From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Sharing a summer house with a hot-as-hell roommate should be a dream come true, right?

Not when it’s Justin…the only person I’d ever loved…who now hates me.

When my grandmother died and left me half of the house on Aquidneck Island, there was a catch: the other half would go to the boy she helped raise.

The same boy who turned into the teenager whose heart I broke years ago.

The same teenager who’s now a man with a hard body and a hardass personality to match.

I hadn’t seen him in years, and now we’re living together because neither one of us is willing to give up the house.

The worst part? He didn’t come alone.

I’d soon realize there’s a thin line between love and hate. I could see through that smug smile. Beneath it all…the boy is still there. So is our connection.

The problem is…now that I can’t have Justin, I’ve never wanted him more.

Author's note – RoomHate is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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An Excerpt from Roomhate

Copyright © 2016 by Penelope Ward


His eyes darted to the side, and he noticed me standing there. We just stared at each other. It was ironic, but the only times I could ever feel the remnants of our old connection were in fleeting moments of silent eye contact. Sometimes moments of silence spoke the loudest.

I left him alone again, making my way back down the hall and into the restaurant to tend to the customers I’d been ignoring.

Things really started to get busy. Without Jade working tonight, we were short-staffed, and I was having a hard time keeping up with the orders. Sandy’s had indoor and outdoor seating. Normally, I would only be working one section, but tonight I was going back and forth between the two.

It was nice out, so I knew they would have Justin performing outside. I kept glancing over to the small stage to see if he was there. It was past eight, and he hadn’t made an appearance yet.

Sometime close to eight-thirty, I was in the middle of serving a large party of ten when I first heard it: the chilling sound of a soulful voice that was not familiar in the least. He gave no introduction. No warning. He just started to sing out the first few words, followed by the strum of his guitar. The song that Justin had chosen to start with was a cover of Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

The entire room soon quieted down, and all eyes were on the stunning blond male specimen with the spotlight shining down on him. Despite the fact that I was carrying a large round tray of dirty dishes, I couldn’t move. The vibration of his thick, smoky singing voice had completely paralyzed me, penetrating my body and soul.

Aside from the lone teardrop that fell the night he lost it on me during steak dinner, I hadn’t shed any more tears—until now. It was all too much. Hearing how different his voice sounded, how he’d trained it over the years, was a wake-up call as to how much I had missed. All of the hours of practice that must have gone into honing that beautiful voice, and I wasn’t there for any of it. The guilt, the emotions, the reality of a decade gone…everything started to pummel me at once. Not to mention the song—about a girl leaving. It probably had nothing to do with me, but in my mind, it sure as hell felt like it did.


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My Review

I love Penelope Ward and her books so I knew I had to get my hands on this book! It didn’t disappoint from the very first chapter I was hooked and didn’t want to do anything else but read until the end.

Amelia and Justin are childhood friends. Amelia always felt so out of place as a child because she had a lazy eye which forced her to wear an eye patch, but Justin makes your heart melt how he decides to make her feel normal and turns her eye patch into a pirate one. From that moment you know you will love Justin and some if his crazy ways.

When they both become teenagers things happen that make Amelia decide to move away with her Dad. The feelings they have for one another are never spoken of. Amelia makes contact with Justin after the move and he doesn’t respond. You know the romantic feelings are there, but neither can admit it. Amelia is afraid moving might have been a huge mistake after all.

Nine years have went by and it’s finally time to face each other. Amelia’s grandmother has passed and Amelia must return and face Justin once and for all. She’s scared how he will react to her coming back and will he be the same boy she once knew all those years ago?

Amelia’s grandmother helped raise Justin so half if the house would go to him and the other half to Amelia Forced to live together because neither want to let go of the house Amelia is in for a treat having to face Justin after all this time, but also his girlfriend. Trying to ignore each other won’t be easy and Justin makes it very clear he’s still holding a grudge from 9 years ago. Will they both ever admit their feelings for each other or is it too late?

I love the the love/hate the two have for one another. The back and forth banter is great. You still feel the connection between them as you read. I love all the angst! I didn’t want to put this book down. It is a top read of 2016 for me. I love getting lost in books like this. I give it 5 BIG glittery stars!! Penelope Ward did it again with RoomHate!!


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About Penelope Ward


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels.

Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.