Allison Ashley | The Roommate Pact

The Book: 

The Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley
Published: August 1, 2023 by MIRA
Date read: August 9, 2023

The Characters: 

Claire and Graham

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

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.

My Review:

The Roommate PactThe Roommate Pact by Allison Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been adoring Allison Ashley!! When I received this gifted copy from Sparkpoint Studio, I first listened to Would You Rather. The Roommate Pact can definitely be read as a standalone, but Noah and Mia from Would You Rather show up a lot so I wanted to read their love story first.

The Roommate Pact is such a cute love story. Claire and Graham have been friends for ages, and even had a marriage pact at one point. They’re roommates now, and decide to become friends with benefits now–why wait til they’re 40?

Graham is absolutely book-boyfriend-worthy. He’s so sweet, especially the way he opens up in his journal entries to Claire. I love an outdoorsy MC, and he’s a firefighter to boot! Claire and Graham had great banter, and their relationship was a lot of fun to read. They have incredible chemistry, and I couldn’t help but root for them right from the start. While the romance is mostly door-open-just-a-crack, like a poblano level of spice, the author does a great job of making it feel sexy without the blatant steamy scenes.

I really enjoyed this romance and enjoyed it even more than Would You Rather. I cannot wait to read more by this author!

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