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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Roommate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5 stars This book was so surprisingly good. I adore Josh and Clara together sooooo hard. And this is one of the steamiest romances I’ve read in a while because Josh is a porn star, and Clara ends up being roommates with him. And this has some of my favorite tropes like forced togetherness because of the whole roommate thing, and it felt pretty forbidden at times because of the whole ‘he’s a porn star’ thing. But I loved this book so much, these two characters had so much chemistry it was ridicu 4.5 stars This book was so surprisingly good. I adore Josh and Clara together sooooo hard. And this is one of the steamiest romances I’ve read in a while because Josh is a porn star, and Clara ends up being roommates with him. And this has some of my favorite tropes like forced togetherness because of the whole roommate thing, and it felt pretty forbidden at times because of the whole ‘he’s a porn star’ thing. But I loved this book so much, these two characters had so much chemistry it was ridiculous and I was giddy the entire time I read this, their sparks were flying off the page. Their banter is some of the best I’ve read and they were just so damn cute together. And I love the discussion in this book about the porn industry and how we as a society view the people who create and participate in porn, it was all very interesting and it brought something new to a romance novel that I’ve never read about before. But for real damn Josh and Clara are the new OTP I’ll be smiling for days thinking about these two. 💞

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is not bad but I expected more! I wanted to read something funnier, sexier and more enjoyable! I love any story-line about two strangers: having totally opposite character traits, sharing a same house, forced to spend more time together, slowly leaving their comfort zones and something dazzlingly hot, sexy starts to build around them: yes, my friends: an incredible, fiery, passionate chemistry. As soon as I read this book’s blurb, I screamed: “Yes” till my vocal cords hurt! ( I even forgot I This is not bad but I expected more! I wanted to read something funnier, sexier and more enjoyable! I love any story-line about two strangers: having totally opposite character traits, sharing a same house, forced to spend more time together, slowly leaving their comfort zones and something dazzlingly hot, sexy starts to build around them: yes, my friends: an incredible, fiery, passionate chemistry. As soon as I read this book’s blurb, I screamed: “Yes” till my vocal cords hurt! ( I even forgot I was at the grocery store line when I was grabbing my ipad and pushing the request button. Now my local Trader’s Joe employees are giving me strange looks and performing 600 feet social distancing as soon as they see me walking. ) And guess what: I didn’t even know about the hero’s occupation: Yes, he’s a celebrity in the entertainment industry: he’s a famous porn star. So I got more excited because I can hear the “party-fun- humorous romcom bells” in my ears. But unfortunately the plot that I visualized: the lovely and also annoying characterization and frenemies theme kind of undeniably hot and sexy story already left the building and there were only: 1) Unlikable heroine: Actually she was not unlikable, she was just flat, boring and her character was undeveloped. She just reminded me of a spinster with a stick stuck to her ass. Her name is Clara but she reminded me of Miss Rottenmeier from Heidi, instead of gold-hearted Clara. I did everything empathize with her. But taking risks to leave her privileged life, her pretentious, snob family’s scandals, running after a man named Everett (no better name choice) she’s having a crush for nearly two decades without back up plan, proper job opportunity already made me lose my sympathy points for her from the beginning. 2) ATTRACTION AND CHEMISTRY ALSO LEFT THE BUILDING: Josh is charming pop star but he is also smart, sassy and he didn’t choose this profession for desperation or making ends meet. He truly believes free expression and he’s open about the sexuality. So he doesn’t do anything reluctantly or without consent which worked for me. But from the beginning I didn’t see any chemistry and slow burn romance alerts between characters. I still don’t have any idea why they attracted each other. The emotional building of the story was missing element of the story. 3) IT COULD BE MORE ENTERTAINING AND EMOTIONAL: I wish there were more sexy, sassy, entertaining banters and awkward situations with full of clichés that we get used to read or watch at the romcoms. But I haven’t found them either. I cannot believe that I’m saying it but I wish there would be more cliché, more sighing, heartfelt, romantic moments or humiliating situations the characters find themselves into. Overall: Even though there are hot sex scenes, I didn’t find them convincing because I never believed that characters truly like each other and I didn’t believe in their attraction or chemistry. So this is unpopular review and I might have reserved my special place in the minority but I think I’m giving 2.5 stars and rounding them up to 3 ! I gave all the stars because I loved the hero and I also have to say: the cover of the book is so unique. I wish I could love the book as much as its cover but that’s not my cup of Chardonnay. I was expecting something more. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Omg, y'all. This book has the premise of my dreams and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. It centers around the romance between an uptight, shy girl named Clara and her porn-star roommate Josh and if that interests you at all I DEFINITELY recommend checking this one out. It was sassy and sexy and just an all around good-time lol. However, with all that being said, I do think I may have gone into this one with my hopes just a liiiiiiiittle bit too high. I did still REALLY enjoy it and a 4 star rating is obvio Omg, y'all. This book has the premise of my dreams and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. It centers around the romance between an uptight, shy girl named Clara and her porn-star roommate Josh and if that interests you at all I DEFINITELY recommend checking this one out. It was sassy and sexy and just an all around good-time lol. However, with all that being said, I do think I may have gone into this one with my hopes just a liiiiiiiittle bit too high. I did still REALLY enjoy it and a 4 star rating is obviously nowhere near a bad rating, but based on the premise I went into this thinking it would be an insta-favorite and it just didn't quite reach that level. TL;DR: This wasn't a new favorite, but it was fun and fast and I recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    This was HOOTTTT. And so much fun!! I pretty much was giggling through this entire read. Josh is an absolute sweetheart of a hero, if incredibly horny (I mean, he IS a porn star) and Clara is adorably awkward. I love the roommates trope but throw in the great sex/sex worker positivity and this made for a fantastic, entertaining read. I’m so impressed with this debut! If you love eager to please heroes who will do anything to give the heroine the best orgasms of her life, you have to read The Roo This was HOOTTTT. And so much fun!! I pretty much was giggling through this entire read. Josh is an absolute sweetheart of a hero, if incredibly horny (I mean, he IS a porn star) and Clara is adorably awkward. I love the roommates trope but throw in the great sex/sex worker positivity and this made for a fantastic, entertaining read. I’m so impressed with this debut! If you love eager to please heroes who will do anything to give the heroine the best orgasms of her life, you have to read The Roommate. 4-4.5 stars. **** I am SO excited about this one. They’re roommates and he’s a porn star!

