Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O’Leary
Series info: standalone
I was introduced to this book through Instagram. 1) It’s cover is quite pleasing and cute and 2) it’s synopsis is so intriguing! I read this book as soon as I was in the mood for romance (which didn’t take long).
trigger warning: emotional abuse, stalking, gaslighting.
Even though her ex-boyfriend quickly moved on to another woman, Tiffy still has hope and continues to live in his home. But one day, when she meets his “fiancee”, she knows that she has to leave. She needs a cheap place to stay, ASAP.
Leon is a nurse on night shifts, and hence he barely spends time in his apartment unless he’s sleeping. Add a girlfriend to the mix, and he has no extra time. Leon’s brother Richie is currently in prison for a crime he did not commit. Leon believes him and every spare penny is going to Richie’s lawyer. Because of his dwindling savings, he needs money and is willing to rent out his house.
Tiffy and Leon end up roommates, each having 12 hours in the house. The idea seems preposterous right from the beginning, but it works for them. Leon works nights, and only is at the apartment during daytime when he has to sleep. Tiffy has the apartment from 6pm until the morning. They have their schedule down. They even share the same bed, but sleep on different sides.
Since Liam’s girlfriend handled initial contact with Tiffy, Tiffy and Leon have never met. But slowly, they get to know each other by living in the same space. One day, they start leaving notes as a form of communication and it continues. Soon they’re having complete conversations in notes around the house. And that’s how they begin getting to know each other.
I absolutely loved reading this book.
The plot is unique and different. I was so intrigued that I couldn’t stop reading. The book is written in dual points of view and that made it much better to understand both characters and their lives. Other than the romance, we also truly got to know each character’s lives at work, with family and also about their romantic lives.
I love that the characters got to know each other through sticky notes around the house. At one point they had most surfaces of the house covered! It was really entertaining to read.
“Of course, I still haven’t actually met my flatmate, which I acknowledge is technically a bit weird, but we’ve started leaving each other notes more and more often now – sometimes I forget we haven’t had these conversations in person.“Tiffy
The characters were super interesting.
Tiffy works as an editor in a publishing company that mostly prints books on creative fields, like knitting and furniture and “how to” books. She’s super active and energetic. Tiffy is always on a energy level higher than average and has not one subtle bone in her body. She’s chatty, funny and awesome to talk to.
Tiffy is also a “big woman”, as in she’s tall and has flesh in her body. Because of this, she’s not considered conventionally attractive which lead to Liam’s girlfriend not worrying about her.
“Often think it must be very tiring, being Tiffy. Even in note form she seems to expend so much energy.“Leon
Leon is quite the opposite from Tiffy. He’s a nurse tending to cancer patients at nights in the hospital, and tries to appease his girlfriend with spare time that he conjures up somewhere when he’s not tired enough to drop. Leon is emotionally neutral, most of the time, and he thinks and speaks in short sentences. He also doesn’t use pronouns. I took a while to get used to his monologues but it’s a huge factor to his personality. After a while, I actually found it kind of funny.
“Am not usually an angry person. Am generally mild-mannered and hard to rile”Leon (see! he thinks like this! short sentences and NO PRONOUNS.)
The romance was really fun to read about. I enjoyed watching them interact, in both note form and, later, in person. These two very different people are so perfect for each other. I could feel the chemistry building between them through note form, and I could feel it when and after they finally met.
I wake with a jolt that sends a shock of pain through my ankle. Crying out, I look around me. Floral wallpaper. Am I at home? Who’s that man in the chair by the door, reading …. “Twilight?”
Leon blinks at me, putting the book down in his lap. ‘You went from unconscious to judgemental very quickly there.”
Tiffy dealt with emotional abuse from her ex-boyfriend, whom she struggled to move on from. I really liked how it was handled, overall.
This book is one of my favourite romance books. Just writing this review makes me want to reread the book. It was too good.
Definitely recommended if you’re looking to read romance, especially if you want interesting characters and a unique plot.
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