This was a little too farfetched for me overall, but the bookstagram hype got me and while I did enjoy the writing and ultimately the characters too I think I am on the opposite side from all the fanfare I have seen thus far.
If Claire and Graham are single by the time they're 40, they'll become friends with benefits (a bit of a spin on marry by the time they're 40). Graham is a thrill seeker and due to Claire's past, she has vowed to never get involved with someone who is so reckless with their own life. But the heart wants what the heart wants and this friendship continue to evolve into something more.
I haven’t read a really enjoyable fiends with benefits book in a very long time and I feel like this one just reignited that little flame in my heart and it was done so well. I am so looking forward to sharing this with everyone I know and I can’t wait to head into stores to pick it up myself on release day.
It is a true treasure when you find an author that writes the type of books that always makes your heart happy.
Allison Ashley has become that kind of author for me.
The Roommate Pact is a hilarious and tender-hearted rom com about two people who are just right for one another. I fell in love with their chemistry from the start and loved witnessing their relationship develop over the course of the story. The writing is easy breezy, but incredibly done. This is the type of book you put down when you're done and smile for days.
I highly recommend this book as well as her debut.
Thank you Mira and Netgalley for my copy.
DNF / the characters were a bit bland and I kept trying but it just wasn't it for me. I couldn't really get into it.
thank you to netgalley for the advanced reading copy. I really enjoyed this and will be getting copies for my shop.
A sweet and sensual, friends to lovers romance that has a lot of growth and heart from the two main characters.
Claire is a ER nurse and Graham is a thrill seeking firefighter who made a packed that if they arent married by forty they are each others backup plan they are friends and roommates and nothing more so to Claire she didn't think much of the deal. When Graham got serious injuries that leave him down for a while Claire offers to help him out unware that things are going to start heating up between the two as they get to spend more time and learn more about eachother.
I've read many other books with kinda the same plot and yet this author managed to make it her own with a unique set of characters and I really enjoyed seeing how things went on in this book. It was interesting to get to know their past which made it easy to understand why Claire was a bit iffy about letting Graham close in a relationship way because of what happened with her father. Then it was Grahams point of view which I loved because of those emails he was writing, absolutely adorable. Both had plenty of trauma and things from the past that made it hard to move on into the future and it was interesting seeing how everything settled out in the end. Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend you romance lovers to check this book out.
Having heard plenty of stories about the ER and fire stations, this felt like a match made in heaven and Allison Ashley definitely delivered in her book. This was sweet, hilarious, and steamy. I will definitely be checking out Allison Ashley's later works!
After really enjoying Would You Rather, I knew I would be reading more from Allison Ashley. I also enjoyed getting to know Graham and Claire in that book so I was interested in where their story would lead. I’ll be honest and say that a “friends with benefits” plot isn’t usually my cup of tea because of my personal beliefs around intimacy but this book kind of proved my point as to why that’s not a good idea - one or both will fall for each other because you can’t have that level of vulnerability without it affecting major emotions.
I loved Graham and Claire, as individual characters but also together. They are in your face at times and have the best tension and banter. They both had really great emotional growth in this book and I loved the way the author had Graham begin to open up to his feelings. There were also some really funny moments involving Graham’s dog Gertrude that made me laugh out loud. The arc for her and Claire might be my favorite part of this book.
I appreciate the level of spice that Allison adds to her stories. I think she is filling a niche for readers that want a lot of tension with a little bit of spice but closing the curtain before we get too much detail.
The third act wasn’t my favorite and got a little frustrating for me but this was otherwise an enjoyable read.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions in this review are my own
As an ER nurse, I read this summary and knew I had to read this book. And it's true, ER nurses do tend to find romance with firefighters and police officers. I loved reading about the pact and it was obvious sparks were flying between these two. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of this book.
Allison writes the sweetest books. I loved the forced proximity and the situation that propelled their relationship further. It was cute with great banter!
this didn't do it for me. I usually love friends to lovers but couldn't get into this one really. But I really liked a lot of the other characters
Claire and Graham’s story in The Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley is a friends-to-lovers and fake relationship that was a heartwarming, feel-good romance. Roommates Claire and Graham make a pact that if they are single in four years, they would act on their attraction and get together. However, all that changes when Graham gets injured in a climbing accident and breaks his leg. Claire, being the nurse she is, offers to help nurse him back to health. Graham has a cast and is bedridden; making it difficult to do anything. Claire recommends journaling, for him to write out all of what he's feeling, as a form of therapy. He decides to send emails to Claire's unused email address, where he knows she'll never read them; as she doesn't even remember the password. There was something special seeing Graham open up in these letters; telling her everything. It shows how he's opening up his heart to her and to romance; plus it greatly helped him heal. It's so sweet and cute to read his entries. Then there was Gertrude, Graham’s Yorkie, who was so cute. It was amusing to watch her go from hating Claire to loving her.
