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The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

The American Roommate Experiment

About the Book- The American Roommate Experiment

From the author of the Goodreads Choice Award winner The Spanish Love Deception, the eagerly anticipated follow-up featuring Rosie Graham and Lucas Martín, who are forced to share a New York apartment.

Rosie Graham has a problem. A few, actually. She just quit her well paid job to focus on her secret career as a romance writer. She hasn’t told her family and now has terrible writer’s block. Then, the ceiling of her New York apartment literally crumbles on her. Luckily she has her best friend Lina’s spare key while she’s out of town. But Rosie doesn’t know that Lina has already lent her apartment to her cousin Lucas, who Rosie has been stalking—for lack of a better word—on Instagram for the last few months. Lucas seems intent on coming to her rescue like a Spanish knight in shining armor. Only this one strolls around the place in a towel, has a distracting grin, and an irresistible accent. Oh, and he cooks.

Lucas offers to let Rosie stay with him, at least until she can find some affordable temporary housing. And then he proposes an outrageous experiment to bring back her literary muse and meet her deadline: He’ll take her on a series of experimental dates meant to jump-start her romantic inspiration. Rosie has nothing to lose. Her silly, online crush is totally under control—but Lucas’s time in New York has an expiration date, and six weeks may not be enough, for either her or her deadline.

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“Sometimes we keep things from those we love for reasons we don’t even understand ourselves.” 

quote from the book The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

Our Review of The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas

Well if you are wondering what the book will all about be, then, don’t. I think the title gives you enough clues as to what the whole plot could be. The book has adopted the ubiquitous theme of being forced together and falling in love. This is my second book from the author. The first is the Spanish Deception, which again had another of the tried and tested themes of Fake fiancé. I am sure the book must have come across your path at least once. It was practically impossible to not see this book inside the book world. It was such a huge sensation but unfortunately what didn’t work for me with that book, didn’t work for me in this book too.

Technically, the book has everything. All the right ingredients, all the right flavours but somehow mixing of all isn’t providing the magic that you might want from the book. For me, the book missed a bit of spark. One of the things that did bother me was the romance arc. It sort of didn’t have a natural progression to it in my opinion. The characters were falling in love almost at the turn of the page. But let us not indulge in that because that is a prerogative of the story to how quickly it wants to move from one point to another. It was nice to see the continuation of the author’s book world, by bringing in the characters from her previous book. Don’t worry if in case you haven’t read her previous book, you can read and enjoy this book as a standalone.

The problem that I had with the book, The American Roommate Experience, is that it did not have that spark. Let me put it this way. From the very title, one can picture how the book is going to be. We can almost predict the outcome and course of action. That is not the problem though because if using the same theme is bad then retelling would have never worked. The trouble though was in the execution. Since we are already expecting what is to happen, I wish the author could have made it a bit more interesting, bringing a little plot twister that could have changed the book

Conclusion

So in conclusion, The American Roommate Experiment is a sweet fun romance read that sort of falls in the same template as a million other of its contemporaries. For a hardcore romance fan, this book would be fun but if you are reading to have something refreshing it might be a bit disappointing. It has everything that you would be expecting from a romance novel. That there is also the problem.

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