Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Roommate Situation by Zoe X. Rider

Title: The Roommate Situation
Author: Zoe X. Rider
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 330
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
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 ebay 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.

The Roommate Situation by Zoe X. Rider is a different take on the college coming of age theme.  Derek and Shane are friends who learn a lot more about themselves and desires as this book unfolds.  I like the theme of accepting yourself and learning to deal with life on your own terms.
There are some typically clique moments like Shane’s parents are not cool with him being gay.  And some untypical moments you will not see coming.
Over all a sweet wonderful read that I am glad I picked up.  Ms. Rider does a great job of making me invested in her characters. I liked the sweet feeling this book gave me. It is a really nice coming of age that I think anyone would enjoy reading.

                                Four Twinkling Stars

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