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Payne: In search of: room to rent. Must ignore the patheticness of a forty-year-old roommate. Preferably dirt cheap as funds are tight (nonexistent). There’s nothing sadder than moving back to my hometown newly divorced, homeless, and lost for what my next move is. When my little brother’s best friend offers me a place to stay in exchange for menial duties, I swallow my pride a Payne: In search of: room to rent. Must ignore the patheticness of a forty-year-old roommate. Preferably dirt cheap as funds are tight (nonexistent). There’s nothing sadder than moving back to my hometown newly divorced, homeless, and lost for what my next move is. When my little brother’s best friend offers me a place to stay in exchange for menial duties, I swallow my pride and jump at the offer. I need this. I also need Beau to wear a shirt. And ditch the gray sweatpants. And not leave his door ajar when he’s in compromising positions ... Beau: In search of: roommate. Must be non smoker and non douchebag. Room payment to be made in meal planning, repairs, and dumb jokes. Since my career took off, I barely have time to breathe, let alone keep my life in order. I’m naturally chaotic, make terrible decisions, and scare off potential dates with my “weirdness”. So when Payne gets back into town and needs somewhere to stay, I offer him my spare room with one condition: while he’s staying with me, I need him to help me become date-able. And while he does that, I can focus on my other plan: ignoring that Payne is the only man I’ve ever wanted to date.


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Payne: In search of: room to rent. Must ignore the patheticness of a forty-year-old roommate. Preferably dirt cheap as funds are tight (nonexistent). There’s nothing sadder than moving back to my hometown newly divorced, homeless, and lost for what my next move is. When my little brother’s best friend offers me a place to stay in exchange for menial duties, I swallow my pride a Payne: In search of: room to rent. Must ignore the patheticness of a forty-year-old roommate. Preferably dirt cheap as funds are tight (nonexistent). There’s nothing sadder than moving back to my hometown newly divorced, homeless, and lost for what my next move is. When my little brother’s best friend offers me a place to stay in exchange for menial duties, I swallow my pride and jump at the offer. I need this. I also need Beau to wear a shirt. And ditch the gray sweatpants. And not leave his door ajar when he’s in compromising positions ... Beau: In search of: roommate. Must be non smoker and non douchebag. Room payment to be made in meal planning, repairs, and dumb jokes. Since my career took off, I barely have time to breathe, let alone keep my life in order. I’m naturally chaotic, make terrible decisions, and scare off potential dates with my “weirdness”. So when Payne gets back into town and needs somewhere to stay, I offer him my spare room with one condition: while he’s staying with me, I need him to help me become date-able. And while he does that, I can focus on my other plan: ignoring that Payne is the only man I’ve ever wanted to date.

