I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Roommate's Girl on 6/12/17
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.
When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.
Then I saw Aster.
Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.
So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.
But you know what they say.
Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.
For me, there are a few golden rules in romance.
- There must be a HEA or HFN.
- No cheating
- The relationship can’t be unhealthy
I know that these are just rules for me, and even the definition of what each of what these mean for me might be different from someone else but for me they are hard stops. Given that, I the title of this book should have been a clue that it wouldn’t work for me but after seeing a couple of people rave about it on Twitter I decided to give it a try. I think we all know how this is going to turn out…
At 55 % I have decided I won’t be finishing this book. It hits 2 out of my 3 already and I have no desire to keep reading to find out of it will do the same with the 3rd. As the title suggests, the male lead in his book moves into an apartment and falls for his roommate’s girlfriend. When he decides he must have her, he sets up his roommate by taking him to a bachelor party where he gets him drunk and has paid a prostitute to do whatever it takes to hook up with him. I can only assume that others didn’t see this as being as problematic as I did since the character was a man, but can you imagine this story line being well received if we were talking about a woman? The standard shouldn’t be different with a male character. As if that wasn’t problematic enough, the rest of the relationship is based on both characters lying to each other repeatedly. They aren’t truthful about their backgrounds or who they are and have a dynamic that is so dysfunctional that I found it to be anything other than romantic.
There are too many books that take me to my happy place to continue with something that I so fundamentally disagree with. While this book may work for others, it just isn’t my cup of tea.