothing special was exactly what this book delivered. I liked the MCs enough to listen up to the end, I did it mostly for Kieran, he was too sweet. Roderick was okay but he got on my nerves. When it came to the chemistry between the two, I really didn't feel it. They were good as friends and cooking buddies but as a couple it was hard to buy into it. The best part of this book was the cooking and the baking, I enjoyed that so much. I didn't care about Kieran family drama nor Roderick ex boyfriend's drama. All that was unnecessary. Overall, I knew what I expected going in so it was just okay.

  6. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    4 Stars! Bowen + MM = Hell Yeah!! Start with taciturn, extremely introverted, awkward gentle giant Kieran, who’s all sorts of manly farmer goodness. Pretty much his whole life Kieran has felt like an outsider, and he’s torn between forging his own path and helping his family at the detriment of suppressing who he truly is. Life has gotten awful stifling, and Kieran is at his rope’s end. Then there’s Roddy, a spontaneous, live life to the fullest, extroverted baker with little filter who has returne 4 Stars! Bowen + MM = Hell Yeah!! Start with taciturn, extremely introverted, awkward gentle giant Kieran, who’s all sorts of manly farmer goodness. Pretty much his whole life Kieran has felt like an outsider, and he’s torn between forging his own path and helping his family at the detriment of suppressing who he truly is. Life has gotten awful stifling, and Kieran is at his rope’s end. Then there’s Roddy, a spontaneous, live life to the fullest, extroverted baker with little filter who has returned home to Vermont after devastating heartbreak and sadly, his parents aren’t welcoming him back with open arms. When he crosses paths with Kieran, it brings up a salacious history from high school that Roddy can’t help but poke, while Kieran wishes the ground would swallow him up. This is quite the slow burn, but the characters and their struggles are real and organic. As Roddy and Keiran get to know each other through being awkward coworkers first, and then reluctant roommates second, the reader also gets to discover the many layers of these two as each evolves to carve out a new life together and apart. It will come as no surprise that I loved Kieran hard. Good, thoughtful, with plenty of self induced turmoil, he had the most growth to do, and his sexual awakening was deliciously oh so very nice. *winks* Bowen is that rare author who can get me to read their MF stuff too, and the fact that she’s inspired several planned spinoffs for other authors to contribute to, all of which connect to her True North series (alerting all Griffin lovers!) is just really more for us to enjoy! I’m always on board for Bowen and only hope there’s more from this author soon!! Fans should embrace her latest offering with no problems! Cheers!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio 5 ++ Stars I wish there were more MM audios narrated by Stephen Dexter and Teddy Hamilton. 😍 Story 4.5 Refreshing Stars This was a refreshing story for me. It wasn't overly fluffy or angsty and the characters were relatable. Just a couple of guys dealing with life struggles and coming together. What I enjoyed most was the LACK of: OTT nonsense drama OTT insta relationship OTT riches...I'm so sick of billionaires and name brand dropping OTT fear of coming out of the closet Some readers may fi Audio 5 ++ Stars I wish there were more MM audios narrated by Stephen Dexter and Teddy Hamilton. 😍 Story 4.5 Refreshing Stars This was a refreshing story for me. It wasn't overly fluffy or angsty and the characters were relatable. Just a couple of guys dealing with life struggles and coming together. What I enjoyed most was the LACK of: OTT nonsense drama OTT insta relationship OTT riches...I'm so sick of billionaires and name brand dropping OTT fear of coming out of the closet Some readers may find the lack of OTT boring, but I totally appreciated it. Dear Author, I would love a follow up on this awesome couple! 😍 And please write more MM! 🙏🏽

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    5 Stars Sweet, sexy, heart-warming and smile-inducing, Roommate is one highly-anticipated book that did not disappoint! Featuring many familiar faces from Bowen’s previous (M/F) books, this standalone M/M story follows the unexpected romance between high-spirited and unfiltered Roderick, and shy, questioning, farm-boy Kieran, whose chemistry becomes too hot to deny when they go from cagey new co-workers to necessary roommates in their personal quests to start-over anew. I ate up every delicious, se 5 Stars Sweet, sexy, heart-warming and smile-inducing, Roommate is one highly-anticipated book that did not disappoint! Featuring many familiar faces from Bowen’s previous (M/F) books, this standalone M/M story follows the unexpected romance between high-spirited and unfiltered Roderick, and shy, questioning, farm-boy Kieran, whose chemistry becomes too hot to deny when they go from cagey new co-workers to necessary roommates in their personal quests to start-over anew. I ate up every delicious, sexually-charged, tension-filled moment shared between out-and-proud baker Roddy and deeply-private and longing artist-in-hiding Kieran. Their story felt all at once like a slow-burn and a fast-burn, striking that exact perfect spark and speed in the progression of their eventual love story. Although Roommate is getting some less-than-stellar reviews from Bowen lovers and M/M lovers alike, for being too dramalicious, I actually didn’t find this one to affect me negatively in the way that many others have expressed. It had elements of angst, with themes pertaining to disownment from religious parents, in-the-closet impacts on relationship dynamics, and even some brief homelessness, work drama, and even a secondary character health crisis to emotionally combat towards the end. But despite all of this, these themes and plot arcs flowed well for me, never veering into soap-opera territory, and always purely entertaining and endearing me to the characters as I read on. I should note here that I read Bowen’s M/F stuff and not simply the handful of M/M romances she’s written (or co-written) over the years, so this particular setting (in small-town Vermont) and most of the characters featured within aren’t new to me, which I believe enhanced my enjoyment significantly. This story can be read as a standalone, sure, and it’s impressively written in a manner that welcomes all new readers to do so, but having some background familiarity with Bowen’s characters, particularly those who populate her True North series, was definitely a bonus for me here and I’m sure will be for others too. I mean, Griffin Shipley!? C’mon, now, people!!! *drools* At the end of the day, I enjoyed every second of this story, start to finish, making it the easiest five-star read I’ve given in months. Obviously, as the reviews can attest, this positive, fangirl-y experience isn't the one had by all, but I’m so bloody thankful that I adored reading about Roddy and Keiran’s small-town romance, which for me was full of some truly wonderful moments of self-discovery and self-empowerment. Needless to say, I can’t wait to explore the upcoming expanded universe in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North, which features 4 series and 45 authors (I believe), with an LGBT contingent that I'm particularly hungry for in the Vino and Veritas series! BRING. IT. ON!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isabella. R