  5. 5 out of 5

    mina reads™️

    I really liked this book and it has my favorite set up, the roommate trope!! we follow our uptight, east coast socialite, clara, as she becomes unlikely roommates with josh, a laid back LA porn star with more charisma than clara knows what to do with. The opposites attract vibe of the story was really fun and I think the character's personalities complimented each other very well and the dialogue in this story was hilarious. This story also had so many heartwarming, cute moments of domesticity a I really liked this book and it has my favorite set up, the roommate trope!! we follow our uptight, east coast socialite, clara, as she becomes unlikely roommates with josh, a laid back LA porn star with more charisma than clara knows what to do with. The opposites attract vibe of the story was really fun and I think the character's personalities complimented each other very well and the dialogue in this story was hilarious. This story also had so many heartwarming, cute moments of domesticity and I absolutely loved to see it. This was the forced proximity trope done right and this relationship was incredibly fun to read about. The story also delves into discussions about sex positivity, sex education, and it simultaneously validates performers in the adult entertainment industry while also calling out the unsavory aspects of porn production that often leaves performers at risk mentally, emotionally, physically and/or financially. I really appreciated what the book had to say on these topics. cons: I really disliked some of the relationship conflict near the end because it happens so quickly (this is a genre wide critique) and while the issues that arose made perfect sense, I honestly could not buy the resolution of those issues, I think more time should have been spent unpacking that final disagreement instead of brushing it all aside with dramatic love declarations and rapidly wrapping things up. Either the book should have been longer to accommodate this narrative choice or the argument could have been avoided entirely because there was enough external conflict to carry the story without it. Also I really think this book wildly missed the mark in terms of clara's family prominence and her worries about reputation and the "society pages" and whatever the hell else. It really did not make sense to me that so much of her inner conflict revolves around this and yet we never encounter her uptight family at all on page and we don't see her resolving her issues with them. It was a weird choice, or maybe I just don't care about rich girl problems idk. So the ending was not as satisfying to me as I hoped despite this book being really enjoyable prior to then so I'm feeling conflicted on how to rate my experience with the story. These criticisms seem kind of harsh but i truly did love 88% of this book,the ending just really threw some things off for me a bit. I'm hoping to reread when it releases and maybe the ending will hit different then. 3.5 stars i received an arc in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    House Rules: Do your own dishes Knock before entering the bathroom Never look up your roommate online Will I ever get tired of the roommate trope? Nope. Not likely. • Release date: 15 Sept 2020 •

