Book review: Cocky Roomie by Faleena Hopkins

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.


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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: ★★☆☆☆

2018 Debut Author Challenge!

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m doing the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 challenge, the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge, both challenges, or neither, but I have decided that I’m doing the 2018 Debut Author Challenge.  I participated in this challenge in 2017 and honestly, it was such a great experience.  Sure, one or two of the debuts I read were downright terrible, but the majority were amazing and written by authors who are now on my auto-buy list.

I’m not going to go too crazy, so I think I’ll keep my goal the same for 2018: one debut each month, for a total of 12 debuts in 2018.  If you’re interested in taking part in the Debut Author Challenge, head over to That Artsy Reader Girl to sign up.  Then, check out the Goodreads group, Goodreads list, and Google Doc of all eligible books.

Book review: Hate Loving You by Amelia Wilde

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Growing up, Dex and Abby were close friends – and occasionally, something more.  But things never quite worked out for them, and some harsh words exchanged at the Overlook forever changed things between them.  Now, eight years later, a chance meeting brings all of those repressed feelings to the surface, but can Dex and Abby get over their past trauma – and their new, adult problems – to rekindle their old feelings?

I’m a sucker for a second chance romance, so I had no qualms about jumping straight into this one.  I was so happy that Dex was a down-to-earth mechanic and not some gross billionaire alpha who’s used to getting everything he wants – I know that’s such a thing in the genre but I am so sick of it.  I was also happy that Abby was her own person with her own successful career who was totally capable of standing up for herself and getting what she wanted.

I loved Abby and Dex together.  They clearly had deep, lasting feelings and enough history to overcome just about anything.  The thing that I didn’t like was how they let such petty drama get in the way for so long.  Call me crazy, but I really don’t think that the big drama of the book was actually that big of a deal.  For that reason, I have to be honest and say that I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes in such a short book.

Still, it’s a cute, sexy romance about teenage lovers/friends who reconnect in adulthood.  This was my first book by Amelia Wilde, but I’ll keep an eye out for more from her in the future.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

Hate Loving You is only available to Amelia Wilde’s mailing list.  It is not available for purchase through any major retailer.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I’m thankful for

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Here in the US, we’re getting ready celebrate Thanksgiving, so today’s theme is ten books I’m thankful for.  There are a lot of books overall that I’m thankful for, but I decided to go with ten recent books instead of going back to the beginning of time!

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💎 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
💎 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
💎 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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💎 Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💎 Catch & Release by Laura Drewry

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💎 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
💎 Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
💎 Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

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💎 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
💎 The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey

Which recent reads are you thankful for?

Cover reveal: Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Publication Date: November 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Preorder: Amazon | iBooks

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,
Corey

About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.) Don’t forget to sign up for Whitney’s monthly newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1p9fEYF

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