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Review: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

TW: Emotional abuse, gaslighting and stalking.

My thoughts:
Witty. Cute. Sweet. Just everything you want in a romcom. It was such a delight to read!

The pacing of the plot and romance was just perfect to me. It was easy to read and addictive! I was instantly captivated by the plot. I haven’t read anything like this before. I thought it was such a unique take on a romance story.

Tiffy and Leon reach an agreement on sharing the flat, they share the same bed but are never there at the same time and THEY’VE NEVER MET. They’re not allowed to call/text each other, so they communicate through post-it notes!
I loved that they wrote each other little notes, daily. Such an adorable concept. I love how they learned about each other in this way. I thought this was such an adorable feature.

Is the plot kinda predictable? Well yeah, it’s a romance story, you know a relationship is going to bloom. But…Talk about a slow burn romance. This was such a great example of how I love a slow burn, the suspense was killing me. I was literally waiting for them to meet, talk on the phone, something!! It was great.

Tiffy: Tiffy is awesome! I love her character. She’s book editor who’s a bit quirky, loud, dresses weirdly but is lovely! I enjoyed her perspective so much, her personality really shines through. She is a really well-written character, she felt very realistic and easy to relate to.
She reminds me a bit of Lou from Me Before You.

Leon: Leon is so adorable. He’s more the quiet and shy type – unlike Tiffy. He’s also a very likeable character. I love his relationship with his brother – it’s so nice to see a loving sibling relationship.

Side characters – there is a fair few side characters in this story. I really enjoyed their parts too. Tiffy’s friends are great and Leon Brother is also great – they were really nice additions to the main characters and I love all their relationships/friendships.

If you like Me Before You/ Bridget Jones/Cutesy Adult romances, that kind of thing, definitely give this ago! (This isn’t heartbreaking like Me Before You though, luckily). I don’t read a lot of ‘Chick Lit’ but I LOVED this.
This is the perfect quick, summer read. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Rating: 5 Stars

Purchase here: *Amazon UK


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