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I've hated Chase Mathews from the first moment I saw him.
He's arrogant, cocky, and far too obnoxious for anyone to deal with.
But our best friends are married, so escaping him isn't exactly easy.
Did I mention he's also my new roommate?
You see, life hasn't exactly gone to plan recently, and I'm out of options.
But just because I'm stuck with him doesn't mean I have to lay back and endue his antics.
Chase doesn't know it yet, but he's just met his match.


Georgia Monroe has driven me crazy for years. And not in a fun way.
She's a snobby brat who I try to avoid at all costs.
As luck would have it, she's also my new roommate.
If this year hasn't taken enough from me, it is undoubtedly testing my sanity with her around.
Forced into close quarters, I don't know who will snap first.
Georgia is fire, and I'm gasoline. Soon, someone is going to explode.
I'm just hoping it won't be me.

338 pages, Paperback

Published July 14, 2021

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Scarlett Hopper

9 books452 followers
Scarlett Hopper was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. Her passion for writing came about at a young age when her sister would read her excerpts of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf. She currently lives back in Sydney with her family and their two pugs. When she isn't writing or reading, she spends her time traveling and searching for the best record stores. Eventually, Scarlett hopes to begin a new adventure in Edinburgh.

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Profile Image for ana clara.
189 reviews44 followers
November 23, 2022
“I always thought something would bring me to my knees, I just never thought it would be you, Georgia. But man, am I sure glad it was.”

This was my first book by Scarlett Hooper, and I think I couldn’t have loved it more. It was an easy and fun read, with a bit of humor.
The male protagonist, Chase, used to be a NHL star until an injury made him sidelined. He is cocky and spoiled, but also funny and a good friend. And Georgia, she’s what Chase would describe as a “spoiled princess”, which she pretty much was until her father’s mistake turned his life upside down. Besides, she’s responsible, comprehensive, and loyal. Their individual stories, personalities, developments and changes throughout the story are amazing.
Chase and Georgia can't stand each other at all by the beginning, but their whole-life best friends are married and have a baby together, which means they're constantly meeting (and trying to avoid each other's faces). When lucky is not in their favor, they're kinda forced to share space and by that, they not just surprisingly become friends, but they also start to see and to realize that the image, the assumptions they have about each other aren't correct, and new feelings start to grow, as well as a connection that they swear that it was never there.
There’s a very fine line between hate and love, and these two have to determine which it is, and I simply loved how the author makes it happen to them—how their relationship develops from enemies to friends until they finally become lovers. I love the connection that exists not only between the protagonists, but also, with their friends, Ash and Logan, and with Elaine (a very sweet 70-years-old lady we meet in the story).
If you wanna have some fun reading a very good story, I’d highly recommend this book to you!

Thanks, The Next Step Pr, for the ARC!
↳ ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
97 reviews
July 7, 2021
This book is amazing. It is the story of Chase and Georgia. If you have read Scarlett Hopper's other books, you will recognize these two. If you haven't, this can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the other ones first as it will spoil some for you.
Chase is a spoiled, cocky, NHL star until injury has him sidelined and lost. While Georgia is what Chase would describe as a spoiled princess until her father's mistake turns her life upside down. Even though their lives are so different from mine, I found it easy to connect to them. The characters are well developed and the writing is superb. They end up having to live under the same roof for several weeks and hilarity and deeper feelings begin to develop. Their journey is wonderful and real. I highly recommend this book!
Profile Image for Misty (Reds Romance Reviews).
2,970 reviews6 followers
July 12, 2021
From the moment they first met Georgia and Chase disliked one another, but there also this tiny niggling feeling of attraction too, that neither would openly admit to. Chase sees Georgia as a spoiled princess with high expectations that he can never measure up to... so why try right? And Georgia sees Chase as an arrogant athlete that thoroughly enjoys the player lifestyle a little too much. But what if their wrong about one another? What if their first impressions were a case of mistaken identity?

Their about to find out the answer to that question when they find themselves momentarily living together while housesitting for their friends. This close quartered union is bound to spawn a few fights, eye rolls, and feisty banter. But what they don't expect is for it to wind up actually bringing them closer in another way... the kind that leads to love!

