The Flatshare

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 May 2019

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Tiffy Moore needs a place to live... fast. She needs to get out of her emotionally abusive ex's apartment as soon as possible. Easier said than done for someone who works for a craft book publisher. She's not exactly swimming in cash and her choices range from moldy to tiny. It's no wonder she ends up picking the option where she shares a flat... and a bed. But not at the same time.
Leo Twomey works nights and spends most of his free time at his girlfriend's so he figures sharing his apartment would be a good way to make some money to pay for his brother's lawyer. He figures having someone else in his flat won't be so hard to deal with.
Told over the course of a year, we get alternating first person views from both Tiffy and Leo. What I appreciated most was O'Leary's approach to Tiffy being in a relationship after her abusive ex. Leo was... awesome. When Tiffy freezes, he backs off immediately, working with her to get to a healthy-for-them sex life. And I also liked that Tiffy got into therapy and wasn't healed by Leo's magical wang. An easy ready but not a quick one because it does deal with some heavier topics.

Four stars
This book comes out May 28th
ARC kindly provided by publisher and NetGalley
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THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary is worth all the stars if you like romantic comedies and I most certainly do!  This book kept me up two nights in a row because I absolutely loved both Tiffy and Leon. I love that they communicated through notes.  I love that she is an assistant editor of DIY/Crafting books and embraces her body and mind and personal style from her head to her toes.  I love that he is an introverted hospice care nurse who loves his family and takes a few of his patients deep into his heart.  Not to mention why he needs someone to share his flat while he’s at work and all those emotions and backstories.  There are so many funny moments in this book and tense moments as well.  Anyone would be lucky to have a trio of best friends like Rachel, Mo, and Gerty.  Overall, I really didn’t even care what happened in this story – I just wanted to keep reading and let the relationships unfold in these unique ways.  I absolutely loved this debut book and hope O’Leary writes a whole lot more like it in the future.  

Thank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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She slept there at night. He slept there during the day. They communicated via a multitude of post-it notes. They lived together, though they had never met. 

I was all set for the rom-com, funny parts of this book. I was expecting them, but I was not expecting the depth of emotion O'Leary delivered, and I was more than delighted by it. 

Tiffy was a wonderfully quirky heroine. I adored her sense of humor and her flare for fashion. I was appalled by how her ex treated her, and my hatred for him only grew as we dug deeper into the story. However, Tiffy was lucky to have a great support team in Gerty, Mo, Rachel, and to her surprise, Leon. 

And, Leon! He was a delightful introvert, who won my heart with his kindness. As a hospice nurse, he spent a lot of time with very ill people, and some of the things he did for them were quite lovely and touching. I especially loved the side plot where he sought out one of his patients past loves and his fight to get his brother a retrial. Both really demonstrated what an amazing person Leon was. 

The romance! I could see it all brewing as I read the post-it notes, and I was overjoyed when they finally met. Needless to say, their meet-cute was pure rom-com gold, and I may have snorted. 

There are two things I see in books this day, that make me groan. One is the mention of certain book franchise, that I can never escape in YA, and apparently couldn't escape in this adult book too. The other is when authors pull politics into non-political books. It's just permeating every form of media, and I want an escape from it when I read. I really didn't expect politics to have any part or mention in the story, and I especially didn't expect a story based in London to have American politics in it. 

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book, and I know my pet-peeves are not shared by the majority of readers. Except for three small glitches, this book enchanted me from beginning to end. I just couldn't get enough of Leon and Tiffy story, and you know I happy crying at that ending!!
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The Flatshare was surprising in all the best ways: depth of character, complexity of storyline and intricacy of storytelling. 

An alternating point of view narrative that follows love-able characters growing from difficult histories and current situations.

This story leaves the reader deeply connected to the characters and pleased about the journey.
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The Flatshare is a book I picked up expecting to love for one reason but ended up enjoying for another!

This book follows Tiffy who needs to move out of her ex’s apartment but is on a tight budget. The solution comes in the form of a flatshare. Leon is a nurse on the night shift and is renting his place to Tiffy from 5 at night to 9 in the morning. The agreement is that they won’t meet, but there’s nothing to stop them from communicating via post it notes.

Obviously, I expected a romance from this book, so I may as well start there. The romance was actually not one of my favorite parts of the story! I didn’t feel the chemistry between Leon and Tiffy, although I appreciated their relationship and how their friendship grew. I loved their interactions and shipped them as friends, but whenever they interacted romantically I wasn’t convinced. Since I was excited about the romance, this was definitely a bummer.

