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- Print Length: 263 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GQW4U38
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a cute story of two likeable but basically boring characters who could not face up to their changing feelings about each other. It was cutely written. I wasn't looking for cute. What I got was frustrated and disappointed. The book was very short on emotional content and virtually devoid of real romantic tension, sexual tension or sex. It was falsely advertised, in my opinion.
There is nothing more irritating - and boring - than waiting and waiting and waiting for the hot stuff to start, and it never does. Or you finally get a brief, almost cold sex scene 85% of the way through the book. And one that does not advance the romance, at that!
It felt like reading those excruciating books back 20 years ago, that held out the dangling carrot of the possibility of romance and sex that never happens for the hapless, frustrated almost-couple. As the reader, you feel constantly manipulated by the author to heighten your desire but never give you any satisfaction. There are few if any kisses in Roomie Wars, let alone any natural progression of the characters' feelings, and the maturation of Drew and Zoey's personalities and their relationship are thwarted by their extreme blindness to their real needs and feelings.
It's just all too frustrating, and the plot of the book is way too weak to sustain the reader's interest without the anticipated heat. The cover and blurb of this book should be changed to reflect the namby-pamby content.
* Contains Spoilers *
Zoey and Drew act more like they’re in their teens instead of thirty-year-olds and have absolutely zero communication skills. After Zoey’s “near death” experience both she and Drew have this weird dynamic of being afraid/ignoring feelings of attraction/lust/love for each other.
For Zoey her experience seems to jar her into looking at her life and how far she’s let herself go because of her breakup. I really have no idea why she was so hung up on the guy –Jess—or mopped around so much after. He seemed like a top-notch jerk. Now she wants to make changes and get her life back on track.
Drew seems to be the once smacked upside the head with “OMG I think I love you” after he almost lost Zoey. “… I wouldn’t know what to do without you. I need you. Everything I’ve every complained about, I want back. Her annoying quirks, like singing Madonna off-key in the shower, dropping crumbs on the soda, and her loud snoring. Her hair pins scattered all other the apartment. The way she would lie in my bead and talk to me for hours about her day or some random TV show she landed on during channel surfing. Her obsession with fictional characters. I want it all back. Every bit of her back. I can’t **** lose her!” After that kind of realization, don’t you think you’d do something, act on your feelings, talk to her!? But no. These supposed bff roomies never talk to each other about their feelings, assume the other wouldn’t reciprocate and just get mad at the idea of the other being with anyone else.
You get to the point where you want to throttle them both to just TALK to each other! But once the ex, Jess, reappears the story takes a nose dive. Any sound decision making is thrown out the window and jealous tantrums ensue. Zoey and Drew’s reactions seem very immature and how can too bff roomies just cut each other off completely? (What did Zoey write in that note!?) But tragedy strikes and brings them together again to realize that they just aren’t ready to be together yet but maybe someday because bff’s don’t hold each other back from their dreams… And then epilogue HEA Zoey is back and now they can be together.
Overall I was disappointed because it started out with good potential. I didn’t really end up connecting to Zoey (other than being book lover) or Drew. The story arc never came together well or went in the right direction at all for me. I had nit-picky notes where there were typos/wrong words and continuation of changing tenses that were irksome to read. And hoped that these two would get their heads on straight but it just kept getting worse. I liked the author’s voice and potential for a great story and will try again with #Jerk.
All I will say is that I absolutely hate when the entire crux of the conflict is that the people do not talk. There is an entire book of reading both of there internal dialog where they grow from friends and roommates to in love with each other. For FOUR YEARS, they internally talk about how each one loves the other. Each one internally saying that the other one is THE one and perfect for them. There is so much internal dialog I just wanted to scream, "TALK TO EACH OTHER!!" They had all these loving thoughts about each other while watching the other sleep around with other people. Then they had the date where they "pretended" to be together to make her ex jealous and make out half the time. Of course the whole date, they are internally saying how they wish they were really with each other. They even have sex with each other 1 time before she leaves and they both internally think that this is it, this is the life changing moment where they both admit to being in love. Then she starts 2 years of world traveling where they don't even see each other and we read about them dating other people. They both internally think that they alone obsess about the sex and that the other thought nothing of it. Then, on the last couple of pages of the book, they have one conversation where they finally say out loud that they love each other and the book ends.
If you want to read a book where the main couple is only together for the last 3 pages before it ends, look no further.
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