Swoon-worthy Justin Banks is FINALLY HERE in
RoomHate by Penelope Ward!
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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
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.
here’s something so gratifying about a second chance at love, a chance to right the wrong of a missed opportunity. In Penelope Ward’s RoomHate, that’s exactly what we get. A friendship that started in their younger years to blossom into each other’s first loves even though it was unbeknownst to either of them only to be separated out of fear, has led to a massive rift between Amelia and Justin. The seething hate that Justin feels for Amelia is palpable—I felt it oozing right out of his pores and it reminded me so much of Alec in Stepbrother Dearest. Justin held on to his massive grudge towards Amelia for 9 long years and when an unexpected inheritance forces them back into each other’s lives, trust me when I say that he wasn’t afraid or ashamed to show his contempt and his disgust for her actions from the past.
Though I understood where he was coming from, I absolutely couldn’t stand how mean he was towards Amelia; crass beyond belief, Amelia takes every punch to her gut which I’m sure she did because of the guilt she continued to harbor. She knows what she did was immature and she takes the “kill him with kindness” approach. There were many moments during the first half of this book that I wanted Amelia to stand her ground, to force out her side of the story, and to make Justin listen. I loved the scenes that played out from their past. I felt the real love and connection between the two of them and this of course made me that much more impatient. I wanted them to work out their differences, let go of their past hurt, and move on together. But of course, what fun would it be if Penelope Ward gave in to something so easy? She makes her readers work for the possibility of a happy ending and it’s that desperate hopefulness that had me reeling over this story. I wanted… No, I needed to know how this would all pan out. The digital pages of my e-reader were turning so fast, I could swear I saw smoke billowing out of it.
Fear and doubt played such big roles in Amelia and Justin’s story. I felt because they wanted each other so much and because of the intense, longtime love that exists between the two of them, it amplified their insecurities. They were their own enemies and it tore me up knowing what was keeping them apart was each other. More often than not, this highlighted their immaturity; like to teenagers flailing to understand their emotions. I was dying to reach into the pages and just shake the living daylights out of them. “Get it together!!!” that’s about how much of their childish behaviors frustrated me and my patience was definitely tested. Oh, the ANGST!!!
RoomHate is a quick page turner that will have you pulling out your hair, desperate for the characters to find their way back to one another. The angst factor will drive you wild but I think that’s what makes Amelia and Justin’s story so addictive. For you Penelope Ward lovers and for those who enjoy second chances, this book is exactly what you could be in the market for.
Copyright © 2016 by Penelope Ward
His eyes darted to the side, and he noticed me standing there. We just stared at each other. It was ironic, but the only times I could ever feel the remnants of our old connection were in fleeting moments of silent eye contact. Sometimes moments of silence spoke the loudest.
I left him alone again, making my way back down the hall and into the restaurant to tend to the customers I’d been ignoring.
Things really started to get busy. Without Jade working tonight, we were short-staffed, and I was having a hard time keeping up with the orders. Sandy’s had indoor and outdoor seating. Normally, I would only be working one section, but tonight I was going back and forth between the two.
It was nice out, so I knew they would have Justin performing outside. I kept glancing over to the small stage to see if he was there. It was past eight, and he hadn’t made an appearance yet.
Sometime close to eight-thirty, I was in the middle of serving a large party of ten when I first heard it: the chilling sound of a soulful voice that was not familiar in the least. He gave no introduction. No warning. He just started to sing out the first few words, followed by the strum of his guitar. The song that Justin had chosen to start with was a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
The entire room soon quieted down, and all eyes were on the stunning blond male specimen with the spotlight shining down on him. Despite the fact that I was carrying a large round tray of dirty dishes, I couldn’t move. The vibration of his thick, smoky singing voice had completely paralyzed me, penetrating my body and soul.
Aside from the lone teardrop that fell the night he lost it on me during steak dinner, I hadn’t shed any more tears—until now. It was all too much. Hearing how different his voice sounded, how he’d trained it over the years, was a wake-up call as to how much I had missed. All of the hours of practice that must have gone into honing that beautiful voice, and I wasn’t there for any of it. The guilt, the emotions, the reality of a decade gone…everything started to pummel me at once. Not to mention the song—about a girl leaving. It probably had nothing to do with me, but in my mind, it sure as hell felt like it did.
About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Other books from Penelope Ward:
Sins of Sevin
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Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)
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