Review: The Roommate

Title: The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads 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.


Clara Wheaton is from an elite family from the east coast. After she graduates with a PhD in Art History, she decides to move to California to stay with her childhood crush. When she gets there, she finds out that he is about to go on tour with his band, and he has rented out a room in his house to someone else. The man who is staying at Clara’s friend’s house is Josh Darling. What Clara doesn’t know at first is that Josh Darling is a porn star. After Clara learns first hand how good Josh is at his job, she decides to fund a project with him. They create a program to teach women how to have better sex. However, there are possible repercussions, with Josh’s contracted job and Clara’s family’s reputation that could be affected by their new venture.

This was a fun, steamy romance. I laughed out loud when Josh’s job as a porn actor was revealed, because I wasn’t expecting that. There were some funny moments, such as when Clara discovered Josh’s job, but there was also a lot of steamy romance.

Since this story was about porn and sex, there were a lot of sex scenes. I felt like they overpowered the story at a certain point, because there was so much sex. I really enjoyed the rest of the story. There was a lot of tension when Josh’s and Clara’s jobs got in the way of their new project, but I wish the rest of the plot was more prominent in the story.

This is a steamy romance!

Thank you Berkley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Have you read The Roommate? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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