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Lease on Love
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Lease on Love
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Sadie wasn't looking for love until it landed on her doorstep.
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. But when an accidental mix-up lands her on the doorstep of Jack Thomas's gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone, it's too bad Sadie is more attracted to the 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.
Sadie wasn't looking for love until it landed on her doorstep.
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. But when an accidental mix-up lands her on the doorstep of Jack Thomas's gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone, it's too bad Sadie is more attracted to the 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.
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    I plug the final numbers into my Get That Promotion, Bitch spreadsheet. Even though I've done enough mental calculations to know the end result will be positive, I still hold my breath, crossing my fingers as I hit enter.

    "This could be it. The chance to finally pay off those damn student loans and live comfortably." There's no one else actually in my office, but as usual, I hold a one-sided conversation with the air plant sitting on my desk, housed in a concrete planter dipped in bright pink paint. Neither the plant nor its neon home is finance-firm approved, but it's the only spark of joy in my tiny office.

    When I finally force myself to look at the computer screen, my suspicions are confirmed. There it is, beaming through thousands of harmful blue-light rays: A complete budget. A budget based on the salary increase I'm about to earn. A budget allowing me to pay rent on my Kips Bay apartment while also paying off my student loans. In other words, shining down on me in my cramped office in this towering skyscraper is the Holy Grail of millennial life: a chance to be debt-free. I just barely manage to hold back a shriek of joy.

    Now all that's left is to actually secure said promotion.

    I will get this promotion. And I will walk into that meeting with confidence.

    Once I get a little reinforcement. Pushing my chair back and standing, I grab my phone, tapping on the screen and pulling up FaceTime. Our group chat is preset, so I hit call, checking my makeup as I wait for my best friends, Gemma and Harley, to pick up.

    Other than a tiny zit brewing under the would-be-pasty-were-it-not-for-bronzer skin of my forehead, my face looks flawless. I touch up my matte pale pink lip anyway and fluff out my light-brown-but highlighted-within-an-inch-of-its-life hair.

    Gemma answers first. "Okay, I've got ten minutes until my room is flooded with twelve-year-olds and their post-lunch sweaty hormones. Hit me."

    "First, did not need that visual. Second, where's Harley? I only have time to do this once."

    "I'm here, I'm here." Harley's face pops up on my screen, and judging by her slightly breathless greeting, she had to duck out of her own office before answering my call. "Are we waiting for Nick?"

    "Like he'd step away from his desk for a pep talk." Gemma snorts. "Sadie, stop touching your face."

    I glare at her but also heed her advice. "First things first, appearance check." I hold the phone as far away from my body as I can, turning slowly from one side to the other, like I'm a ballerina in a music box. Or a chicken on a spit. I learned very early on what a perfect appearance could do for a woman, and I work hard to maintain mine. Confidence in my above-average looks often helps mask the self-doubt in my brain.

    "You look fine." Gemma's not even looking at me, currently scribbling something on her whiteboard instead of bothering to glance my way.

    Harley jumps in before I can snap at Gemma. "You look perfect as always, Sadie. You got this."

    I push my shoulders back, my non-phone hand clenched in a tight fist, resting on my hip. "I am a strong warrior goddess."

    "You are a strong warrior goddess," they both chant along with me, Harley mustering much more enthusiasm than Gemma.

    The outward confidence seeps inward, drowning out my pesky negative inner thoughts. "I am going to get that promotion and show these motherfuckers who's boss."

    "Yeah, I'm not saying that in the middle of my classroom when a kid could walk in any minute. But yes." Gemma plops down at her desk and shoves a chip in her mouth. The loud crunching travels through the phone, making my...
About the Author-
  • Falon Ballard loves to write about love! She also has an undying affection for exclamation points and isn’t ashamed to admit it! When she’s not writing fictional love stories, she’s helping real-life couples celebrate, working as a wedding planner in Southern California. She has a deep appreciation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a Disneyland devotee, and is a reality TV aficionado. If she’s not busy wrangling her seven-year-old, you can probably find her drinking wine and posting a picture on Instagram while simultaneously snarking on Twitter, because multitasking!
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 29, 2021
    Debut author Ballard shines in this quirky, heartwarming contemporary romance. After financial analyst Sadie Green gets passed over for a well-deserved promotion, her profane outburst earns her a pink slip. While drunkenly commiserating with her best friends, she mistakes a roommate-finding app for a dating app and ends up matched with the reclusive Jack Thomas. They clear up the miscommunication fairly quickly and, after seeing Jack’s expansive Brooklyn brownstone—and learning how little in rent he’s asking—Sadie moves in and decides to chase her longtime dream of becoming a florist. At first, she sees Jack as just her kind but nerdy roommate, but when their chemistry sparks, it’s explosive. Then Sadie discovers that Jack has been keeping a (relatively mild) secret about his past, and their future seems anything but assured. Ballard’s snappy prose and unconventional couple charm, and she gets some good chuckles out of skewering the New York City real estate market. Meanwhile, stellar supporting characters (especially Sadie’s besties Gemma, Nick, and Harley) provide a solid underpinning to this enjoyable tale. This is a treat. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, the Whalen Agency.

  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2022

    Debut novelist Ballard writes a witty roommates-to-lovers romance that will leave readers laughing and cheering for the mismatched couple. When Sadie Green doesn't get the promotion she rightly deserves, she finds herself out of a job and soon to be out of an apartment she can no longer afford. In her desperation she mixes up a dating app for a roommate-finding app and lucks into discovering a gorgeous brownstone in her new price range...broke. It's fortuitous for Sadie, but not so much for the owner of the brownstone, Jack Thomas. Sadie is wowed by the real estate and not so much by the man with the keys. But the two may have more in common than their shared address; sparks start to fly, resulting in a delightful slow burn. Humorously narrated by Addison Barnes, who makes this rom-com really shines with her hilarious inflections. VERDICT Many will enjoy this spicy, entertaining, and heartwarming romance that highlights a found family and good vibes.--Erin Cataldi

    Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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