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‘I could still see his face like it was yesterday. I could never forget it.’

We love Penelope Ward and yet again we enjoyed another one of her stories. Room Hate was a quick and easy romantic read with a swoon worthy hero and a sweet and likeable heroine. A story unfolding in both past and present time this is one of second chances with the one who got away. The one who still owns every inch of a beating heart – the soul mate. Childhood friends who parted only to be reunited a decade later when a tragedy and new beginnings bring them together. Frienemies to lovers who have to go on a journey of forgiveness, understanding and self-discovery in order to accept that the heart wants what it wants.

“Losing you taught me not to count on anyone but myself. It shaped who I am today…and that’s not necessarily a good thing.”

We loved the hero, Justin, sure he was a bit of an arse and his hostility a tad over the top as at age fifteen the reason for the ginormous grudge felt a tad unbelievable. However, he completely redeemed himself and despite having a penchant for an accompaniment in his coffee which made us gag we LOVED this guy! Truly loved him! Our favourite discoveries were of how protective he really was and still is under surprising circumstances. This guy was almost the complete package of perfection. A sexy bighearted decent bloke who made us come over all unnecessary.

‘This reconnection was really like the sun coming up again for the first time in a long time.’

As for Amelia, she was so sweet with a beautiful heart. She made a hasty decision when she was a young teenager which has haunted her till now and which she’s still in the doghouse for. We actually felt really sorry for her as she was a child at the time. She goes through such a life altering journey in RoomHate and proves what a beautiful, forgiving yet somewhat self-doubting person she really is.

“Music is an expression of all those things you live for…a reflection of the passion within your soul. I live for you. You’re my passion. You’re my music…”

There’s so many ways to spoil this story so we have to be so vague when we say that there was one relationship that absolutely stole our hearts and made this book what it was for us. It had our hearts bursting with love before melting into a puddle on the floor. LOVED it! Justin you’re truly special and this relationship was Bea-u-tiful!!!!

“Please come back to


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.

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