    5 Needy Heart Stars ⭐ There is something extremely appealing about small town romances. It makes me want to give up city living for somewhere remote. Until I think about limited coffee choices and it makes me break out into hives. But in this instance, I could be persuaded to move to Vermont where coffee, baked goods and cider is high up on their list of priorities...oh and boy on boy rub and tug! Maybe I’m a late bloomer, but I’m all in now. And not for just any guy. I’m all in for him. Gorgeous lu 5 Needy Heart Stars ⭐ There is something extremely appealing about small town romances. It makes me want to give up city living for somewhere remote. Until I think about limited coffee choices and it makes me break out into hives. But in this instance, I could be persuaded to move to Vermont where coffee, baked goods and cider is high up on their list of priorities...oh and boy on boy rub and tug! Maybe I’m a late bloomer, but I’m all in now. And not for just any guy. I’m all in for him. Gorgeous lumberjack Kieran Shipley and Gay AF Roderick once attended high school together. They may not have known each other personally, but certain events made them aware of each other's existence. This creates an unspoken tension between them. Eight years later, Roderick has returned to Vermont, broke and practically homeless. Him staying is dependent on being able to land a job. Freshly out of a toxic relationship, not even his bigoted parents will give him a hand. Fortunately, things are looking up when he lands a job as baker for the Busy Bean. Kieran is exhausted. Tending to the family farm while juggling two other jobs, all he wants is to start living his life. Except he's not even sure where to begin. Confused about his sexuality, Roderick returning to town, is bringing his dilemma to the forefront and providing some much-needed clarity. Now that both men are working at the Busy Bean and end up as Roommates’, their heated glances are getting harder to ignore. And who wants to? As Kieran and Roderick start playing house and learn each other's secrets, the magic unfolds. Lust made me confident. Heat made me easy. I’ve never kissed anyone so deeply that the taste of him became part of me. I wanted it to last forever. This book was utterly delightful. Where Kieran was stoic and a man of few words, Roderick was flirty and easygoing. What a fab combination. Watching them cook together, hangout and tear down their inhibitions made me equally happy and hungry. There was a purity in their journey of awareness and love. With their unrelated issues, timing couldn’t have been better for these two. 🖤💜

  10. 4 out of 5

    Florence .

