Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.
He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.
We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?
Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.
Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5
I graciously received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
After reading so many insta-loves recently it was a treat to be able to read something that was a slow burn or better yet something where the couple had to work for their happiness, that is exactly what Williams gave us in Roommate with Benefits. The name is very misleading, as we all probably expect two people who hop in bed together and instantly are a couple, however that could not be farther from the truth. Williams points out that just because you happen to co-habitat with a member of the opposite sex, it does not always mean you immediately have to jump in bed together…. just eventually.
This is the story of how Soren and Hayden moved to the big city to follow their dreams. However, Hayden was just a little more naive than some. Believing the American dream of finding the perfect apartment via the internet, she somehow got stuck in a one bedroom apartment with a roommate of the opposite sex. Now for most this would send you running back home, but not Hayden. She was determined to make it work in the big bad city and make all her dreams come true, however in the process she was able to find the one dream she did not even know she was looking for, Soren Decker. Soren is the polar opposite of Hayden. He is a dirty, loud mouth, fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy basically everything Hayden shouldn’t want in her life, but what she soon discovers is he is exactly what she needs. Williams takes us on a wild ride as these two discover how to make each other better as individuals and together as they traverse the new world of adulthood in an attempt to follow their dreams.
There is no denying that Williams is very aware that we will fall instantly in love with these characters. If it is not Soren’s lack of a brain to mouth filter or Hayden and Soren’s sibling like banter back and forth we constantly find amusement while reading. The chemistry between these two characters can be felt like waves off the pages, whether they are fighting over who turn it is to clean the kitchen or in the throw of passion. Williams does and amazing job of writing the most believable yet unbelievable love story for the ages. These two are the definition of saying opposites attract, but by the end of the narrative we could not imagine them with anyone else but each other.
I have never read any of Williams stories, but I am sure going to be searching the interwebs for more. Williams has the ability to write stories that any of us could find ourselves in at any time, which gives lonely hearts hope that happily ever after is coming or may even be closer than they think.
Until next time,