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The Intimacy Experiment

(The Shameless Series #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  13,455 ratings  ·  2,159 reviews
Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her lon
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Kori I wouldn't say it's a necessity and I will say I enjoyed The Intimacy Experiment more, but the Roommate is still really good!…moreI wouldn't say it's a necessity and I will say I enjoyed The Intimacy Experiment more, but the Roommate is still really good!(less)

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Emily May
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
Shelves: arc, romance, 2021
"I thought you were obsessed with winning!"
His blood felt too heavy for his body. He could barely think through his still abating panic.
She made him feel like he was unraveling.
"I am," he yelled back. "But I'm more obsessed with you."

You might want to open a window 'cause this book is steeeaaamy! (Why, yes, I did say that). I slept very little last night so please excuse this review, which will basically be me giggling like a horny teenager.

The Intimacy Experiment is one of the best romances
Jan 09, 2022 marked it as will-not-finish
rosie danan's debut was one of the books that pulled me throat-first into the pit of mild literary whoredom where i currently reside, so imagine my surprise that its companion (about a side character from the roommate that i liked BETTER than the two MCs combined) is doing next to nothing for me.

simply, i'm feeling v little chemistry between the mains (two hot people being hot does not a strong couple make), neither of them are talking to the other (in spite of teaching/listening to a lecture se
chan ☆
May 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
dnf @50%

love the rep and the idea behind the story, but the execution was lacking. neither character was particularly endearing to me and the chemistry between the two just wasn't there.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Drip! Drip! Drip! Sweat pouring from my head! It’s getting hotter here than Lut Desert!

The chemistry between Naomi and Ethan makes you sweaty, jumpy, yes you need to order more undergarments because your pants will be on fire when you read pages about their blooming intimacy experience and you will cross your fingers for their happy ending because you may have already suffered from broken heart when you’ve watched Fleabag’s last episode (logical but extremely bittersweet ending) and screamed “N
Michael David (on hiatus)
A former porn star and a rabbi walk into a synagogue...

No punchline as this is basically the setup in The Intimacy Experiment, a rom-com with plenty of heat and depth.

Naomi Grant is a former porn star who has taken more control over her career. She now owns a business called Shameless, designed to provide sex education/sex positivity to any and all. Although she’s doing quite well for herself, she wants a platform to discuss her sex-positive advice live in front of an audience.

Ethan Cohen is a r
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
This was a tad bit long if I'm being honest, but it was still very fun and VERY sexy and I liked it a whole bunch! I definitely enjoyed this one even more than the first book and I'm very excited to read more from Rosie Danan in the future!! ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
2019 was a year of #hotpriest, 2021 should be a year of #hotrabbi. I am only kind of joking. Ish.

You know, I didn't really expect to be this much into a romance novel. You read the synopsis and tell me what you imagine will happen when a former porn-performer and a rabbi cross paths. Did you imagine it would be a touching story about faith and personal growth and kindness? Well, neither did I.

Let me preface this by saying I am an atheist. Religion is pretty much the last thing I want to read ab
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Are you ready for something new and different?
Here is the story of how the former porn star now turned sex education expert met the Rabbi! No typos here. That’s the premise! And as zany as that sounds...it was brilliantly done!

Naomi Grant former porn star, now co-CEO of a sex education start up, has been invited to hold a seminar series on modern intimacy. Well sure, that makes sense. She is an expert after all.💁🏻‍♀️. But maybe it’s the setting for this seminar that has Naomi off kilter. The in
Sheyla ✎
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was unprepared for this! My fault since I didn't read the blurb.

The couple is an unlikely pair: A rabbi and an ex-porn actress.

Ethan Cohen is the rabbi of a new congregation. Unfortunately, his census is very low and in order to keep the synagogue open, he needs to find a way to attract young people to it. He decides to hire a professional to do a seminar in intimacy.

