February 17, 2016

Review and Giveaway for RoomHate by Penelope Ward!

He's here!! Justin will sure make you scream in frustration and ecstasy!! 
Scroll down and get acquainted with a story that will sure become your new favorite!! 

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.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1KoREwu

It has happened again! The best thing about Penelope Ward’s books in my opinion is that when I begin to read I never anticipate that I will be veered off course to get to the end. I am a sucker for second chance romance and a friends to lover’s stories and RoomHate has both these elements and I was one happy reader throughout this whole story.

RoomHate starts out as Amelia being an adult and just learning that after the passing of her grandmother, she has been left the house that had been a staple in her young years which led her to befriend Justin. After years growing up and feelings evolving that are so scary for a young lady she moves away to insert herself in her father’s life leaving behind all things Justin. Fast forward many years and Amelia finds out that not only is the coveted house hers but only half hers. The other half belonging to Justin. Was it the last act of a dying romantic or ensuring that Justin has a piece of his family to always have? Either way Justin is not a happy camper and he makes Amelia know that she has no bearing in his life or thoughts anymore. The only thing that snags the thread in his façade? That Amelia still gets under his skin.

As the story unfolds and deep rooted secrets come to light, I was in an emotional rollercoaster! I was in the angst pool, I wanted to beat my kindle upside of Justin’s head! I wanted to smack Amelia and tell her to wake up, it’s never going to happen, and then I fell in love! The sweetest moments are when the unconditional love was being forged without knowing it until it was sitting in your face. The sexual tension was off the charts and when Justin and Amelia lose their shackles, sparks happen!!

“Don’t ever forget that I respect the hell out of you,” he said as he stuck his hand up my dress and grabbed onto my panties. “Why do you say that?” “Because I’m about to fuck you like I don’t.” 

Uh yeah. It’s all good in the room.

So yes, another awesome book that I had the privilege to read early from Penelope and my review doesn’t even tip the scale in content. There is so much more to RoomHate than just a story about second chances. It’s about loving and trusting something that is bigger than yourself.  I loved RoomHate and I have no doubt that everyone else will too! 

[RoomHate Excerpt
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.]

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

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest


Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)

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