    2 very generous stars Let me start by saying that i’m really really disapointed. Up till 60%, I was loving this book, so much, it had the potential to become a favourite but then the last 40% started to feel like I was watching a really bad soap opera. Warning, this will he really long, I have a lot of feelings about this book. Let me start by briefly reviewing the first 60% and what I adored about this book: - I love Kieran. He was really grumpy and private and I really loved that about him. Kieran 2 very generous stars Let me start by saying that i’m really really disapointed. Up till 60%, I was loving this book, so much, it had the potential to become a favourite but then the last 40% started to feel like I was watching a really bad soap opera. Warning, this will he really long, I have a lot of feelings about this book. Let me start by briefly reviewing the first 60% and what I adored about this book: - I love Kieran. He was really grumpy and private and I really loved that about him. Kieran was a really really good man and I loved him very much. - I loved seeing Kieran explore his sexuality (he had never been with a man before, he watched Roderick giving blow jobs to a guy when they were in high school and he knew he was into it but he never explored his sexuality beyond that). - I was enjoying their communication, I liked how they were up front about their flaws and their hang ups. - I was enjoying the really peaceful vibe of the book, there was no weird angst or drama, only two men and their life struggles, I wish it had stayed that way, it was absolutely lovely. - I also loved Sarina Bowen’s writting, it was so lovely. Now let me talk about the last 40% of this book. My nice, calm and quiet book with my two guys who were communicating nicely and starting to fall in love suddently switched into this really fucking drama heavy book, most of it being fabricated drama that didn’t need to he there. And I suddently couldn’t believe that Kieran and Roderick were meant for each other, I couldn’t think of two person more wrong for each other to be honest. Brief summary of the things that really annoyed me about this book: - Roderick was honest about his ex being a closeted asshole and how he couldn’t do it anymore and he knew that Kieran was in the closet and probably would never come out, but he willingly jumped into a fuck body relationship with him, it made no sense to me. - This point is my biggest and the reason why I gave this book a really low rating. Kieran never told anyone he likes men. He didn’t have any experience with a man ever. He only watched Roderick give blow jobs to another guy when they were in high school 8 years ago and thats it. And Kieran is a private person, he isn’t close to anyone (expecially not his family) and he makes it clear that he doesn’t plan on telling anyone about him being gay. But I don’t think it was because he’s ashamed, Kieran was a really private person and he barely talked to anyone, so it made sense to me that he wouldn’t want to share anything like this with anyone. Here is this quote from the book: ‘’It’s not that I’m ashamed of him. I’m not afraid to be gay. But my privacy is basically my life’s work.’’. I don’t see anything wrong with being a private person and I don’t think it made him this monster like the book tried to portray. I think thats just how the guy is wired. And Roderick knew all of this about him. But yet, most of the conflict in the book comes from Roderick making Kieran like he is like his ex (who was in the closet and keeping Roderick a secret because he was ashamed) when it wasn’t the case at all. I felt like Roderick never listened to Kieran or cared about his feelings. Roderick was so determined that he needed to date someone who would be out and proud and show him off everywhere that he never stopped and realized that thats just not the guy he’s with, and not because Kieran was ashamed but because Kieran is a private man. (view spoiler)[The big break up at 75% was because Roderick tried to put distance bewteen them and he refused to take Kieran back before the poor guy came out to everyone and it really really bothered me because thats just not the man that Kieran is, he rather not talk about himself and that is fine. (hide spoiler)] - ALSO, these two were together for 2 months. And Roderick was so mad that Kieran wouldn’t publically come out and make this big gesture for him. Kieran was 25 and hadn’t even kissed a man before Roderick and he didn’t think he was gay. He had never let himself experience his sexuality before he moved out of his parent’s house. Let the poor guy some time to ajust. I thought he was rushing him, way too fast. He didn’t let any time for Kieran to come to terms with his sexuality. He just needed him to be out, but he never seemed to care about Kieran and his feelings. - Also, Kieran’s family was very disfunctional and they didn’t like each other much and his problem with was them and he didn’t want to share himself with them, which makes sense to me. So I didn’t enjoy how Roderick kept pushing to sound like Kieran was ashamed of him and didn’t want to be with him when Kieran just didn’t want to share himself with a family he doesn’t really enjoy or feel comfortable with. - Also, Kieran had never kissed a man before Roderick and Roderick kept pushing him to have anal sex with him and it really annoyed me. When they finally did have anal sex, it didn’t feel like something they both wanted but like something that Kieran did so he could keep Roderick happy. - (view spoiler)[ Talking about that, small niggle, but when they did have anal sex for the first time, they do it bareback and Roderick talks about being tested but he never asks if Kieran was and Kieran never says if he was and he mentioned having sex with women before. Just thought it was a weird ommission how he didn’t talk about being tested when he definitely should have been (hide spoiler)] - There was so much really unnessecary fabricated drama towards the end. Case 1 (view spoiler)[: Kieran’s cousin walks into their house uninvited and just walks into them having sex, in their own bedroom. Was this really necessary? It did nothing except create drama the book didn’t need (hide spoiler)] . Case 2: (view spoiler)[Kieran’s dad has an accident and he goes to the hospital, where we learn that Kieran is the product of his mom having an affair with a pastor and thats why there is tensions in the family. The book really didn’t need that, it was literally just thrown in at the end to cause more drama, it brought nothing to the story (hide spoiler)] . Case 3: (view spoiler)[ Roderick’s ex randomly shows up at 96% to ask him back? Why? Just why? It did nothing absolutely and brought nothing to the plot. It was just overkill at this point (hide spoiler)] - At lastly, the book was full of family drama and I really didn’t like how it was all nicely wraped in a couple of lines towards the end of the book. It didn’t feel real to me. (view spoiler)[ Kieran’s dad (a dad that always insulted him and whom he didn’t along with) almost dies and they decide to have a truce and that all is good now. None of that is realistic at all. It would take way more than that to repare their broken relationship (hide spoiler)] I’m just really sad that this book turned into such a drama filled book after 60% because I was loving the chill vibe of the first 60%, very much.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I was ecstatic when I saw that Sarina Bowen was writing a new MM novel and then even more excited when I saw that it would be set in the world of the Shipley's. I've already fallen in love with this family and Kieran gave me even more to love. Kieran and Roderick both gave me so many emotions and they both had such a vulnerability that made my heart hurt for them. But it also gave them a lot to work through which made their relationship all the better. They were ab NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I was ecstatic when I saw that Sarina Bowen was writing a new MM novel and then even more excited when I saw that it would be set in the world of the Shipley's. I've already fallen in love with this family and Kieran gave me even more to love. Kieran and Roderick both gave me so many emotions and they both had such a vulnerability that made my heart hurt for them. But it also gave them a lot to work through which made their relationship all the better. They were absolutely adorable and I loved the little 'teaching' moments when Roderick helped Kieran get a little more comfortable with himself. Overall, this is a must read. For fans of the True North series you get a few cameos with some much-loved characters but if you're new to the Shipley's you won't be lost at all. ARC kindle provided in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *3.5 stars* I waffled a bit with my rating on this one before settling on 3.5 stars. On further reflection, I rounded down on Goodreads. I have huge expectations when it comes to Sarina Bowen's M/M romances, so I was expecting great things from Roommate. I think part of the story delivered, but I thought the narrating was uneven and some of the plot didn't make a lot of sense. I'm obsessed with Teddy Hamilton, and I think he carried the story for me. Stephen Dexter was just okay, and I found hi *3.5 stars* I waffled a bit with my rating on this one before settling on 3.5 stars. On further reflection, I rounded down on Goodreads. I have huge expectations when it comes to Sarina Bowen's M/M romances, so I was expecting great things from Roommate. I think part of the story delivered, but I thought the narrating was uneven and some of the plot didn't make a lot of sense. I'm obsessed with Teddy Hamilton, and I think he carried the story for me. Stephen Dexter was just okay, and I found his tone to be more distracting than anything. He has a mildly urgent and forced voice while reading, and I don't like it nearly as much as the natural-sounding Teddy Hamilton. Oddly, though I love cooking and food, I tend to rate books with chef MCs lower than average. I can't figure out why (maybe I don't find them as engaging?), but I have a hard time getting into them. I think the story was nice, and it picked up as it went along (near the end), but there was a lot of unnecessary drama. I truly didn't get Kieran's reluctance to come out as it didn't seem like his family would have cared all that much, and he wanted independence anyway. There was just a lot of superficial turmoil, which dampened my enjoyment of the audiobook. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this one, though it falls flat when compared to other Sarina Bowen books. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    This is a lovely and heartfelt story. The beginning was complete perfection, their obstacle later on was understandable but annoying and the ending was quite... interesting. Lots of revelations, like a season finale of Dynasty. Roderick is a former runaway kid who left his homophobic parents as a teen with dreams of becoming a famous music star in Nashville and sleeping with the world's most handsome men. Of course, reality means he's a street kid and slowly has to work his way up from the bottom This is a lovely and heartfelt story. The beginning was complete perfection, their obstacle later on was understandable but annoying and the ending was quite... interesting. Lots of revelations, like a season finale of Dynasty. Roderick is a former runaway kid who left his homophobic parents as a teen with dreams of becoming a famous music star in Nashville and sleeping with the world's most handsome men. Of course, reality means he's a street kid and slowly has to work his way up from the bottom. He ends up going to cooking school and working as a baker. His only connection to the music world of Nashville is his manipulative closeted country star boyfriend who cheats on him and forces him to stay in the closet with him. At 26 years, Roddy has had enough and packs his stuff. Returning home to his parents doesn't turn out so well, though, so Roderick is once again homeless. At least he manages to score a full time job as a baker in his hometown's local coffee shop. His co-worker, the silent (but insanely gorgeous) farm boy and part time barista Kieran offers him a place to stay in his newly rented house that is too big for one person anyway. And things proceed from there :-) I loved Kieran so much. He carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. God, I know that there are people like him out there. And how I wish they'd all find their other half, just like Kieran did with Roddy. I absolutely loved their *cough* shared history *cough* which was such a delicious little issue at the beginning of their friendship. It was also good to see how things with Kieran's family were improving at the end. His status quo with his dad and brother wasn't really satisfying for anyone. And while I was really annoyed with Roddy for the big 'crisis' towards the end, he did have a a point and sleeping over it, I realize that he did the right thing to protect himself even though it seemed cruel towards a wonderful good-hearted character like Kieran. I'm glad it all worked out. This was seriously an excellent piece of romantic fiction. It totally deserves a more elaborate title than 'Roommate' ;-)) A 5 star favorite!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This standalone book is the perfect introduction to the new wider World of True North which is coming soon. Sarina's duo Him/Us with Elle Kennedy were two of the first books I read in this genre and Wesmie remain one of my favourite couples. I've not read any of her MF books though and yet I never felt lost at any point while reading Roommate. The story here is a familiar one, an out and proud guy falling for a closeted man but there's more of an interesting back story dating back to their time a This standalone book is the perfect introduction to the new wider World of True North which is coming soon. Sarina's duo Him/Us with Elle Kennedy were two of the first books I read in this genre and Wesmie remain one of my favourite couples. I've not read any of her MF books though and yet I never felt lost at any point while reading Roommate. The story here is a familiar one, an out and proud guy falling for a closeted man but there's more of an interesting back story dating back to their time at school. There's other tensions outside of the relationship as well which help keep the narrative ticking and overall I was engaged throughout in the journey Kieran and Roddy take to happiness. One thing I appreciated a lot was that there was no unnecessary drama or angsting just to add plot points. There are moments when both men's histories plays a role in them not opening up in a beneficial way, but they were totally understandable. I'm very much looking forward to reading the rest of the LGBTQ series, which will centre around a bar called Vino & Veritas. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia

