Room for Two by Sydney Landon

Room for Two

Sydney Landon

“Enough bittersweet longing to pluck your heartstrings and enough heat to keep it interesting.”—Kirkus Reviews

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Keeping It Hot comes the continuation of the sexy and humorous Breakfast in Bed series featuring handsome hotel moguls.

When Asher Jackson, the playboy co-owner of the Oceanix Hotel Chain, meets Dana Anders, manager of the gourmet coffee shop within the Oceanix Resort, he longs to strike up a good rapport with her. But to his surprise, his typical charm immediately fails him and he can't help but provoke her with sarcastic remarks at every turn.

Even though Dana can give as good as she gets, she's confused by Asher's hostility toward her--especially when she harbors a secret attraction toward him. When she finds herself with unexpected bills to pay, Dana strikes up a deal. For a reasonable fee, the financially strapped Dana will pose as Asher's girlfriend to drive away bitter women who are making his life miserable. Asher hasn't engaged in a serious relationship since his heart was broken five years previously, so he thinks playing husband to a fake wife won't be a problem. But as the relationship continues he's no longer quite so certain. And as the line between false animosity and real attraction becomes blurred, Dana begins to realize that the one thing she wants is what she's pretending to already have.


Advance Galley Reviews

This was a fun read. I read it all in one sitting and enjoyed it for the most part. However, I will say that the dialogue wasn't very realistic and some of the plot was a bit difficult to believe. I really didn't like the use of "slut" and "whore" in the book, but otherwise it was enjoyable.

This was a fun hate-to-love romance with enjoyable moments. I liked the character of Dana who was seemingly strong and smart and witty but could still get affected by the behavior of Asher. I started liking Asher after they start their "relationship" arrangement but I still think he treated Dana pretty awfully before that. However, the natural progression of their relationship and falling in love was written very well and the romance did get TOO HOT to handle !!!!! I also liked the friendship between Dana and Zoe because they are very supportive of each other and completely understand without being judgy. This was a very good change because its difficult to find strong female friendships in fiction generally. Overall, I had fun reading this book and would recommend to anyone who wants to read a hot breezy love story.

This book was what you think a quick paced romance novel should be. It was interesting and charming throughout. I appreciated the opportunity to read this one.

I liked Ash and Dana's story...it was kind of a different setup from the typical romance novel and I appreciated how everything came together. Also, them ribbing each other was hilarious! There were some side comments in the text that gave me pause because they came off as really sexist, but overall it was a good story...very light and funny, but not fluffy.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was light, and funny, and sexy. My only complaint about the book was that the dialogue seemed a bit...excessive. I get that Dana and Asher's repartee is supposed to be witty and pithy, but I think some of the 'insults' would have landed better if each one wasn't hidden within a breathless diatribe. Dana's tirades became a bit tiresome. Not to say she wasn't hilarious sometimes; I just think the dialogue could have used some refinement. For the most part, I found Dana and Asher's interactions to be rather entertaining. It was no surprise that they ended up together, but a book like this without an HEA is just not worth reading, am I right? I liked this book so much that I immediately started reading the first in this series, "Keeping It Hot," which is centered on Zoe and Dylan. I felt the writing on this one was better; the characters were real and more human, less like outlandish caricatures. Dana and Asher are featured in KIH, too, but perhaps in smaller doses, I didn't feel as exhausted by their lengthy back-and-forths, I don't know. What I do know is that I'm now a fan of Sydney Landon and want to read more of her books. In fact, I recently purchased the whole Danvers series and look forward to reading them! Landon's books are a light, bright spot in a world that's a little insane.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was well written and the characters were well developed. It was easy to read and the plot was well designed. I definitely want to read the first novel by Sydney Landon and learn more about Dylan and Zoe. 4 out of 5 stars.

I actually ended up enjoying this one more than I thought I would at the beginning. I like romance in my romance, going on dates and getting to know each other. This one is an enemies to lovers book, but Dana has no idea why Ash hates her so much. Ash offers Dana money to pretend to be his girlfriend and Dana agrees. They of course fall in love but they both have issues holding them back. I enjoyed the ending and finding out Ash's secrets as well as Dana's. The ending made the book worth it for me. A quote I liked : "two imperfect people who were perfect for each other"

I’m a little sad about Room for Two because it had one of my favorite romance tropes: fake fiancée/fiancé, spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend/partner, etc. However, I didn’t like this book. In a romance book, the love interest can make or break a story. In this case, Asher Jackson was my main problem. The synopsis hints at how he treats all his ex’s, but he was a 1000 times worse than I thought he would be. And considering how Asher and Dana’s relationship began, I had a hard time rooting for them to be together. Ultimately, Room for Two ended up being my first DNF of 2018.

I really enjoyed this book. It had me laughing out loud in a few different places and pulling at my heartstrings in a few others. I could have done without some of the sex stories shared by the brothers With the few brothers and cousins out there I can't wait to read their stories.

