Paranormal Roommates #1
Published 17th November 2021
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lily has found the perfect home, with the perfect house mates at the perfect price. She’s a Juniper, a witch from an esteemed family line but she refuses to follow in the family footsteps. She’s determined to make it on her own and attend university. So what if she has to work a terrible job in an even more terrible establishment to do it. It’s one of her list items that she can tick off, along with the perfect home, except for the fact that one of her new housemates hates her kind. He’s a daemon and witches hunted his kind for centuries. Living together in a form of an amicable truce is fine, until Lily pretends to be Claudio’s fake girlfriend to get back at the ex who broke his heart. One thing leads to another and suddenly Lily and Claudio are both wondering if a witch and a daemon could have a happily ever after?
When I read the synopsis for this story I had to jump at the chance for an ARC copy. The premise sounded super cute and I was dying to know what would happen to these characters I hadn’t even met yet. I was in the mood for something light and sweet and this ticked all the boxes and didn’t disappoint.
We first meet Lily as she’s interviewing for a spare room in a share house that seems too good to be true. I found the characters to be engaging straight off the bat. Lily is such a sweet character who is just trying to make it on her own without her families esteemed influence. She wants to live her own life, and live it her way, which means fighting against her family the whole time. They’re all waiting for her to just give up and join the family business and do what’s expected of her, which she does not want to do and could think of nothing worse. I instantly liked the fact that, even though she came across as somewhat docile and accepting, she was fighting for what she wanted out of life. Her character was very three dimensional and felt real because of this. She wasn’t a bad bitch that was kicking arse at any chance she got, no, she’s just a witch who wants nothing more than to meet someone she won’t turn to ash, go to university on her own dime, and live her life the way that she wants, apologising all the while because that’s just who she is. I found Lily to be so strong in her docility, especially once we learned about a certain event that happened to her when she was at school. It really rounded her out and made her so loveable. The character of Claudio I absolutely loved. He was this dark, storm cloud of a character that is fighting against a broken heart while trying to move on with his life. Their personalities were such a wonderful juxtaposition to each other and I loved everything about it. The whole opposites attract thing worked really well for this book and their relationship was wonderful and I am here for it. The other two housemates were very intriguing characters as well, and I look forward to learning more about them because I just know they have big stories to tell. All of the characters had their own individual voices and personalities and I loved how they all worked together in this story.
The story itself is very character focused, which I love, and it was mostly about the relationship development between Claudio and Lily, as well as the way the relationships developed with the other characters, though this was more on the back burner, in my opinion. There is plot here, but to me, the relationship was the driving point of the story, while the plot just helped move the relationship development along, which was great. I did have the twist worked out towards the end as to who was behind a certain event that happens, but that’s neither here nor there. I felt that this gave a perfect opportunity for another relationship to grow and it helped drive the story along.
Cane’s narrative had a wonderful flow to it and it was just an easy to read book. This kept me turning pages because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next and I was dying to know when Claudio would just get over himself and admit how he really felt.
All in all, this was a fun, light, easy read. I’d put it as a romantic comedy sort of feel, with a HEA, characters that were well rounded with distinctive voices, and a cute romance that just made me smile and my heart warm. I feel like this story definitely finishes out and could be read as a stand alone if one wishes. From my understanding the following books in the series look like they will be focusing on some of the other characters, which I’m excited to see. If you’re after something light and fun, give this one a go. Sometimes a cute paranormal romance with a hint of steam is just what the doctor ordered.