    Well. That didn’t go as expected.... COME ON!!! She wrote one of my favorite MM books ever, Him. This was nowhere even close to that level. OK, I listened to this...Teddy Hamilton 😍& Stephen Dexter... and the narration was great! Until it wasn’t. It got to the point where I was having a harder time distinguishing between the two MC’s Kieran & Roderick. Teddy voiced Roderick’s POV and a growly Stephen voiced KIeran’s. I think I stopped being able to clearly distinguish the MC’s about the time I st Well. That didn’t go as expected.... COME ON!!! She wrote one of my favorite MM books ever, Him. This was nowhere even close to that level. OK, I listened to this...Teddy Hamilton 😍& Stephen Dexter... and the narration was great! Until it wasn’t. It got to the point where I was having a harder time distinguishing between the two MC’s Kieran & Roderick. Teddy voiced Roderick’s POV and a growly Stephen voiced KIeran’s. I think I stopped being able to clearly distinguish the MC’s about the time I stopped caring about them. The 1st half was pretty good, but with lots of weird forced conflicts that just didn’t make any sense. I now refer you to Snjez’s fabulous and spoiler-filled review. Back to me 😂...could this be a case of “it’s me, not the book?” No. It’s the book. Again, Snjez lays out all the reasons so I don’t have to (Thanks, babe!). I stopped caring about these drama-llamas 1/2 through and never felt invested in their relationship. What I liked: Baking talk Cider making Chalk My rec? I can get the three things above by reading a cookbook and a sandwich board.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bhavya Marya