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars The Roommate is Rosie Danan’s debut novel and once I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. I love those forced proximity books and the fact that the roommates were strangers, gimmie! Clara Wheaton is a socialite that just finished grad school. She’s decided to move cross country (totally not like her) for a man. One of her best friends, Emmett, who she’s had it bad for for the longest time. As soon as she gets there she realized this was a huge mistake. Emmett 3.5 stars The Roommate is Rosie Danan’s debut novel and once I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. I love those forced proximity books and the fact that the roommates were strangers, gimmie! Clara Wheaton is a socialite that just finished grad school. She’s decided to move cross country (totally not like her) for a man. One of her best friends, Emmett, who she’s had it bad for for the longest time. As soon as she gets there she realized this was a huge mistake. Emmett sublets his room out to Josh and has Clara living with a stranger temporarily while he travels with his band. What a warm welcome. Clara and Josh are complete strangers but they get along well enough at first. Then Clara finds out what Josh does for a living. It doesn’t change what she thinks about him necessarily, but she sees him in a different light. And after finding out things going on with his career, she decides to help him with a cause she believes in. I honestly expected to love this one, but unfortunately it was just okay for me. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. My only real problem with this one was I never felt the connection between Clara and Josh. I can find characters unrelatable and still love a book, but I have to feel their connection, the romance has to be real for me and unfortunately I never felt much between these two. I liked them both well enough, but I didn’t feel the spark. Overall, this was a nice debut novel that I think a lot of people will love. It had some humor and steam and was enjoyable for me. “As far as I can see, Wheaton, you’re pretty damn extraordinary.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****4.5 STARS***** {Netgalley Arc} This was summer vacation from real life, but sooner or later, summer would end. She’d have to face her family, would have to choose between the life she’d been groomed for and the one that hung at the edge of the horizon, outrageously tempting, but with a price tag of all she held dear. It’s been a long time since I’ve requested to review a book of an author who is new to me and the literary world. “The Roommate” took me by surprise. It starts off a little slow i *****4.5 STARS***** {Netgalley Arc} This was summer vacation from real life, but sooner or later, summer would end. She’d have to face her family, would have to choose between the life she’d been groomed for and the one that hung at the edge of the horizon, outrageously tempting, but with a price tag of all she held dear. It’s been a long time since I’ve requested to review a book of an author who is new to me and the literary world. “The Roommate” took me by surprise. It starts off a little slow in the beginning and I have to admit that I didn’t fall instantly in love with Josh and Clara. A socialite from Connecticut and a porn star aren’t the typical characters most readers will relate to, but those were my biases and preconceived notions. The author broke through the stereotypes and through the character’s insecurities she makes them relatable and even endearing. This was such an enjoyable ”opposites attract” contemporary romance. I am looking forward to seeing what Rosie Danan has in store for us next. Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5 Heroine: 4 Plot: 4 Angst: 4 Steam: 4.5 Chemistry Between Heroes & Heroine: 4.5 ”THE ROOMMATE” releases on September 15th!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Sweet, sexy, sizzling, swoonie, sassy, and so much fun! Rosie Danan has written a clever and entertaining opposites attract romcom. Clara comes from a conservative proper East Coast family and has just moved to LA to force things with her lifetime crush Everett. BUT Everett is off touring with his subpar band and now Clara finds herself living with a complete stranger. Josh is the darling of the adult entertainment industry and does not quite know what to think of uptight Clara. What follows is Sweet, sexy, sizzling, swoonie, sassy, and so much fun! Rosie Danan has written a clever and entertaining opposites attract romcom. Clara comes from a conservative proper East Coast family and has just moved to LA to force things with her lifetime crush Everett. BUT Everett is off touring with his subpar band and now Clara finds herself living with a complete stranger. Josh is the darling of the adult entertainment industry and does not quite know what to think of uptight Clara. What follows is an engaging story full of heat and humor. Love the relationship that developed between Clara and Josh. Josh was seriously one of the best guys I’ve read about, he was so considerate and respectful it was quite refreshing. I love the endeavor that these two started together. Clara really as uptight as she was she really had an open mind and was willing to learn, listen, and let go. The story addressed a lot of the issues in the porn industry as well as giving the performers a human face. Great story, fabulous cast of characters, slow burn romance, sizzling chemistry. This book in emojis 🔥 🕯 🎥 🛀🏼 🎬 *** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  10. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    This book was extremely hot. Also, it was my favorite romance of 2020. This came as a huge surprise. I don't usually rate romances 5 stars, because it's very hard to surprise me, since I've read so many books of this genre. However, this one was extremely refreshing and well written. It all starts with Clara, a girl with very conservative upbringing, moving to LA to live with her lifetime crush, only to be dumped and find out that she's actually having a porn star, Josh Darling, as her actual ro This book was extremely hot. Also, it was my favorite romance of 2020. This came as a huge surprise. I don't usually rate romances 5 stars, because it's very hard to surprise me, since I've read so many books of this genre. However, this one was extremely refreshing and well written. It all starts with Clara, a girl with very conservative upbringing, moving to LA to live with her lifetime crush, only to be dumped and find out that she's actually having a porn star, Josh Darling, as her actual roommate. They develop a friendship and so much more after that, even though they inhabit completely different worlds. I related so much to Clara and her control freak ways, though always with a spark of curiosity, but I do think that Josh is the highlight of this book. He was one of the most original heroes I've ever read, absolutely dreamy but his character had a lot of depth, especially because of his profession. I think that this book did for the porn industry what The Girl in 6E did for cam girls, and I found it so interesting how Rosie Danan managed to balance the romance with the other plots points within the story. I also can't believe that this was a debut, because the writing was amazing. One would think that a romance so filled with sex would get tiring, but it didn't. The steamy scenes were extremely sucessful *fanning myself* and they had a lot of originality. I can't recommend this one enough (and also, the audiobook was amazing)!