But! The book ended up gripping me for another reason! Tiffy is dealing with her ex-boyfriend throughout the book. At first I just thought that Justin, her ex, was a loser, but as the book went on it became more and more obvious how emotionally abusive he was. It was very well done, as the reader starts making this realization at about the same time as Tiffy does. Or maybe a bit sooner because of Tiffy’s wonderful friends.

Mo and Gertie are Tiffy’s two best friends and I honestly loved their friendship so, so much! They were always there for Tiffy, but also knew when to give her space and let her work things out on her own. I especially appreciated Gertie, because she was such an outwardly gruff person, but had the biggest heart!

This is also a very British book, which I did not know before reading it, although I probably should have been clued in by the title, since it’s not called The Apartmentshare. This is neither a good or bad thing, it just meant that there were some terms that took a moment to translate to American English. This book is also told in dual perspective, and the two characters have very distinct voices that represent their personalities very well. Tiffy’s is overflowing with adjectives and exuberance, while Leon’s is more clipped and to the point. At first this made me dislike Leon’s chapters because his voice was so different than what I’m used to reading, but it really grew on me as I read! I ended up really enjoying the difference by the time I had finished!

Even though Leon was a more closed off character, you got to see his warm and fuzzy side through his interactions with some lovely side characters. Leon would do anything for those he cares about and this is especially true for his brother Richie, who has been wrongfully imprisoned. I really loved Richie and I was so glad that he was such a big part of this book! In addition to Richie, some of Leon’s patients were also his friends, as much as Leon would deny it, and it was wonderful to see his interactions with them as well.

The biggest factor that detracted from my enjoyment was the drama! I know that this is a more personal issue, but over the top dramatics sometimes get to be too much for me. Lots happened in this book, most of which was predictable, but also incredibly angsty, and the combination of the two just made me frustrated.

To sum it all up, I had some issues with the writing and plot, but I very much enjoyed all the characters! I’d recommend this book to Sophie Kinsella and Christina Lauren fans who appreciate lots of angst and drama!
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Tiffy Moore is going through a tough break up. Justin, her verbally abusive ex, is bringing his new girlfriend around to their apartment.
Short on money, the places she can afford are dumps.
She answers an ad for a flat share.
Leon Twomey is a night shift worker at a hospice clinic. He's in need of extra cash, trying to get his wrongfully convicted brother out of prison.
Tiff and Leon would share the same bed, but at different times! She would be there nights and weekends, while he would occupy it during the day. They don't even need to meet.
The arrangement works out well for both of them. They communicate via post it notes left for each other around the flat. 
A friendship evolves between them as Tiffy heals from the trauma of her last relationship and Leon works on his brother's case.
When they finally meet in person, they are already falling for each other.
This was a sweet, quirky romantic comedy, with some dramatic elements that made it more substantial.
I give this one all the stars for making me laugh, cry and fall in love with these charming characters!
A perfect, captivating read for the summer!
Thank you to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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This is such a delightful book, but The Flatshare is so much more than just a cute romance. Some really tough topics are tackled in an unexpected and amazing way, this story surprised me in the best ways possible. ⁣
I love forced proximity in romance, and this is forced proximity with a twist. Tiffy and Leon share an apartment, but have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy is desperate for a new place to live and responds to a classified ad for a flatshare. Leon works the night shift and will only be at the apartment when Tiffy is working. Their friendship is formed through cheeky little notes left throughout the apartment, and it doesn’t take long before the two start questioning if they could be more. Even if they haven’t met yet. ⁣
The concept of this story is wild, sharing a bed with a stranger that you’ve never met sounds like my idea of a nightmare #germaphobe. But I loved everything about this book! The story progresses through dual perspectives, it took a minute to get into the voice used for Leon’s chapters but once I did I loved his chapters so much. Tiffy is quirky and delightful, but also dealing with the emotional trauma caused from her last relationship. I was not expecting how heavy her experience would get, but this book brings awareness to how isolating and controlling emotional abuse can be. I thought O’Leary handled that aspect of the story so well. ⁣
It is impossible not to completely adore Tiffy and Leon and root for them as their relationship progresses. There are so many fantastic side characters that make this book come alive. Even if you think you don’t like romance, I highly recommend reading The Flatshare. It is SO much more than a sweet romance book! This was hands down a 5 star read for me! ⁣
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I loved this book so much, it's so charmingly British. It's definitely written in a different format but once you get used to it it's very fitting for the characters.
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I’m not incredibly generous with my 5-star ratings but giving this book any less just feels wrong. The Flatshare was genuinely hilarious from beginning to end and I was hooked immediately. Leon, our leading man, is adorably awkward and charming and Tiffy, our darling leading lady, is quirky and over the top without being cliché. The story is told in dual POV, something perhaps a bit overdone in modern contemporary romances, but I thought the author executed it well and there was a VERY clear distinction between characters. Initially I wasn’t a fan of Leon’s voice (he’s a man of few words) and the writing style took some getting used to. This quickly became a non-issue and was part of Leon’s unique charm. I read a lot of romance but it’s not often I stumble across a gem like this one! Relatable, realistic characters and a wholesome-yet-steamy, HEALTHY relationship?? Yes please. YES PLEASE. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review and it was an absolute pleasure to do so 💗
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After reading a few books with serious tones/subjects I wanted a lighter and brighter book. I very much enjoyed those previous books but I was ready for a chick-lit kinda thing to break it up.

