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Goodreads: Crave Thy Neighbor (Roommate Romps #3)
Publication Date: 08 April 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Don’t fall for your roommate…especially when it’s only temporary.
Nolan Brooks is off limits.
Sure, he’s insanely attractive and funny and I might have almost gone home with him one night to relieve a little stress.
It was all just a momentary lapse in judgment…just like the kiss we shared.
He’s my temporary roommate while I wait for my new apartment to be ready. That’s it.
He’s doesn’t do relationships, and he doesn’t do attachments.
So what if I have a crush on him? We’ll only be there for two months.
Surely I can survive that long.
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I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.
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TL;DR: I honestly loved Maya and Nolan and their romance was super fun and definitely steamy! Seriously, their chemistry was just so fire! 🔥 Just like in her previous books, Hunter never fails to make me laugh with her sarcastic/dry humour. I also really loved the frequent cameos the previous two couples made in this books—it was so great to see them all again and to see how much they’re thriving 😍 I can’t wait for more Roommate Romps!
I’ve been impatiently waiting for Maya’s story since the end of book two and I couldn’t have pictured her with anyone other than Nolan! They were perfect for each other and their chemistry? Off. The. Charts! There was a lot that I really enjoyed about this story but I admit I’m also a little conflicted because I was kinda left wanting a bit more—but we’ll get to that at the end!
I really liked Maya and Nolan as individual characters but especially together. Maya has intrigued me from the moment we’re introduced to her so I’m glad to finally learn more about her backstory. She’s feisty but also a sweetheart and it’s clear she’s worked hard to get to where she is in the story! She had a maturity that I really appreciated. She had Sam when she was a teenager and married Sam’s father soon after. We don’t see her in the marriage but it’s clear that Maya has come a long way since the divorce. Although she definitely has her struggles being a single mom, she’s slowly starting to find herself and her feet again and I loved that, no matter her feelings for Nolan, she was able to put Sam and herself first.
Nolan on the other hand has some trauma from his past after being abandoned by his mother as a kid and being raised by a single father. In a way, he’s the typical broody “bury-my-feelings-so-I-won’t-get-hurt” hero but I honestly couldn’t help but love him because he was a nerdy cinnamon roll and let’s be real, it was hot! I don’t know about you but I loved that he was a reader and had an awesome home library—tell me that’s not goals? 😂 I admit that I wanted to gently slap him at one point when he got douchey with Maya (and Sam!) towards the end but for the most part, he was a thoughtful, sweet and caring guy.
And like I said before, their chemistry? Absolute F-I-R-E! Whoo, their connection was almost instantaneous but also jumped right off the page. There was no way that they could’ve circled around each other without giving in because their attraction was undeniable. Needless to say, Hunter delivers on the steaminess between these two and timed the build-up so well—it wasn’t too slow-burning but they also didn’t immediately jump into bed together.
With all that being said, the reason why I’m not rating this higher is that I found there to be a lot more tell and not enough show—especially when it came to the development of the relationship between Nolan and Sam, but I also wish that we got to see more of Maya and Sam together. Sadly, we hardly see Sam in the story as he’s always with his dad and we don’t get to really see Nolan and Sam forming a bond (save for one or two instances), so I thought their closeness at the end felt a little sudden. I also wished that the conflict was resolved with a little bit more discussion and a little less assumption on Nolan’s part. Obviously, I’m glad they worked it out but I felt it was a bit too rushed.
Have you read Crave Thy Neighbor or the Roommate Romps series?
Or is it on your TBR?