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.

What to read next:

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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


Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2021. Here’s my list:

1. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

2. You Have a Match by Emma Lord

3. Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

4. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

5. To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters

6. Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

7. The Project by Courtney Summers

8. Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce

9. Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

10. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

(All book covers from Goodreads)

What’s your list of books on your Top Ten Tuesday?

Happy Pub Day – January 5

Happy Pub Day to all of these new books!

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Glimpsed by G.F. Miller

Unleashed by Amy McCulloch

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

Happily Ever Afters by Elisa Bryant

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis

Dryad, Vol. 1 by Kurtis Wiebe, Justin Osterling (illustrator)

What books are you most excited for this week?

Review: The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

Title: The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Author: K. Woodman-Maynard, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel in a vivid new format. 

From the green light across the bay to the billboard with spectacled eyes, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 American masterpiece roars to life in Katharine Woodman-Maynard’s exquisite graphic novel–among the first adaptations of the book in this genre. Painted in lush watercolors, the inventive interpretation emphasizes both the extravagance and mystery of the characters, as well as the fluidity of Nick Carraway’s unreliable narration. Excerpts from the original text wend through the illustrations, and imagery and metaphors are taken to literal, and often whimsical, extremes, such as when a beautiful partygoer blooms into an orchid and Daisy Buchanan pushes Gatsby across the sky on a cloud.

This faithful yet modern adaptation will appeal to fans with deep knowledge of the classic, while the graphic novel format makes it an ideal teaching tool to engage students. With its timeless critique of class, power, and obsession, The Great Gatsby Graphic Novel captures the energy of an era and the enduring resonance of one of the world’s most beloved books.


Nick Carraway moves in next door to the wealthy Gatsby. Nick hears about the famous Gatsby from his cousin Daisy and her husband. Gatsby is known for throwing lavish parties, but no one can recall anything about the actual man, despite attending his parties. Soon, Nick gets swept up in two affairs that Daisy and her husband Tom are having with other people. Not everything is what it seems in the life of the Great Gatsby.

This is a great adaptation of this classic literary novel. The water colour illustrations suited the literary plot which dances around Nick, even though he is the narrator. His position of the unreliable narrator was demonstrated in the images when he would say one thing but the characters did something else. This shows that he can’t be believed.

The way the words were placed on the story were also part of the narrative. Some of the sentences were written on buildings or roads, rather than set aside in speech bubbles. Sometimes they were even curved if the characters were moving a lot in the images. The speech bubbles for women, such as Daisy, were more curvy with waves around the edges, which demonstrated the lighter tone and musical way they spoke. I liked the way this literary novel was adapted into a graphic novel using unconventional techniques.

This graphic novel is a great accompaniment to the novel!

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

What to read next:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Have you read The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – January 4

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by K. Woodman-Maynard.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Roommate by Rosie Danan.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading Unleashed (Jinxed #2) by Amy McCullock.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – January 3

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… A Court of Wings and Ruin

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas.

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Goodreads Synopsis:


She has left the Night Court – and her Hogh Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is makin deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 



What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Bookish Resolutions for 2021

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2020 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Resolutions for 2021. Here’s my list:

1. Read 300 books

2. Post on my blog every day

3. Get my NetGalley rating to 80%

4. Finish some series: ACOTAR, Legend, Shadowhunters, etc.

5. Attend online author events and book festivals

6. Finish writing my manuscript!

Did you make a Six for Sunday list?

Review: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)

Title: The Duke and I (Bridgertons #1)
Author: Julia Quinn
Genre: Romane, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Avon
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 28, 2015 (originally published January 5 2000)
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…


Daphne is one of the eight Bridgerton siblings. She’s well liked in the “ton” but she has three older brothers who intimidate any worthy suitors for her. One day, she meets Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, who saves her from one of her most persistent suitors. Simon has always been certain that he never wants to get married, but mothers are always bringing their eligible daughters to meet him at parties. Daphne and Simon decide to solve both of their problems by starting a fake courtship: the mothers will think he’s taken and will stop parading their daughters around him, and other men will suddenly see Daphne as desirable. This fake courtship works, until the gossip writer Lady Whistledown questions their relationship and forces them to acknowledge their feelings.

When I heard this series described as Gossip Girl meets Jane Austen, I knew I had to read it. It has a regency setting, which reminded me of Jane Austen romances. It also had the juicy gossip of Gossip Girl. There were some funny moments, such as the names of the Bridgerton siblings. All eight of them have names that start with the first eight letters of the alphabet in order of their birth: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. These were kind of cheesy but it made it much easier to keep track of the siblings and their ages.

There were some possibly triggering scenes in this story. At the beginning, one woman died in childbirth after losing many babies before. There was also a scene of non-consensual sex. It was a woman who took advantage of a man, which isn’t often portrayed in novels. The characters immediately acknowledged how inappropriate this was after it happened. However, I appreciated how this showed that sexual abuse can and has been done by men and women in any time period.

I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to continue the series!

What to read next:

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Other books in the series:

  • The Viscount Who Loved Me
  • An Offer From a Gentleman
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love
  • When He Was Wicked
  • It’s In His Kiss
  • On the Way to the Wedding

Have you read The Duke and I? What did you think of it?

Top 5 Saturday – Books I Meant to Read Last Year

This is a weekly meme hosted Devouring Books. This week’s prompt is Books I Meant to Read Last Year. Here’s my list:

1. Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar

2. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

3. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

4. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

5. One by One by Ruth Ware

(All book covers from Goodreads)

If you’d like to do this list too, consider yourself tagged!

Did you make a Top 5 Saturday list?