Review: THE ROOMMATE by Rosie Danan
Also by this author: The Intimacy Experiment
Published by BERKLEY on September 15, 2020
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
I went into Rosie Danan’s debut novel, The Roommate, spoiler free and just have to start off by saying this book is such a breath of fresh air. The Roommate is a rom-com about a socialite and an adult entertainer (yep, a porn star) that I didn’t even know I needed in my life. The premise, with its focus on the porn industry, is so unique and the main characters, Clara, Josh, and Josh’s ex, Naomi, are just so precious that I wanted to be bffs with all of them.
The characters are what really sold me on this story, mainly because they weren’t at all what I expected them to be like based on the usual stereotypes associated with socialites and porn stars. Clara is pretty much the exact opposite of a Paris Hilton type. She’s sweet, awkward, and lacks confidence when it comes to most areas of her life. When the story opens, Clara has also just quit her job and moved from New York to California to live with her childhood crush because she has misread his signals and thinks she’s heading toward her happily ever after. Instead of happily ever after, however, Clara finds herself shacking up with a random male roommate her crush has found on Craigslist and sublet his place to while he goes on tour with his band. Talk about awkward!
Josh, the roommate in question, is just as endearing as Clara. At first he comes across as very arrogant – he’s obviously proud of his ability to please women, but he’s also very charming, fun, and sweet, and pretty soon Clara warms up to him and so did I. I grew to love him even more as Clara gets to know him better and it becomes clear that some of that arrogance is just a front. Josh has a lot of layers to him, and just like with Clara, some of those layers are filled with insecurities, fears, and doubts. I just loved how real both characters felt and how their relationship developed. Yes, they certainly have their sexy, steamy moments filled with delicious banter, but they also have a lot of sweet, heartfelt moments that made me smile.
The Roommate also has its fair share of drama, some revolving around family expectations, but also specifically drama that revolves around the porn industry. I really loved how Danan portrays all of the adult entertainers as scrappy underdogs fighting the greedy corporate villains for what is rightfully theirs. She gives the readers an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes and I really liked the depth it added to the story. I also adored Josh’s ex, Naomi. She’s Josh’s partner in most of his adult films and she’s also a badass in her own right. I read that there will be a companion novel that focuses on Naomi, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!
If you’re looking for a fresh, sexy, and heartfelt romance with perfectly imperfect characters that will have you wishing for a happy ending, The Roommate is the book you’re looking for.
I am so happy that you loved it too Suzanne! I completely agree with you on the layers of the characters and it being a fresh story.
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It was such a fun read. I can’t wait to read Naomi’s book!
This sounds so cute! Plus I’ve never thought of the porn industry as being a backdrop for a rom-com, so now I’m intrigued!
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Me neither! When I first started reading, I had one of those “I don’t know how I feel about this” moments, but it really did work perfectly as a backdrop.
I loved this one too! It was so unexpected in the best way and I had such a fun time reading it! Great review~
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It really was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to learn more about Naomi in the companion book.
This sounds so fun! I love that the characters are really completely opposite of the cliches.
I really loved that.
I thought this one was a lot of fun. There were times I truly wanted to shake Clara senseless (or actually shake some sense INTO her) but overall I liked her. And I really liked Josh. It was interesting how insecure he really felt and I loved seeing him stand up for himself and others.
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Ha! Yeah, I wanted to shake Clara a few times too.
Yes! So happy you loved this one. And Naomi’s book comes out in April I believe. She gets a hot rabbi!
I can’t wait!
Can’t wait to read this one!
I hope you love it as much as I did!
This book really was a breath of fresh air. It surprised a lot. What I loved most was seeing Clara grow so much. She faced her fears and pushed for what she wanted. It was just great overall for me
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I agree about Clara. She was practically a different person by the end. Such a wonderful transformation.
I read a review for this one, must have been a few months ago now and gosh, it just sounds incredibly sweet, hilarious and a feel great summer read. I can imagine there’s a lot of misconceptions about the porn industry, like sex workers or adult dancers as well. These are people getting by and I imagine how much intolerance and prejudice they face daily, especially female porn actors and men believing they have access to them. I’m horrified for Clara though, imagine moving across the country then being stuck with a complete stranger. Makes for a brilliant read though. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one Suzanne, can’t wait to grab a copy for myself!
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I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Glad this was good! Sounds fun. 🙂
It was a lot of fun. 🙂
This little gem keeps getting the best reviews, and I feel like I fall in love with it every time i nread a new one!
It really is a gem. 🙂
Ooh I like the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing.
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I absolutely loved this book! I thought the author addressed a previously “taboo” topic with humor and respect. I can’t wait to read her next book!
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I’m excited for the next book too. Can’t wait to learn more about Naomi. 🙂
I just read this one finally so I could come read your review. Excellent review. I really liked the characters and the development too. I already have the ARC for the next one The Intimacy Experiment about Naomi. I’m excited to read more about her.
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