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The Roommate

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  16,991 ratings  ·  3,014 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This is not bad but I expected more! I wanted to read something funnier, sexier and more enjoyable!

I love any story-line about two strangers: having totally opposite character traits, sharing a same house, forced to spend more time together, slowly leaving their comfort zones and something dazzlingly hot, sexy starts to build around them: yes, my friends: an incredible, fiery, passionate chemistry.

As soon as I read this book’s blurb, I screamed: “Yes” till my vocal cords hurt! ( I even forgot I
4.5 stars
This book was so surprisingly good. I adore Josh and Clara together sooooo hard. And this is one of the steamiest romances I’ve read in a while because Josh is a porn star, and Clara ends up being roommates with him. And this has some of my favorite tropes like forced togetherness because of the whole roommate thing, and it felt pretty forbidden at times because of the whole ‘he’s a porn star’ thing. But I loved this book so much, these two characters had so much chemistry it was ridicu
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Hello [one star rating] my old friend...I've come to [rant about you] again...

Also, hello soulless beings who are most likely to read my reviews when they are filled with hate and vitriol. How are you? It's been a while, since this year I've been trying weird things like "reading books I think I'll actually like" and "not being motivated by cruelty" and dumb cheesy stuff like that.

We're all back where we belong.

My reading this was a mistake.

I am forever trying to find more comfort books (as I am
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Omg, y'all. This book has the premise of my dreams and it was SO. MUCH. FUN. It centers around the romance between an uptight, shy girl named Clara and her porn-star roommate Josh and if that interests you at all I DEFINITELY recommend checking this one out. It was sassy and sexy and just an all around good-time lol. However, with all that being said, I do think I may have gone into this one with my hopes just a liiiiiiiittle bit too high. I did still REALLY enjoy it and a 4 star rating is obvio ...more
mina reads™️
I really liked this book and it has my favorite set up, the roommate trope!! we follow our uptight, east coast socialite, clara, as she becomes unlikely roommates with josh, a laid back LA porn star with more charisma than clara knows what to do with. The opposites attract vibe of the story was really fun and I think the character's personalities complimented each other very well and the dialogue in this story was hilarious. This story also had so many heartwarming, cute moments of domesticity a ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This was HOOTTTT. And so much fun!! I pretty much was giggling through this entire read. Josh is an absolute sweetheart of a hero, if incredibly horny (I mean, he IS a porn star) and Clara is adorably awkward. I love the roommates trope but throw in the great sex/sex worker positivity and this made for a fantastic, entertaining read. I’m so impressed with this debut! If you love eager to please heroes who will do anything to give the heroine the best orgasms of her life, you have to read The Roo ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
⚠️⚠️Excessive heat warning 🌡🌡 in effect for entire length of this book! ⚠️⚠️

Sometimes I pick up these rom-coms so innocently. Perhaps naïve assuming they will be a fun, sweet read with a dash of romance to make me go..."awww”.

And occasionally I come away with a hot🔥 and spicy number that knocks my socks off. As you can guess this was one of those times!

Clara comes from a family with status and wealth. Raised in Connecticut she has always toed the family line. Never straying out of bounds. Until
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars.

I seem to be in the minority for this one, but boy did this book not work for me. First, I really couldn't connect with anything about this book. I listened to this on audio and was bored throughout the entire thing. I was never excited to pick the book back up and found myself listening to it more just so that I could finish and move on to something I cared about. The main problem? Clara. She was such a flat character and I did not care for her one bit. Her biggest "flaws" were that
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars


The Roommate is Rosie Danan’s debut novel and once I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. I love those forced proximity books and the fact that the roommates were strangers, gimmie!

Clara Wheaton is a socialite that just finished grad school. She’s decided to move cross country (totally not like her) for a man. One of her best friends, Everett, who she’s had it bad for for the longest time. As soon as she gets there she realized this was a huge mistake. Everet
I did rate this a week or so ago, but it has disappeared.. 🙄🤔

Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely hot. Also, it was my favorite romance of 2020.

This came as a huge surprise. I don't usually rate romances 5 stars, because it's very hard to surprise me, since I've read so many books of this genre. However, this one was extremely refreshing and well written.

It all starts with Clara, a girl with very conservative upbringing, moving to LA to live with her lifetime crush, only to be dumped and find out that she's actually having a porn star, Josh Darling, as her actual ro
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{Netgalley Arc}

This was summer vacation from real life, but sooner or later, summer would end. She’d have to face her family, would have to choose between the life she’d been groomed for and the one that hung at the edge of the horizon, outrageously tempting, but with a price tag of all she held dear.

It’s been a long time since I’ve requested to review a book of an author who is new to me and the literary world. “The Roommate” took me by surprise. It starts off a little slow i
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet, sexy, sizzling, swoonie, sassy, and so much fun! Rosie Danan has written a clever and entertaining opposites attract romcom. Clara comes from a conservative proper East Coast family and has just moved to LA to force things with her lifetime crush Everett. BUT Everett is off touring with his subpar band and now Clara finds herself living with a complete stranger. Josh is the darling of the adult entertainment industry and does not quite know what to think of uptight Clara. What follows is ...more
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The faded wallpaper exuded kitschy charm, fighting for her affection, but she couldn’t shake the crushing weight of her disappointment. Clara wiped off the seat of the sofa before sitting down.

