Sunday, January 28, 2024

An Unexpected Roomie by Laura Langa: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

What’s a little marriage of convenience between friends?

Claire Winesett never expected to be sleeping on her best friend’s brother’s couch. But the last nine years as a solo-travel influencer has been anything but predictable. Luckily, Claire thrives on spontaneity, and after all, it’s only temporary.

Boundaries define every aspect of Rowan Bellamy’s life, and having his teenage crush under his roof is disrupting his routines. Especially now that Claire seems to be seeing him as more than the boy she left behind—the chemistry between them sizzling hotter than the Arizonan summer.

When a trip to the ER leads Claire on a path to crushing medical debt, Rowan shocks her with an unexpected proposal. But Claire can’t accept a paper-only marriage to gain Rowan’s health insurance without offering something in return—a Fun Pact. Two nights a week, they add a little variety to Rowan’s measured life.

Old West bar fights, silent desert discos, and improv lessons aren’t Rowan’s idea of fun, but he’ll do anything to hear Claire’s snort laugh. The problem is the more time they spend together, the harder it is for Rowan to subdue the possessive impulse to kiss his wife.

Enjoy all the forced proximity tension and sizzling kisses of this best friend’s brother, marriage of convenience, opposites attract closed-door/fade-to-black romance by grabbing your copy TODAY!
This is the third book in the Love Tucson series, but can be read as a standalone.

Laura Langa is an award-winning sweet romance author. She strives to write stories that pull at her readers’ heartstrings and create relatable characters you can’t help but root for. Laura loves trees and all things green, hates flossing but forces herself to do it every night, drinks tea—not coffee, and believes that salt air can often cure a bad mood.

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An Unexpected Roomie is the third book in the Love Tuscon series. If you've read the previous books in the series, you'll see some familiar characters popping up... but this can most definitely enjoy this one as a standalone as well. 

One of the things that I have really loved about this series so far is that each book has been just the right blend of more serious real-life issues with the romance and humor. There is a depth and a focus on mental health and healing that I really appreciate, but they still remain fun and enjoyable to read. Each story has stuck with me and I've loved them all... this one was absolutely no exception. In fact, it might even beat out Haley and the Yeti as my favorite in the series so far! First of all, this one takes on some of my absolute favorite romance tropes--- best friend's brother, marriage of convenience and opposites attract. Beyond that though, these two were just amazing together. Their chemistry was just... wow, so very good. And I loved getting little glimpses of their history throughout the story as well. They both have events in their life that they have to work out and I loved watching them grow through it. There really was just so much to love about their story... and love it I did! 

An Unexpected Roomie
is a closed-door romance. That said, some of the kisses are a bit more descriptive and there are some fade-to-black moments (with a married couple), so that's certainly something to keep in mind if that's not your cup of tea. 

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