Author: Lindy Zart
Genre: NA Rom-Com
Release Date: November 20, 2014
Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.
I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.
And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.
Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.
Lindy Zart’s Roomies is a heartfelt and hilarious story that delivers all of those warm and fuzzy feelings I’ve come to adore from a good friends-to-lovers romance and then some. Kennedy and Graham are roommates, forced to face their growing feelings for one another while navigating the hazards of living under the same roof and the unexpected addition of Graham’s brother, Blake. From the moment I started this story I knew I was going to fall in love with this book and Lindy Zart did not disappoint. Roomies is filled with so many of my favorite things about the new adult genre, including a feisty and self-aware female protagonist that is truly one-of-a-kind and not one, but two, swoon-worthy book boyfriends who wasted no time in stealing my heart.
“I want to fall into his arms, but I can’t because he is stupid and I don’t hug stupid people.”
Lindy Zart did a fantastic job developing Kennedy, Graham and Blake over the course of this story. She carefully nurtured and grew each one until they were beautiful, relatable, multidimensional characters that readers could easily connect with. Kennedy, for example, was completely genuine in her insecurities, insensitivity, immaturity and occasional selfishness. While those qualities might rub some readers the wrong way, I adored how unpolished, real, and relentlessly endearing Lindy Zart created this character to be. Kennedy’s inimitable voice quickly stole my heart and captured my attention until I couldn’t help but be thoroughly invested in this awkward and absolutely lovable heroine.
“Hey. This is me. I wear embarrassing like a velvet coat of awesomeness.”
Despite their seemingly opposite personalities, I fell hard for both Graham and Blake. Both men were integral players in Kennedy’s journey of self-discovery and their very different relationships with her revealed a lot about Graham and Blake as individuals. The Malone Brothers played off each other, challenged one another, and pushed Kennedy to explore life beyond her self-imposed limitations. Even though I would have loved to roll these two together to create the ultimate man, it was the push and pull between them that drew out every single facet of our complicated heroine for the readers to enjoy and stirred up a rollercoaster of delicious emotions.
“I relish looking at Graham; it is one of my favorite pastimes— right up there with consuming large quantities of wine.”
If I had to pick my favorite thing about this book it would have to be the phenomenal chemistry. Lindy Zart has developed something sizzling between Blake and Kennedy that is incredibly sexy and yet still somehow understated. The tension in the air when these two are in the same room is fierce and palpable. On the other hand, Graham and Kennedy have an entirely different sort of chemistry that I found overwhelming in its authenticity and sweetness. Lindy Zart has crafted a connection between these roomies that is deeply rooted in friendship, but full of promise and possibility. Their bond felt unbreakable and their relationship effortless, even when their evolving feelings made being friends nearly impossible and beyond frustrating. Things between them just clicked and felt unquestionably right.
“Your crazy makes my crazy make sense.”
“That makes absolutely no sense at all.”
Roomies is dripping with sarcasm, acerbic wit, and genuine feeling. This story was hilarious, the dialogue biting, and the humor fresh and socially relevant. When I wasn’t laughing awkwardly to myself, my face was covered with a huge grin as I absolutely devoured this delightful gem. Roomies managed to fill my heart with humor and light while embracing the tumultuous journey of unrequited love. This book had me addicted to the storyline, enamored by the incredibly unique characters, and feeling the full spectrum of emotion as it took me on an addictive adventure. With Roomies, Lindy Zart has expertly balanced raw emotion with adorable playfulness to create a sweet, sexy and deeply satisfying new adult romantic comedy.
He gives a slight smile. “You don’t know everything about me.”
“I should know that.” Maybe I shouldn’t, but I really feel like I should. Graham’s pretty much the most important thing to me; I should at least know his family history. He knows mine. Well, most of it. Some of it. Enough…
“Now you do. Are we done? I really need to put some clothes on.”
“But…you said he was in school,” I finish lamely, my voice dropping to a whisper.
“He’s in college.”
I scowl at him. “You purposely led me to believe that your brother was some pimply teenager who was going to mooch off you for the remainder of the summer, not…not…” I jab a finger in the direction of the living room.
“Not some hottie!” I blurt out, and then wish I hadn’t.
Especially when Graham rears back and gets a funny look on his face. “You think my brother’s hot?” His voice is even, but his eyes look weird. Like, angry or something. A thrill goes down my spine at the thought of my comment having that effect on him. Could he be jealous?
“Yes.” I nod firmly.
“Huh.” He looks away.
A dash of regret has the audacity to chase the little thrill away. I wonder if I’ve upset him, but then decide I haven’t. Why would he be upset? Unless he doesn’t know I think he’s hot too. So I figure I should tell him. It would be rude not to.
“You’re also hot.”
He gives me a look; part incredulous, part I don’t know what. “Thanks,” he says faintly.
“Yeah.” I start to feel dumb about pretty much the whole conversation. “Okay. ‘Bye.”
I glance back at him. He is staring at me with a frown pulling his mouth down. “You should put some clothes on.”
I enter the living room. Blake is studying a fake plant in the corner of the room, which pretty much confirms that he was listening to our complete word exchange. Wonderful.
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Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, Bloody Marys, and pizza.