Review: Lease on Love – Falon Ballard

Posted January 31, 2022 by Andi in Books, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Lease on Love – Falon BallardLease On Love by Falon Ballard
Published by GP Putnam
Published: February 1, 2022
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Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.

After getting passed over for an overdue—and much needed—promotion, Sadie Green is in desperate need of three things: a stiff drink, a new place to live, and a one-night-stand. When one drink turns into one too many, Sadie mixes up a long-ignored dating app for a roommate-finding app and finds herself on the doorstep of Jack Thomas’s gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone. Too bad she’s more attracted to his impressive real estate than she is to the man himself.

Jack, still grieving the unexpected death of his parents, has learned to find comfort in video games and movie marathons instead of friends. So while he doesn’t know just what to make of the vivaciously verbose Sadie, he’s willing to offer her his spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet. And with the rent unbeatably low, Sadie can finally pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. The two are polar opposites, but as Sadie’s presence begins to turn the brownstone into a home, they both start to realize they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sometimes you pick a book up because of a cover. Sometimes you pick it up because of a descriptions. And sometimes you pick it up because a bunch of your trusted reading friends mention how good they found a book. And that was the case for Lease on Love. Don’t misunderstand me, the description is great and it is definitely something I would have eventually come across and picked up, but I found it because of friends and I’m so happy I did. While it wasn’t 5 stars, it was so close and I’m so happy I read it.

Lease on Love is about Sadie Green, a girl that needs a break. When she is passed up for a promotion she is overdue for she releases she needs a drink, a new place to live, and maybe a one night stand. Sadly those things don’t mix well and Sadie finds herself on what she thinks is a date with Jack Thomas but is actually an interview to be his roommate in his amazing brownstone in Brooklyn. On paper Sadie and Jack are complete opposites. She is all over the place and loud and charming. Jack is quiet and reserved and is still grieving the unexpected death of his parents. But as these two spend time together the realize maybe being opposites isn’t a bad thing. And as Jack slowly comes out of his shell and lets Sadie in they both realize maybe there is something else there between them more than roommates.

It’s true that Lease on Love was so close to being a 5 star read for me. Literally until the last 10% I was ready to give it all the stars because really the book was fantastic. Sadie was funny and kind and a complete mess, but in the best kind of way. And Jack was so caring and sweet and reserved. They played off each other so well and it made their transition from roommates to friends to lovers so effortlessly smooth. It was like they were made for each other and that alone made the reading experience amazing. Sure they were each dealing with personal crises, and Jack was dealing with some serious grief and loneliness, but they were there for each other and let the other move at there own pace. And that is why I was so bummed with the last 10%.  That last part of the book just did not work for me and that made me sad because it was so close to perfection.

Even with my lack of love of the ending portion of the book, Lease on Love was a delightful story and one I won’t soon forget. Sadie and Jack were delightful characters and characters you truly need in your life. This is definitely a book you want on your shelf. Trust me on that.

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