The Roommate by Rosie Danan
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 tempting 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.
September 15th, 2020
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I don’t know about you but reading for me during 2020 has been all over the place. I have always been a mood reader and my reading selections very much reflect what is going on in my life, currently.
This time of the year is definitely our most hectic work season in general and throw in parenting/working during a pandemic and life feels like a lot right now. I have found that I either need something super heavy and thought-provoking or total escape reading, there really is no in-between!
This book came highly recommended to me by some of my trusted reading sources and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I can go either way with the rom-com genre and tend to struggle when there is just too much fluff. I need some sense of reality, relatable struggles, or something!
While this one was a little out there, it really worked for me and it was a totally unique perspective on the tried and true “roommates fall in love saga”. I loved the there was a fiercely feminist narrative when we are taken into the world of adult entertainment (a very much marginalized occupation) which was unexpected and super enjoyable.
There are some steamy scenes, strong characters, lots of laugh-out-loud moments, and a focus on female pleasure within its quirky plotline. I consider myself a pretty opened minded reader but I could see this storyline being off-putting for some, so keep that in mind if you like your romance more on the “predictable” side.
The Roommate was a great debut novel by Rosie Danan and I am already looking forward to her next release, The Intimacy Experiment, coming in April 2021!
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