Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.
He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.
We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?
Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.
Filled with a delicious slow-burn romance and the perfect amount of angst to keep your stomach in a wonderful state of butterflies, Roommates With Benefits was a divine read. With two young adults finding their way out in the busy streets of NYC, Williams threw complete opposites together into a very small apartment and let them tell us their story.
Williams excelled at the depiction of these two characters, showing us their flaws and strengths without sugarcoating their effects. As a small town girl, Hayden had a lot of naivete and innocence to her in some aspects, but where she was soft on one side, her issues from childhood brought on hard, reactive angles that contrasted sharply in comparison. I loved this complexity to her, but what I adored most was her ability to see her response for what it was and to admit it without shame. What any great romance needs is the type of hero that can love a woman because of those flaws. Soren was altogether something special. His presence and magnetism leapt from the pages and, my word, he was charming and enchanting at every page turn. He surprised me throughout as I expected one thing from him, but he always, always showed me another. He may have been young like her, but he was anything but immature. His level of comfortability and assuredness with himself made him appear older and I couldn’t help but fall for him.
Roommates With Benefits had one of the greatest buildups I’ve read in a long while. There aren’t words to correctly relay how powerful Soren’s effect on me was and how much I loved the way he loved her. Prepare to sigh with pure affection and swoon with every dip of your belly. This is the kind of book you won’t soon forget and it certainly deserves to climb to the top of your list of favorite Nicole Williams books (or, simply as one of your favorite books).
Side note: Imagining the cover model as Soren, since he truly did fit him so, so well, added a completely different (and sexy) layer to the imagination and connection to the story.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.