Thank you for the advanced copy of THE ROOMMATE by Rosie Danan.  All opinions are my own.

Review

What’s a repressed good girl from New York to do when she finds out her unexpected housemate is actually an adult film star?  She falls for her roommate, starts a business with him, and discovers herself along the way, of course.

The Roommate Backstory

Rosie Danan’s sweet and sexy debut follows the story of Clara and Josh, the aforementioned socialite grad student and the actor.  Upon graduation from grad school, Clara makes an impulsive decision to follow her unrequited crush to L.A. to be his roommate (and hopefully more).

Unbeknownst to her, he has sublet his room to Josh.  Not only does Clara have to adjust to living with a complete stranger, she also clutches her pearls when she learns that Josh is a prolific adult performer.

Both Clara and Josh learn to navigate their new living arrangements and baggage from the past by having honest conversations and learning to be flexible with one another. Josh is a total sweetheart, which helps ease the awkwardness.

A Unique and Steamy Romance

Although I was excited to read this book based on the cover and the blurb, I wasn’t exactly sure how it would all play out.  Thankfully, the story is a fresh and unique take on the forced proximity and opposites attract romance tropes.

While the romance is definitely steamy, I had a hard time feeling the emotional connection between the couple.  When there are heavy topics addressed in a storyline such as this, the emotional side needs to play a big role and unfortunately, that was lacking for me

However, I did enjoy the book overall and I think it is an entertaining read filled with tons of sexual tension and a cast of relatable characters.

Other books in the series :

The Intimacy Project by Rosie Danan

The Intimacy Experiment (The Roommate Book 2)

The Intimacy Experiment

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About Rosie Danan

Rosie Danan writes steamy, big-hearted books, articles, and tweets about the trials and triumphs of modern love.

Her debut novel, THE ROOMMATE (previously Never Have I Ever), won the 2019 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® for Best Contemporary Romance.

After participating in the writing mentorship program Pitch Wars as a 2018 mentee, she was thrilled to join the organization as a mentor starting in 2019.

When not writing, Rosie enjoys jogging slowly to fast music, petting other people’s dogs, and competing against herself in rounds of Chopped using the miscellaneous ingredients occupying her fridge.

About the Book

MY RATING:
3.5/5

date published : September 15, 2020

series : The Roommate
publisher : Berkley

pages : 330

audiobook narrator : Brittany Pressley, Teddy Hamilton

audiobook length : 10 hrs, 46 min

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

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