The Roommate Situation by Zoe X. Rider ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

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zr_theroommatesituation Title: The Roommate Situation

Author: Zoe X. Rider

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


College freshman Shane Hahn finds himself unexpectedly shuffled to a new dorm room–which is fine by him, but his over-involved mother takes one look at toothpick-chewing, motorcycle-riding Derek McClain, his new roommate, and gets on the phone with the school. The school requires that Shane be the one to file the room-change paperwork, but Shane’s reluctant.

He’s attracted to Derek’s independence, even though that independence means Derek has to pay his own way through college, which he does by making leather products (you know: belts, wallets…bondage gear) and selling it online. Shane isn’t even allowed to work while he’s in school, much less join a band, which is what he really wants to do with his life. Unfortunately, his parents are holding his guitar hostage until he can prove he’s taking his future seriously.

When he decides he needs a way to come up with cash–the kind his parents won’t find out about–so he can buy a guitar his parents can’t take away from him, he turns to Derek with what sounds like a win-win solution: he’ll model bondage gear for Derek’s online store photos, Derek will get more sales, and Shane will get a cut. The one thing he doesn’t factor into his plan is the giddy stomach-flip feeling Derek McClain causes whenever he walks in the room–and what that might mean for them when Derek starts locking leather cuffs on his wrists.

Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰’s View:

I’ve gone back and forth on this book since I finished it and what kept it from being a 4-4.5 star read for me boils down to the mother. I H.A.T.E.D. her. On the one hand, I have to hand it to Ms. Rider for eliciting that level of emotion from me. On the other hand, the relationship Shane has with his parents kept jerking me out of the main storyline. I don’t think a writer ever wants a reader to get so frustrated that s/he puts the book down entirely and that’s precisely what happened to me when I got to the “I’m sorry” part. I actually began dreading any chapters dealing with the parents which is a shame since the rest of the story was so good. I wish it would’ve focused more on Derek and Shane rather than the coming of age/breaking free of the parental ties that bind that wound up having a rather ambiguous and unsatisfactory resolution anyway.

Stupid parents are stupid.

What I really liked about The Roommate Situation was how organic Derek and Shane’s relationship began and evolved. They both struck me as just everyday dudes. Dudes I really liked. It’s all told from Shane’s perspective and he’s witty with a dry sense of humor that I thoroughly enjoyed. I also really liked that neither of them were hung up on labeling their sexuality. They know they like each other. They know they’ve never been attracted to another dude before, but they aren’t angsty about it. It just is what it is.

Derek has a side business of making leather goods. All kinds of leather goods even some kinky ones and their exploration of bondage felt genuine and uncontrived. Their conversations in general and about what turned them on were direct and honest. Even Shane’s friends were just dudes who provided some enjoyable comedic moments. Shane’s trouble picking a major given his parents expectations vs. his love of music vs. how lucrative a career in music could potentially be were all relatable and brought back memories of my own college experience. What made me like Shane even more was his willingness to listen to others’ advice/suggestions.

Like I said initially, this would have been a 4-4.5 star read were it not for the parents. I will definitely read something else from this author and, actually, I’d probably re-read this. I’ll just skip all the parental chapters.

Buy Links

Loose Id
Amazon US
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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