30 review for Roommate Arrangement

  1. 4 out of 5

    elena

    The thing about loving someone is you don’t get to do it with conditions attached. I don’t love him, expecting him to return it. I don’t love him, hoping I’ll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him. I’m starting to realize that maybe that’s enough. It’s not the easiest option, but it’s the one that makes me happy. honestly, most of my enjoyment for this is because of how much i could relate to beau. everything else is pretty forgettable, so take The thing about loving someone is you don’t get to do it with conditions attached. I don’t love him, expecting him to return it. I don’t love him, hoping I’ll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him. I’m starting to realize that maybe that’s enough. It’s not the easiest option, but it’s the one that makes me happy. honestly, most of my enjoyment for this is because of how much i could relate to beau. everything else is pretty forgettable, so take the 3-star rating with a grain of salt. after discovering his husband has been cheating on him, payne returns home to move on and start over. with no money, job, or a place to stay at, he’s struggling on how he’s going to start fresh. but when beau, payne’s little brother’s best friend offers a spare room he has for him, payne can’t let go of the offer. all he really needs is to help him i’m terms of cleaning and keeping the place stocked. but one thing payne doesn’t know is beau has had feelings for him since young. perhaps being roommates will help him get this “little crush” beau has on payne over with, or maybe it’ll only increase it. 🖊 roommates 🖊 older men (payne is 40 and beau is 36) 🖊 best friend’s brother 🖊 opposites attract the most memorable thing about this is beau himself. i strongly think if you can relate to him, you’ll enjoy this more (or at least his character). but if you can’t, i think it’ll falter your enjoyment because of how he comes across. but with me, his personality and attitude felt as if saxon james just took some of us all in and combined us to make beau, and i mean that in a good way. beau is not only a fantasy romance author (i would definitely read whatever series he’s writing cause 1) it has filthy sex scenes 2) there was a hint of hate to love/enemies to lovers there), but he’s pretty damn introverted. to elaborate: concentrating on your work so much you forget what time and day it is? “That was the original plan, but it felt too claustrophobic. Like I was in a cell. Or a coffin. Sometimes I’ll go a week of writing nonstop, and when I finally come out of that weird place I go when I focus, I realize it’s been that long since I had any other human contact. At least here, I have a view of the street outside. I like seeing the sky.” use coloring books to cope? “Well, yoga, usually. And recently I’ve taken to refolding the crane you left for me, but the paper is wearing thin.” I laugh softly. “Coloring is usually the best thing because I don’t need to concentrate on it—I can fully zone out. But I didn’t realize I’d finished the books here, and doing it on a tablet isn’t the same.” don’t really like socializing? has had horrible luck with dating because, for starters, you need to go out to meet, which is the hardest part, and then you need to talk? “The thing about finding someone is you have to actually leave the house.” … “I don’t know. Maybe. I don’t like the dating scene. Of the last three guys he’s set me up with, the first one I forgot about the date and stood him up, the second was scared off by the end of the first date, and the third hung around for a few weeks of banging and then totally ghosted me.” thinking about a certain and specific conversation for the entire day or week or month and wondering how you could have phrased it better because god knows how many useless things come out of your mouth? “What?” I ask. “Nothing.” I cringe. “And now that I’ve epically screwed up a nice conversation, I’m going to spend the rest of the night going over and over it in my head, trying to work out what I should have said.” “Really?” His gaze slides over me. “Why?” “I can’t help it.” “But it won’t make a difference.” “I don’t do it because I think it will make a difference, I do it because I like to torture myself with all the ways I could have been better, funnier, sounded smarter or more interesting. I work out everything I would change if I could.” not knowing how to socialize so you ask the man you’ve been pining over since high school for help? “What do you want from me, then?” “Teach me how to live with someone.” His lips quirk. “Teach you?” “Yes. I’m not good at it.” “Living with people?” “It’s more people in general.” basically feeling hopeless because you’re not even “adulting” right “Well, yes, that, but also, I’m not organized. I forget about things easily. Before you moved in, I’d order takeout or heat ramen for dinner every night. Even basic things like doing the laundry or changing my clothes feel too hard sometimes. That sounds hopeless to me.” not being able to say no, aka being a people pleaser? Do I want to go on a date with him? No. Should I want that? Definitely. Lee’s attractive. Not in the rough way that Payne is, but he’s conventionally attractive. He also seems to be nice, just like Marty said he was. Then why do I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to go on a date with him? The problem is, I’m not good at letting people down. And faced with Lee’s kind eyes and hopeful expression, I say the only thing I can. “Sure. Let me give you my number.” … He hums. “I was trying to think of how to get away.” “It’s easy. You say, ‘I’m leaving now, bye,’ and then you leave.” Beau laughs. “It’s not that easy for me. This is what I mean. I struggle with things like that. I don’t like letting people down.” a romance lover? “So, what do you write?” He shifts in his seat. “Fantasy, mostly, with some heavy romance throughout.” “Romance?” “Don’t ‘romance’ me.” He pins me with a look. “Men can like love too.” … “See? He has motivation,” Beau says. “I’m not feeling that in this book. My guy should be hell-bent on getting his man back—” “Your romance is two dudes?” “Of course.” I arch my head back to where his books are lined up neatly on a shelf above his desk. “I want to read one.” “Go right ahead.” I make a mental note to grab one of them before I head to bed later. “Are there sex scenes?” “Yes.” His cheeks redden. “And the rules are if you read one of my books, we both pretend like you aren’t. Don’t tell me if you like it or hate it—we just act like it’s not happening.” “Deal.” But the sex scenes have me interested. “Are they filthy scenes?” He gets redder. “They are!” “Well, no, they’re—” “How filthy are we talking?” I cross my arms and lean back into the couch. i feel like i just described myself in only a certain amount of ways, and i don’t think it’s something i can easily and magically get rid of. yet, beau was also a sweetheart. he puts people first without thinking about himself. he’s a people pleaser and doesn’t really acknowledge it, which i can say is exactly how i am too, unfortunately. but more to that, he wants to change himself because he thinks he needs improvement. he asks payne to “teach him to socialize” because a lot of people aren’t understanding of his personality and how he is. beau feels like he needs to be normal, so he isolated himself in his own thoughts and concerns while letting others step over him without feeling like he can do much. he was sweet all around and i loved his bright personality. when he was comfortable with the people around him, he expresses himself freely and is himself, while with others, he feels like he needs to put on a different act, a fake smile. beau truly has become a favorite character, one i can see myself in just from my experiences. like i said, i could understand why and how beau acted the way he did even at 36 years old. there’s certain things he did that some may find unrealistic or childish (like coloring), but i’m a true believer in 1) saying coloring has no age, especially as a coping mechanism 2) saying there are things he is used to doing for his own self and i think it’s important to note that things that work for some aren’t going to work for everyone. with that being said, beau’s personality felt realistic to me. there’s things i do at 21 that some may find confusing due to my age, but it’s gotten to the point where i’m accustomed to it that when i don’t do it, it feels strange and wrong, and that’s how i felt it was with beau. “It’s also