Light and a little sexy, this was a low angst, easy read. I love a grumpy hero and a roommates to lovers situation always works for me, so this had a lot going for it. It feels like a sports romance, with great side characters and hints to future books. And I loved the hero, a pro athlete who just doesn’t seem to know his worth. Reid’s no-nonsense attitude and single-minded focus were definite wins, as was watching him find an appreciation for the sweeter things in life. While the distinct lack of “love” was disappointing (this was definitely more lust-focused), I enjoyed it overall. The heroine holds this back from being a great read, but it’s a solid addition to the series – and easily reads as a standalone.
The story follows Reid, a hockey player who takes his career seriously. He’s got a reputation as a bit of a jerk, and focuses almost exclusively on hockey during the season. That means no junk food, no booze, and no women during the season. But when the cute barista from his local coffee shop comes crashing into Reid’s life – and home – in a big way, keeping to those rules becomes more difficult than ever. There’s obvious attraction between Reid and Kennedy, and Kennedy has made it clear that she’s interested in a fling before she starts traveling the world again. Giving into temptation would be all too easy, but Reid is determined not to break his rules for something casual.
I had really high hopes for this, and that’s perhaps why I’m left a little disappointed. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this – I did – but Kennedy was aggressive in her desire to hook up, and that kept things in a very lusty, unemotional place for most of the book. It also detracted from the chemistry, and I felt a little bad for Reid. There’s even one scene (pretty far into the book) where Kennedy says that if they wait until the end of the season, she’ll probably have banged one of Reid’s friends by then and it will no longer be an option. That’s… yeah, that was a problem for me. I wanted some more intimate moments, more emotional bonding rather than the cat and mouse game they were playing. There were glimpses of that throughout, but not enough to win me over. It’s still a solid read and makes a great addition to this series, but isn’t a standout for me. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this roommate romance.
Reid Durand isn’t here to make friends.
Coming from a legacy of hockey greatness, he has games to win and things to prove. With his focus during his first season as a Chicago Rebel purely on his drive to succeed, every vice is off the table. No booze, no sugar, and definitely no women.
Kennedy Clark is the master of the side hustle.
She’ll walk your dog, brew your espresso, and pick up your dry-cleaning, all while rocking it in Warrior pose. Standing still is impossible for her, because the moment she starts to slow down, it’ll come rushing back in a torrent. The memories. The pain. The heartbreak.
Their meet-cute is more of a freeze-cute. Besides, they already know each other. He’s the rude, entitled customer at her coffee shop, or what used to be her coffee shop since she just got fired–because of Mr. Extra Shot Americano himself.
Reid didn’t intend to get Kennedy fired.
He didn’t intend to rescue a dog after the poor thing ended up in the lake.
And he definitely didn’t intend to acquire a new roommate.
A curvy, chatty, tempting roommate.
Now this perfect storm of events are about to wreak havoc on his neatly-ordered life.
Reid Durand isn’t here to make friends, and he’s certainly not here to lose his heart to a puppy, a team, or a chaos agent like Kennedy. But then we don’t always get what we want …
From the Author:
A few facts about Reid Durand, the hero of Dear Roomie. He is …
- The broody, grouchy, and unreasonably hot latest addition to the Chicago Rebels roster
- Not interested in making friends or playing nice or his roommate’s raspberry brownies
- Currently on a s*x fast because he “needs to focus” (famous last words)
- About to be brought to his knees by a pathetic puppy, annoying bromances, and his cheerful roommate/dog-nanny
If grumpy-sunshine romance is your jam, then this book is for you. Enjoy this latest visit to the Chicago Rebels world!
Each book in the Rookie Rebels series is completely standalone and won’t require that you’ve read the original Rookie Rebels or Chicago Rebels stories. But if you’ve missed them, you may as well catch up because there’ll be plenty of cameos from the OG crew!
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About the Author:
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with big-hearted guys and strong heroines – and heroes – who can match their men quip for quip..
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