*Minor Spoilers Ahead!*
Here’s the deal: When you pick up The Roommate by Rosie Danan at the bookstore on September 22nd, make a pit stop to grab some wine and a fan because this book was STEAMY🔥. I skimmed the synopsis before reading it because with a title like The Roommate and a cover as beautiful as this, I figured I knew all I really needed to know about what was waiting for me inside…boy was I in for a surprise…
Clara 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 realises 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.
What I loved:
–I’m a sucker for roommate romances. The tension and chemistry that comes out of these stories is usually right up my alley & TR was no different.
–The conversations surrounding the porn industry. In case you’re like me and skimmed the synopsis: Josh is an adult entertainer. And the hot topics surrounding the industry such as mistreatment of cast and crew, sexual harassment and stereotypes that come along with working in the industry were sooooo well done.
–Shameless & Shame. The idea of shame played a huge role in the story in general (i.e. Clara worrying what her family will think of her if they find out about Josh, Josh leaving his family behind and holding back with Clara because he worries that she think what society thinks of him because of his profession, and so on). Their entire idea for the Shameless website was great. I love that they wanted something to help provide education and fight against the stigma of female desires.
–Josh. *Sigh* What a great love interest. In a tweet, Danan said that in many ways Josh’s personality was inspired by Nick from the tv show New Girl & I totally got it! He was so sweet, kind and thoughtful. I adored when the POV focused on him.
Why I didn’t give it 5🌟:
-The first 25 percent of the story felt a tad rushed for me.
-There were a few moments when the third person POV switched from Clara to Josh & it took me a second to realize that there was a switch in POV.
Rating ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ .5/5
Steam Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥/4 (aka did I mention that Josh is an adult entertainer?)
*I received an arc courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.