nice to … to have someone who …” I take a deep breath. “Who gets me. It’s nice to not feel completely hopeless some of the time.” on the other hand, i wouldn’t be able to say much about payne. he’s much more forgettable, and his character didn’t stand out too much to me. nonetheless, there were still some qualities i liked about him that helped increase my enjoyment. how he let beau color on his tattoos, helped him create a fighting scene for his book by having a sword fight, and accepted how he is from the beginning and not thinking he needs to change, helping beau with his inspiration and writer’s block, it all showed how much he cared and wanted to help. at least as far as i can tell, both beau and payne acted like their age for how their personality is. i didn’t feel for beau to be childish with how he acted or how payne felt too collected for someone moving on from a 12 year marriage. i also really appreciated the emphasis on not giving up after an unsuccessful marriage. payne knew he wanted to be with beau but wasn’t entirely sure how to act about this. in certain ways, i understood his reasonings, especially with how much time had passed since he walked away from his marriage. one might expect this to be angsty because of payne leaving his ex-husband of 12 years after finding out he cheated on him for two years. but, i gotta admit that i’m pretty glad his actions came easily for him to move on without second thoughts or hardships. i was ready to just see him move on. “Why? And why is it a race? The thing is, you don’t have to act on these hypothetical feelings. Maybe they come to nothing, or maybe you want to give them time to grow, or you’re still feeling sore from being betrayed. Wherever you’re at, just be genuine with him. Spend time with him. Show him you care, even if you’re not ready to say it.” what bothered me here the most were some of the side characters. i personally hate it when side characters step over and try to take some sort of control for the main character(s). this kind of goes back to beau not being able to say no, but i hated how much both marty (payne’s little brother) and lizzy (payne’s sister in law and marty’s wife) were concerned and hung up on beau’s dating life. while marty was involved more, i feel like lizzy also contributed. while i do believe side characters and friends of the mc’s can help out in any way, sometimes they over step and cross boundaries, which makes it annoying and frustrating. even if i knew this, it didn’t help to the situations, but instead added unnecessary conflict, specifically inner misunderstanding. marty not only set up beau with a date when beau said no, but he even tried making beau feel bad for not dating or not having settled in with anyone. this annoys me simply because it isn’t him being a friend and caring, but it’s him being nosy and not minding his business. whether beau wants to date or not is up to him, and when beau tried telling him no, marty just cut him off. beau’s date, lee, didn’t even help the situation beau was on. he was picky, rude, and selfish. lizzy was also a little nosy, telling beau he needed to get over his feelings and pining for payne and not finding someone else when beau knew exactly what was happening. he knew beau and him were hooking up and he knew payne wasn’t really in the position to date, letting beau know he doesn’t want to hurt him, but beau let him know it was okay. they were both consenting adults with what was happening and their family members were only making it worse. truthfully, if you’re really a friend, you wouldn’t be too concerned other your friends love life. worry about yours first. one of the only things about the relationship that wasn’t entirely fitting for my likes was how beau and payne didn’t really get together till the ending. besides the sweet moments, they spent their time together hooking up. every time, payne told himself he isn’t ready to move on and date again but also couldn’t understand why he was starting to feel a certain way with beau around. i wish this conclusion came around before, that way their moments together would have feel more real for the both of them. sometimes the relationship felt one sided because we know beau likes payne, so their moments were sweet and memorable but i can’t help and wonder how sad it must have been for beau at certain times. i also didn’t like how little of a role the divorced men’s club really had. i thought it would be similar to The Bromance Book Club series by lyssa kay adams, where they get together and talk, helping each other out, but there were only a few group messages we see where the other members come in. it’s not like the series is named after it or anything. all in all though, while i also gave Frat Wars: King of Thieves 3 stars, i can’t help but think i enjoyed that one slightly more. this isn’t a series i’m really excited for anymore, but i’m still going to continue it. Money means nothing; character means everything. And when it comes to character, Payne has me beaten by a mile.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Roommate Arrangement is book one in the brand new series, Divorced Men’s Club by Saxon James. This is only my third book by Saxon. I loved the sound of the blurb, I like starting out with a new series, and the biggest reason is that I loved these two men were older, one is thirty six and the other forty. I just had a feeling about this book and it was so much more than I even hoped! Payne Walker is definitely not where he thought he would be at forty years old. After being with his husband for tw Roommate Arrangement is book one in the brand new series, Divorced Men’s Club by Saxon James. This is only my third book by Saxon. I loved the sound of the blurb, I like starting out with a new series, and the biggest reason is that I loved these two men were older, one is thirty six and the other forty. I just had a feeling about this book and it was so much more than I even hoped! Payne Walker is definitely not where he thought he would be at forty years old. After being with his husband for twelve years, he is now in the process of a divorce, has left his job in Boston as a high school gym teacher, and is back in his home town of Kilborough, sleeping on a twin bed in his younger brother’s home. With no immediate job prospects, he has no idea what is next. When his brother’s best friend offers him his spare bedroom with a normal size bed, free of rent, only asking him to clean up around the apartment and cook occasionally, he’s all in. Beau Rickshaw is thirty six and is an author of fantasy novels. He got lucky when his books became popular and he even sold the movie rights to one of them. Beau might be considered a little bit odd. He gets completely lost in his writing, sometimes for days, not knowing if it’s night or day. He is forever forgetful. Will start one task only to get distracted and forget all about it. He gets anxious around people he doesn’t know well. He’s known Payne since they were kids and has been in love with him just as long. He kept it to himself all these years. When he realizes that Payne needs a place to stay, he rationalizes that if he offers to be roommates, he’ll finally find some flaws in him and will get over his eternal crush. Right?! Or not! Beau keeps telling Payne that he knows he has annoying quirks that make him undateable. But Payne loves Beau’s quirks. It’s who he is. He’s fun and sweet and way more sexy than he should be. He’s in no place in his life to have feelings. His life is a mess. Not to mention, his younger brother’s best friend. But the longer these two are together, the more in tune they become. “It might have taken twenty years for me to get to this point, but nothing has ever been more worth it.” These two were just such a joy to read about. Payne definitely had a bit of a journey of self discovery he needed to make. But Beau is right there with him, getting him in a way no one else has. And the way Payne is with Beau and all his little quirks was perfection. I think I swooned most of the way through this. I also loved the banter between Payne and the members of the Divorced Men’s Club. They were hilarious. This is an endearing, low angst, sexy, swoony, sweet and just wonderful book. It’s funny how when I saw the cover and read the blurb, I just knew that this was going to be one of “those” books that I would want to clutch to my heart and just squeeze. I don’t know who the next book will be about but I do know that I am all in. For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...

