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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  407 reviews
Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.
I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
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Loes Loves its a standalone but written in true north world and its also kind of a introduction to a new series. So it is part of 2 series actually.
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its a standalone but written in true north world and its also kind of a introduction to a new series. So it is part of 2 series actually.
The other books will be written by other autors but will be part of the world and will be based around the gay bar that the characters visit neer the end of the book.(less)

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Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars


“It’s not so terrifying to show people who you really are.”

I was so excited to read Roommates because not only does it have the Shipley family that I adore, but this is probably my favorite Sarina Bowen cover. Kieran Shipley's book has been teased for a while and I was so happy it was finally here. I loved this one!

Kieran Shipley is ready for a life change. He works part time at a bakery, part time at an advertising firm, and still helps his brother and dad with all the
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
OMG are we getting a new MM novel by none other than the author who wrote the first MM novel I ever read????????

THIS made my day!!!


I finished it 💕
and it was ADORABLE!!!!

You guys are going to LOVE it!!!



This book is going to be a crowd pleaser.

It was sweet. Touching. And had an absolutely adorable couple. I loved them both so much!!! And the story was just the right amount of sexy. But most of all it was charming, and sweet.

All the things I loved about the boo
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This standalone book is the perfect introduction to the new wider World of True North which is coming soon.

Sarina's duo Him/Us with Elle Kennedy were two of the first books I read in this genre and Wesmie remain one of my favourite couples.

I've not read any of her MF books though and yet I never felt lost at any point while reading Roommate.

The story here is a familiar one, an out and proud guy falling for a closeted man but there's more of an interesting back story dating back to their time a
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was ecstatic when I saw that Sarina Bowen was writing a new MM novel and then even more excited when I saw that it would be set in the world of the Shipley's. I've already fallen in love with this family and Kieran gave me even more to love.

Kieran and Roderick both gave me so many emotions and they both had such a vulnerability that made my heart hurt for them. But it also gave them a lot to work through which made their relationship all the better. They were ab
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars

Roderick comes back home, to Vermont, to begin a new life. He ran away from Nashville with only few dollars into his pockets after a bad break up with his boyfriend. Fortunately he comes into the Busy Bean and he finds a job as a baker, now he only has to find a home to stop living into his car.
Kieran works as a part time barista at the Busy Bean, he isn't too enthusiast to work with the new guy because he is ashamed of himself for a thing he did at the high school.
Even if the beginning between

Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula, shelly
Gah there is nothing I love more than Sarina Bowen's Shipley world. Her True North series and the Shipley family just melt my heart. So I was absolutely in love with the idea of a Shipley family standalone with some cameos from familiar faces that I’ve come to love. Roderick and Kieran were absolutely amazing. This story was sweet, heartfelt and angsty in ways that I loveee!

Full disclosure here, I am hopelessly in love with Roderick Waites. He may be my favorite character in the book which is al
Marley Valentine
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I've been waiting for this story from the minute Roderick walked into the Busy Bean in Bountiful, and in usual Sarina Bowen fashion Roommate did not disappoint.
Filled with laughter, lust and love, Kieran and Roderick are a perfect addition to Sarina's exceptional array of characters.

This was the absolute best way to end 2020.

Kieran and Roddy are absolutely perfect.

Fun banter, lots of baggage, ridiculously sexy encounters.... yep, basically a Sarina Bowen book. It was light and fun--despite the baggage (because, really, who doesn't have baggage?)--and so freaking awesome.

Sarina's books make me happy. They'll make you happy too.
Read this!
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




We're back in Vermont in the Shipley Universe.
This time we read about cousin Kieran.
He's 25 years old and he still hasn't really started his own life. He always has to be home to do his big brother's work on the farm. His parents are not the most loving people, but they expect him to work the farm - for free. That's why he has two jobs in town. One ad job and one at the coffee shop. He dreams of using his savings to get his own house and to finally start some college art classes. And his private
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

I keep falling more and more in love with the True North world that Sarina Bowen has created. The charming Vermont location, the close-knit Shipley clan, the farm life, and the food — THE FOOD!!! — keep me coming back for more. Roommate is about an extended member of the Shipley family, Kieran.

