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Re-Release Review! THE ROOMMATE RISK by Talia Hibbert

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From New York Times bestselling author Talia Hibbert comes an electric, domestic, roommates-to-lovers romance between a whirlwind party girl and her uptight best friend…

Jasmine Allen believes in bad luck, great wine, and the seductive power of a stiletto heel. What she doesn’t believe in is love. Her life is perfect without all that romance rubbish—until a plumbing disaster screws everything up and leaves Jas homeless. Luckily, she has someone to turn to: her best friend Rahul.

For seven years, Rahul Khan has followed three simple rules.
* Don’t touch Jasmine if you can help it.
* Don’t look at her arse in that skirt.
* And don’t ever—ever—tell her you love her.

He should’ve added another rule: Do not, under any circumstances, let Jas move into your house.

Now Rahul is living with the friend he can’t have, and it’s decimating his control. He knows their shared dinners aren’t dates, their late-night kisses are a mistake, and the tenderness in Jasmine’s gaze is only temporary. One wrong word could send his skittish best friend running.

So why is he tempted to risk it all?

This book was previously published as Wanna Bet?. The Roommate Risk is a steamy, standalone, diverse romance. This book is 75,000 words of fluff, angst, and extreme pleasure, with NO cliffhangers, NO cheating, and a guaranteed HEA. Please be aware: this story contains themes of parental neglect and abandonment, parental death, and alcohol dependence that could trigger certain audiences.

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LOVED this one! (It is a re-release of Wanna Bet?–which has been on my TBR for ages–with a new name and cover; just a heads-up in case the blurb sounds a bit familiar ;))

Jasmine and Rahul’s story was just so Talia Hibbert-y. I just don’t know how else to describe it–her sense of humor (SO many highlighted passages! So much snort-laughing while reading!), the fluffy-angstiness of it all, the steamy, steamy, steamy scenes–this had it all, and I loved it. Add in that it’s one of my favorite tropes–friends to lovers–and yeah, I was pretty much a goner from the start. Fortunately, it more than lived up to my sky-high expectations. And gave me something to read as I attempted to recover from the awesomeness that is The Brown Sisters (I may have worn a Brown Sisters-themed scrunchie or two while reading this one…)

The Roommate Risk isn’t all just fluffy goodness, though–both Jas and Rahul deal with some pretty intense issues during the course of the book as well as in their pasts (be warned, there is quite a bit of past-present flipping, especially in the first half of the book if that sort of thing bothers you…it’s definitely justified here, though, IMO). Ms Hibbert does a good job of balancing the story, though–characters deal with their problems realistically (eventually, in some instances) but the story doesn’t get bogged down with it. Jasmine especially does a lot of the heavy lifting off the page, which might seem like a cheat but didn’t really feel like it to this reader.

Now, what to do while I wait for the next book by Talia Hibbert to be released? Maybe I should dip further into my TBR for more of her backlist… 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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