The Flatshare is Beth O’Leary’s first novel. I knew the term flat share meant to have a roommate, sharing an apartment – each with their own bedroom. But in this novel they share a bed, not at the same time. One works nights and the other days.
The deal is that for a mere $350 a month she will have the flat from 6pm - 8am Monday through Friday and on weekends. The remaining times belong to Leon, who could use the extra cash that this arrangement will bring and never the two shall meet.

I’ve never heard of sleeping in the same bed as your room-mate and I can say it would never have been something I would have done.
They speak to each other via notes and letters left tacked to the fridge or on a table. When one is out at work and the other person at home, they find a note. And usually food! Sometimes they forget they haven’t had conversation in person. They are getting to know one another slowly as pen-pals who live together, but have not met. Weird and quirky.

The beginning was a bit confusing for me as Leon pondered about Kay and Ritchie, people who were not introduced to the story. Who are these people, I wondered. It all fell together shortly and I knew the character’s places.

Tiffy’s job is assistant editor at a DIY publishing house. She sums it up: “I love working here. This is the only possible explanation for the fact that I have been assistant editor for three and a half years, earning below the London living wage, and have made no attempt to rectify the situation…….”
As for the supporting characters a good deal of the book focuses on Tiffy’s favorite author, Katherin, who writes about knitting and crocheting. Also a treacherous coworker named Martin which you will just slightly loathe in the beginning and yes, this will deepen as you get to know him more.

Leon is such a good person. He’s a night nurse at a hospice, taking tender care of a little girl named Holly who has leukemia and senior patients who need constant care. Can’t be easy being a nurse. His supporting character is his brother Richie who resides in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. All the characters’ stories merge and overlap at different parts of the book.

I was looking for something light with a bit of humor and I found it in this book. What I wasn’t expecting was subject of emotional abuse and how well this author handled it. It wasn’t a constant but when it needed to be addressed in the story it was deftly woven in. Overall a funny, romantic lighthearted book but it certainly did touch on serious subjects at times.  Happy endings for most :-)

There was a bit of food in this novel! Tiffy is a baker and Leon likes to cook so we had a variety of tempting treats. Homemade oat bars, mushroom stroganoff, risotto, Victoria Sandwich with Homemade jam, carob date brownies, banana bread, ales and cocktails.

Much thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book.  Publication date is May 28, 2019.  I will look for more by this author.  All opinions are mine and I was not compensated for this review.

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Read this book if...
1. You enjoy romance novels that you can enjoy not out of guilty pleasure, but because it's genuinely well executed. 
2. You like books that have truly likable characters that have more depth than just their plot. 
3. You enjoy a feel-good story. 

Tiffy and Leon are not just characters in a romance plot. They live together, but they don't live *together*. Rather, one of them occupies the flat during the day hours and the other at night. They share a bed but keep to their respective sides, even though the other half is empty. They respect each other's space. And they get to know each other through Post-It notes that they leave for each other. 

We all know where their relationship will lead, but I would advise not to underestimate this one. It's been a long time since I've picked up a romance novel and thought to myself, "wow, these people feel real, my emotions don't feel manipulated, and I am enjoying this book." From the get-go, I was really drawn into the story. I cared deeply for Tiffy and Leon and felt that I knew them as well as they knew each other (writing on Post-It notes or in an e-book can both have that effect). 

