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A feisty comedian. A former cop with a wounded heart. An unusual roommate arrangement…

Comedian Stephanie Renshaw hopes to finally get her big break in LA. A chance encounter lands her the perfect apartment close to the comedy clubs, but it comes with a catch: she needs a roommate to afford the rent.

Enter Rae Coleman, a former police officer working the door at one of the t
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Paperback, 1st edition, 350 pages
Published October 16th 2019 by Ylva Publishing
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Lex Kent
Just saying that this is a Jae book is enough to get most people to read this. Jae is a lesfic juggernaut and she doesn’t disappoint. Not only is this a fauxmance (yay) but it’s also a well done opposites attract story. And while the story stands on its own enough, this is actually a sequel to Jae’s hit Just for Show. If you enjoyed that book, you should be happy to connect with those characters again. You can read this without reading Just for Show, but Just is really good so you should read it ...more
Bethany
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh Jae... I'm unashamedly, unapologetically, a fan of her work! There's just something about her style that gets me every time. I believe it's because she always manages to make me feel for the characters. They're always likeable (or become likeable as the book goes on), they're always relatable, and the chemistry is always on point in her novels!

This book is no exception, and the slow burn romance between comedienne Steph and former cop Rae is superb! Others have recapped it well and the blurb
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Gaby LezReviewBooks
4.5 stars. Stephanie Renshaw is a comedian hoping to get a big break in LA. When she finds an ideal apartment to rent close to the comedy clubs, she jumps at the opportunity. There's only a catch, the landlords only rent to couples. Stephanie is eternally single but a fake partner couldn't be so hard to find, can it? Rae Coleman, is a former police officer working as security at one of the top comedy clubs. After getting injured in the line of duty, she likes to keep to herself under a tough ext ...more
Carrie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A humble romance with flawed yet likable characters.

Steph is a comedian who is tired of being on the road. She is losing faith in her career choice as she was meant to make it before the age of 30. She enjoys casual flings and does not desire commitment. Rae works security at a club because she was forced out of her job as a police officer. They enter into a roommate arrangement. The arrangement being a fake relationship because the landlords will only rent out to couples.

It took awhile for me
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Alexis
Not counting any short stories or anthologies, this marks my 10th full length novel by Jae. And though I loved the majority of them, sadly every now and then I struggle to finish one of her books, like this one. Now before you gasp in horror, let me explain.

These two knuckleheads immediately get off on the wrong foot and that should have made for some very interesting situations. Except nothing really interesting happened throughout the book. Don't get me wrong there was a tremendous amount of
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Joc
As usual, this is a well-rounded read by Jae with a story driven by the characters. Steph Renshaw is running out of time to make her mark in the world of comedians. She only has four months left of the time she promised herself and it doesn’t look like there’s a break on the horizon. She needs a place to stay near one of the good comedy clubs but the apartment she has her eye on is reserved for couples. A security guard/bouncer at the comedy club, Rae, also needs somewhere closer to the club but ...more
Sandra
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know this before reading the book, but this one is a sequel to Jae’s «Just for Show». We meet again with the Renshaw-Family. You don’t have to read these books in order, but I recommend it. «The Roommate Arrangement» is no exception from the rule, that Jae is a fantastic story writer. A fake relationship mixed with opposite attracts a great combination.

Both MCs are looking for an apartment. When the perfect opportunity arises, there is only one problem, the landlords rent only to coupl
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Jude in the Stars
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not really a people person (yeah, that’s not breaking news) so the idea of sharing my space with someone who is not my wife or my daughter makes me cringe. I lived with two flatmates for a year when I was a student in Scotland and did my best to politely avoid them as often as I could. Even friends staying with us for a weekend is exhausting. So I could totally relate to Rae’s uncertainty about sharing an apartment with someone she didn’t know.

After months on the road, Steph has decided to s
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Bugs
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A follow-up to "Just For Show," only this time, this story featured Stephanie aka Steph, Claire's sister, who appeared in "JFS," where Jae briefly introduced her as the family's "black sheep," who defied everything expected of her, from her rebellious lifestyle to her profession as a stand-up comedian. In other words, Steph couldn't be more different than "goody two shoes" Claire. Anyway, Jae's latest, "The Roommate Arrangement," can be read as a stand-alone, obviously, but if you're curious, I' ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this is a standalone novel, kind of. It's a follow-on of Just for Show because Steph is Claire's sister. So you get a bit of continuity in that family dynamic. I don't think there's anything that would disrupt this one if you haven't read that one, though.