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    "Every body is different but none of them are wrong." I have many thoughts and I truly do not know where to start so here's a synopsis. So, what's this book about? 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 "Every body is different but none of them are wrong." I have many thoughts and I truly do not know where to start so here's a synopsis. So, what's this book about? 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 want to get my overall feelings of this book out of the way before I dive into a deep analysis of the main theme. I enjoyed this romance novel. I was slightly disappointed because it wasn't... well, it wasn't not creative. The setting it took place in was very... different but the plot itself was a pretty basic romcom which was mildly disappointing. I was also rather disappointed by the steaminess. Don't get me wrong, it was decently steamy. Definitely an audiobook you need to listen with headphones on but all the prepub reviews were just raving about how ridiculously steamy it was... and it just... wasn't that? The audiobook was narrated by Brittany Pressley and Andrew Eiden (or Teddy Hamilton. I'm not quite sure why he uses pseudonyms.) They did a fantastic job, as always and that's really all I have to say about them. So, now onto the main theme of this book. Okay, I was planning to insert a gif of someone dramatically saying sex so I search "sex gifs" and the results loaded before my brain realized how bad of an idea that was. Anywho, sex. That is the theme. Let's talk about SEX. Being raised in a Christian home, I grew up in an atmosphere of sex neutrality. I wouldn't say sex negativity because my parents did talk to me about sex and did have conversations with me whenever I wanted to. That said, I ended up thinking that sex was something done behind closed doors. You didn't talk about it. Since then, I've become a lot more comfortable with sex in general. Honestly, I think reading romance novels have been a huge aspect in that. Anywho, my long winded point is that this book did what would have been helpful to me many years ago. It (kind of) educated and encouraged. That said, I have mixed feelings on all of it, mainly porn. I personally don't watch porn and I have absolutely no judgment towards people who do. I personally think it's over the top and gory... but in a sexual way but I can see how others enjoy it. I absolutely loved the themes of self love and breaking down the stigma of sex and porn. I think it is so important to have love for your own body. And I love that this book encourages the recognition that sex is a thing. It's a natural thing and not something to be ashamed of but rather be embraced. This book will be an inspiration and encouragement to many readers. I was truly fascinated by the exploration of the porn industry. It's something I know close to nothing about and I really want to learn more. As I said earlier, I have mixed feelings on porn. It seems there are very polarizing views. Either you think porn is evil and destroys marriages or you think it's liberating and helpful. Those are basically the two ends of the spectrum. Although the book mostly focused on the porn is good side, they did show that there was more nuance to it. That said, I do wish said nuance had been dived into more than it was but maybe we'll just have to wait until the next book for that. Overall, this book was creative and pretty steamy and romantic. I can't wait for the next book! | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  12. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: ‪Apple Orchard CW: (view spoiler)[on-page car accident (no casualties or major injuries); anxiety/panic over driving; discussion of leaked nude photos in the past (secondary character) (hide spoiler)] The faded wallpaper exuded kitschy charm, fighting for her affection, but she couldn’t shake the crushing weight of her disappointment. Clara wiped off the seat of the sofa before sitting down. “So this is how it feels to be well and truly fucked.” “I get that a 2020 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: ‪Apple Orchard CW: (view spoiler)[on-page car accident (no casualties or major injuries); anxiety/panic over driving; discussion of leaked nude photos in the past (secondary character) (hide spoiler)] The faded wallpaper exuded kitschy charm, fighting for her affection, but she couldn’t shake the crushing weight of her disappointment. Clara wiped off the seat of the sofa before sitting down. “So this is how it feels to be well and truly fucked.” “I get that a lot,” said a low voice behind her. Super charming and sex-positive re: sex work. I wrote down a bunch of complaints as I was reading, but honestly the couple’s chemistry is so adorable that I hand-waved nitpicks that normally would’ve bugged me. The Clara heiress conflict got a bit old/contradictory/confusing at times. If she has a trust fund, then why did she need to room with Josh once her friend bailed on her? I don’t know. I rolled with it. Also super weird that her family is in the background and never makes an appearance like one would predict. Clara keeps worrying about how they’d react to her new venture. Literally who cares, and the book agrees with me because we never find out! Several aspects around that socialite characterization/storyline struck me as odd or just bored me. The whole project depended on his ability to craft the next Kama Sutra, and he couldn’t shake the nerves threatening to eat his intestines. There’s this throwaway line about the Kama Sutra that pissed me off. I am projecting here because it is truly minor, but god do I hate any mention of the Kama Sutra in western contexts. So it clearly wasn’t that minor to me because I’m still seething enough to point it out here. This is my complaint for posterity. Moving on. As usual in recent contemporary rom-coms, the third act breakup happens wayyy too late and is resolved wayyy too late. This is not news if you know me, but I take all opportunities to air my grievances re: this topic. Not going to write a longform review to gush over everything I liked (I liked a lot! It wouldn’t be a very interesting review because I’d summarize most of the book), but two major takeaways are 1) Josh is a golden retriever in human form and 2) It’s a real cute romance with pining, hot sex, and roommate/friends-to-lovers vibes. I’m not a socialite, but I seriously related to Clara with her prudish tendencies, love of lamination, fear of driving, and using higher education as a way to “extend the exit ramp to adulthood” (oof, that line struck a chord). Nitpicks aside, I recommend THE ROOMMATE. Definitely check out an excerpt to see if you click with the writing. Also: this is the first book I’ve read that has perfectly captured my terror/anxiety/panic over driving. Whew. Clara’s POV is way too close to comfort. I’m impressed that she mostly gets over her fear during the book (I assuredly have not). I have to give props because the book nails that terror; reading those scenes was like reflecting a mirror over my amygdala. I got my license after failing the test twice when I was eighteen, and then promptly never drove again. And unlike Clara, I will never move to Los Angeles, thus living out a blissful carless existence in urban environments with good (well, livable) public transit. 😂 Not even a cinnamon roll of a porn star could make me want to drive. Sorry, Josh. You’re cute but not that cute. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    4.5 stars I inhaled this book in one sitting after spending weeks slumping, if that tells you anything. RTC

