Book Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

The Roommate (The Roommate #1)

by Rosie Danan

💼💼💼 (3 stars as rated in briefcases because it is a business doing pleasure with you)

Clara Wheaton has never made an impulsive decision in her life. That is, before she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a guy she’d been in love with for 14 years. When he suddenly bails to pursue a burgeoning music career, Clara is left to navigate her new life in an unfamiliar city completely alone. Well, almost completely alone. There is also that very charming and super attractive new roommate of hers named Josh who has sex for a living. On camera. With one of the biggest pornography studios in town. Clara isn’t sure what to make of all these new developments in her once meticulously curated life. And when a business opportunity presents itself to her and Josh – one that would mutually benefit them both – Clara starts to wonder if that former life of hers was ever really what she wanted. Especially when this new life offers so much more…

“Every body is different, but none of them are wrong.”

Rosie Danan, The Roommate

What a steamy little experience this story was! I genuinely liked all the characters and found their respective arcs to be intriguing and believable. I’m looking forward to getting to know a few of them better in The Intimacy Experiment which comes out on April 6, 2021. This book reaches into a lot of topics that I really enjoyed. It is sex work positive (thumbs up for days) and also emphasizes consent, female safety, and the existence of aromantic sex. I enjoyed Josh and Clara’s relationship and the ways that they navigate their living situation. Also, the apology pastries had me swooning a little bit. I read the whole thing in an evening and it was everything I look for in a cozy little rom-com.

✨ Rep in this book: sex work

✨ Content warnings for this book: sexual content, mentions of sexism and misogyny, car accident, estrangement from a family member

Image Description: a flat lay featuring an e-book version of The Roommate by Rosie Danan as seen on the screen of an iPad. The cover features a young white man and a young white girl sitting on a green couch. He is looking at her. The iPad is laying on a pair of jeans with an iPhone and some white headphones to the left. A pair of red-rimmed converse peek into the frame at the top left and bottom right. There is a pink sweatshirt at the top right that says “female equals future” with a bottle of beige nail polish resting just below the words.

About the Author: Rosie Danan

The New York Times calls Rosie Danan’s debut novel, THE ROOMMATE “a book about people expanding into their best possible selves…warmly funny and gorgeously sexy.” The rom-com received a 2020 Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction and has been optioned for film. A companion book THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT is forthcoming April 6, 2021 in the US and UK.

When not writing, Rosie enjoys jogging slowly to fast music, petting other people’s dogs, and competing against herself in rounds of Chopped using the miscellaneous ingredients occupying her fridge. (copied from the author’s personal website)

Personal note: girl on 🤷

“And that’s all there is and there isn’t any more.” Ludwig Bemelmans



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My name is Sarah and I can't imagine my life without books. Actually, I can and it's terrible. I'm also into climbing, video games and bothering the nearest cat.

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