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Roomies
By: Lindy Zart
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Genres: New Adult Adult, Rom-Com

*I received free ARCs of Roomies from in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb

Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.
I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.
And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.
Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.
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I loved this book. Without a doubt. Then again, I tend to love everything that Lindy Zart writes. This book was refreshing and fun. This was a stress-free read that hit many high notes. I understand Kennedy’s language and have a Graham of my own, so this was even more enjoyable to read on my end.

The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 5/5 Stars
Love me some Lindy Zart characters. They are always so well thought out and complex. Even the less important characters have a great story. There’s something great about a story that every character could have their own spin-off. Anywho – Kennedy is blunt with an excellent tongue-in-cheek way of thinking and speaking about the world. She’s lived with Graham for the last two years and is madly in love with him. Instead of flinging herself at him, she hides behind her wit. Graham is quiet and polite, with a dash of Kennedy’s sarcasm and wit. They’re pretty opposite of one another. In comes Blake, mixing things up a bit. Blake is wonderful. Ha. Both of the guys are. I love how they all play off each other and really drive this story along.

Dialogue – 5/5 Stars
There were very few moments when I wasn’t laughing out loud at Roomies. The witty banter between Kennedy and any other character simply threw me into fits of giggles. Words tend to just fall from her lips in the same way mine do, so I get it. All of the characters have their own speaking style and attitude that is well conveyed in their conversations. My favorite moments were those between Kennedy and either of the Malone brothers.

Plot – 5/5 Stars
Roommates shouldn’t date. It’s, like, the golden rule. It could ruin everything. Besides, there is no way that Kennedy’s feelings are reciprocated. Right? I adore that there is SO much more to this story than what appears on the surface. It has all of the right ingredients to make this a winner: great characters, witty dialogue, a bit if angst, a lot of humor, and conflict. Oh, and attractive guys don’t hurt this story either.

Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Zart does well with the imagery in this story, though there is definitely more emphasis on Kennedy’s wit and the dialogue. That’s perfectly fine. There were some excellent moments, such as anything occurring in the podiatrist’s office where Kennedy works.

Ending 4.5/5 Stars
The ending has the perfect amount of closure, while still leaving the story open to a sequel. There’s a lot to be said about endings, especially in Zart’s books. Always reliable and never disappointing.

My Favorite Quotes: (Please keep in mind that these are from the ARC, so they may have changed slightly.)

“Your crazy makes my crazy make sense.”

“A cool wind plays with my hair, making me think it might have a thing for me. I hug myself against its advances.”

Total: 23.5/25 Stars

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C: The Four C’s to a Great Book and a Successful Review From Me!

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When I open a book, I am ready to embark on my next adventure. I’m excited to jump in, get lost, and then formulate my next review. I am very easily distracted, however, when the story just isn’t all there. For me, a great story needs creativity, clarity, characterization and cleanliness to help me dive right in. If these four are solid, I’m all in cards on the table.

Creativity
While it is true that many stories have a similar foundation, the way in which it is told has a great effect on the audience. Boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, they split, then fall back in love and live happily ever after. How many times has this come to play in most of the books and movies we see every day? What makes them stand out? The answer is simple – something about it is unlike the others. Draw me in with a new hook, make it work, make me believe it and I’m like a pig in poo.

Clarity
I love well-developed stories, but it’s so easy to cross the line from “well-developed” and “over-developed.” I like stories to be ones that can be followed. Sure, make me think, keep me guessing, make it interesting, but for the love of all that is holy, don’t over complicate what doesn’t need to be. Be clear in your thoughts, don’t confuse the reader unless the storyline calls for that confusion.

Characterization
Nothing is more dull than a story half told. One note main characters frustrate me to no end because I want to get to know them. What’s their psychology? What happened to them to make them the way they are? Tell me back story (but not more than necessary), give your characters flaws and challenges, make me root for or hate them… This is simple, as it really helps drive the plot and sucks the reader in more. I like to feel like I know who a character is. If the character should be a mystery, make that a part of the story. I like my characters well done, not medium rare.

Cleanliness
For Pete’s sake, check your spelling and grammar. We all make mistakes, so I can forgive a few here or there. Heck, even the best editors can miss one or two, but if you are missing words, butchering spelling, neglecting to utilize proper punctuation and just haphazardly picking a to/too/two out of a hat – chances are I will toss your story aside and move onto the next.

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