Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Format: Audio book via Scribd
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is a debut novel about two people who share a bed but have never met. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
It seemed like a month ago everyone was reading this book so I needed it. My library didn’t have it available on audio so I decided to try out Scribd, and they had the book. So I dived right into The Flatshare to see what the big deal seems to be. And I’m so pleased I did.
This book is so unique because Tiffy and Leon are different people. The perspectives are very different, and it was even better via audio. O’Leary excels at writing two different voices, there’s never a confusion with who is who and how they aren’t the same person. This is something I struggle with at times in books, how characters can sound the same. Despite two narrators, it was easy to follow along with the story. In fact, this made it much more engaging to see how Tiffy and Leon each saw the flat share situation from start to finish.
This story isn’t just about the romance either. There are other storylines that involve each character, and despite how much seems to be packed into the book, all of the story lines were done in a way they each had a conclusive ending. Sometimes there are loose ends, but this book ties up all the stories very well. I do think I would have loved for the book to just keep going because I became so invested in all of the characters and their lives. Especially Mr. Prior, I just loved him a lot.
I loved the occupations Tiffy and Leon have as well. She works as an assistant editor for DIY books, which I think is so awesome. I feel like DIY needs to be talked about more. Leon is a palliative care nurse, which I didn’t really know about. I thought it was where people went to die, but this book depicts how the care is so much more.
The romance is fabulous. I have never been obsessed with friends to lovers, but oh my god this book makes you want Tiffy and Leon to be together so badly. They start out as strangers who share a flat at different times, then start with post it notes, and it just progresses. There’s no insta love, and the first time they meet is very funny. Overall, the build up of the romance make this book extra appealing. O’Leary is definitely being added to my favorites among British romance writers.
Okay, but there should also be said there’s some deep things in this book. I would definitely add a trigger warning because Tiffy has an emotionally abusive ex boyfriend who stalks her and gaslights her. So if that’s an issue for you, I don’t think this would be a good fit. I dealt with the same issue about two years ago, and I’m glad this book addresses the issue. Tiffy learns she has post traumatic stress disorder, and she seeks help. She doesn’t use her new relationship to just move on, so it’s nice to see how they took time with each other and didn’t rush at all.
This book was such a sweet book, I couldn’t stop listening. The audio is fantastic, and I just adore the story. The slow burn is so worth it. I can’t recommend this enough.