Both Leon and Tiffy narrate their lives in a distinct way, and in developing their personal stories, I was so much more invested in the overall plot. Subplots weren't just fluff, they were genuine challenges that real people would have to overcome. Of course, there are some unbelievable moments, but overall there was depth and realness that kept me wanting more. 

Definitely worth a read whether or not you're an avid romance fan.
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4.5 stars

What a wonderful debut novel! The Flatshare was such a sweet and emotional story that surprised me in the best way. I absolutely fell in love with the idea behind this book and was instantly intrigued by the tagline "What if your roommate was your soul mate?" 

Tiffy and Leon were such interesting characters and complemented each other so well, even though they seem to be opposites in every way. Tiffy is eccentric and has a tendency to overshare, while Leon is quieter and much more reticent. Their meet cute and intimate living situation are atypical, but all the awkwardness only endeared me more to the characters. I loved how a simple note exchange set in motion such huge changes for both of them. It had me asking myself if you really can get to know someone through the traces they leave behind? The author allowed Tiffy and Leon's friendship and relationship to develop naturally and I loved the slow burn between them.

The story is told in dual POV, and I will admit that Leon's chapters took a bit of getting used to. I ended up loving his abbreviated speaking/writing style, however, and I really feel like it fit his character perfectly. Some of the Britishisms went over my head, but the author's sense of humor and witty banter had me gasping for air because I was laughing so hard. With all the laughs, there are some serious issues as well, and I felt that they were addressed very honestly. For example, Tiffy struggles for a large portion of the book with her past relationship. I appreciated that the author didn't rush through her healing or downplay the effect that emotional abuse can have on an individual as well as their friends and loved ones. I really loved how patient and supportive Leon and all of Tiffy's friends were. They stood by her and lifted her when she needed them, but what I loved best, is that ultimately, it was Tiffy who had (and did) save herself.

The secondary characters really were amazing (please tell me a Richie book is in the works!) and added some wonderful comic relief at just the right moments. I was smiling ear to ear as I turned the last page, and Leon and Tiffy's story couldn't have ended in a cuter way. Definitely recommend this one and can't wait for more from Beth O'Leary.

*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
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I went in thinking that it would just be a cute roommate story but I was so wrong. It was totally cute but it was also so much more than a simple romance book. It was such a great debut novel. It’s told in dual perspectives and while Leon’s chapters took come getting used to, I realized they were written to go along with his personality.
Tiffy was in desperate need of a place to stay after sharing an apartment with her ex boyfriend so she agrees to a Flatshare with Leon. They sleep on the same bed but never at the same time and they develop a friendship through post-it notes. I love how they learned about each based on clothing, books, food, and post-it notes. Eventually they both end up at the flat at the same time and get to meet.
The author did an amazing job a addressing abuse in this book. She highlighted the fact that abuse comes in different forms, not just physical. With out giving to much away she also wrote the book in a way that also shows that mental health is important. The friendships in this book were also so amazing. They encouraged her but also tried to give her space to come to terms of her past relationship on her own. And finally LEON! He is totally Book Boyfriend material. A man of few words but a total romantic. He is the good guy who got the girl. Once again, I loved that he gave her space to process her past relationship while still standing by her side.
Thanks to @netgalley and @flatironbooks for my review copy.
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Such a fun, unique read with more depth than I was expecting! I don’t usually read “romance” but this had more of a literature feel. I loved the characters and didn’t want it to end!
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The Flatshare was quirky, eccentric, and not at all what I expected. I adored this story. It was sweet, sometimes frustrating, and completely original. Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but not really, seeing as they are never in the flat at the same time. They communicate via post-it notes. Did you know that you could fall in love via sticky notes? I sure didn't, nor did Leon and Tiffy.

There is so much to love about this story. Leon is quiet and stoic, and he bears so much weight and responsibility on his shoulders, it's a wonder he doesn't collapse. Tiffy is trying to escape an abusive relationship she hasn't yet figured out is destroying her. These two people are such an unlikely pairing, but they start making more sense then they should. It's a delicious, belly-curling, slow burn masterpiece. The writing style is unique, and while at first, Leon's chapters felt stilted, you rapidly realize that it made sense for his character, and I loved him even more because of it. This story is so much more emotional than I was expecting. It is truly a character driven story. These people quickly become a part of you, and it makes an already lovely book that much sweeter.
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A huge shout out to my friends at @flatiron_books for gifting me this early copy!