“So this is how it feels to be well and truly fucked.”

“I get that a
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
4.5 stars

I inhaled this book in one sitting after spending weeks slumping, if that tells you anything.

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

"Every body is different but none of them are wrong."

I have many thoughts and I truly do not know where to start so here's a synopsis.

So, what's this book about?
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
Blythe The Word Junkie
4.5 out of 5 stars!

"Our love feels like. . . freedom. The kind people give their lives for."

Women and men of/around my age, I definitely recommend this! This story would be great for the reluctant readers of sex and pleasure. Erasing the Guilty in Guilty Pleasure. Rosie Danan's debut is laying down great statements: "Pleasure isn't one size fits all." I want more! And the playlist. . . what a bomb! 4.5 stars!

🔸 Sex-positive

In the porn industry, sex workers are not unlikely to become chums and the
Evie Dunmore
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nuanced, funny, super steamy and surprisingly tender, The Roommate raises the bar for rom coms in 2020 - a smashing debut, and I can't wait for more by Rosie Danan! ...more
alluring B ❄︎
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
the way i didn’t care....
t’was eye-opening tho
Chloe Liese
The Roommate was a fresh concept that tackled sex positivity, the adult entertainment industry, and the true work of intimacy in a story that was as sweet as it was original. I enjoyed the steady pace of building interest between Josh and Clara, and I loved that Josh knew his body and wanted to know Clara's in a way that was intimate and personal. For being a book that talked so much about sex and pleasure, it was incredibly focused on what underlies healthy sexual intimacy: trust, communication ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This one was doing so good, especially when it comes to discussion around sex work and porn more specifically, the tension between the two MCs was great, and the sex scenes were some good shit too . But then that ending had to happen and it was a complete fucking mess and dampened my enjoyment of the story. Sigh. It's okay, i'll hold on to the 70% of the book I actually enjoyed.

h o l l i s
I am conflicted. I am also sorry because this review is likely to be unnecessarily long.

This story features a male lead in the entertainment industry (as he puts it) and while there's a certain element of the taboo and stigma around all that, the emphasis within the story is more about entertainers, and those working in the business, taking their agency back — instead of being coerced into pushing their own limits for the sake of job security and for the benefit of Big Corporate Porn — and riski
TheBibliotheque ♡
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-4s-romance
The Roommate *was* one of my most anticipated Fall romance releases. And sure, I may have picked it up rather viciously after hearing not only raving reviews, but also how steamy and how sweet and how overall perfect it was and well.... Let's say hype is a nasty beast sometimes.

Don't get me wrong, it’s not that the book wasn’t steamy—being the love interest *and roommate* an adult performer with kind eyes, blond curls and the will to tutor our heroine in the horizontal arts. And it’s not like th
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*



This debut novel had me in my feelings and it's been A LONG ASS TIME since a debut book has put me in such an emotional state. I went from laughing to yelling to fanning myself to crying to wanting to throw something to crying again—but it was happy tears at the end. The Roomate is the perfect blend of sexy and sweet and I definitely recommend that everyone p
nick (the infinite limits of love)
The Roommate was probably at the top of my most anticipated romance novels of the year. I've had a soft spot for it ever since the deal was announced and I just inexplicably knew that it would be a book that worked in every way for me. Well, my instincts were right because I read The Roommate twice this year already and it's easily a favorite.

What I loved the most about The Roommate was how it managed to be very very sexy, but simultaneously one of the softest books I've read. The whole experien
Cam (justabookeater)
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to write this review while everything's still fresh in my mind so here goes.


There really was nothing to prepare me for how deeply in love I fell for this book. I'd seen friends around twitter talk about but since the cover looked like a YA Contemporary, I was hesitant to pick it up. IT'S NOT. YA. AT ALL.

This delightful Rom-Com features two unforgettable main characters, Josh "Darling", renowned adult performer, and Clara, New York socialite who has done nothing even close to re
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 'Shameless' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rosie Danan’s debut novel The Roommate definitely caught my attention with its adorable cover and enchanting blurb. I thoroughly enjoy forced proximity books and this got even better when I realized the protagonists were strangers forced to be roommates. Danan’s debut was sweet, full of sexual tension and entertaining and I am glad I decided to give it a go!

So, as I said, The Roommate is Rosie’s first novel
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the premise of this story. It was something that was new to me and coupled with that gloriously bright pink cover, there was no way I was missing out on this one.

I love love loved Clara and Josh. She's sweet and somewhat unassuming. He's charming and somewhat lost. Together they have banter and chemistry for days and it was delightful reading them figure out what they wanted from life as well as navigate a sort-of relationship. Oh, and I'm 1000% here for a Naomi spin off or n
Sam (AMNReader)
I think this book was entertaining, but falls far short of my expectations for execution and emotional depth.

First, character motivations and background were, quite frankly, incomprehensible to me. Additionally, my understanding and feels for the hero far outweighed the amorphous blob of a heroine who was a socialite with a doctorate and without a real life plan. I'm not sure I ever understood her ambition, even in her search for sexual freedom, other than having it reflected back by a kind, ev
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Rosie Danan writes steamy, big-hearted books, articles, and tweets about the trials and triumphs of modern love.

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 has been optioned for film, and a companion book THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT is forthcoming April 6, 2021 in both the

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