  14. 5 out of 5

    Blythe The Word Junkie

    4.5 out of 5 stars! "Our love feels like. . . freedom. The kind people give their lives for." Women and men of/around my age, I definitely recommend this! This story would be great for the reluctant readers of sex and pleasure. Erasing the Guilty in Guilty Pleasure. Rosie Danan's debut is laying down great statements: "Pleasure isn't one size fits all." I want more! And the playlist. . . what a bomb! 4.5 stars! 🔸 Sex-positive In the porn industry, sex workers are not unlikely to become chums and the 4.5 out of 5 stars! "Our love feels like. . . freedom. The kind people give their lives for." Women and men of/around my age, I definitely recommend this! This story would be great for the reluctant readers of sex and pleasure. Erasing the Guilty in Guilty Pleasure. Rosie Danan's debut is laying down great statements: "Pleasure isn't one size fits all." I want more! And the playlist. . . what a bomb! 4.5 stars! 🔸 Sex-positive In the porn industry, sex workers are not unlikely to become chums and the people on the seats are the evil ruthless sharks. Also gives insights on the condescension and unwelcome harassment these sex workers are prone to outside of work. 🔸 Fiercely Feminist This debut is beautiful in so many ways, you guys. Feminist is only one of its many facets. 🔸 Scorching, toe-curling, body-clenching hot We have a pleasure professional hero with an off-the-roof charisma and charms. Not to add, he sings "Walking on Sunshine" beautifully off-key just to deter you from an impending anxiety attack. 🔸 Trope-flipping The boy next door is not as charming as he is. The ex-girlfriend is not annoying and a hovering antagonist (I actually love her character!!!). 🔸 Fresh & Unique & Revolutionary Need I say more? Order this one and let it rip! Though in my opinion, the chemistry between the two did not feel as cemented and dynamic as I wished it be. Everything aside that, I'm good. I'm great. This book deserves my 4.5 stars. Excited for book 2: The Intimacy Experiment. (view spoiler)[I love the Josh and his mom scene. It really cemented the "erasing the guilty in guilty pleasure" notion for me. That part completely broke barrier. (hide spoiler)] Some people are like an iceberg, with the dangerous and beautiful parts hidden below the surface. Clara Wheaton. Raised by a family of high-society reputations, this lady is crazily infatuated with his childhood friend, crazy enough to move across towns and delay dream jobs, just to move in with said friend. She has convinced herself that she'll have this summer-long chance to convince said friend how much of a match they are. She's got it all planned out. Except for the fact that said friend exited the scenario before she could even unpack her luggage, leaving her with a stranger roommate for the rest of the summer, inside a big house, in a city she's completely new in. Josh Conners. The epitome of sunshine and all things charming and laid-back. He is thankful enough to land the rent for a room, that is definitely more expensive than what he paid for. His job in the entertainment industry is paying, but not well enough, despite the uproars of his million subscribers and him being headlined as "The Catnip for Millenial Women." Josh is having a hard time avoiding being the chum to the sharks of the industry he works for. Josh and Clara may have a lot of differences between them, but they did find an agenda they are both willing to work on: Better women orgasms. The two set off to create a platform dedicated to just that. A how-to guide on women's orgasms and hitting it right. On this journey, they help each other on helping others get lucky. P.S. This book is in third person. Some of you may not appeal to that much when it comes to romance genres, I would have been one of you, but in reading this, I did not mind at all. P.P.S. I'm considering on using that M&Ms and Popcorn combo. That scene gave me a bad case of The Melts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    I did rate this a week or so ago, but it has disappeared.. 🙄🤔 Rtc

