Book Review

Book Review: Lease on Love by Falon Ballard

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
Author: Falon Ballard
Publisher: GP Putnam
Release Date: February 1st, 2022
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Beach Read meets The Flatshare in this warmly funny and delightfully sharp debut rom-com about a down-on-her-luck young woman who turns an innocent mix-up between a dating app and a roommate app into a new chance at love.

After getting passed over for an overdue—and much needed—promotion, Sadie Green is in desperate need of three things: a stiff drink, a new place to live, and a one-night-stand. When one drink turns into one too many, Sadie mixes up a long-ignored dating app for a roommate-finding app and finds herself on the doorstep of Jack Thomas’s gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone. Too bad she’s more attracted to his impressive real estate than she is to the man himself.

Jack, still grieving the unexpected death of his parents, has learned to find comfort in video games and movie marathons instead of friends. So while he doesn’t know just what to make of the vivaciously verbose Sadie, he’s willing to offer her his spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet. And with the rent unbeatably low, Sadie can finally pursue her floristry side hustle full-time. The two are polar opposites, but as Sadie’s presence begins to turn the brownstone into a home, they both start to realize they may have just made the deal of a lifetime.


I flew through this audiobook in a day. It was great! Definitely recommend the audio for those who love that option!

This was a low angst, high sweetness kind of romance. I liked the roommate aspects and how they absolutely adorable these two were texting, talking, and generally just being there for each other as Sadie found a new pathway in her life. Sadie and Jack made my heart melt.

I struggled with Sadie’s character at times. Her final moments of grow didn’t fully have a breakthrough until 90+%. That didn’t leave much room for exploration past that point as things wrapped up pretty swiftly after. It also made me not love how the entirety of the conflict went down.

Besides that issue, this romance was great. I loved her friend group and the support there was for everyone to find happiness in their own way. I couldn’t get enough of all of the flower talk and loved the floral glow up Sadie went through.

Overall audience notes:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Language: strong
  • Romance: multiple open door
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: loss of parents (off page, a main theme), emotional/verbal abuse of a child (mentioned)

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