AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN – ROOMMATE

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN – ROOMMATERoommate by Sarina Bowen
Also by this author: Brooklynaire, The Understatement of the Year
on January 12, 2020
Genres: MM Romance
Tropes: Opposites Attract
Format: ALC - audiobook
Source: Author
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Narrator: Teddy Hamilton, Stephen Dexter
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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four-half-stars

Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.
I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed.
Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.

Seeking: A room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread.
I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me.
A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from Kieran Shipley. The broody lumberjack wants more from me than another homemade pretzel, but if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.
Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart ...

Sarina Bowen’s MM romance stories are a treat. When I heard that there would be coming a new one, set in the True North universe, I was thrilled! The Shipley’s are one of my favorite fictional family and I love watching their family dynamic.

For orientation – Kieran Shipley is cousin to grumpy farmer and apple-cider guru Griffin Shipley from BITTERSWEET, a hard worker and always there to give a hand on his dad’s farm. He works at the busy bee (which belongs to Zara and Audrey, for those familiar with the Shipleys) to make ends meet but his passion is art and digital art. His relationship with his parents is strained which is a result from keeping a huge family secret that nobody even realizes he knows.

A strained relationship is something Roderick can absolutely relate to. Kicked out of the house of his bigot parents for being homosexual years ago he now returns to Vermont after his in-the-closet country singer boyfriend cheated on him. Since staying with his parents isn’t an option he sleeps in his car until he can get his footing. For now, scoring a job at the Busy Bean is a good start. When Kieran finds Roddy spending his nights in his car he offers him a room in his house.

I loved these two so much. Kieran and Roddy’s growing friendship was so beautiful to watch. Kieran opened up to Roddy, something that the very private Shipley cousin wasn’t familiar with but Roddy had this outgoing, sweet disposition you just can’t resist. He was playful, welcoming, inclusive and tolerant of everyone and open about his sexuality. Roddy and Kieran were such a perfect match, Sarina Bowen couldn’t have written them any better. I loved how both of them learned to go after what they wanted, how they learned from past mistakes and grew with their experiences. Two tiny niggles I had was the fast resolution of the conflict with Roddy’s ex-boyfriend and I while I know that we can’t convince everyone of tolerance and diversity I would have loved to see a little more trying to bring his parents round.

Roommate is performed by one of my top favorites, Teddy Hamilton, and Stephen Dexter, who I haven’t had the chance to listen very often too. Both of them did a fabulous job. Of course, Teddy holds a special place in my heart since he also narrates Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s co-written books HIM and US and those are two of my favorite MM books of all times. I just love how you can hear every nuance of the character in his narration.

ROOMMATE is a delightful, heart-warming low-drama addition to this world that made me smile from start to end. I’m so happy I had the chance to listen to this title that gave me warm fuzzies and swoons and packs some steam. If you love the Shipleys and want to catch up a little with this this one and enjoy some brilliantly written MM Romance don’t hesitate. But even if you’ve never heard of the most awesome fictional family – this can be read as a standalone. ROOMMATE is also an introduction to upcoming new series (Busy Bee and Vino&Veritas) set in this world by other talented authors.

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

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