  3. 4 out of 5

    💄Ayanna💄

    Roommate Arrangement (Divorced Men's Club Book 1): Rating: 2.5~DNF @55% 🧔🏻‍♂️💪🏼⚔️Hello everyone! I hope all is well! I honestly was having fun with this book with Payne🧔🏻‍♂️ & Beau👨🏻‍🏫 until the part where another man (Lee) was added in and just took away from the sweetness and buildup between Payne and Beau. Even if the two of them were not technically dating, I don’t care to read about an mc or both mc’s dating and kissing other people that add nothing to their relationship. I also did Roommate Arrangement (Divorced Men's Club Book 1): Rating: 2.5~DNF @55% 🧔🏻‍♂️💪🏼⚔️Hello everyone! I hope all is well! I honestly was having fun with this book with Payne🧔🏻‍♂️ & Beau👨🏻‍🏫 until the part where another man (Lee) was added in and just took away from the sweetness and buildup between Payne and Beau. Even if the two of them were not technically dating, I don’t care to read about an mc or both mc’s dating and kissing other people that add nothing to their relationship. I also didn’t like Marty (Payne’s younger brother & Beau’s best friend) who was too invasive, pushy and demanding. pretty much forcing Beau to go out with Lee did not feel right with me at all. Since Beau was not comfortable anyway, it made me more upset how it got to the point where Lee forced a kiss on him in front of Payne! Not only was that a done deal for me, but I felt the imbalance in love even with how funny & cute Payne & Beau were. Especially since Beau crushed on Payne since they were teenagers. Then with Payne’s recent divorce, i felt Beau’s love for Payne was not matched back as he deserved. Which I can get Payne since his recent divorce due to a cheating husband, but I still felt he was attracted to Beau, but not thinking romantically about him. Almost as if he pretty much was being a good friend with benefits while knowing Beau had a crush on him after he said so. Anyways, it sucks this one didn’t work out at least for me since I was excited to read it. Again, just my opinion and why I couldn’t finish this out even making it as far as I did. Just couldn’t buy into their true feelings and did not care for Lee’s unnecessary part which made it messy! Ruined a light & sweet story to me. If you like it though, I am glad you did! As always, hoping you all are having great books to love!⚔️💪🏼🧔🏻‍♂️ 🧔🏻‍♂️Divorced Men's Club Series🧔🏻‍♂️: Roommate Arrangement (Divorced Men's Club Book 1): ⬆️⬆️⬆️ Platonic Rulebook (Divorced Men's Club Book 2): 🧔🏻‍♂️LINK:~ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09... ~🧔🏻‍♂️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nark

    Yawn

  5. 5 out of 5

    alyssa

    [4.5] I'M A REAL SAP FOR SMALL GESTURES AND THIS SINGLEHANDEDLY TOPPED MY MONTHLY FLUFF QUOTA. while nothing markedly revolutionary, per se, the story contained plenty of sweet, gentle spins to the trope that had me puking sparkles and hearts like no tomorrow. from tattoo coloring to sword fights to paper crane notes to making sure s/o is fed with warm food, JUST STAHP ALREADY 🤧💖 Beau (minus the ability to write stories) is me in a nutshell, and at times i honestly felt like the author was callin [4.5] I'M A REAL SAP FOR SMALL GESTURES AND THIS SINGLEHANDEDLY TOPPED MY MONTHLY FLUFF QUOTA. while nothing markedly revolutionary, per se, the story contained plenty of sweet, gentle spins to the trope that had me puking sparkles and hearts like no tomorrow. from tattoo coloring to sword fights to paper crane notes to making sure s/o is fed with warm food, JUST STAHP ALREADY 🤧💖 Beau (minus the ability to write stories) is me in a nutshell, and at times i honestly felt like the author was calling me out via his character 🙈 a few examples: - i am guilty of cringing the night away after making a conversational faux pas, thinking of what i should've said or done to come across poised and personable instead of the true Ball of Awkward and Nerves i am for the sheer sake of torturing myself. - the quote: "The thing about finding someone is you have to actually leave the house." GIRL I- - when they cheer to having no life? AMEN SISTER. i felt that. - people walking in on me doing weird stuff like yes i like to roll around on the carpet when i'm feeling stressed, do you have any complaints?? 😤 - forcing a smile and agreeing through gritted teeth to whatever people ask of me at the expense of my own comfort because i'm a full-blown people pleaser 😩 .....on and on the list goes. it was acutely embarrassing on a visceral level but also tremendously validating to watch a fellow neurotic workaholic find someone who not only embraces but also complements their quirks. add on the fairytale-esque beauty of Beau's age-old crush on his brother's best friend coming to fruition, and the romantic within me is singing from the treetops with the morning birds 🥰 Payne takes some time to come around and accept his feelings (which is understandable considering it's only been a few months since his divorce and his trust in anyone is basically shot), but he continues to be considerate and disgustingly sweet. i still can't get over how his first reaction after making the Payne-ful (sorry not sorry 🤣) discovery that his husband is in fact cheating scumbag trash is to throw the monster's toothbrush in the toilet, take a picture, and send him the evidence. TAKE THAT 😤😂 Saxon James has proven to be a one-click author for me, and i seriously can't wait to get more of the DMC crew soon! 💖

