The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


by Beth O'Leary
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 28th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Ahh! This was a really adorable story, the kind that made me smile all throughout. The Flatshare caught my eye because of my pal, Becky's review. She loved it so I knew that I had to try it myself. Having read it now, I can definitely see why she unloaded with all the praise for this one.

Tiffy is in desperate need of a flat when she comes across an incredibly cheap opportunity to share a flat with Leon who only uses his apartment during the night. The arrangement works perfectly for him and it's an extra source of income.  I know what you're thinking, what on earth, right? I was thinking the same, but this was a scenario that was definitely cuter in fictional form than it would be in real life. We get the points of views of both of these characters and I will admit that Leon's POV took a while to adjust because it's told in a choppy and direct way to reflect his personality. Still, I adored these characters. Tiffy is all sunshine and rainbows. She had a very bright and quirky personality that made her very easy to warm up to. She worked with crafty books at her publishing career that she was excellent at. I really liked Tiffy and she definitely made this book special for me. Leon was the complete opposite of Tiffy. He was quiet and intense but had the same kindness that Tiffy had. I think his career as a palliative nurse spoke to his persona quite well. He was dealing with a lot what with his brother being falsely imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit while also taking care of his mother who had gone through some intense emotional abuse. Throughout it all, he remained such a heartwarming and genuine character though. What a great guy he was!

You must be thinking, how does a romance between these two develop if they don't physically meet? Notes, of course! I loved watching their relationship blossom through these notes, first into friendship, and then into love. It was sweet how comfortable and open they were each other. Slowly, they infiltrate each others' thoughts and they couldn't help falling in love. They do eventually meet in person (in a very awkward half-naked way, btw!), and their romance just continued to grow. This is a romance that will definitely have you clutching your kindle to your chest because of just how adorable Tiffy and Leon were with each other. I loved the friendships in The Flatshare too. Tiffy's friends were a hoot. They were so dramatic but even more supportive! This book wasn't all cute romance though. It tackled some tough themes. For instance, I really loved the storyline exploring Leon's brother. In fact, a friendship forms between him and Tiffy, that was very lovely. The Flatshare also tackled emotional abuse in the form of Justin, Tiffy's ex.

The Flatshare was a really great book for me and I look forward to reading more from Beth O'Leary. If you're looking for a story with a lot of heart and humor, I highly recommend this one.

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