Misery Loves Company is a fun, humorous and oh so steamy enemies-to-lovers story that is bound to bring you many smiles and leave your heart happy! From the synopsis I knew this one was going to have some fireworks in it, especially with all that hate in the air... and boy was I right! These two in close quarters stirred up some serious tension and their little fights only fueled the fire. Not only did it have temps rising, but it also left them rattled in another way. All this time they had these impressions of one another that lead them to dislike one another, but those impressions weren't very accurate at all. Suddenly they began to see things that they liked, things that united them in ways they never thought possible.

This one turned out to be quite the enjoyable afternoon escape for me, my eyes found the words, and I just let them take me away from it all for a bit! I laughed, swooned, and smiled the whole way through! Highly recommend!

I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.
Profile Image for Gail Haris.
Author 28 books1,694 followers
July 6, 2021
THIS BOOK! Oh how I love Scarlett Hopper. I'm a HUGE fan of enemies-to-lovers and witty banter. This story delivered all of it, and more. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC, and I devoured it!! Amazing job, Scarlett!!!!
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267 reviews94 followers
July 8, 2021
Right off the bat, my curiosity was piqued with the implications in the synopsis including my favorite trope, enemies-to-lovers & another trope I’m partial to, forced proximity.

In its current state, it was kinda cute. I liked SH’s starting concepts in Misery Loves Company. Starting with - 1. beginning with bickering enemies; a cocky player(Chase) & the rich little princess(Georgia) who happen to be lifelong besties with happily married with a baby(whose godparents are said player & princess aka our H & h). - 2. Then when both are down on their luck, their besties stick ‘em in the same house alone for over a month - much to everyone’s surprise (including their own) they become friends instead of killing each other as expected. That’s the gist of the first part - don’t worry the second part is included here too & I’ll leave it at that.

Overall I’m hoping this ARC version receives thorough proofing & some very good editing before publishing because I think with that, Misery Loves Company has some real potential, but it definitely needs both. Some of the things I’m hoping for is the pace picks up a little in a few spots so it flows more naturally & when feelings become more than friendly there needs to be more clarity to make their budding chemistry a bit more palpable. Personal preference, I’d like more banter(& a bit sharper) & the feisty enemies aspect to last a bit longer, but perhaps not as needed as the other things mentioned.

**This ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
208 reviews5 followers
July 10, 2021
Scarlett Hopper's books are always easy, fun reads with a bit of humor and unexpected twists.
Chase, hot, cocky hockey player and Georgia the gorgeous rich little princess hate each other and go out of their way to make each other's life miserable. They both come up against unexpected life changes which make them both more irritable. Their mutual friends are leaving and both Chase and Georgia will be house sitting, what could possibly go wrong. There is a fine line between hate and love and these two have to determine which it is. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend as a fun summer read.
Profile Image for Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf).
703 reviews48 followers
July 14, 2021
Misery Loves Company is a delightful forced proximity, enemies to lovers romance! It is my first book by this author and it most definitely will not be my last as I enjoyed this engaging story with its likable and relatable characters.

Chase is your cocksure hockey player and Georgia is a rich girl with a vibrant personality. Their worlds are unexpectedly turned upside down and these two opposites find themselves as reluctant roommates. The author does a remarkable job at illustrating just how much these two don’t get a long in the beginning. The animosity between them is cleverly illustrated in their witty banter, devious antics, and in their ability to push each other’s buttons. For all of their differences, these two make an excellent couple and the forced proximity works well for this type of novel. I do feel that the evolution of their relationship from enemies to lovers needed to be flushed out a little more.

While the book moves at a decent pace, there are a few areas that didn’t flow as well as I would have liked. Nonetheless, that didn’t detract away from my enjoyment of the story. I really liked the characters as they were easy to identify with and the amount of humor mixed with some drama made this an entertaining read.
Profile Image for Deborah Anita Kurniawan.
536 reviews11 followers
July 13, 2021
4 ✻✻✻✻

~Chase Matthews & Georgia Monroe~
Another enemies-to-lovers romance in the house!

Chase & Georgia dislike each other ever since their first met in college.
Chase, is now having a hard time after his injury ending his career in the NHL.
Georgia, on the other hand, has to re-finding her life after her parents losing their company.
Misery do loves company...

In that hard time, Chase & Georgia find a haven in each other. Georgia brings Chase back into life while Chase brings relaxation and fun for Georgia.
And during those times their feelings evolve.
Truly, there is a fine line between hate and love.

