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.


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This book, like it's characters, is full of personality. Seriously, I giggled so many times while reading, I was starting to get stares at work. Room For Two is the ultimate enemies to lovers romcom with jist enoigh depth to make it not too fluffy!

I’m not one for romance but this was a fun read with likesble charafters. It’s a fun read that I highly recommend to those readers that aren’t into heavy romantic drama??

This story was a fun and light romance. I liked the characters and the chemistry between them. The fake dating premise leads to love in spite of Dana and Asher's best attempts. I would recommend as a fun book.

File wouldn’t download for me so I was unable to read & review.

This story about two funny, wounded people was a delicious sensual read. Sensual because therelationship was rich and textured, full of great dialog pulling you in. It's unusual for me to get pulled in so quickly and thoroughly, but I read this in one sitting because just had to see what happened next! Dana and Ash have a complex and gripping story of love and fear and love and loss. Great characters, this is one book that you will be sorry to see end!

True chick lit. We'll developed characters and plot.

Had to DNF this one at around 50%. Asher is the epitome of alpha-hole, and his comments about Dana's weight and general all-around negging, made me not understand why anyone was interested in him. I did understand why she agreed to the fake relationship with him, but not at all why she'd fall for him.

I thoroughly loved the story! The only thing I would change would be some of the language. I could do without some of the crude language. Besides that a great Chic Lit Book!!

Most of the romance books are predictable, sadly this is one of them.  However, it's the progress that makes this book interesting.  I love the plot line how they could not see from eye to eye at first, to the pretending games, to the real thing.  It was a page turner for me.  I finished in less than a day!  I did not know Room For Two is actually the second book from a series called Breakfast in Bed until the excerpt at the end of the book.  As you can see, you can totally read this book as a standalone.  The first book, Keeping It Hot, is about her best friend/boss, Zoe, and his brother, Dylan.   If you are interested in the first book, I do highly recommend reading it before the second one.  I pretty sure there is going to be a third book too. 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Main character, Dana, is a very relatable character for the everyday woman. In the first part of the book you worry that there won't be much to the plot of the book, that is very predictable, but there are hidden charms to the story you don't expect. It was filled with romance, and humor that had me cracking up. A fun read for every woman.

Room For Two does have a predicatable plotline, but it is a great read. The characters are likeable and well developed. I did like the fact that the characters from her first book “Keeping It Hotter” are present in this one as well. Sydney Landon serves up a steamy plot that is bound to keep you coming back for more! Cannot wait for the next in the series.

This was a really great book. Very easy read and a fun read. At first i wasn't sure what to think of the book and wasn't sure there was going to be much of a story line, but the more i got into the book the more i enjoyed it. Humor, Romance and everything in between. While i didn't read the first book in the series I felt that, that didn't make a difference. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Sydney London

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and interesting. I could definitely relate to the characters. It was also funny at times.

I really liked Dana, I think she is a great character. Overall I enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite and it wasn't the worse, somewhere in the middle, but definitely worth picking up. It was very real and honest about relationships.

Received an ARC from First to Read for an honest review. And, in all honesty, it wasn't great. I enjoy romance novels and I thought the premise of this story was interesting -- boy and girl meet, boy is mean to girl because he's trying to hide his feelings, boy enlists girl's help so they pretend to be in a relationship, and so on. I liked the dynamic between the two main characters and the female protagonist was very likable. The housekeeper was a fun character, as well. However, I have to say that the work itself was poorly written. So much of the dialogue was actually monologues -- one character would speak for almost two paragraphs before the other would chime in, and then they'd speak for two paragraphs themselves. It made conversations very unrealistic and uninteresting. Also, "could care less" is repeated several times when the correct phrase is "couldn't care less" -- this is a huge pet peeve of mine because there is a huge difference between the two. To cap it off, characterizations changed throughout the story; for example, a spunky character would be firing off barbs and then suddenly change tone and become completely passive. It was like the author couldn't remember which character's POV she was writing at the time. I apologize if this all sounds harsh, but I was very surprised at how weak the writing was. Again, I enjoyed the premise and the main characters and housekeeper were likable, but the poor writing got in the way of enjoying the book.

