My Rating: 5/5 Stars
“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away”
Discovering Penelope Ward was an excellent surprise for me. I really like her style, her pattern of writing and the sweet mixture she adds in every book: love, hate, rediscovery and happy ever after. Room Hate was the first read for me and I’ve loved it from the beginning.
The characters were amazing and made a wonderful pair, despite their differences in the beginning.
Amelia comes back to her grandmother’s house after her death, only to discover that half of it will be inhabited by her first love, Justin, who she didn’t see for 10 years. They have a sad background, being secretly in love when teenagers, but Amelia suddenly left and Justin was heartbroken about it.
Now, due to her grandmother’s dying wish they are put together again, almost like she believe they were meant to be. Amelia is very sorry about the way she acted year ago and is willing to make Justin forgive her, but she has a long way ahead of her.
Our hero was very affected by her departure and despite her efforts, he will be hard to soften.
Eventually, they try to be friends again, but of course the attraction is still there, lingering and building until it POPS. The way the relationship is built is so intense, I like the way the “pressure” is rising until you beg the author to put you out of your misery and please just put the 2 together:)
Amelia was a genuine heroine, kind and sweet, and as the plot progressed, she will be challenged in a way not expected. She is also vulnerable and Justin will be there by her side. After his tantrum disappears, he was amazing. Sweet, gentle and most important passionate and HOT. I really liked the 2 of them together and swooned at their love scenes, either if they were sweet or rough. The development of their relationship will blew you away and will make you cry, because the changes in heart and in priorities of the characters is amazing and heartwarming.
Amelia and Justin were amazingly written and almost perfectly imperfect if you understand what I mean.. they were “human” with flaws and were wrong into taking decisions, but they also had some PERFECT features that I loved and swooned at every paragraph.
I enjoyed the 2 parts thing and the way you get to see the whole story past and present ( to be sincere, after knowing Penelope’s trademark split, my heart humps every time I read the table of contents, because I have to be prepared for a heartbreak)
It was a nice ride for me and I declare myself a Penelope Ward fan!!