BY Beth O’Leary
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…
The Flatshare was a pleasant surprise. What I thought would be a somewhat fluffy yet quirky flatmates to lovers story was more than that. It was a complex story that was so unique and stands out among the typical romance books. I’m honestly shocked this was O’Leary’s debut novel and it’s definitely one of her best.
Tiffy was this one of kind, bubbly and quirky character who was loyal to those she loved. I loved her passion for her job and her unique taste in clothing and crafts. From the started I was invested in her story and wanted a happy ending for her. Leon was more quiet and thoughtful but equally as likeable. He was such a kind and caring person that worked hard and was always there for his hospice patients which was just so heartwarming. Tiffy and Leon were just such great people that you couldn’t help but ship them and want the best for them.
My favorite part of this book was definitely the post-it note communication. I looked forward to those notes and thought they were so cute and funny. It was such a unique way to have the characters communicate in their funny little setup. It’s through these notes that they connect and fall in love with each other despite never meeting in person.
While we have this romance between Leon and Tiffy developing, we also have Tiffy dealing with her ex and issues from her past relationship with him. Tiffy ends up in this flatshare situation because she had been living with her ex and he was paying the bills. It seemed as if Tiffy was kinda freeloading off of him, until we start to see her confront past memories and issues from that relationship. I won’t spoil it too much, but it was a very toxic relationship that really changed how she saw herself and her life.
While it has it’s funny and lighthearted moments, this was anything but a fluffy romance. The Flatshare deals with some serious issues. That being said I would also categorize it as a romantic comedy that definitely made me laugh and had me swooning. It was a heartwarming story that I cannot recommend enough.