An innocent way to get a free movie ticket suddenly turns into something much more exciting for Ares Michel and his smoking hot roommate Phoenix Sasaki.
Ares has had a crush on his half-Irish, half-Japanese roommate Phoenix since the very first day they met. But with his almond-shaped emerald green eyes and tall, model-like figure, all the girls on campus (and plenty of the boys too) admire Phoenix and want him for themselves.
Trying to save some money, Ares hears about a study on campus that is looking for roommates. The compensation is a movie voucher but he’ll take what he can get. Phoenix agrees to help out but when it comes time to fill out the questionnaire, Ares is surprised by how personal—and intimate—the questions are.
In his most embarrassing moment yet, Ares realizes that he’s dragged Phoenix not into a roommate study but a boyfriend study!
Quickly realizing his mistake, Ares tries to put a stop to the whole thing.
But Phoenix, with his dazzling smile and mischievous eyes, has other plans.
He wants to play along.
In spite of the 'boring as milk toast' cover, the moment that I read the blurb for this story, I knew that I had to read this one, so I grabbed it and off I went.
Except there I was, just reading along thinking, "Hmmm, there are some parts of this book that should be bugging the living crap out of me, so I should be a wee bit annoyed, right?"
Well... that's pretty much what did not happen between myself and this story, not even once, but I can't tell you precisely why that was.
First, at 18, never-been-kissed Ares was just a bit too naive for words throughout most of the story. He was in love with his college roommate, so he blushed and blushed and blushed. Then he blushed some more.
(The word 'blush' made an appearance 78 times. Trust me, I counted.)
Second, Anglo-Asian mix Phoenix was beautiful. But not just beautiful. Oh, no. From the first to the last words of the book, Phoenix was beauty personified. No one could resist staring at and being captivated by his perfect beauty. Not even the straight men. Because, evidently, even straight men are dick-mo-tized by other very beautiful men.
It's 'a thing' now. Consider the memo delivered. ;- )
See??? That should have made me nuts. Yet, it never did. Did I roll my eyes on several occasions? Oh, fuck yes. But it never really drove me crazy. Not even a little bit, really.
The book was just so sweet and cute, with a lot of subtle humor, that I found myself simply rolling with the punches and waiting to see what was about to happen next.
Ares and Phoenix did come off as a bit young, at times, but they're college freshmen, so 18 and stupid, like all new adults that I've ever encountered. We've all been there, so I gave them a break.
The slow burn and buildup really worked for me here. Then once the kissing and touching started, those parts were pretty steamy. Not scorching hot, but there was definitely a good bit of fog on the mirrors by the time that the clothes came off.
The story was well-paced and wasn't bogged down with unnecessary theatrics, so there were no drama llama's peeking out from behind every available tree.
The main conflict within the story came down to neither MC feeling worthy of the other, but by the end of the story, the roommates had moved into a solid HFN relationship. They're only 18 and no one actually spoke the word 'forever,' hence the HFN vs. HEA in my opinion.
Overall, this one rated 4.5 stars, but I'm rounding up, mainly because of how many times the book made me genuinely smile.
Happy, happy, joy, joy, bring it on!
So if you're looking for a light, fun, fluffy read, this would probably be a very good candidate. And at only $2.99 for 250+ pages, it's a steal on Amazon.
This was my own copy of the book and was not provided by the publisher.
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