I let this review go a couple of weeks and I really hate when I do that. This is a pseudo marriage of convenience novel for reasons that are only a little bit contrived. I actually liked how well that worked out. And I liked both protagon
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lov2laf
I had a hard time getting into this one but it grew on me.

This is an opposites attract, fake relationship romance...though, that doesn't quite fit because the faux relationship part is barely a blip in the book. Rae and Steph just have to fake it to their landlords, who they see twice in the entire book. To everyone else, Rae and Steph are single...so it's more like an f/f version of the odd couple, where two opposites are forced to live with each other, minus the comedy. And through their minut
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Luce
4.5 Stars for yet another enjoyable, feel good romance by Jae.

I was looking forward to reading this book. It ticked off a number of tropes or what I enjoy reading – its written by Jae, a fake relationship, opposites attract, slow burn, butch character, family, location etc. It didn’t disappoint.

The two main characters are stand-up comedian Stephanie Renshaw and Rae Coleman, an ex-cop, and now security at one of the comedy clubs in West Hollywood. Steph finds out that a 2 bdr apartment will be a
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E
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars - So, I hadn’t realized this was a sequel to Jae’s previous faux-romance Just For Show before I actually started it. No idea how I missed that, but I was pretty stoked when I figured it out. Both can be read and enjoyed on their own, but I totally recommend you read Just For Show first. Not only was it good, but I think you’ll enjoy this sequel even more if you know Claire and Lana.

Having just come back from tour, stand-up comedian Stephanie Renshaw is looking for a place to stay in
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Lexxi Kitty
I was going to make a comment like ‘looks like I read this before it was published . . . .’ but then a Kindle version appeared on the Goodreads page, moving the publication date from October 16 to October 13. Still, I did start this on the 11th and finish on the 12th so I can still make a comment. Bah. Fine, quick comment: no I did not read an ARC, no I was not given a copy for a fair review, no I was not lent this book, nor did I steal it. No, I bought it off the publisher’s website. I suppose ...more
Rosi
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jae is another safe bet when it comes to romance authors. This book is about a fake romance and it has among its characters the protagonists of her other novel with a fake romance Just for Show and also the protagonists, of that one and this one, are sisters.

The protagonist sister in this book, Steph, is a stand-up comedian which needs a roommate with whom she must pretend to be a couple, as a condition for the owners to rent the apartment. And the fake relationship is going to be with Rae, an e
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Corrie
Jae is a prolific author and an established lesfic romance writer. I read 12 of her books (anthologies included) and she never disappoints (but she doesn't leave me breathless either).

The Roommate Arrangement is a butch-femme fauxmance and was quite a slow burn for such a doorstopper-sized book. If you are looking for hot action throughout the book you will have to look elsewhere. Not much sizzle between the two mains (in fact there was hardly a spark).

Fans of the brooding, silent butch type wi
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Sky Brown
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really great. But it was bit as AMAZING as I was expecting. I really loved the MCs, the story line and the pacing.
Jo reece
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Almost a 4*

A fun read, chemistry from the onset with the main character. A real good storyline.
Betty
When I read a book written by Jae, there are certain elements I expect to see in the novel. I know the tale will be well written. The plot line will draw me into the story to the point that I ignore what is happening around me. The characters will be well-developed and will seem real to me. And of course the romance will be a slow-burn that will make me go “aww” at least once before the end. I can happily tell you everything mentioned above is present in The Roommate Arrangement.

This is the stor
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Pam Holzner
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
+ disabled character
+ characters felt individual, unique
+ good pacing, dialog etc

- no breakup ... was there a climax?

It's hard to rate anything by Jae as less than a 4 and yet ... I am in the end disappointed.
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Tiff
I love romance. I love a slow burn romance even more. Tell me it’s written by Jae and here I come running. Jae 100% of the time gives you a great read with characters that will steal your heart and keep you invested till the very last page. Her latest book, The Roommate Arrangement is no exception. This is a fantastic read that had me hooked all the way through.

