Book Review

The Roommate

The Roommate

  • Author: Rosie Danan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2020 
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Series: The Roommate #1

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

I actually read this book after having read The Intimacy Experiment, so I kind of knew what to expect at the end of this story. But I still enjoyed this book so much! I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Brittany Pressley, and they did a great job, although the male narrator’s impression of female voices was incredibly nasal and a bit irritating. 

Josh and Clara are an example of perfect opposites in a forced proximity situation, which is usually a recipe for a great story. And this is that trope done extremely well. I love Rosie Danan’s flair for incorporating sex positive messages and characters with realistic flaws and personality traits. It’s like I couldn’t help but fall in love with Josh and Clara, and want to see them together! 

The romance developed slowly and beautifully, and my favorite part of the book was seeing Clara’s character arc. She came out to California to get away from her family and live her own life. But it wasn’t until she started really stepping out of her comfort zone that she started seeing a lot of progress. Following Clara on her journey to overcome driving anxiety and step away from the fear of scandal as she made her dreams into reality was the most enjoyable part for me.

There was no shortage of sexual chemistry and spicy scenes throughout the story, which is exactly what I’d expect from a story involving a porn star. But it was handled tastefully and respectfully, without demeaning Josh for his profession. Basically, I really did love the story and the characters, and think that Rosie Danan is an author I can definitely see myself reading a lot more of in the future.

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