I’m really on the fence about this one. On the one hand, I liked the development of the romance between the two main characters. The at-first seemingly chauvinist male had some good character development, growing and maturing. And he and Dana, his love interest, were perfect for each other in a not your typical romance novel couple kind of way. They’re both brash, coarse, players who find love together. I liked that. What I did not like was how every single female character outside of the select coterie of Dana, her best friend, Zoe, and the housekeeper, Rosa, were awful, contemptible people, and Dana/Zoe/Rosa treated them all like crap, and with contempt and with this attitude of “women suck, but we’re not like other women.” You don’t have to put other women down to build yourself up.

Room for two: A review Overall this book was an interesting read. Unlike some of the other novels in this genre it wasnt sugar sweet and the plot line didnt move at a million miles an hour. This gave the story more credibility and a dash more realism than many i have read. Spoiler: At the end the main characters are not married nor are they expecting a baby. I find this refreshing as it seem more true to life. I also appreciated that these characters are depicted as flawed people. They did not behave perfectly throughout the story which again is more true to life; no one is perfect all the time. Were they sometimes mean? yeah. People arent nice all the time. Was it unforgivable? No. Not if you have some self confidence and self respect. If you are not used to this kind of tone though it might bother you. I thought the love scenes were perhaps more plentiful than needed but were not horribly graphic and did not tie up the story. And the humor was very well done. I actually found myself laughing out loud while reading when usually i would just roll my eyes at the overly obvious antics of main characters to be funny. Dana actually WAS funny so it made for a nice change. Overall i give this story 4 out of 5 stars. I was provided an advanced copy by First to read.

Fun, smexy, and with a surprising amount of heart, this is one novel that positively delivers on its promises. I love the banter between leading lady, Dana, and leading man, Asher. The comments and situations that Landon puts them in always had me chuckling and eager to see what came next. I would have enjoyed a bit more growth in their characters, but I'm willing to give a certain amount of freedom to a genre I don't read as seriously as literary fiction. Also, the fact that I haven't read the first book in the series was a complete non-issue, which is something I always appreciate in series reads. This is definitely a book that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a brain-relaxing quick read.

I was allowed to be one of the first to read this book and I actually had a difficult time deciding how to rate it. First if I go by the premise of the story I would rate it a 5 star. I was very interested in reading it to the end. There were parts of the story where I actually found myself laughing out loud. The downfall of this book for me was all the sex. I know there are people who would find this interesting unfortunately I am not one of them. I found myself skipping through pages and then hoping I didn't miss a funny part of the story.

I found this book to be an easy read with several humorous points in it. I don't think the characters were built up enough to form an attachment to any of them and could have been more detailed. It seemed to rush through Dana and Ash's previous issues at the very end. Thanks First To Read for my advance copy.

Room for Two is a great read. This is one of the best rom-coms I have read. There were several laugh out loud episodes. Dana is my hero.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I initially thought is was your typical romance with heightened sexual tensions that make the drama worthwhile. This was not so in this case. I found lots of negativity in the interactions between several of the characters which utterly destroyed any satisfaction from reading their story. I felt that the main characters Dana and Asher were terribly narcissistic and focused only on their own pleasure at the expense of everyone else at times. I would not recommend this book as I myself did not enjoy it.

I had trouble getting into this story. I thought Ash was way too mean to Dana in the beginning and I just lost interest in the story. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

The book started with Dana complaining about Ash insulting her and having a discussion about his bad behavior with Ash's sister-in-law. I felt like I missed the chapter where this exchange happened. Maybe if the book had begun with Ash and Dana interacting, however badly, it might have started out better for me. Instead, it began with a steep uphill battle to get my interest, which it never achieved. Ash is despicable. Hating on a woman because she doesn't fit your preferred body type and reminds you of someone else you were involved with is imbecilic. He's emotionally stunted. Dana isn't much better. Too much hate in this hate-to-love romance with not enough to love about it.

I like romance novels, especially the ones where the characters dislike each other but then fall in love. I didn't like this one at all. Ash was so cruel to Dana. It can't be explained away by saying he was attracted to her all along but just didn't want to be or didn't know how to express it. Some of the things he said to her were beyond mean and beyond forgivable. Added to that, Dana and Zoe were mean to other women in the book. At no point was their behavior towards Ash's stepsister appropriate or likable. This was not an enjoyable book and I was barely able to finish it.

I usually like hate-to-love romances, but something about this one did not sit well with me. I found both of the main characters to be pretty unlikable, and by the end of the book they didn't redeem themselves very much, in my opinion. Ash's behavior was especially abhorrent, and I never really got past how nasty he was to Dana from the get-go. Also, most of the characters seemed to talk about sex a lot, and while that normally wouldn't bother me, for some reason it felt excessive at some points in this story. That being said, I didn't all-out hate this book and I'm sure it will be right up some readers' alleys. I liked some of the supporting characters much more than Ash and Dana. They were well-written and intriguing, and I would be interested in reading their stories from this series of interconnected standalones. If you enjoy hate-to-love romance and don't mind when it's heavy on the "hate" I would give this book a try.

I have never read any of Sydney Landon's Books before so I did not know what to expect. It was a nice story line but it was lacking in so many ways. There were several grammatical errors that I hope get fixed before publication and the long dialogs the characters get into are drawn out & a bit too much, if this is her writing style then her books are just not for me. Hoping this is not a spoiler alert but the anal contact talk between characters was a bit too much that I guess it has to be your "thing" to get into but it was a turn off for me & not what I want in a romance book.

 


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