G. Bianco, 2019
In her debut novel, The Roommate, Rosie Danan shows how love can come out of the most unlikely circumstances. This romance takes it up a notch in steaminess, while also highlighting important issues.
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.
This is one of the best forced-proximity romances I’ve read and couldn’t get enough of the sexual tension between Josh and Clara. And while this definitely plays upon the “good girl falls for bad boy” trope, it’s done really well and also showcases the reverse trope (aka bad boy also falls for good girl). The characters both have their insecurities, yet both find the confidence to reveal their feelings and fall in love.
This book is STEAMY to the MAX!! Hot and heavy, The Roommate takes what readers love about romance and amps it up a bit to bring this book to a sauna-level heat! But it was more than just some sexy times; the romantic scenes were evenly placed throughout the plot, but it also contributed to Josh and Clara’s relationship!
This novel also shares a peek into the adult entertainment industry and highlights the actual livelihoods of people in the industry. Behind the stereotypes many others think of are real people/characters and it was fascinating to see a novel take such an honest and unbiased view on a lifestyle many condemn. I was unfamiliar with the inner workings of the industry and found the insight Danan reveals to be super interesting and it added an extra layer to the plot.
This book will satiate any sexy romance cravings you may have and will have you bingeing the book in one sitting. I cannot wait to read the next book Danan writes and highly recommend this book for any romance lovers out there!
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