Roommates with Benefits by Nicole Williams

Title: Roommates with Benefits

Author: Nicole Williams

Date of Publication: June 4, 2017



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Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.

We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.

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Meagan’s 5 Star Review

There are a lot of books our there that can make you blush about two seconds after you start reading, but there aren’t a lot of books that can give you butterflies. Roommates with Benefits is one of those rare books that makes your heart happy as well as fulfill your need for a little steam.

Hayden is moving to New York after she nabbed a modeling contract. She answers an ad online looking for a girl roommate to share a generous two bedroom with penthouse views. When Hayden gets to apartment 69 she finds the ad may have taken some liberties. Her new roommate isn’t a girl – Soren is very much a male – it’s a tiny apartment that uses a room divider to create “bedrooms,” and the view is of a penthouse. But without time to look for a new place or any money, Hayden decides to make the best of a bad situation.

I’d love to come meet the saint who put up with you for eighteen years.”

“Please. I’m the angel of the bunch.”

“And those two horns sprouting out of your head are there because . . .?”

“To hold up my halo. Obviously.”

Hayden’s new roommate Soren is playing baseball at a community college just waiting to be scouted for the Majors. Between practice, school, work, and his family he’s insanely busy. But little by little he and Hayden start to form a relationship even though he drives her crazy half the time. It’s not overly romantic, Hayden almost treats her like a little sister. He leaves her cash without her having to swallow her pride and ask him herself when he knows she has nothing. He tries to help her navigate the rules of the city, like how to use the subway, when it’s okay to walk at night, and what guys really mean when they buy you a drink. But every kindness makes Soren more enduring, and soon Hayden’s feelings are getting all messed up – it doesn’t hurt that Soren’s body is a work of art and he doesn’t care for shirts all that much.

“And while I’m on the topic of important life lessons, here’s another one.” He turned to face me, pointing the spray bottle of cleaner at my chest. “If some guy you don’t know comes up and offers to buy you a drink, what he’s really saying is, ‘I don’t have enough money for a hooker, so I’m hoping this twelve-dollar cosmo will serve the same purpose.’”

I fell for this book so hard! I have to admit the title is a little misleading. There is no roommates with benefits situation unless you count your roommate drying his jockstraps on the ceiling fan a benefit. I’m not always a fan of a slow burn, but I loved the time Soren and Hayden took to build their relationship. It gave you a chance to really learn about the characters and how they would react to realizing they were falling for each other. Soren was, wow, I can’t think of a better word than dreamy. He was so unbelievably dreamy. Soren was cute and funny, so kind, a little awkward, and he had these unexpected dirty moments that would drive you wild. He was absolutely perfect.

“Stay, and I’ll wait. Or run, and I’ll follow.”

When I think of a vacation read I think of a book that’s going to leave me with a huge smile on my face. That’s exactly the kind of book Roommates with Benefits is. It’s the kind of book you have fun reading and wish would never end. I completely fell in love and would recommend it to anyone.


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“Coming in,” I announced, opening the door and stepping inside. A plume of steam rolled over me, instantly coating my skin in a hot, dewy shield. “Hot shower?”

“Hell of a lot better than the cold one I took a couple of nights ago.”

His voice echoed off the walls as I focused on squeezing a glob of toothpaste onto my brush. It was difficult. I found myself quite distracted by the knowledge he was naked behind that thin shower curtain, a whole three feet away.

Just as I was about to stick my toothbrush into my mouth, the shower cranked off, the curtain whipping open right after.

Soren. Wet. Exposed.


My eyes clamped shut, but it wasn’t fast enough. From the low chuckle he gave, he hadn’t missed my two-second gape.


“Sorry. Water got cold.”

I gave him a few seconds to cover up before I opened my eyes and got back to brushing my teeth. He hadn’t covered up though.

“What are you doing? Grab a towel.” My arm flailed in the direction of where we kept our fresh towels hanging from the rack. My eyes felt like they were about to go crossed from staying focused on my reflection instead of his naked one in the same mirror.

“Out of fresh towels. Haven’t gotten around to the laundry.” He moved up beside me at the sink, reaching for his own toothbrush. He was standing so close, his wet arm was brushing against mine.

Don’t look down. Don’t look down. Don’t look at the giant—

Crap. I looked.

He was grinning at me as he brushed his teeth, my face crimson thanks to what I’d glanced at.

“See anything you like?”

My body was still buzzing from what I’d seen that I liked. I kind of hated him for calling me out on it though. I kind of even hated him for having so much to like.

“I know what you’re doing.” My eyebrow rounded as I got to work brushing my teeth too.

He spit in the sink, somehow winding up closer to me when he leaned back up. “Air drying?”

My eyes narrowed in the mirror at him. “Trying to change my mind.”

He stared back, brushing his teeth in all of his naked glory, a cocky tenor to his expression. Once he finished brushing, he rinsed his toothbrush and turned toward the door.

“I don’t need to change your mind,” he said, pausing when he was directly behind me.

When he turned, I swore I could feel his arms coming around me, pulling me into the shelter of his strong body. An involuntary shudder spilled down my back. He didn’t miss that either.

“I just need you to speak it instead of lying about it.” His eyes dropped to the back of my neck, where I knew he could see the raised flesh. I knew, because one side of his mouth lifted.

Bracing my hands on the sink, I didn’t blink as I locked eyes with him in the mirror. “It takes a lot more than washboard abs and a giant . . .” Crap. Something else. “Ego to get my attention.”

Soren leaned forward, his hands framing around the outsides of mine, his arms running the length of mine. His chest didn’t touch my back, but I could feel its expanse hovering above it. “I’ve already gotten your attention.” His eyes dropped from mine to my chest. Where it was rising and falling noticeably hard, my nipples pushing through my camisole. “I’m looking for something else.”

Another shudder, this one spilling down my legs. “What?”

His crooked smile changed into a cryptic one before he leaned back and opened the door. “You’ll see.”


“Don’t worry. I’ll tell you when you give it to me.”

My fist curled around my toothbrush as I turned toward him. “I’m not giving you anything.”

“You’re giving me something right now.” He didn’t glance back before leaving the bathroom. Did he really need to have that nice of an ass when he already had a glorious package? I was screwed. “This point goes to Decker.”

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About the Author 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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