Review: Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood

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Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn….
As an environmental engineer, Mara knows all about the delicate nature of ecosystems. They require balance. And leaving the thermostat alone. And not stealing someone else’s food. And other rules Liam, her detestable big-oil lawyer of a roommate, knows nothing about. Okay, sure, technically she’s the interloper. Liam was already entrenched in his aunt’s house like some glowering grumpy giant when Mara moved in, with his big muscles and kissable mouth just sitting there on the couch tempting respectable scientists to the dark side…but Helena was her mentor and Mara’s not about to move out and give up her inheritance without a fight.
The problem is, living with someone means getting to know them. And the more Mara finds out about Liam, the harder it is to loathe him…and the easier it is to love him.

I never expected to adore The Love Hypothesis as much as I did….but it turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year so far. Almost immediately after reading it, I wanted to dive into anything else by Ali Hazelwood, and I finally got around to picking up one of her novellas. After talking to my friend Charlotte about each of the premises, I decided to go for Under One Roof, which follows Mara as she moves into a house left to her in a will, but she has to share with Liam.

There’s only so much an author can do within 112 pages, but I was gripped from the outset. We jump into this story when the action is picking up, and then go back through the months they’ve spent living together. I really enjoyed reading about Liam softening and Mara and Liam getting to know each other, even though it was pretty predictable in plot.

My main complaint for this book is that the non-linear format did throw me a bit, and I couldn’t quite remember how we got to the first bit of the book by the time we looped back around. But there is only so much that can be jammed into such a short book, and it seemed like quite a small factor overall.

This was such a fun novella and I couldn’t put it down! I’ll definitely be picking the others up and I’m looking forward to the collection being released in paperback in 2023.

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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