Review: My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes

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The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.  When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.   Then I saw Aster.  Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.  So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.  But you know what they say.  Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

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Source: Netgalley           My Rating: 4/5 star

Aidan had a choice; one of those moments in life where you choose, knowing your life is going to be altered irrevocably with either choice.  For Aidan, the choice wasn’t hard, go to college rather than go to jail and for three years he’s kept his nose clean, his grades up, and completely away from trouble. 

Then he met Aster . . . .

Aster is everything Aidan wants: she’s kind, she’s caring, she’s gorgeous, she’s intelligent, and she’s focused on her course work.  She’s also taken by Aidan’s new roommate, Jerry.  Jerry is the epitome of nice guy and taking something (or someone in this case!) he cares for seems like the lowest thing Aidan could ever do, but Aster is worth the guilt and seriously dirty deed it’s going to take to split the couple apart.  All Aidan has to do is bide his time.

What Aidan doesn’t count on is how three years of playing by the rules and generally being a decent human being gets disrupted when he schemes to break up Jerry and Aster.  Though he and Aster are growing closer, the guilt about his actions is tremendous and Aidan is desperate for Aster to remain in the dark about his despicable behavior.  What Aster doesn’t know can’t hurt Aidan, right??

But, Aster does know . . . .

Aster projects to the world the kind of girl she wants to be, the kind of girl she works hard at being, and the kind of girl both Jerry and Aidan want.  What much of the world doesn’t know is Aster’s secret and why she tries so damn hard to maintain the image she wants to be remembered for.  What she has planned for Aidan isn’t at all in line with her good girl image, but he blew her world apart and she isn’t going to allow him to get away with his treachery.  Trouble is, Aster’s plan is a long game and she doesn’t count on actually liking Aidan while she’s plotting to destroy him.  In fact, Aster is even more broken hearted over the loss of Aidan (when it happens!) than she was over the loss of Jerry.

What ensues following all the heartbreak is two very, very damaged people trying to make their lives not only right, but happy.  Together, Aster and Aidan are so good, but there is a tremendous amount of hurt, a pile of secrets, and trust issues they both have to deal with before they can truly be together and be good for one another.  The road is far, far from easy, and Fate has a way of making things harder, but the risk is worth it for Aidan and Aster and their future!

The Bottom Line:  This is not my first rodeo with Julianna Keyes and I have to say, I really enjoy her spin on college romance!  From beginning to end, My Roommate’s Girl is a roller coaster ride of crazy, emotions, frustration, and tension!  From one moment to the next there’s no telling what Aidan or Aster is going to do and most of the time, their actions will just leave you shaking your head in disbelief.  With that being said, they’re both really likeable characters and it’s hard not to root for them and their eventual HEA.  The cast of secondary characters all play appropriate roles and more than support the Aidan and Aster throughout.  If you’re looking for a guaranteed HEA with a few twists and turns, and all the feels then My Roommate’s Girl is just the book you’re looking for.

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