    “People tell you to be yourself. But not everybody can afford that luxury.” This was just so sweet and charming. Sarina Bowen is one of the first authors that introduced me to MM romance. So I always have good expectations from her books and I can honestly say I enjoyed reading this one a lot. I went into this thinking Keiran was gonna be a grump but to my surprise he was such a softie with a big heart although he did seem a bit prickly in the begining. Also, as a character I could relate to “People tell you to be yourself. But not everybody can afford that luxury.” This was just so sweet and charming. Sarina Bowen is one of the first authors that introduced me to MM romance. So I always have good expectations from her books and I can honestly say I enjoyed reading this one a lot. I went into this thinking Keiran was gonna be a grump but to my surprise he was such a softie with a big heart although he did seem a bit prickly in the begining. Also, as a character I could relate to him alot since he takes time to open up and that's exactly how I am. Roderick was a total sweetheart. And his issues and resistance to their relationship were all very understandable because nobody wants to be burned twice. I'm also glad that despite everything he took a chance on Keiran and didn't run. Some things that happened in the book were a little predictable and unnecessary in my opinion but it didn't take away my enjoyment of the book that much. The amount of good food that's mentioned in this book is crazy. I ended up craving all those things after finishing this book. All in all, I had a fun time reading this and can't wait for more of this world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ⭐️AMST⭐️

    Well... mark me disappointed. It was easy and light read and therefore I should’ve liked it more but I‘d high expectations and I’m not a very objective person 🤷🏼‍♀️ The first half was nice but after that I’d kind of lost interest and really didn’t get the story. There’s so much going on but nothing really happened. I didn’t feel the characters nor the connection between them... but hey, I did finished it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    Solid 4 Star read for me. I really liked both Roddy and Keiran. And while there was a lot going on drama wise - between the parents, the ex, etc. it didn't feel over the top for me. I guess I was okay with how everything ended up playing out. It was a bit on the long side, but I never really lost interest or got bored and didn't skim. Solid 4 Star read for me. I really liked both Roddy and Keiran. And while there was a lot going on drama wise - between the parents, the ex, etc. it didn't feel over the top for me. I guess I was okay with how everything ended up playing out. It was a bit on the long side, but I never really lost interest or got bored and didn't skim.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Papie

    I loved Kieran and Roddy. Especially Kieran, I definitely like the strong silent type. Hot lumberjack farmer type. 🔥🔥🔥 and watching him discover his sexuality was quite hot. The story is nothing new, but it’s cute and sexy and funny. I was shaking my head at Roddy. Then shaking my head at Kieran. But it was still a very fun read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Gah there is nothing I love more than Sarina Bowen's Shipley world. Her True North series and the Shipley family just melt my heart. So I was absolutely in love with the idea of a Shipley family standalone with some cameos from familiar faces that I’ve come to love. Roderick and Kieran were absolutely amazing. This story was sweet, heartfelt and angsty in ways that I loveee! Full disclosure here, I am hopelessly in love with Roderick Waites. He may be my favorite character in the book which is al Gah there is nothing I love more than Sarina Bowen's Shipley world. Her True North series and the Shipley family just melt my heart. So I was absolutely in love with the idea of a Shipley family standalone with some cameos from familiar faces that I’ve come to love. Roderick and Kieran were absolutely amazing. This story was sweet, heartfelt and angsty in ways that I loveee! Full disclosure here, I am hopelessly in love with Roderick Waites. He may be my favorite character in the book which is almost blasphemous as Kieran Shipley was just delicious. But Roderick was the full package for me. Sexy, funny and so vulnerable inside it'll take your breath away. His backstory with his family hit me right in the feels. Bowen did a phenomenal job conveying his poignant, raw and gritty emotions surrounding his parents and the tumultuous relationship they have. I loved seeing both Roderick and Kieran together as their banter was humorous and sexy but almost always endearing. I might have been channeling Sebastian from The Little Mermaid chanting "just kiss the boy" when the tension between them just came off the pages.  Overall, I am so obsessed and sprung on Roderick and Kieran. I was so caught up in their romance and the feels of the story. They captivated me and gave me all the sexy and swoony moments I have come to expect from this author. I never ever want to leave this world.  Bowen knocked it out of the park! 5 stars! ~Ratula  *** Bloody hell. My heart! Just when I think I couldn't love the Shipley family any more, they find another way to plant themselves so deeply into my heart they'll surely be there forever. That being said - it's important to note that Roommate is 100% standalone. This was the Shipley family that I've come to know from the True North series, but...different. A different branch, from a different angle - surrounded by characters that loyal readers have come to know and love, but in a story that stands firmly on its own. Much like our hero, Kieran Shipley. Lord almighty, this guy broke my heart - over and over again - over the course of his story. Watching his broken, timid soul come alive was just...exhilarating in a way that still has me all in my feelings. His stoic, loner dynamic set against Roderick's vivacious, plucky, pack animal personality was just the perfect pairing. Roderick's story broke my heart in its own way, and yet he seemed to come out of this...unsinkable. His strength and positivity gave him a radiance that softened his sad edges a bit for me. Because of that, this read like an opposites attract story that felt more like two missing puzzle pieces finally fitting together. I adored Roderick and Kieran so much! Their chemistry heated to simmer almost immediately and my heart leapt on board just as fast. The evolution of their relationship felt so organic to me. Their transition from awkward and reluctant friendship to...the everything they became to each other played out in a way that filled my heart to bursting. It was not without its bumps in the road, but it was so sweetly satisfying nonetheless. I loved how they lit each other up, filled each other's empty spaces, and how it was done so naturally and effortlessly. I am so crazy about how they loved each other, and so in love with their love story. There were some other unexpected emotional punches delivered along the way - some landed in sweet ways (like a tackle hug), and others left some bruises on my heart. I cried more than I was expecting to cry - but I wouldn't call this a tearjerker. There were also so many smiles as my heart fluttered and flipped and attached itself fiercely to these amazing, lovable heroes. In the end, Roommate was raw, honest, and sweetly redemptive. It was my favorite trifecta: smart, swoony, sexy - and I loved every minute. ~ Shelly, 5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marley Valentine

