Review: The Roommate (Rosie Danan)

The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


The Roommate was sooooo much fun to read! I smiled so hard. My husband was making fun of me from across the room because of the gigantic smile on my face. I just couldn’t help it. The Roommate was adorable, sweet, slightly innocent while also being extremely sexy. I don’t know how Rosie Danan managed to combine those two things, but she did and she did it well.

What was so fun about this book? Well, it stars an uptight young women who is breaking free from her socialite upbringing. Clara thinks she’s going to be roommates with her childhood best friend who she’s had a crush on FOREVER. Everett throws a kink in her plans to seduce him when he rents out his room to someone else for the summer. Josh isn’t at all what Clara was expecting for the summer — he’s a porn star. You can only imagine the shenanigans that take place once Clara figures out what Josh does for a living, and how things take a turn when Clara finds herself falling for Josh. It was all kind of crazy, sweet fun.

I guess what made me love this one so much was the writing and the romance. I am not a fan of third person, and this would have been that much better in first person, but I didn’t care. I was so in love with the story and the way it was written. There was so much heart and that’s what mattered. It was a fabulous read. I can’t believe it was a debut novel! I cannot wait to find out what Danan has coming next.

27 thoughts on “Review: The Roommate (Rosie Danan)”

  1. This sounds wonderful. I am not a huge fan of descriptive sex scenes, unless they are necessary to the plot. I will check this one out, it sounds like one I would enjoy. Great review Deanna.

    1. It might be more descriptive than you would like, but it goes with the plot for sure. Thanks!

  2. I’m so happy you loved it! Wish I was feeling the same, but I still haven’t finished it and I’m not sure I’ll ever do.🙈

  3. This one sounds like such a good time. 🙂 I always prefer first person, too, but it seems like even that didn’t make this any less fun.

    1. It didn’t really matter. Those books are rare for me, so I would say that’s a good thing!

  4. YESSS! A fun rom-com is exactly what I need. I added this one to the TBR when I first heard the premise. It sounded like a promising set up for many comedic situations, and it sounds like it was well executed.

    1. She is? I can’t wait!!! I didn’t know that!
      Thanks for shouting out loud about this one. I read it after seeing all your tweets about it. 😉

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