By- Lindy Zart
Genre- NA Rom-Com
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.
And here is an Excerpt from Roomies
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.
Roomies is a romantic comedy (New Adult) by the always fantastic Lindy Zart. The very first teaser I saw told me I was going to love this book. I was not wrong.
From the first line of the book, I was enthralled. Zart has a way of pulling you in and making you see and feel everything in her stories and this was no exception. The story is told from the point of view of the main character, Kennedy-a 22-year-old, semi-inappropriate girl overflowing with spunk. I adore her. She kept me laughing-even when there had been tears in my eyes moments before-through the entire book. Her growth from the beginning to the end of the story is amazing and makes her one of my new favorite characters in the literary world.
Then we have the Malone boys. Let me just say they are equally yummy in their own ways. Graham is the older brother and Kennedy's roommate. He might possibly be the perfect man; sweet and sexy and smart and just wowza. Then we have Blake; he's the bad boy. He is that guy who's been just a little bit damaged by life. He's the one who smolders at you and makes you think naughty, naughty thoughts. Graham is my favorite, but it was a very difficult choice to make.
The characters and their interaction are my favorite part of this story, hands down. The love-romantic and otherwise- between Graham and Kennedy is just so tangible; it jumps off the page at you and wraps you up inside its arms. The banter between them is smart and funny and ugh I just love them. They are what make this book amazing, in my opinion.
My recommendation is this; if you enjoy unique, funny characters and a fast paced, well-written story Roomies is a must read! I tip my hat to Lindy Zart for writing another story I will enjoy over and over again.
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