Y’all know by now how much I am a sucker for a good romance. Like seriously, is there really a better genre out there??

Flatshare instantly sucked me in. I love when the synopsis of a book hints at a happy ending because it makes me want to read the book even faster.

As a nurse this book really spoke to me because lovedddd that Leon was a nurse! He was sympathetic and you could tell the majority of his life revolved around his career (ain’t that the truth of all nurses). I also really like the way that the author gave so much depth to this book outside of the romance, with the court hearing, jail, and a stalker, there was a bit of suspense throughout this book.

If you’re looking for romance filled with depth and a little suspense, this book is for you!!
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4.5 stars

As soon as I stumbled upon the synopsis for The Flatshare I knew I needed to read it ASAP.  I’ve been on an uncharacteristically long thriller binge lately and was in need of a good light hearted romance novel.  So obviously when Netgalley sent me an ARC I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to dig in!  

The Flatshare follows book editor Tiffy who, after a particularly nasty breakup, is on the hunt for a new and affordable place to call home, when much to the chagrin of her BFF’s comes across an ad for a flatshare.  The deal is that for a mere $350 a month she will have the flat from 6pm - 8am Monday through Friday and on weekends.  The remaining times belong to Leon, who could use the extra cash that this arrangement will bring and never the two shall meet. 

Quickly, Tiffy and Leon begin exchanging notes left in the apartment for the other to find.  They start as pleasant exchanges about the flat but soon turn more intimate and the two form a friendship.

Okay that’s my requisite recap, now on to all of my gushing about how much I loved this book and complaining about how much didn’t want to put it down but had to because, you I absolutely adored Leon, he was not your typical male protagonist, for starters he was an ethnically ambiguous brown male, which we rarely get to see in novels like this, he was also quiet, gangly, awkward, charming, caring, sincere and sweet and I just could not get enough of his interactions with, heart worn on her sleeve, Tiffy who was quite the opposite with her mere presence filling up an entire room.  

The only thing that held me back from giving The Flatshare the full five stars was that I felt the typical romantic “misunderstanding” wasn’t needed here.  Tiffy and Leon had enough drama in their respective personal lives why with Tiffy’s crazy ex-boyfriend and Leon‘s  wrongly imprisoned brother, that that usual trope was unnecessary, in my opinion.  As we neared the end, I was confident that Beth O’Leary and I were in agreement and that that was one romance staple we could do without here but alas hijinx ensue and bam! short lived heartbreak *wamp wamp*.

That was my one and only complaint with this charming and butterflies-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach inducing rom-com.  I highly recommend The Flatshare and I cannot wait for more from Beth O’Leary!
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I adored this cute rom-com about Tiffy and Leon. What a fun premise, sharing a flat and yet not being present at the same time.  I found the communication by notes adorable and I loved how their relationship developed slowly.  The story was full of romance, but also dealt with family and legal issues, as well as discussions about abuse.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Beth O'Leary! Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This book is a real slow burn. Tiffy and Leon don't even communicate via note for a chunk of the book, making me a little antsy in the process. But once they start leaving notes for each other the book picks up speed, though it's a very long time before they meet.

The chapters alternate between Tiffy & Leon's perspectives, and they are very introspective and give the reader a sense of understanding. Leon's voice is sparse and sometimes hard to follow, but even that helps paint a picture of his internal process and personality.

If you want a book where sparks fly fast and immediately you should look elsewhere.

If you tend to read more literature than romance, this will be your gateway to the genre.
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I started reading The Flatshare when I got on a redeye from Los Angeles to New Jersey. Didn't sleep at all because this book had my full attention! Tiffy's been living with her boyfriend and has an enjoyable, but low-paying job in the DIY book publishing industry. When she finds an ad that's for a flatshare/bed share, but the roommate will only be in the apartment during normal business hours due to Leo's job as an overnight nurse, she hesitatingly moves in. Tiffy's only ever met Leo's girlfriend, Kay, and part of the rental agreement is that she and Leo don't meet. Instead, they begin leaving each other notes about where belongings should go and what's available in the refrigerator. Short post its turn into longer ones and eventually the two do meet. From then on, lots of individual stories break off that end up intertwining both Tiffy and Leo. Thoughtfully written characters with camaraderie and real issues give The Flatshare a magic that's been missing in most of the novels I've read lately. Fans of Friends and Younger, don't hesitate -- grab this one ASAP!
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