Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood
Audiobook Narration by: Emma Wilder
After Ali Hazelwood’s debut with The Love Hypothesis last year (five huge stars from me and a gazillion other people), I was a bit worried that she might fall prey to the dreaded sophomore slump. I should have never doubted her. Hazelwood has given us more STEM-y, steamy goodness in the first of her STEMinist novellas, Under One Roof. I grabbed the audiobook as soon as it was released, and although I didn’t love Mara and Liam quite as much as Olive and Adam, this was still a delightful enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity romp.
I’m not usually a fan of novellas because I like to be able to sink into the characters and live with them for a while, but this didn’t even seem like a novella to me. It gave me everything I needed in just over three and a half hours (always listen to audiobooks at full speed – always). And I absolutely loved the present-day prologue, which gives us such a tease, and then shoots us back to six months ago. I tell you, every time a new chapter arrived, the passing months gradually turning into weeks, I was squealing with agony as we got closer and closer to the present and oh-so-slooooowly returned to that scene in the kitchen. Hazelwood seems to have mastered the art of creating a measured, maddening anticipation in her readers. *swoon*
And of course Emma Wilder did a fantastic job with the narration. I would expect no less from her, as she’s one of my favorite female narrators. She brilliantly captured the spirit of Mara, her frustration and the growing sexual tension between the roomies.
I know there are a lot of people who haven’t tried or haven’t been successful in listening to audiobooks. To them I would say that Under One Roof is a good place to dip your toe into the world of audio. Great story, brilliant narrator, and a short read/listen. Give it a try!