I truly enjoy reading this story from the beginning until the end. I love how Chase and Georgia resolve their problems. I love how their relationship evolve-from enemies to friends until they finally become lovers. It is such a smooth transition and even though they still face problems in their relationship, I love how they communicate through it all rather than keeping to themselves.
It makes their HEA much sweeter!

*This is a standalone, however, there is a connection with Missed Encounters. You don't have to read it as I can understand the story well without reading the story prior.

*Thank you The Next Step PR for the ARC!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Kimbaws.
14 reviews
July 14, 2021
Thanks to netgalley for the copy of this.

I enjoyed this book, I would have liked a bit more hockey and for the playlist at the beginning of the book to have relevance, but that's just personal preference.

Love a enemies to lovers arc: this one was good in the fact that both main characters faced difficult issues which brought them together. If I was to make any criticism I would have liked a bit more exploration into relationships with other characters but overall this book was enjoyable.
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2,828 reviews143 followers
May 30, 2021
Edited Manuscript

Can't wait for readers to read this enemies-to-lovers' story.
Profile Image for Christi (christireadsalot).
1,732 reviews481 followers
July 12, 2021
Misery Loves Company is a fun, enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance. It also has a bit of close proximity that turns these enemies into really sweet friends.

Chase is a NHL hockey player and at the beginning of the story is injured during a game and won’t be able to professionally play again. Georgia recently lost her job, apartment, and fancy lifestyle after her dad’s business (where she also works) gets bought out. Georgia & Chase are both dealing with changes in their life when they find themselves crashing at their best friend’s house — who happen to be married to one another. Georgia & Chase have kind of hated one another for years, they both ruffle the other’s feathers and usually do their best to stay apart. But now crashing at their friend’s home, they find they have a lot more in common. Whether pulling pranks or confiding in each other, they soon find themselves inseparable. But after a month of fun together and becoming emotionally connected, real life calls and Georgia gets offered a job across the country in NY.

This story had a fun enemies-to-lovers concept but quickly turned into a really close friendship, which I do enjoy a friends-to-lovers romance so while I wanted more enemies time, I was still into their growing relationship. This was a really sweet, everything-works-out-perfectly read. I liked that the hero is adopted and contemplated meeting his birth mom. I liked their friendship with Elaine, a 70-something lady they adore & visit. I did wish the enemies part was pulled out a bit longer, but found this to be a quick sweet friendship read.

Thank you to the publisher for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review. Misery Loves Company will be out July 14, 2021.
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211 reviews6 followers
October 18, 2021
3 stars ⭐⭐⭐

Misery loves company is about one of my fav tropes that's enemy to lovers and I hoped before reading this book that it would be able to develop that trope in love perfectly. This book had its elements that I loved and few things bugged me a lot too.

There were editing mistakes and grammatical errors too so I hope the published version gets thoroughly edited before publishing. ☺

Overall it was a good read and I would recommend this book. 🤗

Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley. 🙏🏾😊

Ps. Love the cover of published book.
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410 reviews9 followers
July 4, 2021
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange of a honest review.

This is an enemies-to-lovers story. Chase and Georgia do not get along at all at the beginning, and how. Forced to share living spaces due to circumstances, they get to know each other and realise that the image they had of each other is not exactly correct.
Although I felt that the story did not flow smoothly at times, I had a fun time reading it, and it was peppered with surprisingly poignant moments.

#netgalley #arc #scarletthopper
Profile Image for Micheala.
934 reviews73 followers
July 18, 2021

Copy received from The Next Step PR. Voluntarily reviewing and all opinions are objective and my own.

Another winner from Scarlett Hopper! This book has all the good book magic I’ve come to know and love from this author!

This enemies to friends to lovers is one of my favourite of hers to date. I think what makes this book extra wonderful is the friendship that ensues. The beginning is all the dislike/enemies part, and is quite funny. Through this, Georgia and Chase realize they actually kinda enjoy spending time with one another, and get invested into each other’s lives, and become friends. Friends with some insane chemistry between them and when life restarts for Georgia, my goodness, my heart broke for them. There’s just the right amount of angst to keep me hungry for more between them, but not enough it’s unrealistic that Georgia move on. And then life gets in the way, which brings us to the final part. I swear my heart was already stomped on at this point, but then the actual romance started, and ugh I think I died!

