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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  41,293 ratings  ·  3,981 reviews
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 ag
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 3rd 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Aestas Book Blog
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 4.5 stars :::

WOW!! What an addictive, unputdownable book!! It was a mix of crazy intense angst and the most heart-warming love story you can imagine — a total emotional rollercoaster with twist after twist that kept me glued to the page.

I absolutely LOVED it!!

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
I'm a sucker for angsty, forbidden love stories that put you through the ringer. 'RoomHate' is exactly that type of story. I loved every minute of this book, even when I hated it!

This is a story of first loves and broken hearts. Telling the story of two childhood friends that life took in different directions, only to bring them back together years later, 'RoomHate' is a gripping emotional read. It's amazing how some loves stay with you forever, despite your every effort to move on.

When Amelia's
*The Angry Reader*
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, porn
DNF at 25%. Oh Gentle Reader! Gentle Reader! As you know, i wasn't gifted the Angry Reader moniker - i earned it. On a popular sports romance book that sent me into a tizzy the likes these hallowed halls have rarely seen. Something about a threesome and then his dick only wanting her. Bc it's rational when our sex organs make our decisions. But i digress. I'd been so happy lately - reading the recommendations of the Book SoulMate. Avoiding romance books at all costs. But this one had so many goo ...more
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of read that you'll have to devour in one sitting or you will feel like you're being tortured while you wait to read again. Trust me, people. It is THAT good. If you have a weakness for those sexy soulful musician types, Justin will ring ALL your bells. 10 times over. Minimum. I was a bit wary at first, thinking that there would be cheating and you may read at ease. There is no cheating and with the exception of one sexy as hell voyeuristic moment there isn't anything inappropos ...more
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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I look like a total knob head sitting here with permanent smile slapped on my face but I don’t give a fuck!

I’ve just finished one of the most beautiful books I have ever read!!

Oh my fuck I’m just so giddy as fuck right now! I want to do naked cartwheels round the living room!

I knew going into this book I was going to get the same feels I always do when reading a Penelope Ward book and RoomHate is most definitely up there with one of the greats.

The thing I love about her books is that it’
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn’t sure what to expect with Roomhate, but after reading the blurb, I knew I had to take a chance. I am not a huge fan of second chance romances or the friends to lovers story. BUT this friends to lovers story was just something more, special and I adored it!

Justin and Amelia were best friends growing up, but when Amelia was fifteen she moved away. We don’t know all the details but know that this move destroyed their friendship. It’s been years and now they are brought back together
2.5 Stars

I usually like this author's work, but this one didn't work for me. I didn't enjoy the love story and the prose felt stilted and a little monotoned at times. The ending, however, was simply fabulous.
Pearl Angeli
2.5 Stars

I did not hate this book, but I didn't especially love it either. Since this book came out and basically became a hype, I was so thrilled to read it especially because the synopsis is so interesting and I've been hearing lots of good things about Penelope Ward. That's why I'm so bummed thinking about how this book became a disappointment for me.

At 1-10%, I found the story promising. My reaction was like,


At 11% to 39%,


At 40-43%,


At 44% onwards...


I guess I just didn't like the plot and ho
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shhh pls don't tell my husband but yeah if I'd be Amelia, I would totally bang Justin too. hahah :-D

LOL anyway, I just love Penelope's books. Always so sweet, so funny and so hot... And I hope you love this book as much as I did. :)

Justin *swooooon*

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RoomHate is a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance with all the lovely trademarks of a second chance love story. It’s about fear, hope and never ending, all consuming love. I was super excited to begin my first Penelope Ward story and knew that I was in for a sexy reading treat with plenty of emotions on display and palpable chemistry, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. I got my feels and a dose of warm emotion whilst reading about the romance of Justin and Am
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Bea Stars
Ramona Popescu
"Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away"

Discovering Penelope Ward was an excellent surprise for me. I really like her style, her pattern of writing and the sweet mixture she adds in every book: love, hate, rediscovery and happy ever after. Room Hate was the first read for me and I've loved it from the beginning.

The characters were amazing and made a wonderful pair, despite their d
Penelope Ward
Nov 30, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Part One
RoomHate starts off with Amelia going back to her grandmother's beach house where she grew up before leaving to live with her dad at the age of fifteen. She left to get away from her best friend Justin after learning a secret he had kept from her. She always regretted her actions, but never had the courage to try to apologize to Justin. But now that her grandmother has passed away and left her and Justin the beach house, she might get her opportunity.

When Justin shows up with his seriou
Dilek VT
Max 2.5 stars!

This book starts with an intense feeling of angst, regret, frustration, lust, attraction and sexual tension that whatever the heroine feels, you feel. The writer makes sure with her talented writing that all these feelings are conveyed to you as strongly as they are felt by the heroine. I was aching in my heart while turning the pages, sobbing every now and then…

OK, I know I will be in the minority but, then I was disappointed about the direction the story took. All this anger, the
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4 'Barcode tattoo' Stars!
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I seized that Penelope Ward is with us this week in the Shh... Indie Star Chat (feel free to join the fun here: and decided to read her newest release which, I have to say, I was a little bit scared because of the mixed reviews. I am a fan of her books and this one, even though is not my favourite by hers, I definitely enjoyed!

