Book Review of The Roommate by Rosie Danan

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

336 pages

IBSN: 9780593101605

Publication: 9/15/20 by Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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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.


Even if Clara had broken his heart. Even if she continued to baffle him, continued to infuriate him with how much she made him want her. If she wanted to go to war with a porn monolith, well, the least he could do was ride in beside her.

› A rom-com about the porn industry? Sign me up! You don’t read about that…ever. I love that there’s a book that normalizes it, but also discusses how toxic it can be/is. It tackles both perspectives, male and female, and how sexual assault is sexual assault no matter the gender. I think it would be an important romance to read just in those regards.

› Moving on to the characters—they didn’t impress me by the end of the novel. Josh and Clara start out being two interesting main characters. They are in the same place for two completely different reasons, and they make it work because it’s in their best interest. They get to know each other, for the most part, and there’s sexual tension, of course. It wouldn’t be a romance novel without it. I respect what they tried to do after Josh didn’t want to work for the big porn company anymore—making their own sex-ed type of company, Shameless. I just couldn’t pinpoint why they hit every nerve. The drama just seemed childish (as is most drama).

› I’m really excited to read The Intimacy Experiment by Danan. I actually have the early digital copy from NetGalley, so I’m hoping I’ll get to that sooner rather than later. Thanks Berkley/NetGalley! I think the writing, the potential of the characters, and the intriguing plot has me coming back for more. I’m pretty sure this a series because a character that’s in this book is in the next one, but there’s no series title.

› Would I recommend this to you? Yes! It’s so much fun to read. If you can handle pain-in-the-ass characters, then you’re golden. It might drag a little bit toward the end, but I think you’d be able to push through.

Rosie Danan writes steamy, big-hearted books, articles, and tweets about the trials and triumphs of modern love. 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. To receive first look updates on Rosie’s books as well as infrequent—but cultivated with care—odes to swoon-worthy celebs, useful writing tools, and recommendations for everything from books to bold lipsticks, subscribe to her newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/rosiedanan


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