This book is heartfelt, humorous, engaging and a quick read. Allison Ashley uses her knowledge of working in the medical field and brings this background into her work, and what is better than a heroine who’s a nurse and an outdoorsy firefighter hero. Claire and Graham had off the charts chemistry amazing character growth and wonderful banter. It was wonderful to see Mia and Noah, from the first book in the series. I highly recommend The Roommate Pact to other readers.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I loved this book! I was originally drawn to the cover and the storyline, but the characters were amazing and I loved them. The storyline was greatly paced, which caused me to devour it.
"The Roommate Pact" by Allison Ashley is a charming and heartwarming romance novel that explores the intricacies of friendship, love, and commitment. The story follows Claire Harper, an ER nurse, and Graham Scott, her firefighter roommate, who make a pact to become "friends with benefits" if they are still single by the time they reach forty. Although the idea seems simple and straightforward, the novel takes readers on an emotional journey as the two roommates begin to develop feelings for each other.
The writing style is engaging and immersive, making it easy to get lost in the story. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and their relationships, making readers invested in their lives. Claire and Graham are likable and relatable characters, and their chemistry is palpable from the beginning.
One of the things that make this novel stand out is the depth of emotion that the author manages to convey. The story deals with serious issues such as loss and trauma, but it is also filled with humor, warmth, and hope. The romance between Claire and Graham is well-paced and believable, and readers will find themselves rooting for them to be together.
The Roommate Pact is a must-read for fans of romance novels. It's a feel-good story that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. The novel is well-written, engaging, and full of heart, making it a perfect summer read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance novel, and I can't wait to read more from Allison Ashley in the future.
Claire is in control of her life as a nurse practitioner. She has a hand full of friends and she's happy where she is. She's not really thinking about dating anyone so living with one of her hot guy friends hasn't been a problem at all. Then she comes home with a question about what happens if she's forty and unmarried and Graham, her roommate jumps in and tells her they have a pact to marry if neither is married when they were forty. It becomes this big debate and Claire keeps thinking about it. Then she goes on an okay date with Marvin from her work and the kiss was really bad. Graham sees it happen and decides Claire needs to know what a good kiss is. Lines are quickly crossed and Graham wants friends with benefits but Claire says no.
Easily one of my favorite reads of 2023, this dynamite roommates to friends to lovers is perfect in pretty much every way. The incredible banter between our MCs Claire and Graham, the love/hate relationship between Claire and Gertrude (Graham’s grumpy rescue dog) and of course, the many appearances from the characters in Ashley’s previous book, 𝘞𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, created the perfect, bingeable romcom.
This was an incredible friends to lovers, forced proximity, one bed trope and male falls first which I adore. Allison Ashley did an incredible job at bringing these characters together and gaining a reader for life. I will be going back to read the first in this series.
"The Roommate Pact" by Allison Ashley is the perfect companion for those warm fall evenings when you're craving a heartwarming romantic comedy. 🍂💑
This delightful novel brings together a charming mix of classic romance tropes: roommate romance, forced proximity, friends to lovers, and even a hint of enemies to friends. The banter between the characters is incredibly witty, ensuring you're engaged from the very first page.
Claire and Graham's love story is undeniably sweet. While their chemistry might not sizzle with intensity, it radiates a unique charm that keeps you invested in their journey. As their relationship evolves from roommates to something more, you'll find yourself rooting for them with every turn of the page. 📖🥰
Adding to the story's charm is the adorable little dog, whose antics provide moments of humor and heartwarming connection, even if it takes him a while to warm up to Claire.
This book is a heartwarming page-turner that leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, making it an excellent choice for cozy fall evenings. Don't miss out on this delightful read!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I DNF'd this one at about 40 pages in. The characters were incredibly childish and unlikeable.
I liked the characters and their chemistry. Liked Claire and her funny stories from the ER. Liked the supporting characters and probably would have enjoyed more if I’d read the story of the friends who got together.
All and all a great romance I’ll recommend.