Lease on Love by Falon Ballard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 🔥
Release Date: February 1, 2022
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.
After getting passed over for an overdue—and much needed—promotion, Sadie Green is in desperate need of three things: a stiff drink, a new place to live, and a one-night-stand. When one drink turns into one too many, Sadie mixes up a long-ignored dating app for a roommate-finding app and finds herself on the doorstep of Jack Thomas’s gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone. Too bad she’s more attracted to his impressive real estate than she is to the man himself.
Jack, still grieving the unexpected death of his parents, has learned to find comfort in video games and movie marathons instead of friends. So while he doesn’t know just what to make of the vivaciously verbose Sadie, he’s willing to offer her his spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet. And with the rent unbeatably low, Sadie can finally pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. The two are polar opposites, but as Sadie’s presence begins to turn the brownstone into a home, they both start to realize they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.
When Sadie Green gets passed up for the promotion she has been working so hard for – she lets it all out and is unfortunately fired from her job. Sadie is unsure what to do, but she has a great group of friends that rally behind her and lift up her spirits. When a swipe right that was supposed to be for a potential online date actually turns out to be a swipe right on a roommate, Sadie ends up meeting Jack. The owner of an impressive brownstone in Brooklyn.
Sadie and Jack agree to the terms and Sadie decides to turn her life around and attempt floristry. Something she’s always been interested in. Jack lays low and hasn’t really had a lot of friends/relationships since the death of his parents a few years ago. He’s still grieving and Sadie gives him all the space that he needs.
But soon the forced proximity of living together has these two looking at each other in a different light. Will they be able to make a relationship work, when both of them are trying to work out their own issues?
Oh how I loved Lease on Love. The writing by Falon Ballard was funny, heartfelt and I couldn’t stop reading this book once I started. Sadie and Jack were both characters that had so many layers to them. Not just them as individuals, but their backstories, their friendships and what made them the way that they are.
Although Lease on Love was a slow, slow, slow burn I never felt that it was going too slow. Sadie and Jack truly started off as roommates that progressed to friends and then to something more. Their relationship took a natural course and I was never bored or willing them to go faster.
One aspect of books with so many side characters is that sometimes it’s too many people and voices. But in this case I loved Sadie’s group of friends. The text messages, the ribbing, the way they loved each other unconditionally was so perfect. Found families in books can be hit and miss, but it was a total hit in the case with Lease on Love
Overall I truly enjoyed Lease on Love. I wasn’t completely sold on the final conflict in the story, but still loved the story enough to round up my rating to five stars!. I can’t wait to read what Falon Ballard writes next!
CW: grief, parental death (off page), parental verbal abuse/abandonment