RoomHate by Penelope Ward (a review)

RoomHate by Penelope Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG!!! I literally just melted into a puddle. Romance with children is my weakness and this love story just melted my heart. Justin and Amelia were childhood friends. They were inseparable until one day Amelia found out Justine kept a secret from her. Being a 15 year old hormonal girl, Amelia left town and never looked back. That destroyed Justin. She did try to contact Justin a year later but Justin seemed to have moved on. A decade later when Amelia’s grandma died she left the house on Aquidneck Island to her. The catch is that half of the house belongs to Justin, the same boy she broke many years ago, except he is no longer that sweet, vulnerable teenager she remembered. He is now a sexy man with a hardass personality and he did not come to the summer house alone. He bought along an equally sexy model girlfriend. Like it or not Amelia has to face the man she still loves. Will Justin be able to forgive Amelia for breaking his heart? He despises her now but underneath all that hate is there still a sliver of love left in his heart? There is a huge surprise in the plot. Just as Justin and Amelia were about to work toward friendship again circumstance tear them apart a second time. Their love is tested to the limit. Love is pain and boy, they endured. This story was heart-wrenching and full of angst – a perfect definition of a love hate relationship.

What I love about this book is that the whole book surrounds the two main characters Justin and Amelia. There are not too many side characters or stories that distract me away from their love journey. The book is told in Amelia’s POV but there is enough dialogue that I get to see into Justin’s head as well. I enjoyed the banters – smart, sharp and funny at times. I felt sick in the stomach and cringed every time Justin was being mean to Amelia and trying hard to break her. All the hostility and pent up feelings Justin has for Amelia was conveyed perfectly – you will feel the pain, the hurt and disappointment right along with them. I savored every word, every dialogue, every narrative in this book. The author’s writing is that flawless – I did not want to miss a thing.

I went through a roller coaster of emotions reading this book. I cried and I laughed. I was frustrated at their stubbornness, the misopportunity, the angst and the heartache of watching someone you love so deeply involved with someone else. Second chance romance with characters knowing each other from when they were children gets me every time. It’s one of my absolute favorite stories. I love the young version of the characters as much as I love the grown up version of them. He was a protective, loyal friend. She was sweet, innocent and clueless to the feelings he had for her. I seriously am gushing over the grown up version of Justin – loyal, loving and not to mention sexy as sin. He was hurt and confused at first but when he comes around, OMG I could not stop swooning over this talent and his unconditional love for the people that mean the most to him. Let’s not get started on the lyrics of the song. I was hysterical at the one song he wrote about Amelia’s ahem… watching… and then I was crying about the song he wrote at the end… I also adore the older version of Amelia – strong, independent, still sweet and loving. This was a gorgeous second chance love story! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK, I dislike nothing!!! So there, read it!
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