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    This one was doing so good, especially when it comes to discussion around sex work and porn more specifically, the tension between the two MCs was great, and the sex scenes were some good shit too . But then that ending had to happen and it was a complete fucking mess and dampened my enjoyment of the story. Sigh. It's okay, i'll hold on to the 70% of the book I actually enjoyed. RTC!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Evie Dunmore

    Nuanced, funny, super steamy and surprisingly tender, The Roommate raises the bar for rom coms in 2020 - a smashing debut, and I can't wait for more by Rosie Danan!

  18. 4 out of 5

    TheBibliotheque ♡

    The Roommate *was* one of my most anticipated Fall romance releases. And sure, I may have picked it up rather viciously after hearing not only raving reviews, but also how steamy and how sweet and how overall perfect it was and well.... Let's say hype is a nasty beast sometimes. Don't get me wrong, it’s not that the book wasn’t steamy—being the love interest *and roommate* an adult performer with kind eyes, blond curls and the will to tutor our heroine in the horizontal arts. And it’s not like th The Roommate *was* one of my most anticipated Fall romance releases. And sure, I may have picked it up rather viciously after hearing not only raving reviews, but also how steamy and how sweet and how overall perfect it was and well.... Let's say hype is a nasty beast sometimes. Don't get me wrong, it’s not that the book wasn’t steamy—being the love interest *and roommate* an adult performer with kind eyes, blond curls and the will to tutor our heroine in the horizontal arts. And it’s not like the book wasn’t sweet—being a romance focusing on a naive uppity girl that falls for a black ship kinda boy that masters the physical act of love and thinks doesn’t deserve someone like her. BUT I'll be completely honest here. It wasn't all that steamy. And it wasn't all that heart squeezing sweet. I must admit that I wasn’t completely swept off my feet by it, either. Or in other words, contrary to what I expected (or hoped) I wasn't swept off my feet. The Roommate was a definitely refreshing and original take on the roommates trope that contained the right amount of steam and heart. Definitely a good read, but in my eyes, not the unforgettable and uber steamy five stars the hyped masses led me to believe 🙈 Do I recommend it? SURE! Should you push it up your tbr? Not necessarily. Rating: 3.5/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    nick

    The Roommate was probably at the top of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I've had a soft spot for it ever since the deal was announced and I just inexplicably knew that it would be a book that worked in every way for me. Well, my instincts were right because I read The Roommate twice this year already and it's easily a favorite. What I loved the most about The Roommate was how it managed to be very very sexy, but simultaneously one of the softest books I've read. The whole experien The Roommate was probably at the top of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I've had a soft spot for it ever since the deal was announced and I just inexplicably knew that it would be a book that worked in every way for me. Well, my instincts were right because I read The Roommate twice this year already and it's easily a favorite. What I loved the most about The Roommate was how it managed to be very very sexy, but simultaneously one of the softest books I've read. The whole experience was wonderfully sublime and I couldn't get enough of it. Part of why the book worked for me was the characters who were absolute darlings. It was hard not to warm up to them because they were crafted and developed in an endearing way. Though Clara and I come from totally different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, there were many parts of myself that I saw in her character. I felt all her anxiety as she made her big move from the East Coast to follow her long-time crush to California, only to have him leave her high and dry. Despite being someone who didn't necessarily like unplanned life upheavals, Clara handled the situation well - she reacted far better than I would have if I were in her shoes. It certainly helped that she had an adorable and very good looking roommate to show her the ropes and a good time, but I thought Clara dealt with the obstacles she faced with grace. We truly see Clara come out of her awkward shell, grow more independent, and find a creative outlet for her passion throughout the book. She faltered but always managed to show a lot of courage. Her roommate, the biggest high-energy and most charismatic goofball you'll ever meet, Josh, was equally endearing. In terms of energy and emotional rigidity, Josh was the complete opposite of Clara, but once the author begins to dig into the layers of his character, we see that they weren't necessarily very different. Josh, like every human being, had his own fears and vulnerabilities though he was good at hiding them. I was thrilled that he was portrayed, completely the opposite of what I would expect an adult movie performer to be like. I also liked how astutely Rosie Danan depicted the porn industry. She humanized the performers but didn't shy away from highlighting the predatory people and practices rampant in the sex industry. There were several insightful conversations about sex and the power of female sexuality through the new instructional and female-gaze oriented website Clara and Josh work towards building that I especially appreciated. The romance between Clara and Josh will leave you all with big smiles on your faces. These two were adorable together and I found their banter to be so charming. I highlighted a ton of passages while reading The Roommate, and 90% of them were related to Josh and Clara engaging in back and forth dialogues. Them being roommate definitely helped in the intimacy department - umm hello forced proximity goodness - and Josh also had the reputation of being a very generous lover, which Clara soon found out was nothing but the truth. I loved the balance between the sweet, simple scenes with the burn-your-Kindle-hot bedroom scenes. UGH. I loved Clara and Josh so much. Speaking of characters I love, I can't possibly wrap up this review without shouting out my love for Naomi, Josh's co-star, and ex. Usually, exes in romance novels aren't portrayed very kindly, so imagine my utter delight when Naomi was the complete opposite of an evil ex. I don't want to talk too much about her because she's getting her own story in The Intimacy Experiment, but let me tell you, she is phenomenal and I may or may not love her more than Clara and Josh combined. The Roommate is a terrific debut and I'm excited to watch Rosie Danan take the romance community by storm. As you can tell, this book owns my heart, and I hope you'll love it as much as I did.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cam (justabookeater)

