Early Review | The Roommate by Rosie Danan

The RoommateThe Roommate by Rosie Danan
Contemporary Romance
Berkley | September 15, 2020

About the Book:

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.


The Roommate was so fresh!

I’ve never read a book about a porn star before, but I was really curious. I’m not a prude, by any means, but I do have a thing about multiple partners in a romance.

In the world, I am all for whatever anyone wants. I’m just as monogamous as they come. I’m happy to report, I wasn’t upset. There was a perfect balance between the side story and the main romance.

In addition, there was so much knowledge and politics about sex work, and the stigma. The idea that it’s not “respectable”. I loved that dialogue. I loved the spotlight shining on the topic, because it should be talked about more. It was more than that, though.

There was a whole story about the empowerment of female pleasure. I want those video’s. It doesn’t exist, but Rosie missed her calling. She should be marketing and selling those “how to” videos.

There were some downsides. Like, the main character gets on my nerves a bit. Frequently, actually. She was a little too much. But, what was annoying about Clara worked in her relationship with Josh. It made his character even better.

Josh was so sweet. He was understanding even when he shouldn’t be. He made mistakes, and sometimes he freaked when he didn’t need to. He also forgave fast.

I enjoyed this Rosie Danan’s debut, and I’ll be alert for her next release.

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

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