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mariam reading Romance

    I'm almost tempted to rate this book 2 stars 🤡 Unbelievable. This is why I don't like anticipating books because I feel like I curse with my magic touch and when I do end up reading them, they are SUCH a flop. initial reactions: well, this was one HELL of a disappointment. 😞 I feel like the one good thing I like about Saxon's writing is her humor. She has a way with writing wit that is just so... It makes you think, How did I never think of that?! And I love it. And it might be the only thing I'm almost tempted to rate this book 2 stars 🤡 Unbelievable. This is why I don't like anticipating books because I feel like I curse with my magic touch and when I do end up reading them, they are SUCH a flop. initial reactions: well, this was one HELL of a disappointment. 😞 I feel like the one good thing I like about Saxon's writing is her humor. She has a way with writing wit that is just so... It makes you think, How did I never think of that?! And I love it. And it might be the only thing I liked about this book. That, and the prologue. Honestly, it's been ages since I skimmed reading a book and I skimmed the last 20% of this and that's DEVASTATING. I'm shocked at how much I just, don't vibe with this book. Initially, I felt like I wasn't into the book. I was having weird moods throughout this week and tapping my brain out to relax and read a book has been harder as of late and it definitely resonated with me that it was I who was the problem and not the book. And hell, the may just still be the problem. But somewhere I dunno, from the start of the book, the story just got boring. I've lost the ability to enunciate words because I've had a long day but I just never felt like I connected with the characters and their romance. There was definetly some cute scenes sprinkled throughout the book, but in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't wait for this story to be over by like 70% The only reason I'm not giving this 2 stars is because I admire (and am biased) Saxon greatly. Still, this dummie is going to read book 2 where I can't give two shits about who it's going to be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renae Reads

    *** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautifully heartwarming friends-to-lovers story mixed with a second chance. I loved the gradual deepening of feelings between Payne and Beau, their dynamic was so sweet and heartfelt to see. I was so surprised by Roommate Arrangement, I did not know what to expect with this story but I was completely in awe of the beautiful progression of Beau and Payne's slow-burn relationship that blossomed during one of the most *** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a beautifully heartwarming friends-to-lovers story mixed with a second chance. I loved the gradual deepening of feelings between Payne and Beau, their dynamic was so sweet and heartfelt to see. I was so surprised by Roommate Arrangement, I did not know what to expect with this story but I was completely in awe of the beautiful progression of Beau and Payne's slow-burn relationship that blossomed during one of the most emotionally difficult aspects of Payne's life and his heart is shattered as a result of the ultimate betrayal. Due to Payne's emotional state, he is taken completely by surprise by the quirky, adorkable, and complete sweetness of Beau who has been secretly in love with him for over twenty years. Seeing their friendship grow in their trust for each other was my favorite aspect of Roommate Arrangement. Overall I loved this sweet romance that proves there are second chances at love that was so moving and leaves me anxiously waiting to read the next installment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    On the face of it, this isn't "anything new" it takes a common trope - that of the best friend's brother - but by the time it gets into the pages of this book, something special has happened. Saxon's Payne and Beau stole my heart from the off. There is an interesting premise for why Payne finds himself back home sleeping in his niece's single bed as he goes back home to his brother's to lick his wounds and it really worked for me. Beau has been crushing on Payne, his best friend Marty's older brot On the face of it, this isn't "anything new" it takes a common trope - that of the best friend's brother - but by the time it gets into the pages of this book, something special has happened. Saxon's Payne and Beau stole my heart from the off. There is an interesting premise for why Payne finds himself back home sleeping in his niece's single bed as he goes back home to his brother's to lick his wounds and it really worked for me. Beau has been crushing on Payne, his best friend Marty's older brother, for almost two decades, he's dated but - as an author with a popular series - he's tended to get lost in his own world too much for potential lovers to commit. The roommates trope also works beautifully here because Payne comes to see just how much Beau actually means to him, he's always treated him with kindness and never called him out on his quirks and their friendship is a joy. As the story progresses, it just felt completely natural that they would come to be more than just friends, Beau provides shelter for Payne and the younger man is an anchor in Payne's directionless life. The sex is oh so delicious, Saxon really does have a way of showing the intimacy at the heart of the volcano! And the bunch of guys who make up the Divorced Men's Club are awesome, there is a real found family element there too. I can't wait to find out more about them and read their stories 😁 This went right onto my Favourites shelf, loved everything about it! #ARC kindly received from the author via Foreward PR in return for an honest and unbiased review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Llakshmi

    I think SJ forgot to add in some chapters

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I'll be short and sweet NOT. There were parts that I liked, but there were more negatives than positives. Some OTT stuff, insert eye rolls (view spoiler)[like Beau drawing Payne's tattoos and Payne helping Beau with a date, pretending. (hide spoiler)] Also, I couldn't read Beau as a 37-year-old man and that's a big problem for me. Characters acting their age are a big deal to me. I think the author intended to show him as insecure, but he sounded immature instead and that threw me away from the s I'll be short and sweet NOT. There were parts that I liked, but there were more negatives than positives. Some OTT stuff, insert eye rolls (view spoiler)[like Beau drawing Payne's tattoos and Payne helping Beau with a date, pretending. (hide spoiler)] Also, I couldn't read Beau as a 37-year-old man and that's a big problem for me. Characters acting their age are a big deal to me. I think the author intended to show him as insecure, but he sounded immature instead and that threw me away from the story many times. On top of all that I started to skim at the end which is never a good sign. Not sure I'll continue with this series. So .... this one didn't work for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    4.5/5 stars I finished that way too quick 😭 Saxon James books are such a comfort read for me and this was no different, it felt like a big hug right when I really needed it. Also I’m calling it now for Griffin and Heath’s book next 😌

