Book Review

Falon Ballard | Lease On Love

The Book: 

Lease on Love by Falon Ballard
Published February 1st 2022 by GP Putnam
Date read: January 17, 2022

The Characters: 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.

After getting passed over for an overdue—and much needed—promotion, Sadie Green is in desperate need of three things: a stiff drink, a new place to live, and a one-night-stand. When one drink turns into one too many, Sadie mixes up a long-ignored dating app for a roommate-finding app and finds herself on the doorstep of Jack Thomas’s gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone. Too bad she’s more attracted to his impressive real estate than she is to the man himself.

Jack, still grieving the unexpected death of his parents, has learned to find comfort in video games and movie marathons instead of friends. So while he doesn’t know just what to make of the vivaciously verbose Sadie, he’s willing to offer her his spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet. And with the rent unbeatably low, Sadie can finally pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. The two are polar opposites, but as Sadie’s presence begins to turn the brownstone into a home, they both start to realize they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.

The Review: 

Thank you to Putnam Books for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

This might be my favorite book so far this year. Lease on Love incorporated so many of my favorite things: roommates-to-lovers, sunshine and grump, plants, found family, a new business, and a gorgeous house.

To kick it off, Sadie and Jack have the most amusing meet-cute I’ve read in a long time. Sadie is drunkenly swiping on a dating app when she makes plans to get coffee the next day with Jack. As it turns out, she was actually swiping on her roommate-finder app, and their meetup was in regards to Jack’s spare room…not a date.

I adored Sadie and her little group of friends. Sadie was snarky and clever, and definitely the sort of character I would want to befriend in person. Found family stories are one of my favorites, and I loved how all of the friends supported each other unconditionally. Their group texts were hilarious! I’m not sure if sequels are in the cards, but I would love to read Nick and Harper’s love story and then have Gemma find love of her own.

Every scene in this book was so beautifully described. It was so easy to picture the brownstone, Sadie’s store, and Jack’s giant house in Connecticut (although for that one, I was definitely picturing my friend’s family’s giant house in Old Lyme). I loved this author’s writing style.

Everything about this book just worked, and I can’t recommend it enough!

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