Naomi Grant is a successful businesswoman. Her company is doing extremely well. Yet, she feels like she could do more. She kno
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Sep 20, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
no joke as i was reading The Roommate, I thought to myself if Naomi doesn't get her own book, i will revolt

so good news for the world

a revolt is not necessary

sidenote - idk if Berkley has a title for this series but i think "Shameless" would be perfect

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This was so good!!

The Intimacy Experiment follows Naomi Grant, famous pornstar turned sex educator, and Ethan Cohen, the rabbi of a synagogue in Los Angeles. While attending a convention for educators, Ethan offers to hire Naomi to teach a class for his congregation about "modern intimacy" as it relates to sex and dating in the digital age.

What follows is a fun witty romance full of mutual pining, sexual tension, and some really enlightening conversations about faith and religion. I really love
Lily Herman
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I finished reading Rosie Danan's debut The Roommate, I was like, "So help me GOD if Naomi doesn't get her own book..."

And not only did Rosie Danan bless us with this novel, but she made impenetrable (and apparently Jewish!) Naomi's love interest an adorable and sexy cinnamon roll rabbi. L'chaim indeed.

The Intimacy Experiment keeps up much of the tension we saw in The Roommate but with a more introspective and spiritual twist. Even if you're not Jewish or remotely religious, Danan does
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, romance
"Kol hat'chalot kashot" (All beginnings are difficult)

And some beginnings are hot as F***

Naomi Grant, a former porn star and businesswoman (has her own sex positive start up) meets Ethan Cohen (best last name ever), a former physics teacher and now rabbi of his own synagogue when he approaches her to host intimacy seminars in order to attract a younger crowd (or any crowd) to his dwindling shul.

Modern Intimacy is the name of their seminar and as the course progresses, the number of attendees in
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
TW for loss of a parent

I gave The Roommate (book 1 in this series) two stars, so I didn't even know if I was going to pick this book up. I've been seeing better reviews for this book, though, so I decided to give it a try.

Naomi loves working for the sex-positive start-up she created with her friends. But she wants to start doing live lectures, which no one wants to have her for. That is, until Ethan, a young Rabi at a struggling synagogue, asks Naomi to lecture as some events to encou
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
We stan Naomi in this house
Cait (Caitsbooks)
It's official, I'm obsessed with this series.

I won't lie, I was a little nervous when I first heard the description (there are just so many ways it could go wrong with an author who didn't care enough) but I never should have been. I loved every single aspect of this book, the characters, their relationship, the discussions of religion, the sex-positive themes- it was all incredible.

This book is funny, swoon-worthy, and examines so many important topics. I cannot recommend it enough.
Berit Talks Books
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, berkley, buddy-read
Loved it! This was just such an amazing book! I’m just so excited about how refreshing the sex positivity in this story was. We meet Naomi in the previous book in the series, The Roommate. She is a well-known porn star, Josh’s ex-girlfriend, and eventually Claire’s business partner. This story picks up three years later Naomi has retired from the porn industry, she has gone back to school, and the business is a huge success. Naomi wants to teach sex positive sex education, but is having trouble ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Tender' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am thoroughly and happily surprised with Rosie Danan and her second romance novel! While her debut The Roommate was a bit of mix of hit and miss for me, I have to say The Intimacy Experiment was so much better in all aspects. I didn’t have problems with the writing and I really connected with this unique couple. I mean, Rosie certainly went out of the typical romance stories bubble and she did it wonderfully wi
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I wasn't sure it would be possible to like The Intimacy Experiment more than The Roommate but Rosie Danan proved me wrong. Naomi was my favorite secondary character in The Roommate and I couldn't wait to see Rosie Danan give her a happily ever after. I was even more intrigued when it was announced that her love interest would be a rabbi. In a lot of ways, this book was different than what I was anticipating based on the first book, but in a completely pleasant way. The character arcs and th
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful surprise of a contemporary romance. I thought this was so smart, so fresh, so sex positive - and I loved how it incorporated questions of how faith plays into today's world and as a relevant element of two people figuring out how to come together. The only thing that didn't totally hit for me in this was that the dialogue, while sharp, didn't feel very lived in to me. It read more like a script or a monologue that, while funny or touching, often took me out of the flow of t ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
this is really a 2.5⭐️ for me, but I'm rounding up bc the author's voice is engaging & I liked the characters. Also to preface: I'm really sorry but this is hella rant-y, largely bc I was so excited for this book and it really disappointed me. if you want to experience me noodling out exactly why this book bothered me, read on