    I've been waiting for this story from the minute Roderick walked into the Busy Bean in Bountiful, and in usual Sarina Bowen fashion Roommate did not disappoint. Filled with laughter, lust and love, Kieran and Roderick are a perfect addition to Sarina's exceptional array of characters. I've been waiting for this story from the minute Roderick walked into the Busy Bean in Bountiful, and in usual Sarina Bowen fashion Roommate did not disappoint. Filled with laughter, lust and love, Kieran and Roderick are a perfect addition to Sarina's exceptional array of characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    3,75 stars Looking at the reviews for this book, they seem split into two camps: those who really enjoyed it and others who were either bored or found it overly dramatic. I definitely belong into the first group. Roddy and Kieran are both very likeable, even if they are total opposites. While Roddy is open, bubbly and unapologetically gay, Kieran is the epitome of the strong and silent type who likes his privacy and keeps himself to himself. He's also deeply in the closet. I liked how they gradually 3,75 stars Looking at the reviews for this book, they seem split into two camps: those who really enjoyed it and others who were either bored or found it overly dramatic. I definitely belong into the first group. Roddy and Kieran are both very likeable, even if they are total opposites. While Roddy is open, bubbly and unapologetically gay, Kieran is the epitome of the strong and silent type who likes his privacy and keeps himself to himself. He's also deeply in the closet. I liked how they gradually start gelling and getting to know each other. I adored the baking and cooking here (I ended up baking some bread 🙄), and particularly liked how cooking creates a bond of togetherness between the two guys. I understand why some readers found Roddy a bit ‘pushy’, particularly when it comes to coming out and anal sex. It did feel like he is putting pressure on Kieran in some scenes, which caused some unease, but I thought that the author does a good enough job explaining Roddy’s ‘impatience’. Roddy admits to his faults and does feel bad about his behaviour, which, of course, doesn’t excuse it but gives us a reason to understand him. He is so torn between not repeating his past mistakes and being in love with Kieran. I also thought that Kieran's more propelled into coming out by the dramatic events towards the end rather than by pressure from Roddy. Obviously also not the best way to do this, but once Kieran's REAL secret is revealed, coming out seems secondary to him. As for going all the way – when this happens Kieran is clearly very much onboard with the idea! For me, this is one of the better ‘roommate romances' we’ve had in recent months (and it seems there have been quite a few). I liked the guys and really rooted for them all the way.

  23. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Roommate by Sarina Bowen had me smiling; I didn't even realize it. This opposites-attract story had two very different men who were ready for a change. Kieran is reserved but dependable. For years he's been keeping secrets because that's what he knows, along with putting family first. Roderick comes from a heartbreaking background and comes back to town, hoping his parents will help him out, and discovered that his sexuality isn't something they're willing to accept. A twist of luck and mayb Roommate by Sarina Bowen had me smiling; I didn't even realize it. This opposites-attract story had two very different men who were ready for a change. Kieran is reserved but dependable. For years he's been keeping secrets because that's what he knows, along with putting family first. Roderick comes from a heartbreaking background and comes back to town, hoping his parents will help him out, and discovered that his sexuality isn't something they're willing to accept. A twist of luck and maybe fate brings these two together. What ensues is a sweet romantic book about family, self-acceptance, friendships, chances, and new beginnings. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED.