If you have read Just for Show, you might remember Claire’s younger sister, Steph. She is one of our two main characters. (If you didn’t
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Best Lesfic Reviews
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stand-up comedienne, Stephanie Renshaw, had given herself a timeline to make a name for herself in the field. Starting off at twenty as a stand-up comic, she’d given herself a decade. Now she is a few months away from her self-imposed deadline. As a last ditch effort, she abandons touring across the country and the new plan is to concentrate on making waves in her hometown, LA. Steph has a place with her sister to crash while she finds her feet, but getting her own place is as urgent as getting ...more
R
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories about fake relationships can either be a hit or miss. I read quite a few that I couldn’t wait to finish, but not in a good way. Those were the light and fluffy romances with too much unnecessary angst. Then there were others I couldn’t wait to finish because it was just so good. Jae’s recent book falls into this latter category.

The Roommate Arrangement was about a fake relationship: two women with very different personalities faking a romantic relationship in order to procure a highly s
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Linda
Hmmm.... This was a good read, not great just good. I can’t put my finger as to what exactly is missing from this book - Something is just off for me. Maybe I was just expecting this to be better than Just For Show (which I really loved) since the story is now on Stephanie (Claire’s younger and more colourful sister). Or maybe I can’t click/wrap my head around the 2 main characters. Nonetheless it was still a good read.

Ratings - 3.5 ⭐️
Tinything
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first impression i had for Steph when i started reading was just like Rae but somehow she’s not only manage to sneak through Rae but me as well. I came to like her alots as the story go on and i came to enjoyed the book too. And i’m sorry i dont know what else to say 😐 beside i really enjoy the book. ☺️

🙈 And i dont remember Clair and Lana at all eventhough i read their story. Completely forget! 🙈 sorry Clair and Lana, i might go back to reread your story one day.
Tara
Rae and Steph are the perfect opposites-attract pairing and I enjoyed seeing them move from strangers to caring about each other, to eventually falling in love. I especially appreciated seeing why they were reluctant to open their hearts: Steph had never had a serious relationship before and Rae had had one, but it had crashed and burned. It helped me believe in their happily ever after, since they each had so much to overcome and they did it together.

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MJS
ARC received via Ylva in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, Jae never writes a bad book, but this one wasn’t one of my favourites, which surprised me because the fauxmance is one of my favourite tropes.

This is a direct sequel to Just for Show and features Claire’s sister Steph as the MC. Steph is a stand-up comedian, bi, and has never had a long term relationship. She’s heading back to LA after being in the road for awhile and hears about an apartment that’s perfectly located, but will require
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Colleen Corgel
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, f-f-romance
Jae is a solid author that I always have high expectations for. This book is no different, and she does some fun stuff with the fake relationship thing, and has some pretty deep characters that are allowed to have some time to grow. We have two women, Stephanie and Rea who need to get an apartment near the entertainment strip. The perfect apartment is available, but they have to act as a couple in order to get it. though they are complete opposites, they have to work together in order to fool th ...more
Corporate Slave
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
So obviously Jae is one of the authors that you don't even need to read reviews about her work to purchase the books and read them! She is a very well rounded author with unbelievable writing skills and story telling!
With that being said, it comes with a price! I have such high expectations from Jae because come on, she's Jae :)

This has been a very solid read. In terms of storytelling, it was perfect. I was engaged throughout the book, the characters were very interesting. Stephanie and Rae are
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Wendy
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there are any doubts about Jae being an "auto-buy" author, this book dispels them. Having read Just For Show, decided to go ahead and read this one and I actually think I like this more. I love Stephanie and Rae. It's interesting that we see a glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy. Not exactly an everyday occupation one reads about in romances. I like the way their relationship progresses. I also like the personal character development for both of them. It's probably even more slow burn t ...more
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Jae is the author of twenty-one award-winning lesbian romances. She lives in the sunniest city of Germany, near the French and Swiss borders. The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven.

She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best job in the world.

When she’s not writing, she is an a
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