One of my favorite tropes is roommates who fall for each other – it’s high stakes (who wants to have to move out if things go sideways), funny, and fun. Naturally, when I first heard about The Roommate by Rosie Danan, I was intrigued. Plus – in fiction of any kind, you rarely read about characters who work in the adult entertainment industry, and that alone was enough to make me preorder this book.
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 pacing in this book is immaculate – it hooks you from the first couple of pages. Very rarely do I read books in one sitting, but this was one of the exceptions. I picked it up intending to just read a few pages, but I ended up staying up until 3am just to finish it. The writing itself was of exceptional quality – the author really nailed the ratio of comedy to romance. I laughed out loud, cringed a few times, and I swooned almost an innumerable amount of times.
Clara had great character development – she went from a lovelorn buttoned up person pining after someone with no interest in her to a shameless woman who pursued what she wanted. Talk about a glow up. She became such a bad ass that she literally confronted the guy who she had an unrequited crush on (and who was a bit of a douche). However – in that transformation from reeled in to shameless, she never lost who she was at her core – she became a better version of herself, not an entirely new character.
Clara and Josh’s chemistry is the best part of The Roommate – from their first encounter it’s clear that their chemistry was unparalleled. The sexual tension between them was unreal – Rosie Danan truly has a talent for building some serious chemistry. The character’s rapport was also amazing – even when they were polar opposites (in lifestyles) they clearly meshed well together. They were the best kind of couple – the kind that helps each other grow and become better people. They each pushed each other out of their comfort zones, which was not only entertaining but also heartwarming.
The Roommate has easily become one of my favorite romances of 2020 – it’s sweet, spicy, and has a ton of heart. Rosie Danan is officially the new queen of sexual tension. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, The Intimacy Experiment. The Roommate is a perfect escapist read for 2020’s turbulent times. If you’re looking for other great rom-coms, check out The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and Simmer Down by Sarah Smith. 5/5