  24. 4 out of 5

    NMmomof4

    3 Stars Overall Opinion: Meh. I feel underwhelmed and also frustrated that I paid $5 for this when I rarely buy books anymore with my subscriptions. I feel like the foundation for this story (mainly the premise) was great! I just don’t feel like it was executed all that well. It all felt really surface level. I feel like I never got very deep into the characters themselves or their connection to each other. I also feel like it really had a lot of potential - this could’ve been some angsty solid g 3 Stars Overall Opinion: Meh. I feel underwhelmed and also frustrated that I paid $5 for this when I rarely buy books anymore with my subscriptions. I feel like the foundation for this story (mainly the premise) was great! I just don’t feel like it was executed all that well. It all felt really surface level. I feel like I never got very deep into the characters themselves or their connection to each other. I also feel like it really had a lot of potential - this could’ve been some angsty solid gold with the setup with these two! I didn’t hate it but it definitely was a big bummer. Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Kieran and Roderick’s story. Kieran is firmly in the closet and just trying to find his way away from his family that misuses him. Roderick is running back home after a bad breakup with a man that wouldn’t come out of the closet. Roderick gets a job as a baker at the town’s new coffee shop that belongs to Kieran’s cousin and he works part time at. They have a weird history from years past in high school, so things are rocky when they start working together. Once they move in together because they both need a roommate, things start to change for the two. There are some funny scenes, a few sexy times, and some family drama...and they get a HFN ending. Point Of View (POV): This alternated between Kieran and Roderick’s POV. Overall Pace of Story: Good until the abrupt ending. I never skimmed. Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings. Friends to lovers. H1 (Hero #1) rating: 3.5 stars. Kieran. I liked him for the most part but I feel like we only got to the surface of his character. H2 (Hero #2) rating: 3.5 stars. Roderick. I liked him too but I don’t think that I feel like we got very deep into his character either. Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed Push/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ They both push away (H2 more) and also pursue (H1 more) the relationship at times (hide spoiler)] Heat level: Alright. They have some tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not very much and not so much it takes away from the story. Descriptive sex: Yes OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: Not really Sex scene with OW or OM: Yes (view spoiler)[The H1 watches the H2 a few times with OM (giving him bjs) when they are in high school years before reunion (hide spoiler)] Cheating: No (view spoiler)[ H2 was cheated on by ex (hide spoiler)] Separation: Yes (view spoiler)[They are separated shortly (but still live together and are friends), and there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time. (hide spoiler)] Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[Parent estrangement (H2 on and off page) and the H1 had never had any male partners (hide spoiler)] Closure: This ends with not nearly enough closure and what I would call a HFN ending (view spoiler)[they’re still living together and thinking about getting a joint account...that’s it (hide spoiler)] Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers (view spoiler)[ - Does Not have cheating - Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with the H2 and OM - Does have both the H1 and H2 pushing away - Does have a separation between the H1 and H2 (see above) - Does Not have abuse - Does Not have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    Part of me wants to really go all out on this review and make it PURTY but let's face it, I don't have the energy for all that and other people have said all the good stuff already. I will say this was very satisfying. For me. Then again, I've been waiting for this book since Bountiful which was 4 YEARS AGO for those keeping score. Kieran's extreme grumpitude has made me smile especially when his dry humor emerges for a long looooooooooonnnnnnnnngggggg time. It's the quiet ones that run deep Part of me wants to really go all out on this review and make it PURTY but let's face it, I don't have the energy for all that and other people have said all the good stuff already. I will say this was very satisfying. For me. Then again, I've been waiting for this book since Bountiful which was 4 YEARS AGO for those keeping score. Kieran's extreme grumpitude has made me smile especially when his dry humor emerges for a long looooooooooonnnnnnnnngggggg time. It's the quiet ones that run deep and I'm happy his story didn't disappoint, though I will say it's entirely possible some of my enthusiasm stems from the fact that I've read the entire series. I love Colebury and Tuxbury and the farms and the apples and the cows and (obviously) all the lumberjacks running, or is it lumbering around? There's something so homey and comforting about this series that appeals to me so much so that even when the books are so-so I still have a hard time rating them low simply because I love the atmosphere of this sleepy little Vermont town and catching up with all my favorite characters. I'm looking at you, Griff. That being said, Roommate resurrected those feelings of old when reading SB where I lose track of time while reading, can't wait to get back to it and really invest in the characters. Roommate felt like slipping into my most comfy pair of SB jim jams again. It was great. I *may* have even gotten a little verklempt a time or two. Allegedly. I enjoyed it so much I went immediately into the bonus epilogue and now I'm excited about the Vino and Veritas series. Maybe Jared will get his HEA?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elisa Glendenning

    MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD (view spoiler)[ This started off well but the rest was a bumpy ride! I really enjoyed the first 30%. I felt so sorry for both MC’s and what they had to deal with in their individual lives. However, it was Roderick that I connected with more. Kieran had started to irritate me somewhat but nevertheless, I was more than relieved when Kieran came to the rescue. Unfortunately, my interest levels started to wane post move-in. I got tired of the cooking tutorials, the humour fell flat MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD (view spoiler)[ This started off well but the rest was a bumpy ride! I really enjoyed the first 30%. I felt so sorry for both MC’s and what they had to deal with in their individual lives. However, it was Roderick that I connected with more. Kieran had started to irritate me somewhat but nevertheless, I was more than relieved when Kieran came to the rescue. Unfortunately, my interest levels started to wane post move-in. I got tired of the cooking tutorials, the humour fell flat, the development that followed their first night together too contrived, but more importantly, the chemistry/steam* was underwhelming. It took until 65% to become more invested. *I cannot get a particular visual out of my head - not sure Adele was the right song choice!!! I was definitely more engaged once all the drama unfolded in the last quarter. The fallout on Christmas Day that left me very much Team Roddy, Kieran finally finding some backbone at work and one hospital waiting room showdown. Even though I didn’t accept the sudden thaw with respect to Mr Shipley, I was happy for Kieran that there was some resolution to his family affairs. Unfortunately the epilogue was disappointing. Two years down the line and Kieran was dithering about finances. But that was nothing compared to the situation with Roderick’s family left unresolved. I’d thought that when his mum had visited the coffee shop earlier on, that there would have been some development, mediation perhaps from a friendly priest. Apparently not. Even though I didn’t enjoy this as much as I’d hoped, I’ll be forever grateful that Sarina Bowen co-authored my favourite MM, which incidentally, was my last read. May be it was just too hard an act to follow 🤷🏻‍♀️ (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    ♡ cal ♡

