Friday, October 13, 2023

Book Review: My Roommate is a Vampire

By Sara Steven

Cassie Greenberg loves being an artist, but it’s a tough way to make a living. On the brink of eviction, she’s desperate when she finds a too-good-to-be-true apartment in a beautiful Chicago neighborhood. Cassie knows there has to be a catch—only someone with a secret to hide would rent out a room for that price.

Of course, her new roommate Frederick J. Fitzwilliam is far from normal. He sleeps all day, is out at night on business, and talks like he walked out of a regency romance novel. He also leaves Cassie heart-melting notes around the apartment, cares about her art, and asks about her day. And he doesn’t look half bad shirtless, on the rare occasions they’re both home and awake. But when Cassie finds bags of blood in the fridge that definitely weren’t there earlier, Frederick has to come clean...

Cassie’s sexy new roommate is a vampire. And he has a proposition for her. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

My Roommate is a Vampire was such a fun, quirky read! I mean, the title alone is catchy. I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know what that would even entail, to have someone I’m living with be an actual vampire. I think the way the scenario presents itself for that felt realistic, particularly with Cassie needing a place to live, and Frederick having  space for a potential roommate. It’s obvious from the get-go that he doesn’t have a clue what it would cost to even live in the type of space he lives in, which gives the reader the first clue as to just how different Frederick is from Cassie, along with how different he could be from the era he currently lives in.

The cute notes they leave for one another really helped to build on their relationship. In what would appear to be a “two ships passing in the night” type of world, the notes keep the characters connected by way of communicating through what they leave for one another. It’s obvious how the deepness builds as the days progress–an old-school tieback to the days before social media or mainstream emailing. When it seemed it was more work to woo someone through handwritten letters. Like they’re actually putting forth the effort.

Frederick’s frenemy was a great addition to the storyline. The guy provided a lot of comic relief, a way to ease some of the love tension between Cassie and Frederick. And there is a lot of steamy tension! I had a lot of fun with this one. A definite five-star read!

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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