9 Roommate Romances Because We Love The Forced Proximity Trope

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Falling for your roommate always makes for good drama!

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Falling for your roommate sounds like a bad idea, right? Well, these nine roommate romance novels prove otherwise!

Forced proximity is a popular trope in romance, but why do people (including us!) love it so much? There is something delicious about two people who can't help but be in each other's space. It creates incredible romantic and sexual tension that tends to lead to a powerful, and often hot culmination. What more could you possible want in a book?

Some examples of forced proximity are two coworkers forced to spend a lot of time together on a project, two people trapped in an elevator, and a pair forced to endure each other's company during a road trip. It also includes roommate romances!

While there are a ton of roommate romance novels out there, we found nine we think you'll really enjoy!


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1. Sharing Space by Nina Perez

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After her roommate moves out without notice, Chloe Brooks needs someone to take their place. Of course, this is right after she finds her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Worst week ever! Patrick Murphy has just moved to the city to become an actor and becomes Chloe's new roommate. There are a lot of reasons Chloe and Patrick shouldn't get together, but that doesn't stop them.

This collection contains all six novellas in the Sharing Space series.

2. Roommates With Benefits by Nicole Williams

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Sure, Hayden's new roommate is hot. But he's also "bossy, messy, cocky, [and] infuriating." And he prances around in a tiny towel, driving Hayden crazy. Despite having nothing in common, that doesn't stop Soren and Hayden from being drawn to one another. But will they have a real shot at love?

3. Whole Latte Love by Rachelle Ayala

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During her investment banking internship, Carina Chen winds up living with a guitar-playing barista named Dylan Jewell. A free spirited "do gooder," he's the total opposite of Carina. Right away they clash, forcing Carina to put some house rules in place to keep herself from falling for Dylan. Too bad it doesn't work.

4. The Roommate Arrangement by Jae

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Stephanie Renshaw moves to LA, hoping to finally make it big as a comedian. She finds a great apartment but needs a roommate to afford it. That's where Rae Coleman comes in. She got injured in the line of duty and now works the door at the comedy club. After initially clashing, Rae and Steph begin to overcome their differences as the feelings between them grow.

5. Inseparable by Brenda Jackson

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Kenna James moves in with her best friend while her new condo is completed, totally unaware she's in love with him. Reese Madaris is considered the most eligible bachelor in Houston, and turns to his BFF for dating advice. That's when he begins to see what's been right in front of him all along. But is Kenna willing to give her heart to a man who could easily break it?

6. Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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After leaving the Navy, Zack Nelson just wants some peace and quiet. However, he needs a roommate. An "acquired taste," Pike Reynolds is anything but quiet. It doesn't take long for Pike to get under Zack's skin, but in a good way. Still, Zack isn't sure he deserves someone like Pike in his life. Can Pike convince him otherwise?

7. The Housing Crisis by Kate McLay

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Alyssa needs a new roommate ASAP. Her former roomie left without warning and rent will be due soon. Hannah needs to move out of her cheating ex-girlfriend's place. Thankfully, Alyass and Hannah are brought together in a mutually beneficial arrangement. But lines become blurred when feelings become involved.

8. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

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After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. That's how she ends up rooming with Leon, her roommate she's never actually met. That's because they have opposite schedules and alternate the apartment by time of day. Their notes they write to each other become an odd sort of friendship before transforming into something more.

9. Bender by Stacy Borel

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Baseball player Keegan is looking for a quiet roommate who pays the rent on time and stays the hell out of his way. Camden...isn't that. She's loud, has a sharp tongue, and knows how to push all of his buttons. The feelings they develop for each other along the way? A total curveball neither saw coming.

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