Book Review: Rebel Roommate by Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow

 Rebel Roommate  is a new adult romance book by romance book duo, Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow. Check out the book review from romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books, to see if this is a new adult romance book worth reading.

Rebel Roommate
by Jeannine Colette and Lauren Runow

Series: Falling For the Stars
Category
: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Tags: College, Brother’s Best Friend, Roommates
Published January 2021

Rating: ★★★★
Boyfriend Rating:
💍💍💍

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When Stacey transfers to UC Berkeley, she moves in with her brother, but she also inherits another roommate, her brother’s best friend, Wesley Knight. Wesley was the boy who constantly teased her growing up and now he’s the fun police by scaring off any guys who want to talk to her.

If he’s killing her dating life then she can do the same to his. Yet when she turns up the flirting, the line between roommates becomes blurred and has them breaking all the rules.

I am so loving this zodiac themed book series from this author duo. With Rebel Roommate, we get an Aquarius hero in this college romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend.

A Good College Romance

This is definitely a book for college romance lovers.

Stacey transfers to UC Berkeley as a junior and moves into an apartment with her brother, Chad and his best friend Wesley.

There’s already history and tension between Stacey and Wesley since he’s been teasing her since he became friends with her brother when they were 10.

Only Stacey and Wesley haven’t seen each other for three years until she moves in.

You could tell from their first run-in (Wesley coming out of the bathroom after showering, wrapped only in a towel!) that the tension was going to be high and the chemistry off the charts with these two.

Don’t they say that when you’re young someone teases you to hide that they really like you? That’s definitely the case with Wesley.

He’s constantly calling her “Squid,” a nickname she can’t stand and constantly getting in the way of his baseball teammates who try to get to know Stacey because he secretly wants her for himself- always has.

I loved how he’s constantly showing up at whatever party scene she is at and looking out for her all the while fueling the tension between them.

The best part is when she turns the table on him and starts to tease him or block him from getting with any girl.

The banana scene for one was hilarious!

As far as book boyfriends go, I did like Wesley. I could totally understand why he kept his distance all these years, not wanting to risk his relationship with his best friend.

But despite the fear in jeopardizing things with Chad, I loved how he couldn’t deny his feelings for Stacey but it definitely complicated things for the two.

While I liked the tension brewing between them and the history we learn about Wesley’s home life to get into his head a bit, I thought Chad’s reaction to their relationship was a bit over the top.

Knowing his history and issues, I would have thought Chad and Stacey would have been more sympathetic to Wesley rather than having the onus on him to beg for forgiveness.

Their mom’s reaction more than made up for it though!

If you’re a fan of romance books with a love match between a little sister and a brother’s best friend, this is a read for you.

*Thank you to Wordsmith Publicity for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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