I was pretty hyped for this book, and I’m bummed to say it didn’t live up to expectations. I mean it was cute, & it was funny, but ultimately I had some significant issues.
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
REALLY wanted to like this more than the first book but damn there’s just something abt rosie danan’s writing that bores the shit out of me. it’s sad bc the premises for both of her books are bomb.com but the execution…
book bruin
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: berkley
After reading The Roommate, I was so excited to find out that Naomi would be getting her own book. I knew there was so much more to her than the no nonsense tough exterior, and The Intimacy Experiment did not disappoint! I truly loved this opposites attract, forced proximity, friends to lovers romance from start to finish!

Naomi and Ethan couldn't have been more different on paper, but that actually made them so perfect for one another. They complemented each other so well and knew just when to p
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Intimacy Experiment was everything I wanted and more. Rosie Danan knocked it out of the park with this one and I am sure many will enjoy this lovely and warm romance. It's like a big hug!!!! You need it in your life.

I'm pretty sure this one surpassed my love for The Roommate. I think people that didn't enjoy the first book a lot, could actually love this more? It's very different, has a very different vibe and story. Naomi and Ethan rocked my world. They're one of those couples who just fit
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, 30plus-romance
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and thought it was really an improvement on the first book in the series! The Intimacy Experiment follows Naomi, a porn star turned sex educator who now has an advanced degree and wants to teach, but no one will take her seriously. That is, until she meets Ethan, a young, attractive rabbi trying to attract a younger crowd to his slowly dying synagogue. And he wants to hire Naomi to teach a seminar on modern intimacy. But Naomi has spent year
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Intimacy Experiment
By Rosie Danan

This is my first Rosie Danan book and I am now a huge fan of her incredibly imaginative writing with characters I love reading about that are unconventional, fun, and simply exciting.

Naomi and Ethan are super hot hot hot!! These two are on fire and I just love this funny, sexy and oh so good and amazing romance that is giving me the hot flashes and really giving me life. Try putting a sex educator who was an ex-pornstar and now an amazing businesswoman along
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Definitely not your usual rom-com. These two characters are probably the oddest pair, even odder than Clara and Josh from the first book because here, former adult performer Naomi Grant falls for the rabii, Ethan Cohen and vice versa.

But just like the first book, The Intimacy Experiment is smartly written with layered plots and relevant themes that are very empowering. This is what I am appreciating about these new releases posing as rom-coms, they are not just about two people falling for each
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2021
very sex-positive but not sure if it's a plot I enjoy. I moved past it and then I realized the story was very tame and slightly boring. It's very religious which I did not mind one bit as I learned a lot about Judaism. ...more
Helen Power
What happens when a former porn star turned CEO and a rabbi meet at a conference? You get a delightful, insightful, and compulsively readable romance novel.

The premise of this novel sounds like a bad joke. But somehow, it works so incredibly well. While I liked the debut novel by Rosie Danan, which features Josh and Clara finding love, this book swept me off my feet. It’s clever and sweet. It deals with themes of faith and love and how the two mesh. This book had me inspired, and there were mult
Kelly • Kell of a Read
1.5 ⭐️ I’m genuinely surprised I finished this. How can a book about a badass former porn star and a hunky adorable rabbi be SO boring?

I enjoyed Rosie Danan’s debut, The Roommate, so I was looking forward to this book. Naomi was so entertaining in The Roommate but it is almost as though she's a completely different person in The Intimacy Experiment. I understand that Naomi is going through a transitional period and working to discover who she is outside of porn, but it felt like all of her allu
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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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The Shameless Series (2 books)
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