I expected this to be a naughty and fun story, but it’s actually quite touching. I think of it as M/M lite — heartwarming, sweet, and sexy without being overly erotic. It’s perfect for newbies who
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I am in love with Kieran and Roderick! It is no secret that Sarina Bowen knows how to write M/M romances. I was really excited to listen to this book and when I actually got started with it, I was thrilled to learn that it was set within the True North world. If you have read the True North series, you are going to love being back with the Shipley family in this book. Despite the ties to that series, this book is a stand-alone and it
Nadine Bookaholic
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Roderick and Kieran’s story was sweet and sexy with a bit of angst. I loved the audiobook narration so much, Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter really brought the story to life.

I am fairly new to the world of Sarina Bowen having only read one of the True North Books prior to this one, but I can honestly say that she is fast becoming a favorite of mine. In Roommate we are gifted with two slightly damaged men that are so perfect for one another t
Ahhh, I love Roddy and Kieran!

What a completely engaging story featuring two compelling characters. Roderick (Roddy) and Kieran have stolen my heart and I don't want it back. These two will tug at your heartstrings, with their vulnerability. But then they'll have you swooning and laughing, and sighing in pure delight.

Roommate was fantastic, but I'd expect nothing less from Sarina Bowen. She's one of the best at what she does- and that's writing engrossing stories set in worlds you want to get lo
Claudia Fosca Stahl
Roommate is such a wonderful story. Beautifully written, Roommate is endearingly sweet, painfully heartbreaking, and deliciously steamy. It’s an emotional bear hug. It will make you experience so many feelings. And it feels so authentic. It will definitely be one of my favorite books forever.

Roommate is not technically part of the True North series—it is a complete standalone and can be read as such, but it is part of the World of True North, and you most definitely get loads of its magic.

I love
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it

4.5 swept away stars!

“I want you.” It’s the truest thing I’ve ever said in my life.

Oh, swoon! Sarina Bowen completely stole our hearts with this beautiful small-town MM romance! We couldn’t get enough of Roderick Waites and Kieran Shipley’s heartfelt love story with its humour, heat, sweetness, raw emotion. Enticed from the very beginning, Roddy and Kieran simmered, sizzled, and burnt up the pages whilst simultaneously breaking and capturing our hearts.

“If you regret this, I’m not going
Wil Loves Books!
This was simply great! It's no secret Sarina is one of my favorite authors, her stories are always so beautiful and full of feels and this one was definitely Sarina at her best. I loved being back in Vermont with the Shipleys! In this installment, we have Kieran Shipley (Grif's cousin) who works with Audrey and Zara at the bakery. And Roderick, who also works at the bakery, and we finally get his back story. Roderick is an out gay man that has had some not so positive experiences in the past and ...more
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Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 stars

This was such a sweet and sexy MM romance! Kieran and Roderick were such a great complement to each other and they had truly amazing chemistry. Seriously. Some of those scenes were scorching hot! I both listened and read this one and let's just say that Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter nailed it. They both gave emotional and heartfelt performances and voiced a variety of characters very well. Their "enthusiasm" during the more intimate scenes left me fanning myself.

Roommate featured ma
Jill M
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book wowed me. I was absolutely invested in this book from the very first sad page to the last beautiful page.

This story pulled on my heartstrings and pulled all the feels from me. This was a beautiful love story with lots of heat and swoon. This was far from a smooth ride but full of intense emotional feelings. I loved watching their relationship develop and mature.

This was a fabulous MM story and I look forward to more.
Nov 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fan, MM, Romance
November 10, 2020
I Am Jealous...
It Doesn't Happern Often...
But Holy Hell, Look At That Cover...

I Will Be A Big Girl...
And Wish This Man...
Get Exactly Who He Wants...

Kieran Shipley Is Fighting It...
Has Kept Too Many Secrets...
For Too Many Years...

But When Roderick Is Back...
After Eight Years...
His Ability To See Right Into Me...
Is Just As Strong As Before...

Now I Am Doing What I Shouldn't...
I Can't Stop Myself From Having Him Close...

Yup, I Am Playing With Fire...
By Letting Roderick Be My New.
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Woooo my first book of 2021!

I had been in a bit of a rut after re-reading the ACOTAR books in preparation for ACOSF and when this eARC showed up on my Kindle, I knew this was going to be exactly what I needed. Sarina Bowen comfort reading. I will start by saying that it had been a while since I read some of the True North books (this book is a standalone so you don't have to read them to read this) so I had been thinking that Kieran had the personality of Kyle (LOL OOPS). Don't worry, got that s
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“It’s not so terrifying to show people who you really are.”

