Title: The Flatshare
Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Contemporary – Romance
Age Classification: Adult
Release: April 10, 2019
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat and Leon Twomey needs cash. This leads the two to sharing a flat but their work hours prevent them from meeting.
Tiffy’s life has been drama-filled thanks to her ex-boyfriend and friends with strong opinions. Tiffy makes the decision to move into Leon’s flat – flatmate unseen – because it is the only decent looking place she can afford. Working at a publishing house where she works on DIY books is a wonderful job as it provides Tiffy with enough excitement to keep her adventurous spirit entertained.
Leon is much more reserved and focused, but he has a pure heart. Routine keeps him from feeling helpless. With a brother in prison, a girlfriend that is not as supportive as he wants her to be and a need for cash, Leon decides to share his flat. He could never expect that the woman that moved in would change his life, one sticky note at a time.
The story started slow and struggled to capture my attention for the first quarter. However, once the sticky note communication picked up between Tiffy and Leon and the pace picked up, I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to know where both the main and secondary characters would end up. Some of the themes that feature are emotional abuse and PTSD, and, personally, I felt they were portrayed rather well. Of course everyone will react and work through it differently, but it was not brushed to the side nor was it treated as something to be ashamed of, which I appreciated.
The format of the chapters required a little getting used to, specifically Leon’s POV chapters because the dialogue was presented differently. At first I thought all of Leon’s communication was via text messages simply from the way it was set out, though it did provide contrast and I personally think it fits with Leon’s personality.
As a whole, the story was rather adorable and, by the end, had certainly lived up to my expectations of a cute contemporary romance novel.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
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