Claire and Graham make a pact that they will enter a friends with benefits arrangement if they are still single at 40. But after a serious injury, Claire takes on the role of caregiver and something ;)
Claire made everything possible to help bring back Graham to health, from sleeping right next to him cause he cant talk or walk, to watching TV together and even giving him an outlet where he can explore who he really is. Graham and Claire relationship was adorable! I was smiling ear to ear as I was reading and watch them fall in love. The story was easy to follow and you can easily root for both as they have amazing personalities.
Next, THE BANTER YALL THE BANTER!!!!! The banter alone deserves all the stars. It was top-notch!
Also this is an interconnected novel so u will see special appearance from Would you rather characters
Overall, a great read!
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this Advanced Readers Copy of The Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley!
To say Claire Harper's dating life isn't going well is an understatement. She has specific rules when it comes to looking for Mr. Right, but the most important is he can't have a dangerous job. She learned the hard way what that can do to a family if the person doesn't come home, and she refuses to go through that pain again. So when her firefighter roommate proposes that they enter into a marriage of convenience if they're both still single at forty, she hesitantly agrees. Claire still believes she'll find her perfect match before then, but when Graham is seriously injured, and Claire has to tend to him, she can't deny her attraction. The pair decide to forgo waiting and try their hand at friends-with-benefits, but the closer they get, the more they realize this is a forever type of deal.
I ate this book up in one sitting. I thought it was so much fun. I loved the banter between Claire and Graham. Claire was so outspoken and caring, and Graham was just the right amount of cocky but a cinnamon roll on the inside. He's very guarded at the start and a little emotionally stunted, and watching him open up and become vulnerable was so sweet. I understood Claire's reasoning behind not wanting a relationship with Graham, but it did get a little frustrating especially the whole third-act drama. I also thought that some of the dialogue felt stiff, and occasionally it felt like the emotional scenes were being glossed over. Other than that, I liked this a lot, and I can't wait to check out more from this author.
"I'd marry the hell out of you. Have you seen you?"
Seriously simmering sexy steam....without any descriptive sex scenes. I know...it's hard for me to believe too. But BELIEVE IT, bitches, because THE ROOMMATE PACT sizzles and burns even without detailed sex.
Graham is a firefighter and Claire is a nurse and these two friends and roommates will incinerate you with their chemistry. I loved their hilarious and meaningful friendship so much! This author's characters are always written perfectly for my taste. They are loveable and relatable and flawed and I adore them. Graham and Claire are EVERYTHING.
THE ROOMMATE PACT is a fabulous read with a woman in STEM, f*ckboy falls in love, no strings sex, positive therapy rep, and lots of laughs! Allison Ashley is a major 1-click favorite author of mine.
You definitely need to read this book! THE ROOMMATE PACT should be at the top of your TBR.
The Roommate Pact
Author: Allison Ashley
I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Harlequin and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased.
Synopsis: All of the fun, none of the heartache...as long as they stick to the agreement. The proposition is if ER nurse Claire Harper and her roommate, firefighter Graham Scott, are still single by the time they're forty, they'll take the proverbial plunge together...as friends with benefits. Maybe it's the wine, but in the moment, Claire figures the pact is a safe-enough deal, considering she hasn't had much luck in love and he's in no rush to settle down. Like, at all. Besides, there's no way she could ever really fall for Graham and his thrill-seeking ways. Not after what happened to her father... Just as things begin to heat up way before the proposed deadline, Graham's injured in a serious rock climbing accident--and he needs Claire's help to heal. She'll do whatever it takes to nurse him back to health...even if it means moving in to Graham's bed and putting up with his little dog, who hates her. But with this no-strings arrangement taking a complicated turn, keeping "for now" from turning into "forever" isn't as easy as they'd planned.
My Thoughts: The plot was interesting in this one, a roommate pact that if Claire and Graham are 40, and still unattached, they will embark on a friends with benefits journey. They are only in their 30’s when they make this pact and Claire new she should be with someone by then. They have been friends for years and roommates the last year. Originally the pact started out as marriage, but was negotiated down to friends with benefits. Then Graham gets injured in a serious rock climbing accident, requiring assistance while healing. Being the good roommate, Claire helps him. In Claire helping him, does the friends with benefits start early? Does it begin to complicate things? This follows the tropes of friends to lovers, forced proximity, roommates, and friends with benefits in a closed romance story.