RoomHate is a stand-alone novel and it tells the story of Amelia Payne and Justin Banks. These two started as best frie
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Trepidation...was strong with this book. With half my friends loving it and the other half DNF'ing it, I was torn. However, I have really enjoyed the other P.W.'s books I've read so I couldn't let this one pass me by.

And that was a good thing overall. I had an issue with the lack of maturity in some of their sexual "situations/thoughts/etc" which was really odd considering there is a real lack of sex scenes!

But I digress...back to the story! Justin and Amelia basically grew up together, both o
4 “The way it was meant to be” Stars.

Amelia and Justin started as best-friends as kids, to falling in love, until one bad decision made Amelia run away.
Now, almost ten years later, after Amelia’s grandmother death she finds out that her she left her beach house to both her and Justin.
She’s not happy about it and he’s even less… as he’s set on showing her from the first moment they both set feet in the house.
But being together again brings everything back, including old feelings. Can this
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-Sometimes the thing we fear more than anything, is really what our soul craves the most.

-I can still see his face like it was yesterday. I could never forget it.

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Amelia Payne is a middle school teacher from Providence, Rhode Island. She is 24 & newly single. Her grandmother passed away a month ago & left her half of her summer house on Aquidneck Island. Amelia heads to the Island she loved as a child to spend the summer there. When she arrives she learns she
Lo Bookfrantic
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-ng
4★★★★ “The Way It was meant to be” Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

"Sometimes the thing we fear more than anything, is really what our soul craves the most." Justin

Amelia Payne as a teacher had the summer off and after her grandmother's death she inherited her home on the island where she was raised when she was a child. Amelia had always being very insecure and because of it she made a harsh choice when she was only fifteen years old.
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“Sometimes the thing we fear more than anything, is really what our soul craves the most.”

I must be on a roll ladies and gentlemen. I sordidly read through the whole of Roomhate thinking that it was going to kick in soon. That 4-5 star rating had to be somewhere near.

I'm lying of course, from chapter 1 - I could already tell that this book wasn't for me due to a plethora of reasons but I trudged on like the true book-soldier I am, because I'm a sucker for childhood lovers romance. There wa
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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❝ Sometimes the thing we fear more than anything, is really what our soul craves the most.❞

I'm a VERY picky romance reader and 90% of all the romance books I pick up, I end up DNF-ing about halfway through. That's why it's really hard for me to find a romance that actually keeps me invested even after the couple gets together. So many people have recommended Roomhate to me but I just kinda set it aside because of my high expectations. My hopes weren't
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"Penelope Ward" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: RoomHate
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 15th, 2016

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A slow build up like a freshly brewed coffee in the morning, you savor it, sip by sip, like this book I savored every little page bit by tantalizing bit. I loved the slow build up then like fire works exploding it all worked out in the end to how it should've..This pulled
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forgive me if I gush during this review. I just finished this one, so there is a lot still going on in my head and heart right now. For what seems like forever, I’ve been looking for that “it” book. A romance book that hits all the marks, those things you can’t seem to put into words but you’ll know them when you find them.

A love story that had complexities to it that just felt like they belonged in the story – because they are real issues that would exist in THAT sort of situation. A love stor
4,5 STARS!

"The mysterious girl with the eye patch.
The best friend.
The teenage fantasy.
The girl who stole my heart then broke it and took it with her when she ran away.
The estranged friend.
The forbidden roommate.
The girlfriend.
The mother of my babies."

Amelia and Justin met when they were kids , at her grandmother's house. Since the very first moment, they become inseparable.

But 5 years later, some secrets are revealed. Secrets, that should remain hidden. Amelia left living with her fat
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 3.25 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

I was really expecting to love this book based on the blurb review, that I couldn't wait to dive into this one. Unfortunately I didn't end up loving it as I hoped.

The story started off really good. I liked that we got a bit of their childhood to know how they became best friends. However, as the book progressed I started losing interest. This was mainly due to the long wait for Justin and Amelia to actually get together. Before they did a lot happened where they weren't tog
Feb 15, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: scribd, audiobook
Audiobook review

DNF @ Chapter 16/24

This brought out a lot of emotions for me, but sadly they weren't the kind of emotions I want to feel when reading/listening to a book. I felt annoyed, frustrated, and pissed off at times throughout the first 16 chapters of listening this book.

I'll add a spoiler tag for my breakdown of what didn't work for those of you that don't love spoilers like I do ;)

(view spoiler)
Fre06 Begum
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think this author is just not for me I just don't like her heroines who always appear so enamoured of the hero's that they display no pride or morals! ...more
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Ok, where do I start? I don't want to spoil anything!!! I usually start with a little summary - a little bit about what the story is about. I'm thinking about not doing that this time...But...pfff - I need to tell you a little bit about it..... We already know the basics. Amelia and Justin were best friends once. Now they're not. They haven't said a word to each other in nine years. Haven't seen each other in all that time.
Something happened back then that made Amelia break Justin's heart and no
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 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.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beau

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