Room Mate by Katie Ashley
Title: Room Mate
Author: Katie Ashley
Genre: Standalone, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 16, 2018
From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I'll lose everything if I pursue her.
Growing up as the only girl with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy—he was someone I could fall for.
**Stand-alone set in the world of Running Mate and Office Mate**
Room Mate by Katie Ashley
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"He was like James Bond on steroids in his tux. I was used to the suit porn he sported on a daily basis, but man, there was something about the fit of the black tux that made me all warm and tingly."
When Caroline started complaining about having Ty as a roommate it crossed my mind to suggest a psych evaluation. I mean seriously, who would refuse 24/7 eye candy, right? But, I have to give her credit, she's not stuck up and bossy like you'd think a first daughter would be, she's got a big heart and she's not blind. She did eventually come to her senses and learn to appreciate the gift she had been given.
I really enjoyed the banter between Caroline and Ty. While they both had a job to do, they were considerate of each other's feelings. It was very entertaining to see how far she could push him. He was badass in every way except how he treated her. The fact that he was a Brit made it quite amusing when it came to slang and American things that seemed strange to him. He considered her boyfriend a 'wanker' and calling the Piggly Wiggly grocery store the 'Psychotic Pig'cracked me up.
I loved the excitement of the forbidden aspect of this story. I wanted them to hook up, but at the same time, I was afraid for them to do so. The chemistry between them was undeniable, but they denied it as long as possible. I wanted to throw a lit match at them just to speed it up. I had no doubt the BOOM was coming, but I was impatient for it to happen NOW!
And then, to amp up the excitement, there is a threat against her that has him determined to keep her safe. While he's questioning his ability to keep her safe from himself the real danger escalates. And let's not forget that her father, the President, and her two brothers could be a threat to his own personal safety if they found out he was lusting after her.
From the White House to hot yoga Room Mate is a trip that you want to take, trust me. The line forms here...
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.