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The Roommate Arrangement by Jae

⭐⭐⭐☆

Stand-up comedienne, Stephanie Renshaw, had given herself a timeline to make a name for herself in the field. Starting off at twenty as a stand-up comic, she’d given herself a decade. Now she is a few months away from her self-imposed deadline. As a last ditch effort, she abandons touring across the country and the new plan is to concentrate on making waves in her hometown, LA. Steph has a place with her sister to crash while she finds her feet, but getting her own place is as urgent as getting good gigs. A dream house in walking distance to the biggest comedy club is up for the taking – except that the owners will not rent it to single people. Steph ropes in Rae, a security officer at the club in which Steph is desperately looking for a spot, as her faux girlfriend to land the house. Rae, for reasons of her own is looking for a house close to her place of work, and despite reservations – primarily due to the polar opposite personalities – she agrees.

This is super-slow-burn. The book is almost twice the length of typical romances and it takes almost 60% of the book for the MCs to start accepting their feelings for the other. Which means that their interactions really start almost after most books of this genre finish. However, Steph is such a mega-engaging personality that she keeps us invested. Dark, brooding, not-completely-likeable Rae has a backstory which is revealed slowly and works as a justification for her being the way she is. Jae has a gift for writing tenderness in a relationship and the way Steph takes care of Rae truly moved us.

This is a fairly long, but sweet, read.

⭐⭐⭐☆

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