  12. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    I feel like I am the only one who has yet to read this book 🤣 I will eventually I think.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laxmama

    This is the first book of Saxon James' new series Divorced Men’s Club. Fantastic start, I loved this one and could not put it down. What may sound familiar - crush on the older brother - it’s just much more. Both M/C’s had their issues, insecurities, they were hurt in the past, real issues which made the story work so well. What I love reading is the growing connection between the M/C’s, feeling the happiness, the caution, nerves, along with the passion. I felt their interest and excitement buil This is the first book of Saxon James' new series Divorced Men’s Club. Fantastic start, I loved this one and could not put it down. What may sound familiar - crush on the older brother - it’s just much more. Both M/C’s had their issues, insecurities, they were hurt in the past, real issues which made the story work so well. What I love reading is the growing connection between the M/C’s, feeling the happiness, the caution, nerves, along with the passion. I felt their interest and excitement building by getting to know each other. The chemistry was scorching and just the right amount so the story flowed naturally. There was nothing forced, no OTT drama which is a killer for me. I enjoyed every page & hope to see them through the rest of the series. I can’t wait to see which one of the group is next they. ARC kindly received from author via Forward PR in return for an honest and unbiased review

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aimora

    My mind is too twisted for a book like this sometimes. Today is one of those days I needed something darker. In this book, everything wrapped up a little too easily for me, a little too shiny and clean and wrinkle free. My depraved mind wants rough edges to grab on to. Maybe a dual pov prequel as experienced by Payne and Kyle.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Demon

    Boring 💤💤

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    I'm probably the only one that has not liked it a lot. I struggled because I found some parts really boring and sometimes annoying. I had better expectations about this book, but probably it's just me. 😔 I'm probably the only one that has not liked it a lot. I struggled because I found some parts really boring and sometimes annoying. I had better expectations about this book, but probably it's just me. 😔

  17. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Roommate Arrangement by Saxon James Ah! What a book to end the year with! Charming, loveable characters ✔ Pining ✔ Beautiful progression from friends to lovers. ✔ (There were moments that I put the kindle down to take a deep breath and catch my emotions.) Alternating POVs ✔ Great pacing ✔ CHEMISTRY ✔ Slow burn ✔ You know, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this story captivated me; I saw growth in Saxon James as a writer. Beautiful storytelling! Highly recommend Roommate Arrangement. P.S. I love the side c Roommate Arrangement by Saxon James Ah! What a book to end the year with! Charming, loveable characters ✔ Pining ✔ Beautiful progression from friends to lovers. ✔ (There were moments that I put the kindle down to take a deep breath and catch my emotions.) Alternating POVs ✔ Great pacing ✔ CHEMISTRY ✔ Slow burn ✔ You know, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this story captivated me; I saw growth in Saxon James as a writer. Beautiful storytelling! Highly recommend Roommate Arrangement. P.S. I love the side characters and can't wait for their books! Those text messages gave us little glimpses into their personalities and have me hooked.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Airy

    I actually liked this book. Beau is a great character. He is devoted to his love for Peyne in a way, that is healthy. I felt the plot was rushed, but in the end it worked for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maisha ❀