This is a great read for anyone who loves a romance that begins with friendship first. It’s slow burn, but oh, it works so well for these characters. Given the history we’re first presented at the beginning, anything quicker would be unrealistic.

I look forward to reading what’s up next from Scarlett!
Profile Image for Lauren.
997 reviews
August 10, 2021
"What are you thinking about?”

“Us. This. It’s all so unexpected, but when I really think about it, it feels like the most natural thing in the world.”

Scarlett Hopper’s Misery Loves Company is full of fun tropes, namely enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and close proximity, and utilizes them in interesting and unique ways.

Georgia and Chase have always been like oil and water. Their mutual best friends say it’s because they’re so alike, but both categorically reject that idea. But when they both fall on hard times and become temporary roommates? They’ll discover that there may be some truth to what their friends always suspected: they might just be a perfect match.

One of the things I liked most about this story was the ways that Hopper explicates Georgia and Chase’s story. They really evolve as characters and bond, which adds layers to the story. It’s a slow burn with a good payoff, and I liked the emotional maturity of the characters. I would have loved a little more steam, but that’s just a personal preference.

In all, it’s a fun story with two spirited and well-matched protagonists.

Thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Profile Image for Michelle.
409 reviews
August 4, 2021
I received a free ARC from Goodreads New Adult Book Club for the promise of an honest review.

It was good. It is an enemies to lovers. Georgia and Chase have had a difficult relationship. They rubbed each other wrong since the first moment they met. Georgia and Chase are constantly thrown together because their best friends are married. Chase is a NHL hockey player whose career just ended due to injury and he is staying with his best friend, Logan. Georgia's family has lost everything and Georgia is now out of a job. Ash, her best friend, offers for Georgia to stay at her house while Ash and Logan are out of town. Georgia and Chase become roommates. Georgia and Chasd decide to call a truce while they are living together. They form a unique friendship and discover that they have similar interests. Over time they catch feelings for each other but life pulls them a part. Georgia gets a job in New York leaving Chase behind. When Ash and Logan visits Georgia in NY, Chase tags along and love takes an interesting turn.

You will like Georgia and Chase. Their story is really enjoyable.
924 reviews
July 22, 2021
Georgia and Chase have not had the most amicable relationship despite their shared friends. Yet, love is very close to hate, and beneath their dislike, simmers a strong attraction. Chase believes that Georgia is spoiled, and she feels that he is filled with self-importance. Yet when they find themselves house-sitting for their friends, their close proximity means that they have to show their true selves. The difficulties that both Chase and Georgia experience, seem to become far easier to face when they are together. Yet when they have to part, they soon find themselves missing the other.
Misery Loves Company is definitely intense and fairly steamy, but it has a lightness to it, making for a very easy read. I found these two characters quite fun to be around and enjoyed see their relationship go from pettiness to a great friendship, filled with love and respect.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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14.4k reviews137 followers
July 13, 2021
This is Chase and Georgia’s journey. Chase is an NHL star who is feeling lost after being side-lined due to an injury, and when Georgia’s life is tilted on its axles, their mutual best friends arrange for them to stay in the same house for a month. These two are total opposites and they are like petrol and a match, totally combustible. Much to their surprise the longer they are roommates, they move on from enemies to become friends. This is a well written story which is a fun and sweet read, with palpable tension, witty banter, bickering, crazy antics, friendships, family, and is an entertaining and humorous riveting page turner. I look forward to reading more from this talented author whose work I highly recommend.
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27 reviews2 followers
August 10, 2021
If you like a good love story this one is for you. The story of how Georgia and Chase couldn't be in the same room changed as the story evolved. It just so happens that Georgia's best friend Ash and Chase's best friend Logan are married. When both Georgia and Chase fall on hard times and wind up crashing as Logan and Ash's place, they try to find a way to live in the same home together. We follow their lives and learn how both have hit rock bottom and surprisingly enough, if not for each other, their lives could have continued spiraling downward. I can't help but think sometimes the right person has been there all along but the right situation and experiences bring you together and make you realize you are perfect together. Scarlett Hopper scored with Misery Loves Company!
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308 reviews1 follower
August 14, 2021
Misery Loves Company is a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance. Chase and Georgia’s best friends are married, which means they are occasionally forced to be in each other’s presence. They have never gotten along before, but suddenly both find themselves in a place where they need somewhere to stay. Fortunately, their best friends offer their home to both of them as they will be traveling. At first their forced proximity is filled with pranks and snappy remarks. With time, they both find themselves enjoying the other’s company.

