Roommate ALC Review

Roommate by Sarina Bowen

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 12, 2020

Heat Rating: 🔥🔥🔥

I received a complimentary advanced listener copy from the author.


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 my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed.
Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.

Seeking: A room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread.
I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me.
A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from Kieran Shipley. The broody lumberjack wants more from me than another homemade pretzel, but if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.
Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart


Kieran Shipley is a man of a few words. He works at his cousin’s wife coffee shop during the day and has a desk job in the evenings. He’s content if not exactly happy at the moment. That is until one day Roderick comes blasting back in his life. Kieran and Roderick knew of each other in high school, but were never actually friends. Kieran’s not sure what to make of Roderick being back in town especially since he knows the one secret that Kieran has been hiding from his entire family.

Roderick has been burned by his boyfriend. He’s proud of being gay and had it enough with a boyfriend who wanted to keep him a secret. He’s moved back from Nashville to Vermont and luckily finds a job at the same coffee shop that Kieran works at. Roderick remembers Kieran from high school – only now Kieran is a sexy lumberjack that happens to offer Roderick a spare room to rent in his house. Can these two roomies keep their relationship platonic?

I really loved the relationship between Kieran and Roderick in Roommate. They were sweet and sexy and their chemistry was prevalent right from the beginning. Both Roderick and Kieran had their own issues that they were working through, but they were always there for each other when it counted the most.

I enjoyed being back in Vermont and visiting the Shipley gang again! While Roommate does have us visiting characters from the True North series, it is a true (M/M) standalone and reads as one.


Story: 4
Narration: 4.5
Overall: 4

I enjoyed the audiobook of Roommate narrated by Stephen Dexter and Teddy Hamilton. Teddy Hamilton is a favorite narrator and he was excellent portraying Roderick. This was my first audiobook listening to Stephen Dexter as a narrator, but he was great at portraying Kieran! Both of these narrators were excellent in portraying the different emotions their characters were feeling.

If you’re looking for a sexy, small town, forced-proximity M/M romance, pick up a copy of Roommate!


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