    I want to write this review while everything's still fresh in my mind so here goes. OH MY GOD. There really was nothing to prepare me for how deeply in love I fell for this book. I'd seen friends around twitter talk about but since the cover looked like a YA Contemporary, I was hesitant to pick it up. IT'S NOT. YA. AT ALL. This delightful Rom-Com features two unforgettable main characters, Josh "Darling", renowned adult performer, and Clara, New York socialite who has done nothing even close to re I want to write this review while everything's still fresh in my mind so here goes. OH MY GOD. There really was nothing to prepare me for how deeply in love I fell for this book. I'd seen friends around twitter talk about but since the cover looked like a YA Contemporary, I was hesitant to pick it up. IT'S NOT. YA. AT ALL. This delightful Rom-Com features two unforgettable main characters, Josh "Darling", renowned adult performer, and Clara, New York socialite who has done nothing even close to rebellion in her careful life. The story sets off with her, taking her first big leap and moving to LA to finally be with her unrequited love who just so happens to be her childhood best friend. BUT the same day she gets there, he's a big ol ass and leaves her to fend for herself and her new Craigslist roommate. Josh Darling has made a name of himself in the porn industry for being an extremely pleasing partner and his boyish, golden retriever-esque looks. Together they'll have to face each other's differences and see if they have a chance of becoming friends, business partners or more. This has cemented itself on my top 5 Romances of all-time list. It sparked so much joy in me with its funny dialogue and fleshed out characters. I was just as involved with Josh and Clara's relationship as I was with the surrounding plot. Taking down the porn industry can in fact be kinda romantic. Who knew? I can't wait until everyone gets to read this one. It's definitely on for the books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    3.5 'Shameless' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Rosie Danan’s debut novel The Roommate definitely caught my attention with its adorable cover and enchanting blurb. I thoroughly enjoy forced proximity books and this got even better when I realized the protagonists were strangers forced to be roommates. Danan’s debut was sweet, full of sexual tension and entertaining and I am glad I decided to give it a go! So, as I said, The Roommate is Rosie’s first novel 3.5 'Shameless' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Rosie Danan’s debut novel The Roommate definitely caught my attention with its adorable cover and enchanting blurb. I thoroughly enjoy forced proximity books and this got even better when I realized the protagonists were strangers forced to be roommates. Danan’s debut was sweet, full of sexual tension and entertaining and I am glad I decided to give it a go! So, as I said, The Roommate is Rosie’s first novel and it tells the story of Clara Wheaton and Josh Darling. Clara comes from a wealthy family, she is a socialite and, all of a sudden she has just decided to move in with her best friend / longtime crush. Problem? Emmett has no idea about her feelings and he is leaving on tour with his band. Enter Josh. Her new roommate. A complete stranger who now Clara has to spend the summer with and share the space. Things get even crazier when Clara discovers Josh’s job and she gets involved in it. Josh was absolutely the bomb. He was a big tangle of hormones trying to lure her to an untimely end. A bomb masked by cheesy jokes and kind eyes. One that could blow up her whole life if triggered at the wrong moment. The premise of this story is what got me all excited. Roommates, strangers, their backgrounds and sexual tension? Oh yeah, I loved what this novel promised. Did I get what I expected? Yes. And no. I enjoyed the story as a whole and the back and forth between Clara and Josh. Their strange friendship / relationship was exciting and I definitely enjoyed their interactions. I did expect more though. It took me a while to get into the story and the writing style. It felt slow at the start and the actual romance did not develop until the third half of the book. I found that the spark between the couple was missing until that part and that is what messed it up for me. The last half of the book is what gripped me, it was entertaining and I enjoyed how Rosie developed the romance between Josh and Clara. “My love for you isn’t an addiction. Being with you doesn’t provide some warped sense of validation for my life. You were never a fling I had to get out of my system. Our love feels like... freedom. The kind people give their lives for.” Therefore, I am rating The Roommate with 3.5 STARS. It gave me a pleasing reading experience but I just was expecting a bit more. It was a good read and I liked the storyline and the crew of characters introduced. I loved Clara and Josh as couple, their strange connection (being from so very opposite backgrounds) and how their chemistry and emotions developed towards the end. A charming and sweet debut novel that I am sure many romance lovers will enjoy! CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I absolutely loved the premise of this story. It was something that was new to me and coupled with that gloriously bright pink cover, there was no way I was missing out on this one. I love love loved Clara and Josh. She's sweet and somewhat unassuming. He's charming and somewhat lost. Together they have banter and chemistry for days and it was delightful reading them figure out what they wanted from life as well as navigate a sort-of relationship. Oh, and I'm 1000% here for a Naomi spin off or n I absolutely loved the premise of this story. It was something that was new to me and coupled with that gloriously bright pink cover, there was no way I was missing out on this one. I love love loved Clara and Josh. She's sweet and somewhat unassuming. He's charming and somewhat lost. Together they have banter and chemistry for days and it was delightful reading them figure out what they wanted from life as well as navigate a sort-of relationship. Oh, and I'm 1000% here for a Naomi spin off or novella or deleted scene or anything. That woman could rule the world and I would be on board. Plot wise, it was great. I loved all of the sex positivity and the quest to make sex and pleasure "shameless". The relationship progressed organically and I appreciated how open the communication was. Of course the angsty times were expected, but didn't last long and I'm not sure I've ever read a better grand gesture. Overall, I loved these characters from the first page and was rooting for them just as soon. I know this will be a story that I read again because it's just that damn fantastic. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    3,75-4 stars This was a nice surprise, new author and I really like the writing and the concept!The story was sweet and sexy, the characters were well developed and the romance was steamy! I find it fun, entertaining and fast paced!I just felt like I needed a little bit more of angst between the characters! Overall, it was great, I'm looking forward to read more books from this author!      3,75-4 stars This was a nice surprise, new author and I really like the writing and the concept!The story was sweet and sexy, the characters were well developed and the romance was steamy! I find it fun, entertaining and fast paced!I just felt like I needed a little bit more of angst between the characters! Overall, it was great, I'm looking forward to read more books from this author!     