4.5 stars!

This is such a gorgeous read! A fun, sweet and sexy m/m friends-to-lovers romance with a whole lot of heart and a natural, chemistry-filled love story.

This book is a spin-off from the True North series, with some character crossover. Kieran Shipley is a cousin to the Shipley family from the True North series, and while I loved seeing the original clan again, this can easily be read as a standalone

Kieran is struggling to find hi
This is now LIVE people!!!

I Love this! It took me a while to get into M/M romance. Ironically, I didn't think they had much romance. I needed to find a writer that I enjoy. I also want to like, and hopefully love the characters.
I knew a little bid of Kieran (from the True North series). This is a standalone. You can read or listen to this without reading the TN series. Kieran and Roderick are so different. At first, Roderick seems more bold, but he does get knocked down a bit. Kieran is just st
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hands-down one of my favorite Sarina Bowen books to date. Sarina brings new life to Vermont with Roommate. Kieran Shipley has been an enigma to me for years now in her True North series and now we really get to know him!

I absolutely loved Kieran and Roderick’s dynamic. Skeptical friends, work colleagues, roommates, partners. With fantastic story building, high emotions, and THE STEAM, Roommate had it all.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When it comes to M/M romances, Sarina Bowen is one of my go-to authors. Why? Because time and time again, she delivers a story that has a good mix of sweet and heat, with a cast of characters you want to support.

Roderick Waites has not had an easy life. While he proudly promotes his "gay AF" lifestyle, his journey outside the closet, hasn't exactly been a pleasant one, with his family basically disowning him, and having a string of failed romances. The last one being someone who refused
Jessica Alcazar
PEOPLE ... "I heart Kieran & Roddy Forever" This story was all kinds of delightful and *happy sigh* ... HOWEVER ... It’s all fun and games till Sarina throws in a curveball and you end up a blubbering fool on the sofa in a fetal crouch << yeah, that happened. WELL PLAYED, Sarina. Well FUCKING played!

I don’t want to give away a single thing about this story, but I will say this … Sarina pulled out all the stops on this emotional, swoony, sexy, humorous, surprising at times, ridiculously we
Susan's Reviews
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


A solid 5 out of 5 rating for team KierRock! Sarina Bowen, once again, delivers an engrossing m/m novel that will pull at your heartstrings.

Kieran Shipley (a cousin of the True North Shipley clan!) is planning to fly from his claustrophobic, emotionally sterile nest. No one ever listens or notices anything in his family. Kieran wants to be in control of his own life, instead of working three jobs and receiving no thanks from his f
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Roderick Waites doesn’t have a whole lot of options coming out of a toxic relationship. Returning home wasn’t high on his list of things to do, but without a lot of resources he hopes that returning to Colebury, Vermont, to his parents home will give him a bit of time to get back on his feet. That reunion doesn’t go in his favor and he finds himself living out of his car hoping for something to go his way.

Kieran Shipley is reserved, a little closed off, and trying to deal with the pressures that
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 5-stars, m-m, 2021
    #coming-of-age #M/M #dual-pov #standalone
This book was absolutely fabulous!

✔ standalone, but part of the True North world (also a set up for the new and upcoming Moo U, Busy Bee, and Vino and Veritas series)
✔ set in a small town
✔ an openly gay, sunshine baker & an asexual, grumpy farmer boy
✔ frenemies/coworkers-to-lovers and close proximity trope with a bit second chance and opposites attract vibe
✔ well written
✔ multi-layered characters who are capable to grow
✔ realistic problems and
As soon as Sarina Bowen announced Roommate, I was bubbling with excitement. Even though I primarily read MM romance these days, the True North series remains a favorite of mine. I love the setting, the characters, and the way this rural Vermont community is woven together. So of course the idea of a MM spin off standalone that exists within the True North universe is a dream for me. An out-for-you romance between a baker and a Shipley cousin with farm roots was simply icing.

Honestly, I had hype
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I hoped it would be. I can't think of a single thing I'd want to be different. Not a word, not a scene ... nothing. I was along for the ride the whole time. I'm sure I'll have more to say as I write my official review. But right now, I'm enjoying the afterglow of listening to the 9+ hour audiobook in one sitting. ...more
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