While this is a stand alone book, characters from Ashley’s Would You Rather make an appearance in this novel, which I loved. The story is narrated in a dual narration by both Claire and Graham. I love the dual narration as you get the thoughts behind both MCs. Claire is reliable, caring, and loyal to her friends. Graham is charming, sweet, yet charismatic. The characters were well developed with depth, witty banter, chemistry, and intriguing. The banter and chemistry is on fire between Claire and Graham. There was a moment when I disliked Claire’s character but it came back to loving by the end. The author’s writing style was clean, crisp, humorous, and engaging. There is a third act breakup, as in many romance novels, which I typically do not care for, but I think it works really well here.
This was a cute, sweet romcom story that kept me invested. I highly recommend picking this up in any format. Ashley is an author I would absolutely read again.
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.
I really had fun reading this one! The story follows roommates, Claire and Graham, as their relationship turns from friends to lovers. Some of my fave things were def the story, the banter and there were some excerpts that really stood out. The characters were super likable and so funny, and if you’re looking for a light, fun read- this one’s it!
Unconventional friends to lovers of a very favorite trope. The chemistry between the grind is off the charts this being a clean romance was unexpected but not unwelcome. Thank you for the opportunity to read this fun novel.
The Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley
3.5/4 (rounded up)
Claire and Graham are roommates that are both single. They both decide that when Graham turns 40 and if they are still both single they will become friends with benefits. Graham decides, why wait? Why not start the agreement now?
This one was super cute and the beginning seemed like it would be super spicy. I really loved their banter and seeing the main characters relationship grow. This one had mild spice but more of a closed door romance. I did get some Sarah Adams vibes from this book, which is great because I love her writing style!
Overall this was a fun read and I enjoyed it! Towards the end I felt like it slowed down a bit. There was a lot of awareness of certain traumas both main characters faced over the years that shaped their personalities as adults. While I love when anxiety representation in a book, it lead to a conflict that was not necessary in my opinion.
Thank you netgalley and HTP press for the ARC! You can read this one now!
This one had so much promise. I am a sucker for a friends-to-lovers and a different version of hurt/comfort? I should've been putty in this books hands. It had a really strong start, I inhaled the first 40% in one night. But once the relationship was supposed to start developing it just didn't? At the heart of it, Claire and Graham just didn't have that spark that a good friends-to-lovers need. tbh they were really just roommates that happen to fck.
Thank you MIRA and Netgalley for my advanced copy!
This was such a cute romance! I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it going into it because friends-to-lovers isn't necessarily my favourite romance trope, but I loved seeing Claire and Graham's relationship grow. I think the whole marriage pact concept is fun and I liked how it spurred things on between the two of them by making them consider this jokey arrangement a bit more seriously. I do wish that we could have seen a bit more of Graham in action as a firefighter, but I also very much enjoyed the quality time he and Claire spent together while he recovered at home, and I did really enjoy reading about Claire working in the hospital - I find it always makes for a good workplace setting. Their chemistry was great and I loved seeing them integrate into each other's lives as more than just roommates and how they learned to compromise for one another.
The proposition is simple: if ER nurse Claire Harper and her roommate, firefighter Graham Scott, are still single by the time they’re forty, they’ll take the proverbial plunge together…as friends with benefits. Maybe it’s the wine, but in the moment, Claire figures the pact is a safe-enough deal, considering she hasn’t had much luck in love and he’s in no rush to settle down. Like, at all. Besides, there’s no way she could ever really fall for Graham and his thrill-seeking ways. Not after what happened to her father…
Just as things begin to heat up way before the proposed deadline, Graham’s injured in a serious rock-climbing accident—and he needs Claire’s help to heal. She’ll do whatever it takes to nurse him back to health…even if it means moving into Graham’s bed and putting up with his little dog who hates her. But with this no-strings arrangement taking a complicated turn, keeping “for now” from turning into “forever” isn’t as easy as they’d planned.
It was cute but I definitely expected more steam given the fact that it starts off as being a sex pact.
Zero steam, definitely disappointing.
Characters were well written, I thought the timeline that they fell in “love” was super fast. Reagan was supposed to be on a week long vaca- right? It seemed like SO MUCH happened in that week. Just wasn’t super believable.
