Roommaid: A Novel,
by Sariah Wilson
Publication: Montlake; October 1, 2020
About the book:
Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate’s penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she’s never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right?
Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents—but to him she’s just a teacher in need of an apartment. He’s everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move.
Rewarding job. Perfect guy. Great future. With everything so right, what could go wrong? Madison is about to find out.
As I was browsing through my September options with the Amazon First Reads program, I came across Roommaid by Sariah Wilson and thought this looked like a fun, light-hearted romantic comedy. It was all that and more. This is about a young woman Madison who has been cut-off from her super wealthy family because she chose to become a teacher instead of following in her family’s footsteps. Madison wants her own life, wants to choose her own job, and most importantly – wants to choose her own husband. But when reality comes crashing down regarding the cost of apartments in Houston, Madison jumps at the opportunity to move in with Tyler and share his luxurious apartment. The only catch? In exchange for free rent, she has to do the cleaning and help take care of his dog – neither of which she has any clue about.
I’ll admit that I worried about how I would feel about Madison in the beginning. I was envisioning this whole “poor little rich girl theme,” but it was not like that at all. Yes, Madison makes some ridiculous mistakes and does even more ridiculous things to correct them, but I found her to be hilarious, grounded, and surprisingly humble giving her upbringing. Tyler was absolute perfection from beginning to end. There was absolutely nothing unlovable about his character. Good-looking, charming, smart, funny, incredibly caring – yes ladies, he will make you swoon.
My favorite part of this novel was Madison’s will for independence and living her own life. Anyone that has ever broken free from unhealthy family ties will certainly appreciate this novel. Years ago, I was in a similar situation regarding Madison and her mother. Did I initially miss the extreme shopping trips and extravagant lifestyle? Sure I did. Has my life been better since the day I walked away? So much better there are no words! Besides being romantic, sexy, and hilarious, the most special theme of this novel is that you can go after the life you choose. Everyone’s lives contain challenges, but that’s all part of the fun and makes the successes so much sweeter!
I highly recommend Roommaid and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
*Thank you to Amazon First Reads for allowing me this early preview.