This was a very cute romance that many would love. I think it fell a little flat for me because I read so much and have read tons of these enemies-to-lovers stories. There was nothing wrong with this book, but also nothing that stood out and made it special.
963 reviews
August 3, 2021
I enjoyed the beginning of this book the pranks had me laughing hard. My number one issues is the author put to much in this book it began to slow down to much. It could have easily been broken into multiple books. The length of time at the end of the book after all the build up felt like a let down. Due to a misunderstanding in college they hate each other. During a period when they stay a friends house together they begin to bond after a few chapter it then begins to drag on. 2.75 stars would have been a 4 had the book not dragged so long.

************I received an ARC for my honest opinion.***************************
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504 reviews14 followers
June 20, 2022
This is the first book that I e read by this author. Hopper’s writing style drew me in so fast and Misery Loves Company was very easy to read because of this. This being a forced proximity and enemies to lovers just added to it. The characters were so relatable.

Chase is a hockey player and loves his lifestyle and all that entails including the women. Georgia is a headstrong, rich, knows what she wants and how she likes everything feisty woman. But she is often seen as bratty and spoiled. Chase and Georgia haven’t liked each other since the day they met. And now they’re house sitting for their best friends. Will these two be able to get along in their forced proximity, or will they bash each other every chance they get? Sometimes forced proximities bring out the true people they hide behind.

This book was written well. Full of banter, humor, drama, tension, spice, romance and so much more. Can’t wait to read more from this author.
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1,284 reviews12 followers
July 13, 2021
This was a new-to-me author and I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a standalone, but we got to see Ash and Logan from an earlier book Missed Encounters. They are friends with Georgia and Chase who were the main characters in Misery Loves Company. It was so entertaining, that I reached the end before I knew it. The enemies to lover troupe was certainly illustrated with all of the hilarious pranks Chase and Georgia played on each other and all their witty banter.
I loved how Chase and Georgia realized their perceptions of each other were wrong and they slowly became friends. They were both in bad spots in their life and together they were able to help each other discover a new purpose. I hated to see them move apart to accomplish their goals but in the long run, it helped their relationship. This was an amazing and humorous story, and I loved every second of it. It had more of a positive feeling to it than I expected since they were enemies to start with.
I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

729 reviews47 followers
August 1, 2021
This started horribly. The 2 main characters are absolute brats and awful, spoiled individuals. It went on for chapters and I could not care about their HEAs. The characters eventually decide to put down their hatred for each other and enjoy each other's company. Uh, what?! After that, the characters put down their weapons and made nice. Problem for me is, this started so bad and then went to blah (an upgrade) but still not worth my time.
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575 reviews79 followers
August 20, 2021
He’s a former NHL player and she’s a former spoiled princess but due to their situation, they are now roommates and play all sorts of pranks on each other until they become friends and then more and then life takes them on different paths and they have to find how to make it work. Overall more of an emotional read but still sweet and entertaining
Profile Image for Laura Jones.
348 reviews2 followers
May 18, 2022
Georgia and Chase have hated each other forever. But now, due to unforeseen circumstances they are sharing a home. Can they put aside their pettiness and learn to live with one another?

If you love an enemies to lovers romance, this one is for you.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Amy.
663 reviews
June 15, 2022
Such a great story! I loved the characters Georgia and chase. This was a sweet romance novel I loved it! Those two took a long time in getting together and the way it happened wasn’t immediately it was gradual. There were some funny moments between them ,you would swear they were teens with the pranks they did to mess with one another. The ending was super sweet.
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482 reviews
July 15, 2021
Misery Loves Company was my first read by Scarlett Hopper. I really enjoyed this book!

Such a cute and funny enemies to friends to lovers story. I liked the back and forth bickering between Chase and Georgia. I loved watching their attraction and chemistry grow into something beautiful.
Profile Image for Laura ( Latteandbookz ).
1,060 reviews8 followers
July 18, 2021
I am just a sucker for a friends to lover’s book. I enjoyed reading Chase and Georgia the banter that they had was cute and adorable, I liked how they just hated one another to not fighting the feelings any more to something great.
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