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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling 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 listeners under the age of 18.

©2016 Penelope Ward (P)2016 Insatiable Press

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  • Mary
  • Pensacola, fl, United States
  • 06-07-16

A Bit Juvenile

I almost couldn't finish this book. For one thing it wasn't very hot, sex or even play didn't happen until really close to the end. And the adversarial roommate idea (you know the reason for the title) was only a small section. Mostly it was a starting a family fantasy featuring the most annoying bad communication and irrational behavior I've read in a while. Not hot, not funny or clever. meh.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 06-26-16

Sweet Love Story!

I enjoyed this story, it was very sweet. I love a friends to lovers kinda story. Justin went from Jerk to completely swoon worthy. The writing was great, the story sweet, the sex was hot. I was expecting it to be way dirtier because this author usually is but I still enjoyed the romance & love story. The story went in a direction I didn't see coming but I don't always read the synopsis so maybe that is why.

The narration was good too!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Buildup took too long

Great story but the buildup was entirely too long. Best friends and lots of angst.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Just Okay

This started off good but I wasn't impressed with this as I was with the author's other novel "stepbrother dearest". The story was a little predictable at times. About half way through, the story kind of went awry. I really wanted to like this but as a whole I found it lacking.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not erotica

I found this book under the "erotica" section. The sex scenes started 6.5 hours in, and there were only two of them and they didn't even get to do it the first time. The storyline is good if you want just a plain ol chick flick novel.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good story. Bad writing. Terrible narration.

A good story/plot but unfortunately really badly written as if it was written by a 14yr old at times really annoying. Then there was the narrator.... terrible!!!! i wouldnt waste a credit on this and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book!

I absolutely loved this book. It was a very well written, funny, sexy, heart breaking (at times), heart melting, great narrarated and just a wonderful overall story. One of my favorites of the year!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good, not great, not bad.

Cute story and had me hooked, but not as good as others. Some parts had me laughing out loud, but others had me wanting to face palm or questioning reality of it. Not too familiar with Ward’s work but like it overall.
The “hate” ends early on, maybe 25% of the way through. Justin’s girlfriend lasted way longer than I expected. There wasn’t any cheating which was good. Loved the last 25%, but the middle was very angsty and a little frustrating, though still good. To those who care about the sex parts, there are about 2.5 and they’re pretty late into the book. It was hot though. I could predict a couple plot points, but that’s fine. Justin is a sexy character for sure. Amelia has a lot of insecurity though which gets old/frustrating, though it’s fairly understandable, to an extent.
Overall enjoyable and worth a credit, but not great enough to make me immediately seek out more from this author. (I have a queue waiting anyway.)
The narrator is fine. First time listening to her. She has a bit of a lisp in the beginning which is fine but a little distracting at first. It got much less noticeable mid-way through. 3.7/5 rating.

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Love/hate.. LOVE HATE!!

I loved the story line but insecure female leads like this really REALLY suck this romance was drawn out

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No respect for women

What would have made RoomHate better?

For the Hero to not be such a jerk

What was most disappointing about Penelope Ward’s story?

Even thought the context was modern the attitudes about women were very old fashioned. Why in the world would a woman want someone who treated her like that.? He could say or do anything to her and she still wanted him. She was a real doormat. Blaming herself for something she did a long time ago that wasn't even that bad. I couldn't finish it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kaye
  • 06-15-16

An alternative love story

loved this performance, couldn't put it son. full of highs and lows with unexpected twists. Recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • k.jenkins
  • 06-09-16

Really enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book from start to finish and was reluctant to take breaks from listening.

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  • Yvonne
  • 08-27-17

Slow Burn

I did really enjoy this but it's a very slow burn novel but I think that adds to the story for me although sadly the narrator was not my cup of tea I did feel she was too old for the part.

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
  • 07-25-16

Heartache at its best

I LOVED this story and the wonderful characters ..Amelia and Justin went from friends to love to hate to friends to lovers I never failed to be engaged and riveted 😀Zoe McKay did a brilliant job as narrator .. One I will listen to again I'm certain !!

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 06-25-16

Loved

Angst, full on angst. Oooh yes, that would be all the sexual tension. As much as I loved this book, it also frustrated me, I wanted to knock their heads together!! Big time. Best friends from an early age, Justin and Amelia stick together, why not? They have a past entwined with misery and heartache, yet linked to one person, Amelia's Grandma, whom they both love, big time. Yet, years after Amelia apparently abandon's him, following grandma's death Justin and Amelia are forced together. Unfortunately for Amelia though. Justin dies not come alone, he is armed with his super hot girlfriend. Can they get past their differences and become what grandma was also hoping for? Yes, no, I don't know. Just loved the ride. Thank you. Some wonderful characters, fabulous writing and story telling. Highly recommend

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  • Alia
  • 01-17-17

Captivating and out of the norm

Expected the story line to follow tradition but really enjoyed the differnt path she took. kept me captivated the whole time. Didnt want it to end.

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  • Michelle
  • 12-14-16

She wants him but hes got a girlfriend but...

A rock star , his girlfriend, his childhood sweetheart all in the same house?and whats this ...a baby?
she was his buddy way back when they were kids .bounced back together when her granmas estate leaves the house to both of them .
where theres smoke theres fire as they try to control mixed up emotions and explain away the questions of the past.
a lustful romp into ..just say it man!
And the baby....

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  • Rema
  • 07-18-16

Precious

Well written with believable characters. A good balance of realism and romance, sex and love.
Easy listening and the narrator was superb in bringing the characters to life. Loved it!

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  • Meg
  • 07-07-16

Guilty Pleasure

Books like this are my guilty pleasure, the story takes a few unexpected turns which is nice, it's pretty much every woman's fantasy. Quite enjoyed this, plus the great sex scenes weren't awful to listen too.