The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Room-mates with chemistry!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍
The heroine: Paige – works in human resources at a small non-profit company she is twenty eight years old and lives alone with her rescue dog. Her best friend Allie asks her to let her little brother Cannon live with Paige for a few months.
The Hero: Cannon – he is twenty four years old and just transferred to Michigan, he has two months left of medical school before he will have to leave for a residency. He needs a new place to live and his sister Allie recently moved in with her boyfriend and since it is so new, they don’t want him to crash with them. Cannon just made himself a promise to only do one night stands without giving names or phone numbers, because he was sick of women falling in love with him and wanting more when he wasn’t able to give more.
The Story: Paige remembers Cannon as a young kid who was the little brother of her best friend Allie, who always used to follow them around. She barely recognizes the tall, well groomed, sinfully sexy guy that arrives at her apartment. Cannon remembers Paige as the beautiful girl who used to sleep over at their house all the time when they were kids. He had a huge crush on Paige and finds that it never really died when he sees the beautiful woman she has become.
The narration was dual POV and dual narration, done by Jeremy York and Ava Erickson. Jeremy York is a terrific reader and has great voice inflections to convey mood and character, though I do like a deeper voice for the male readers, but her is pleasant to listen to. Ava Erickson has a fantastic voice that is soft and lyrical and sounds age appropriate for a young woman.
I love the roommate trope in romance, the idea that the two main characters have to live in the same space and spend so much time together while trying to deny their attraction to each other. I generally don’t like the best friends brother or brothers best friend trope, mostly because I like to see the first meeting between the romantic couple. However, this worked well for me because they hadn’t seen each other since their teens.
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