Authors: Noelle Adams & Samantha Chase
Series: Preston’s Mill #1
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Forget all those other roommate romances you might have read.
Heather and Chris don’t hate each other…very much. And they don’t have sex all the time…at least not at first. Chris doesn’t go around shirtless, flexing his muscles and driving Heather wild…too often. And he doesn’t get jealous and possessive every time she goes out with another man…well, maybe occasionally.
But they definitely don’t fall in love…right away.
When Heather comes back to her hometown, she plans to take over her father’s historic restoration business and move into a beautiful converted apartment in Preston’s Mill. Then she finds out she’ll have to partner up with the one man she can never forgive. Chris Dole, who abandoned her father and betrayed her trust three years ago.
It gets even worse. They don’t just have to work together. They have to become roommates for six months to prove they can get along. That means Heather will have to play nice with Chris and put up with his obnoxiousness, his drop-dead sexiness, and his ugly recliner named Flo.
She’ll do what she has to do out of loyalty to her father, but she isn’t going to like it.
At least not much.
Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams deliver a sweet, funny read with Roommating. Filled with witty banter, hilariously awkward moments and plenty of heart, I adored Chris and Heather’s story. This couple shared some great chemistry and an undeniable deeper connection that demanded to be explored. I loved seeing Heather and Chris challenge one another, pushing each other’s buttons and making life just a little more interesting. Chase and Adams definitely know how to keep me grinning with their colorful storytelling, lovable characters and well-timed emotional honesty. Roommating was entertaining, easy to relate to and full of feels – the kind of small-town romance that leaves your heart feeling full and keeps you coming back for more of the fantastic characters.
“They weren’t really as different as she’d always assumed. Both of them lived with these self-fulfilling prophecies.”
Feisty, caring, intelligent and driven, I enjoyed the many facets of Heather’s personality. I loved her relationship with her father and enjoyed discovering her insecurities and fears. Heather came across as genuine and easy to connect with which made rooting for her happily ever after pretty effortless. Chris, on the other hand, definitely intrigued me but it took me a bit to warm up to him. His initial hot and cold personality made me wonder what kind of man he really was and what secrets his past held. While we did get a few glimpses into Chris’ history, I never really understood the whole picture when it came to our hero. That lack of emotional depth kept me from fully investing in Chris. Don’t get me wrong, he was still utterly swoon-worthy at times, but I wanted a bit more from him in terms of overall character development.
“What they expected to happen always did—and it might be partly because they didn’t know to hope for anything else.”
The reluctant roommates aspect of Chris and Heather’s storyline totally captivated me and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed in that regard. Complete with a nosey neighbor and fascinating friends, this couple had me laughing at their ridiculous antics. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of third person narration and I tend to feel that some of the emotions are lost in translation. However, Chase and Adams did a good job at grabbing hold of my heartstrings and tugging on them with Chris and Heather’s story. Roommating moves leisurely, paced to emphasize the emotional journey of the couple more than an action-driven one. The combination of the point of view and pacing made this a slower read for me, but it was still every bit the memorable story. Roommating is the perfect balance of sexy, sassy and sweet – a promising start to the Preston’s Mill series!
From the moment I read the blurb of Roommating, I became insanely curious and just had to dive in as soon as I could. It turned out to be such a cute read with a ridiculously fun storyline, and I could not be happier that I took a chance on new authors. I loved seeing the character transformations, especially in Heather. She felt so insecure at times, particularly at the beginning, but then she really thawed as the story went on. She was learning to trust not only those around her, but her own inner voice as well. My biggest drawback was that I wish we had received just a bit more from Chris, as I became curious about his backstory. There was a little bit of depth missing that made it difficult for me to connect to his character on the same level that I did with our heroine. However, the back and forth banter and bickering between these two made for such a fun read that I was definitely left grinning on more than one occasion (especially with the hilarious addition of Estelle)!
“She could paste on a smile and pretend he didn’t exist for the next six months. Right?”
Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams are a seamless team; if I had not known, I never would have guessed that the story came from two different people. The execution was flawless and as a reader, I truly appreciated that. As a personal preference, I do wish it was in the first person narrative as opposed to the third. It can sometimes be difficult for me to connect to the characters and really immerse myself in the story when it’s in third person, which I did have a tiny bit of a problem doing in Roommating. Yet, this quick fun read was very lighthearted and just what I needed. I’m anxious to dive into the next book and see where it takes us with Isabella and Jace because I have a feeling it will be just as addictive as this first in the series!
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Speed Dating (Preston’s Mill #2)
Complicating (Preston’s Mill #3)