    Boring.... This book has been getting a lot of hype lately. So, obviously not was curious. I have read Saxon James's work before and enjoyed very much, which managed to lift my expectations from this book up to a higher level. And after finally reading it, I am solely disappointed. The characters were interesting but overall very bland. The romance was boring. The story itself was unsatisfying. Specifically considering Beau has been in love with Payne for 20 long years, the ending could have been Boring.... This book has been getting a lot of hype lately. So, obviously not was curious. I have read Saxon James's work before and enjoyed very much, which managed to lift my expectations from this book up to a higher level. And after finally reading it, I am solely disappointed. The characters were interesting but overall very bland. The romance was boring. The story itself was unsatisfying. Specifically considering Beau has been in love with Payne for 20 long years, the ending could have been better. I understood Payne's insecurity and hesitation to trust someone after going through a nasty divorce...but i t didn't change the fact that Beau deserved better. I loved DMC though. Those divorced men were hilarious. So I guess I may continue with the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    I really loved this story - yes, please more romances with men in their late 30’s/early 40’s! Payne moves back home after his bad divorce and winds up having to move in with Beau, his younger brother’s friend, until he can get back on his feet. I loved these two together and also apart. I just wanted to give Beau a big hug and tell him that he is perfect just the way he is and that Payne will totally love him, quirks and all, and I wanted Payne to find a guy who deserved him. Saxon James writes e I really loved this story - yes, please more romances with men in their late 30’s/early 40’s! Payne moves back home after his bad divorce and winds up having to move in with Beau, his younger brother’s friend, until he can get back on his feet. I loved these two together and also apart. I just wanted to give Beau a big hug and tell him that he is perfect just the way he is and that Payne will totally love him, quirks and all, and I wanted Payne to find a guy who deserved him. Saxon James writes excellent unrequited longing and all the feels when one doesn’t think the other wants them back. I am SO here for it. I can tell this is going to be a fun series - lots of friends and a group of friends to meddle and help each other out. I can’t wait for the next one! I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Oof okay so even though I finished it, I won't rate it because it was me, not the book. I just couldn't connect with either MCs and I honestly have no idea why. But here's a favourite quote: The thing about loving someone is you don’t get to do it with conditions attached. I don’t love him, expecting him to return it. I don’t love him, hoping I’ll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him. Oof okay so even though I finished it, I won't rate it because it was me, not the book. I just couldn't connect with either MCs and I honestly have no idea why. But here's a favourite quote: The thing about loving someone is you don’t get to do it with conditions attached. I don’t love him, expecting him to return it. I don’t love him, hoping I’ll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    4.5 opposite but so right characters stars This was such an entertaining book. I love low-angst romance - with still enough stress to make it engaging - so this one was perfect. Things revolved around Payne's need to rebuild a life away from his soon-to-be ex-husband, and his awakening feelings for Beau. Of course, it was a dual point of view novel and we also had Beau's side of their story, but most of the questionning came from Payne's side of their relationship. Beau was smitten with Payne, bu 4.5 opposite but so right characters stars This was such an entertaining book. I love low-angst romance - with still enough stress to make it engaging - so this one was perfect. Things revolved around Payne's need to rebuild a life away from his soon-to-be ex-husband, and his awakening feelings for Beau. Of course, it was a dual point of view novel and we also had Beau's side of their story, but most of the questionning came from Payne's side of their relationship. Beau was smitten with Payne, but he was respectful of his decisions, and I loved him for that. Chapter after chapter, I could picture more and more a lifelong commitment between them, and not in a cheesy, easy way. They shared a real connection, in and out of bed - their chemistry was off the charts. All their bonding moments made me sigh... I want a living-breathing coloring book too! It was a really well thought first installment, and I'm very curious to discover more of the DMC guys' stories, especially Orson's.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate V

    1.5 - 2 stars! I am so irritated with this story!!! The writing is fine but the story itself was boring with no real action. But the thing that bothered me the most was this was such a one-sided relationship. Beau was the sweetest and most endearing man EVER and Payne DID NOT see it or acknowledge it enough for me. There was such a huge imbalance between the two of them. So much more emotional connection and dependency from Beau and Payne just felt like a shell to me. The fact that I kept getting 1.5 - 2 stars! I am so irritated with this story!!! The writing is fine but the story itself was boring with no real action. But the thing that bothered me the most was this was such a one-sided relationship. Beau was the sweetest and most endearing man EVER and Payne DID NOT see it or acknowledge it enough for me. There was such a huge imbalance between the two of them. So much more emotional connection and dependency from Beau and Payne just felt like a shell to me. The fact that I kept getting frustrated with Payne and his inability to see the gift he's been given in the form of Beau made me want to chuck my Kindle across the room or stab it with a fork. Beau deserved so much more than what Payne was apparently willing to give him. So for that....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    "The thing about loving someone is you don't get to do it with conditions attached. I don't love him expecting him to return it. I don't love him hoping I'll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him." Roommate Arrangement is the first book in the linked but standalone series Divorced Men's Club by the wonderful Saxon James. Our MCs are Payne and Beau, who I fell in love with as always with Saxon's books. Beau is Payne's brother's bestfriend, 36 years old, v "The thing about loving someone is you don't get to do it with conditions attached. I don't love him expecting him to return it. I don't love him hoping I'll get over it, or that I can transfer that love to someone else. I just love him." Roommate Arrangement is the first book in the linked but standalone series Divorced Men's Club by the wonderful Saxon James. Our MCs are Payne and Beau, who I fell in love with as always with Saxon's books. Beau is Payne's brother's bestfriend, 36 years old, very successful as an author but not so much at life and love. He has had a crush on Payne since school and no-one has ever quite matched up to the dream of him. Payne is 4 years older, and recently separated from his low-life, cheating ex-husband. He's back in his home town to move on and to try and re-find himself as a single man. Payne needs a place to stay and Beau has a spare room. The rest, as they say, is kismet.... I loved these two! Such a cute, low angst, steamy slice of mm romance 💕. Recommended. A steamy 5 ✨✨✨✨✨

  25. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    When I started this one, I didn't know if I'd like it. But I ended up loving it so much more than I thought. It was refreshingly honest. There were so many opportunities for miscommunication or NO communication, but James never went there. Nice! When I started this one, I didn't know if I'd like it. But I ended up loving it so much more than I thought. It was refreshingly honest. There were so many opportunities for miscommunication or NO communication, but James never went there. Nice!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Imbalance bugs me. Beau’s all in but Payne’s a pain. Broke, selfish, lazy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amur Thera