I will say, though, that this book definitely had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I really loved that.
Big thank you to NetGalley for my gifted copy in exchange for my review!
Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After loving Allison Ashley's "Would You Rather?" and I was super excited about her newest book! I love that Allison includes medical subplots in her books and it's all authentic.
However, I really didn't enjoy this book. 36 year old Graham came across like a frat boy with Peter Pan syndrome. He was still carrying romantic trauma from Jr High, which I felt was a little unbelievable. Claire was hypocritical and I couldn't believe how much she trashed Graham for being emotionally unavailable while being as equally closed off.
I just didn't buy their relationship, I felt like their lust was holding them together, I and wanted more emotionally between them.
Despite not loving this book, I am looking forward to more from Ashley. I think she's a gifted author.
HE IS A FIREFIGHTER 🔥. ENOUGH SAID.
Haha just kidding, but really. The banter between firefighter adventure seeking Graham and ER Nurse who is terrified of doing anything “adventurous” aka dangerous due to something in her past have the BEST banter! It was so much fun getting to see their relationship groove from roommates/friends to friends with benefits to lovers. This book has so much tension but is a fade to black implied romance so no open door sense which can be kind of a bummer with all that build up but it didn’t bother me. They have a great friendship where they can lean on each other and help each other deal with their own personal traumas. However, Gertrude stole the show- I love feisty pets! I haven’t read anything from Allison Ashley before but I’m excited to read more.
I love a roommate story and from the view of the cover, I was hooked. The characters are charming and funny and the interactions between the two got me turning the pages until the very end!
such a good romance comedy!! i loved the roomate aspect and the friends to lovers!! wasn’t a huge fan of the friends with benefits but it was still an enjoyable read.
Two roommates make a pact: if they are still single at forty, they will finally get together. But what are they waiting for? Claire wants romance and commitment; Graham sees no reason to settle down and get married. Plus he loves thrill seeking adventure and Claire swore she would never fall in love with someone like Graham.
After Graham is injured during a rock climbing accident, ER nurse Claire helps him get back on his feet. But she gets closer than expected to him and his territorial yorkie, Gertrude. They start on their pact early, a no strings attached situation. But it quickly turns when they both catch feelings.
This was a fun and easy closed door romance. I liked that Graham and Claire seemed like genuine people who had really decided on what they wanted in a partner. Claire had very valid feelings for being afraid something was going to happen to someone she loved after what happened with her father. Graham had his own childhood trauma that made him cautious in love as well.
Thank you @_mira_books and @authorallisonashley for my gifted ebook. The Roommate Pact is out now!
CW: death of a parent (recounted), plane crash (recounted), physical injury, parent with a chronic illness, bullying (recounted), car accident
I would like to thank NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing, MIRA for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When Claire and Graham decide to enter into a benefits pact if they’re both still single at 40, neither expected to fall for each other so quickly and way before the deadline. Yet, when Graham gets injured from a rock-climbing accident, Claire takes it upon herself to nurse him at home which makes their connection even stronger.
Ashley does a really good job with writing The Roommate Pact for several reasons. First, the dynamics between Claire and Graham were great. Their character dynamics were great and I enjoyed reading how each of them grew as a result of their relationship. I absolutely adored Graham’s emails to Claire as well as how much they care about each other throughout the book, which you will definitely enjoy if you’re a hopeless romantic.
I also was a fan of Ashley’s writing style. Even though I didn’t read her other book, Would You Rather, Ashley eases the transition between these books and hones in on telling Claire and Graham’s story. I also think Ashley does a great job with keeping the audience engaged with the story in The Roommate Pact. My only critique on Ashley’s writing is that I would’ve liked to read the scene of Claire and her mom talking about Grant rather than through a passive recap of the conversation.
Nevertheless, The Roommate Pact is a good choice for a friends-to-lovers, closed-door rom-com to close out the summer.
Never been a fan of friends to lovers but I’ve been wrong before lmao I had a great time reading! Cute + steamy fluff, no complaints over here!
Really enjoyed this story - Graham and Claire have spicy chemistry from the beginning but both have a lot of growing to do. Love the use of Claire’s work as a nurse to show how her trauma is still a part of her life. I did feel a bit like Graham’s middle school trauma was a bit overstated but I guess that’s how it goes in real life sometimes.