    Well at least I loved the cover. Overall, it was okay for me. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. Bowen’s writing style made it easy for me. I was invested especially in the beginning but it kinda died down until the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    We're back in Vermont in the Shipley Universe. This time we read about cousin Kieran. He's 25 years old and he still hasn't really started his own life. He always has to be home to do his big brother's work on the farm. His parents are not the most loving people, but they expect him to work the farm - for free. That's why he has two jobs in town. One ad job and one at the coffee shop. He dreams of using his savings to get his own house and to finally start some college art classes. And his private We're back in Vermont in the Shipley Universe. This time we read about cousin Kieran. He's 25 years old and he still hasn't really started his own life. He always has to be home to do his big brother's work on the farm. His parents are not the most loving people, but they expect him to work the farm - for free. That's why he has two jobs in town. One ad job and one at the coffee shop. He dreams of using his savings to get his own house and to finally start some college art classes. And his private life could also use some magic. Or anything really. Nobody even knows that he's gay. He didn't know it himself for the longest time. Enter Roderick. He left town right after highschool. His parents did not accept his gayness. They're way too religious and stubborn. Now he's sleeping in his car and he desperately needs a job. He's a professional baker. And it just so happens that Kieran's cousin's coffee shop is hiring. LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN!!! ☺ ══════════════════ So adorable! But also so very heartbreaking with those unloving parents. Ugh. I hate those. I want my book parents to be amazing - at least one pair of them. But here both sucked most of the time! But all the other family people were great. Aunt Ruth. Audrey, Griff, Zara. All the good Shipleys. And Kieran and Roddy are so adorable. Both are still those sweet little broken lost boys. Still so confused about life and love. Well. Roddy always knew what he is and what he wanted, but he still didn't have the perfect life. And poor Kieran. He doesn't know what to do. People in small towns can be horrible. And his family is really big - he hates being the center of attention - he doesn't want to be stared at and judged by everyone. Plus there's another family secret that he's not ready to share. But of course it's not all sad and dark. We have adorable and funny and sexy moments. Lots of food and bread and cooking and baking. So sweet and warm and comfy. I wanted to move in with them! I really loved reading this and now I so NEED Roddy to come and bake me some pretzels! I could read these kinds of books every day for the rest of eternity! I also wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day! Can't wait to get more Vermont soon! ROOMMATE was such an adorable + funny + sweet + heartbreaking coming-of-age-finally-finding-your-tribe love story!!! I loved reading it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own K & G - they'll be sold out in no time - and these two are MINE! And all the other Shipleys too! If I had to complain about something. I wanted (view spoiler)[to hear a bit more about Roddy's parents. And his ex showing up was a bit redundant for my tastes. Either have both him and his parents in there for some final moment or none of them. I didn't really need that - it felt like it was hastily added. But I still loved the book! ☺ (hide spoiler)] 💜 💜

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I am in love with Kieran and Roderick! It is no secret that Sarina Bowen knows how to write M/M romances. I was really excited to listen to this book and when I actually got started with it, I was thrilled to learn that it was set within the True North world. If you have read the True North series, you are going to love being back with the Shipley family in this book. Despite the ties to that series, this book is a stand-alone and it This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I am in love with Kieran and Roderick! It is no secret that Sarina Bowen knows how to write M/M romances. I was really excited to listen to this book and when I actually got started with it, I was thrilled to learn that it was set within the True North world. If you have read the True North series, you are going to love being back with the Shipley family in this book. Despite the ties to that series, this book is a stand-alone and it is a great place to get started with Bowen's work. Roderick left Vermont years ago but came back hoping to stay with his parents while he gets back on his feet after a bad break up. His parents do not accept the fact that Roderick is a gay man and refuse to help which leaves him broke, homeless, and in need of a job. He is an excellent baker and soon finds a place where he can put his skills to use. Kieran doesn't have the most pleasant home life. He seems to always be picking up the slack and is rarely appreciated. He is ready to get out on his own and jumps at the chance to rent a home but he knows he will need to find a roommate to make it work. He doesn't know that the new guy at work might end up being the perfect roommate. I thought that Kieran and Roderick were perfect together and the chemistry between them was off the charts. They really seemed to match up perfectly especially when they were alone together. I had a fantastic time watching these two grow together over the course of this story. I wanted their relationship to work and was eager to see them take the steps to make it happen. They did have some pretty big challenges to overcome and their path was not an easy one but I knew that it would be worth it in the end. Stephen Dexter and Teddy Hamilton did a fantastic job with the narration of this audiobook. Both narrators were able to bring their characters to life and I thought that their voices worked well together in this audiobook. I thought that both narrators were able to add a lot of emotion to the story. I listened to this audiobook for hours at a time and thought that the narration added to my enjoyment of this story. I would highly recommend this book to others. I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end. I found the characters to be very well done and the romance really touched my heart. I cannot wait to read more of Sarina Bowen's work! I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gemini Chronicle

    It started fizzling out for me around 55%. I wasn’t vibing with their relationship at all. I didn’t really like the characters all that much either. It was intriguing at first but went downhill from there. I think I’ll save myself from reading all the unnecessary drama my GR friends are talking about. You win some, you lose some. My favourite MM book is Him by Sarina Bowen, and I must say, her writing has improved. But the storytelling? I’m not so sure...

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