    The good + Orson. I love that guy + Payne accepting Beau's weird quirks + Coloring in tattoos. That's just sweet The neutral o (view spoiler)[Throughout the book, both Beau and Payne mentioned multiple times how they liked kids when they belonged to someone else, but needed to be able to give them back. Yet at the end of the book they decide to have kids together. I thought that was a pity and didn't fit in their relationship at all, especially because they would have so many kids on loan everytime a The good + Orson. I love that guy + Payne accepting Beau's weird quirks + Coloring in tattoos. That's just sweet The neutral o (view spoiler)[Throughout the book, both Beau and Payne mentioned multiple times how they liked kids when they belonged to someone else, but needed to be able to give them back. Yet at the end of the book they decide to have kids together. I thought that was a pity and didn't fit in their relationship at all, especially because they would have so many kids on loan everytime at their camp (hide spoiler)] o Payne could have done a better job of convincing Beau his quirks were not negative traits and he shouldn't have to change for anyone The bad - This book was advertised as low relationship angst. Well I don't know, but a guy getting his heart broken multiple times, all by the other MC, in the span of a 200 page book does not seem all that happy to me - Payne told Beau his feelings were not returned (heartbreak!), then proceeded to be a total fucking dick to Beau's date Lee for no reason whatsoever. He had no fucking right to do that and it was toxic as fuck - Lee was of course an asshole instead of a total nice guy, just so the reader doesn't feel as bad when Beau doesn't want a second date and we can gloss over Payne's asshole behavior - (view spoiler)[During his date with Lee, Beau calls Payne and asks if he could please give a fake call with an emergency to get him out of the date. And instead of helping him, Payne ignores it. What the fuck?! If someone wants out of a date for any reason, you help them, no questions asked. Who knows what was going on, it could've been much worse than just a bad personality (hide spoiler)] - Payne said some very insensitive things throughout the book that really hurt Beau, but Beau always waved them off like it was no big deal - (view spoiler)[Beau's heart was broken yet again when Payne left for Boston without telling him, yet when Payne goes back he's not even mad. What the fuck? (hide spoiler)] - The series is called Divorced Men's Club. The MC in this book this applies to doesn't spend a single moment grieving about losing a relationship of twelve years. I understand not grieving about losing the guy - what a dick - but losing a steady relationship is fucking hard, yet Payne just breezes through like nothing happened. I had expected more emphasis on the divorce (how hard it was on him, how it made him feel like his life was over etc (although somehow none of these were true for Payne)), seeing as the whole series is about that - The members of the DMC asking Payne for pictures taken in secret with Beau undressed really rubbed me the wrong way - Payne didn't even have a fraction of the feelings for Beau that Beau had for him and it left the relationship horribly unbalanced - Beau deserved better I dunno, for a sweet, low angst story Beau sure got his heart broken a bit too often. Seriously. Fuck this book. Every heartbreak made me consider DNFing, but I pushed through because I do want to try the next book in the series and I was afraid I'd miss some build-up. Don't worry guys, there's not really anything hinting at future connections except maybe Art and the bartender. Don't read the book just for that. Would not recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sailor

    “I knew I’d get a good-night kiss out of you.” He huffs a laugh. “Sometimes I think you could get anything out of me.” “Anything?” His teeth rake over his bottom lip. “Night, Bo-Bo.” After reading this book I realized that this is the first book with the best friend’s brother trope that I've ever read. Not that I was avoiding it, it just never caught my radar. This was such a cute and feelgood story about regret, second chances and starting over. I can’t wait to see who are going to be the ne “I knew I’d get a good-night kiss out of you.” He huffs a laugh. “Sometimes I think you could get anything out of me.” “Anything?” His teeth rake over his bottom lip. “Night, Bo-Bo.” After reading this book I realized that this is the first book with the best friend’s brother trope that I've ever read. Not that I was avoiding it, it just never caught my radar. This was such a cute and feelgood story about regret, second chances and starting over. I can’t wait to see who are going to be the next MCs from The Divorce Man’s Club, though tbh I’m curious about Art and Joey the most. Beau is going to the list of MCs that I could relate to almost one hundred percent. The social awkwardness, not being able to say no sometimes and the lack of sense of time; I could connect with all that. I was glad that from the beginning Payne didn’t try to change him and just showed Beau how all his “quirks” made him perfect. It’s a low start but soon after everything happens pretty fast but in a realistic way. Maybe because Beau had a crush on Payne since forever and Payne didn’t jump in immediately to a new relationship after everything his ex did to him. A fast-pacing and quick story. The beginning of a new series that I’m sure I’ll continue to read. I love having this kind of low angst series around for when I’m in the mood *Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a free and honest review*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Cody

    It’s hard to put into words everything I loved about this book. The roommate/friends to lovers is a common trope and one of my favorites to read. But this book was so much more than that! You’ve got the brother’s best friend angle as well as the fact that both guys are a little older (36 & 40). Plus, a little bit of childhood crush/unrequited love thrown in. Put it all together and you’ve got Beau and Payne. This book was one I couldn’t put down. Absolutely draws you in and wraps you into the sto It’s hard to put into words everything I loved about this book. The roommate/friends to lovers is a common trope and one of my favorites to read. But this book was so much more than that! You’ve got the brother’s best friend angle as well as the fact that both guys are a little older (36 & 40). Plus, a little bit of childhood crush/unrequited love thrown in. Put it all together and you’ve got Beau and Payne. This book was one I couldn’t put down. Absolutely draws you in and wraps you into the story. Definitely one I’ll reread.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    What Even Is “Normal?” Such a good book! Humorous, sensitive, sexy, this book has the feels. I really loved how Beau and Payne carefully considered each other’s needs and desires. Neither of them were ever careless on purpose of the other’s feelings. Heartwarming and happy!

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