Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

Challenge prompt: A book with a heart, diamond, club or spade on the cover.


Clara Wheaton is the consummate good girl: over-achieving, well-mannered, utterly predictable. When her childhood crush invites her to move across the country, the offer is too good to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

Suddenly, Clara finds herself sharing a house 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 realises living with him might destroy the reputation she’s spent years building. But while they may not agree on much, both Josh and Clara 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.

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What I liked:

I loved the incredibly positive representation of sex in this book. There are conversations about how women are treated in the adult entertainment industry, how female sex workers are viewed, and different attitudes towards sex in a relationship.

I didn’t expect a dual narrative here, but I really loved seeing both Josh and Clara’s perspectives in these situations. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much if it were a single narrative.

A friend of mine told me this was steamy but I don’t think I was prepared for just how much so. If you don’t enjoy sexual content in books, this won’t be for you. If you do enjoy it, it’s a party.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t love the third act break up here, but the rest of the book was phenomenal.

Out of five:

Four. I cannot wait to read Rosie’s next book, which I believe is out later this year and follows Naomi, a side character from this book.

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