Update May 2018: Given the recent controversy over Faleena Hopkins’ trademark of the word “cocky” in romance novels, I have made the decision to avoid further books from her. My original review of Cocky Roomie below remains unchanged.
When Drew Charles answered Jake Cocker’s ad for a roommate, she didn’t expect to find Georgia’s sexiest bachelor at the door – and wrapped in a towel, no less. But Drew’s nothing if not adaptable, and she quickly adjusted to the idea of living with such an attractive man. After all, a relationship – or even a hookup – was far from her mind after everything her soon-to-be-ex-husband put her through.
When Jake Cocker got Drew Charles’ email about renting, he expected, you know, a guy. Not a gorgeous woman in a business suit who had already resolved that she was going to live in his apartment. Not happening, he said. No way. And then Drew cried and it was game over.
Cocky Roomie is my first book by Faleena Hopkins and I got it for free from Amazon a couple months ago. It had generally glowing reviews, so I’m not sure what happened when I read it. I just didn’t really enjoy it.
The first half is fine. I enjoyed watching Jake try to get to know Drew as she resisted his efforts over and over and over again. I liked meeting Jake’s family and how realistic Drew’s struggle to find a job seemed after being married to a man who wouldn’t let her work.
The second half is where it all falls apart. The characters become almost caricatures – Drew as the stereotypical southern belle who clutches her pearls while whispering, “Well, I never,” and Jake as the typical rich boy who’s likable enough but has never had to deal with being told no. The story becomes very over-the-top with a biker gang and Jake being sent away to Denver for work with seemingly no real reason and this subtle shaming of Drew’s best friend, Bernadette, who has a number of issues and isn’t shown any real empathy after their full extent is revealed.
The book is edited surprisingly poorly, particularly toward the end, and I was so distracted by the number of typos and odd grammatical choices that it really detracted from the story. I’m not really sure how this is one of Amazon’s top-selling erotic series. (Or, at least, that’s what the author’s note says.)
In the end, I think I was just expecting too much from this freebie. I have one of the other books in the series on my shelf and while I might read it later, it’s not going to be anytime soon.
Final rating: ★★☆☆☆