I didn’t like this as much as the first book (loved the first book!) but it did have it’s redeeming qualities. It had the same humor. So many times I was laughing out loud. Rosa, the house keeper, was the best. I need her in my life. Hahaha. I didn’t like Asher that much in the beginning. His personality did get better towards the middle and by the end, he was a teddy bear. I liked when it finally divulged his past. That was messed up and a new one for me reading about. Dana was awesome throughout. The things that came out of her mouth was the best. While it was a fun, sexy read. The big thumbs down for me was all the women bashing. Making fun of weight, calling them whores, calling them crazy. It was a little much.

3.5 stars. It was ok. Received an ARC from First To Read for an honest review. Asher and Dana the two main characters just didn’t seem believable. She is a petite feisty woman and Asher a rich handsome guy that everyone loves, especially the ladies, but he treats Dana like crap. No can believe it or understand why. Dana is attracted to Asher and accepts what he dishes out. She responds back with her own retorts but is truly hurt to the core. It comes out later that Asher treats her this way because of past relationship where Dana reminds him of his ex, who tricked and used him. Asher family knows that Asher was devastated by his past relationship that no one at the time knew he was in, nor do they know what happened. A situation occurs where Dana helps Asher out with a past booty call that won’t leave him alone and she agrees to be his pretend girlfriend that turns real. All in all, way too much hurt slung around from Asher, his brother Dylan towards Dana. It could have been better but started out way to wrong.

This novel is the second in the series but I don't believe that it's necessary to read the first. I'm a frequent romance novel reader and enjoy a fun romp. But this novel didn't quite deliver. The male protagonist Asher was a tough character to connect with and lacks any depth. Even some of the scenes were clumsy--- Asher is talking with his maid at home and then is suddenly in his work office. There was no transition depicted. The humor was supposed to be from the verbal jabs Dana and Asher throw at each other but they come off as deeply insulting. Overall, Room for Two has all the trappings of a romance with none of the charm.

I don't normally dnf ARCs but I didn't enjoy anything about this book. I absolutely love romance and every once in a while I like a good fake fiance/girlfriend/wife romance and I also enjoy a good hate/love romance but combining them just didn't work for me. Asher was horrible not only to women in general but downright cruel to Dana. I had a really difficult time understanding her attraction to him. Which, honestly, ruined the book for me. A good romance, for me, needs to have two characters that I'm rooting for. That was missing for me. I can understand that Asher might have some buried attraction to Dana beneath his insults (still terrible) but Dana's attraction to him just baffled me. There came a point when I just didn't care how they came together or why. The fact that Asher's attraction to Dana really surfaced when he realized how well she could insult the women she was hired to fend off and handle it when he called her fat didn't really help, either. I think the insults they flung at each other were supposed to come off as fun banter but it didn't.There isn't anything funny about Asher mocking Dana's weight to the point where she later debates whether she should eat the dinner she ordered. This book just wasn't for me.

Thank you first to read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Room For Two by Sydney Landon. When I selected this book I didn't realize that it was the second book in the series, however, you really didn't need to read the first book before reading this. Room For Two is about Dana and Asher both of whom doesn't want a serious relationship, they are just into one night stands. Asher has been absolutely horrible towards Dana with his comments and actions, but that doesn't mean there isn't a spark there. Room For Two takes you through their journey of figuring out what it is they want in life and learning to trust each other. This was a fun easy read and in several places had me laughing.

Couldn't get this to download now matter how hard I tried.

I didn't realize this was part of a series and I didn't read the first one yet. I don't believe it took anything away from the story to not read them in order. I enjoyed the characters (even though I thought they were too whiny at first). The story moved along at a good pace and kept me interested. I'm looking forward to reading more by Sydney Landon.

This was a fun and quick read. I've been reading a lot of heavy books lately so this one was a nice change. A little predictable but I did laugh a few times throughout the book. I enjoyed it.

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 don't typically read romance novels, but I decided to give this one a try because the plot sounded interesting. My favorite thing about this book was the witty banter between Dana and Ash. There were times when I was laughing out loud at some of the things that came out of their mouths. However, sometimes I think the comments went a bit too far and certain jokes were more drawn out than they needed to be. Overall, if you're looking for a quick, lighthearted weekend read, then this book is worth giving a try.

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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