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    Note to self: The hero is a porn star.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* MY STATE OF BEING WHILE READING THIS BOOK: This debut novel had me in my feelings and it's been A LONG ASS TIME since a debut book has put me in such an emotional state. I went from laughing to yelling to fanning myself to crying to wanting to throw something to crying again—but it was happy tears at the end. The Roomate is the perfect blend of sexy and sweet and I definitely recommend that everyone p *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* MY STATE OF BEING WHILE READING THIS BOOK: This debut novel had me in my feelings and it's been A LONG ASS TIME since a debut book has put me in such an emotional state. I went from laughing to yelling to fanning myself to crying to wanting to throw something to crying again—but it was happy tears at the end. The Roomate is the perfect blend of sexy and sweet and I definitely recommend that everyone pick this book up. I'm excited for whatever Danan pens next because I need her words in my life! I also need Naomi's story like now, so 2021 better hurry its ass up!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leanne | Read Sweetly to Me

    {Many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an early arc in exchange for an honest review.} Our heroine Clara is an A-Type Socialite who is obsessed with planning and being the Perfect Daughter, until one day she decides to take a risk and drops everything to be with the childhood friend she's crushed on for years. Only he decides to leave town the day she gets there leaving Clara in a new place with no job, no friends, and a stranger for a roommate who happens to be a pornstar? {Many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an early arc in exchange for an honest review.} Our heroine Clara is an A-Type Socialite who is obsessed with planning and being the Perfect Daughter, until one day she decides to take a risk and drops everything to be with the childhood friend she's crushed on for years. Only he decides to leave town the day she gets there leaving Clara in a new place with no job, no friends, and a stranger for a roommate who happens to be a pornstar?! I really enjoyed this book, it's a pretty solid debut. I usually prefer first person but I thought Danan did a brilliant job of showing both Clara and Josh's individual character arcs, they have their own issues to face and I think Danan balanced them both beautiful. I will say that some of Clara's issues are resolved a bit too easily--and I loved that Josh actually pointed that out but felt that Clara's reaction was a bit over-the-top in the face of his criticism. This girl does not take criticism well at all. Things I loved: 1) The chemistry is off the charts! These characters give off enough steam to set the pages (or in this case my Kindle) on fire. 2) Josh! He was just so caring and attentive towards Clara, he helped her in the kindest of ways and my gosh he is so swoony. Definite book boyfriend material. 3) The feminist message woven throughout. Female pleasure is important and this book shone the light on the discrepancy in the porn industry and the shame women are made to feel about enjoying sex. I am here for books prioritizing female pleasure! Things I didn't love 1) One of Clara's main issues had to do with her family and disappointing her mother-but we never meet her and I felt that was a bit of a lost opportunity. I feel that Clara didn't gain as much development as Josh and this was one of the reasons, it's an issue that's never truly confronted. Or, at least, for me it wasn't. 2) The last ten per cent was a bit rushed, with lots of added drama that felt crammed in. Either the drama needed taking out, or the book needed expanding. I definitely would have preferred the latter! Altogether though this is an amazing debut and I can't wait for Danan's next book (especially because it's about the kickass Naomi!)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    I think this book was entertaining, but falls far short of my expectations for execution and emotional depth. First, character motivations and background were, quite frankly, incomprehensible to me. Additionally, my understanding and feels for the hero far outweighed the amorphous blob of a heroine who was a socialite with a doctorate and without a real life plan. I'm not sure I ever understood her ambition, even in her search for sexual freedom, other than having it reflected back by a kind, ev I think this book was entertaining, but falls far short of my expectations for execution and emotional depth. First, character motivations and background were, quite frankly, incomprehensible to me. Additionally, my understanding and feels for the hero far outweighed the amorphous blob of a heroine who was a socialite with a doctorate and without a real life plan. I'm not sure I ever understood her ambition, even in her search for sexual freedom, other than having it reflected back by a kind, evolved, and overly horny hero. I know the author established why she was there by telling us, but really WHY was she in LA? And what the heck did Josh see in her besides something a little novel with big tits? And how did these really uncomfortable roommate situations end up resulting in very vulnerable sex scenes? I enjoyed the sex positivity, yet it was a lesson on sex positivity. I have mixed feelings on the message underscored by the career and departure from the adult entertainment (porn in this case) by the hero and his coworkers, because in a sense that departure signaled that what was worthwhile in pornography isn't porn for porn's sake. And the heroine's sexual awakening didn't come by way of what she learned from the female performers, but from the man who dedicated his scenes to a woman's pleasure. This all felt a little tenuous at best as a basis for undermining the oppressiveness of unethical and corporate pornography. In addition, it fell just short of representing adult entertainers as walking libido, and I mean it just barely escaped this. Josh is immediately hot for roommate, his ex girlfriend can't help talking about sex all the time, but there were a few scenes that save them from being flat characters. But just. Anyway, the grand gesture was cringe-worthy for me, and overall, this somehow felt didactic all the while suffering from the same internalized stigma that seemed to be the aim of the novel to dispel. (The resolution in this book is heavily convenient and unrealistic too). Additionally convenient to not face the heavier stigma and abuse faced by women performers by making the adult entertainer the hero. (Sorry it kept occurring to me how much easier it was to write Josh's story instead of Naomi's) It isn't a 2. But...just. It's an easy read, and Josh is funny and sweet. Ultimately though, the characters and plot in this book are underdeveloped, convenient, and at times downright laughable. The sexual tension is oddly non-existent even though some of the scenes were pretty good, my emotional investment (or lack thereof) undermined the intensity of the couple's want and love for each other. Maybe it's not a 3. But I read it. So that's what it gets.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    Hello, it is I, Founder, President, and CEO of the Bitches Who Love Good Dialogue™ Club, and I hereby bequeath The Roommate BWLGD-approved. When it came to banter and never-ending sexual tension, Rosie Motherfuckin' Danan DID NOT COME HERE TO PLAY. She delivered a saucy, hilarious, and heartfelt story that was truly sex-positive and also sex work-positive, and I greatly enjoyed every second of it. Josh is quickly slithering his way up the book boyfriends leaderboard, and I loved Clara's arc reall Hello, it is I, Founder, President, and CEO of the Bitches Who Love Good Dialogue™ Club, and I hereby bequeath The Roommate BWLGD-approved. When it came to banter and never-ending sexual tension, Rosie Motherfuckin' Danan DID NOT COME HERE TO PLAY. She delivered a saucy, hilarious, and heartfelt story that was truly sex-positive and also sex work-positive, and I greatly enjoyed every second of it. Josh is quickly slithering his way up the book boyfriends leaderboard, and I loved Clara's arc really unpacking what it looks like to take risks in life. She has a couple of beautiful monologues towards the end of the novel about what it means to love that left me simultaneously tearing up and cackling. I'd say the only real drawback for me was we never got a full account of Clara's family history and why they loom so large for her (and in the minds of American society). Even just a few pages scattered throughout the novel explaining the Wheaton family's notable scandals and giving us a little more interaction with her mom and dad would've sufficed and added more depth to Clara's character; her family background was harped on so much without any actual explanation. (I also wanted more of Aunt Jill! She sounded rad!) Thank god this book is being turned into a movie, because I need this franchise to take all of my money. This one's somewhere between 4-4.5 stars!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    Thank you Penguin Random House International for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. The Roommate is on my wish list this year and I'm glad I've finally read it! First of all, its cover is deceiving. I assumed this is a whole cute and fluffy story but it's unexpectedly STEAMY. I swooned and let me just savor the moment as I rave this book. 💖😭 I love it so much. Clara Wheaton is a rich, demure, and smart woman. She defies her family by moving to L.A. for her childhood crush Everett Thank you Penguin Random House International for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. The Roommate is on my wish list this year and I'm glad I've finally read it! First of all, its cover is deceiving. I assumed this is a whole cute and fluffy story but it's unexpectedly STEAMY. I swooned and let me just savor the moment as I rave this book. 💖😭 I love it so much. Clara Wheaton is a rich, demure, and smart woman. She defies her family by moving to L.A. for her childhood crush Everett hoping he'll see her more than just a friend. It's an unrequited love. Aside from this, she's still navigating her life. When he left her on his doorstep, she meets his roommate Josh Darling, who is an adult performer. Clara and Josh are fascinating characters.You'll instantly recognize the spark between them and I love how natural it felt and the sexual between them flares. OH. MY. GOSH. I love their friendship started which makes the intimacy more authentic and sexier. I can't help gushing in the middle of the night and it's quite a slow burn. I swear, the characters have an AMAZING chemistry and I ship them so hard. The best part of this book is Clara and Josh's character developments. They unapologetically shown their awkwardness and flaws. I love their quirks, intimate moments, flaws and all. As much as they hate confrontations, I love how they bravely stood up for themselves instead of saving each other. It was freeing for both of them and it makes me proud. Side note: Naomi intrigued me. She's Josh's ex-girlfriend and fellow porn star. She has a strong personality and it's okay you might find her a little intimidating. I'm excited for her book which will be released next year. To conclude this review, I have to say The Roommate is an outstanding debut novel. It went beyond my expectations and I enjoyed it so much. I'd like to thank my good friend Nick @ Infinite Limits of Love for recommending this book to me. Check out her review here. 💖

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    3.5 STARS I loved how this one started (opposites attract/strangers roomies/forced proximity/unrequited feels) then became a bit wary of the unfolding. I guess you could say I expected more conflict and resulting angst from the set up. I also had issues with the heroine's character development, she would act so out of character sometimes, almost fake in her endeavors. The Roommate was overall an easy, fun and sexy read. Full review soon! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here 3.5 STARS I loved how this one started (opposites attract/strangers roomies/forced proximity/unrequited feels) then became a bit wary of the unfolding. I guess you could say I expected more conflict and resulting angst from the set up. I also had issues with the heroine's character development, she would act so out of character sometimes, almost fake in her endeavors. The Roommate was overall an easy, fun and sexy read. Full review soon! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

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