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The Intimacy Experiment

(The Roommate #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,837 ratings  ·  587 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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Monique No need. The Roommate is awesome. If you plan to read the roommate at all, you should read it first but they both stand completely on their own.

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Emily May
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
Shelves: 2021, arc, romance
"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
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
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: widget-received
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)
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
Shelves: ppb, 2021, romancelandia
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
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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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
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
We stan Naomi in this house
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
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 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
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I loved The Roommate, but the truth is, I loved it because even thought it wasn't a perfect book, it was a book that was *trying* something and I think it largely worked in a lot of ways. But in general, if I was to name what I thought was the underlying problem with that book, I'd say this: plot was in the driver's seat, not the characters. I promise this will be relevant to my comments about The Intimacy Experiment-- but one of my concerns with The Roommate was that Clara and Josh were put int ...more
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
book bruin
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I didn't think it was possible for me to love The Intimacy Experiment more than The Roommate, but I did. Naomi, queen of my heart, owns me body and soul. Her character arc in this book is phenomenal. She remains fierce and unapologetic. And Ethan! <3 MY HEART. These two together have a slow-burn romance that starts off with a partnership/friendship and that eventually develops into more. It was subtle, sweet, and very sexy.

I can't wait to re-read this! In the mean time, I'm gonna go cry in a co
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.
Jessica Marsh
Review: Wow. I didn’t think Rosie could make me love these characters any more than I do! This was such a cute, fast, and steamy story! And the way that the characters deal with growth and change have me in my feelings!

I just saw this cover and now I’d sell my first born for an ARC of this.
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
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: berkley, buddy-read, 2021
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
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
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
*Thank you to NetGalley and to Berkley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was everything I was hoping it would be.

It is hard to put into words how good it felt to read it. I don't mean that it was easy or comfortable. There are challenging things and ideas that are looked into and examined in this story. But I was drawn in from chapter one and I enjoyed the ride, even when I wanted to look away.

While this book reads even more like Women's Fiction than the first
bee  ❤︎
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
five stars ♡︎ rosie danan’s writing is on a different Level, my friends. i’m absolutely obsessed with how she writes and the characters she creates. this was as good as i had hoped, and it’s definitely on par with ‘the roommate’, which i absolutely adored and definitely want to reread now. ‘the intimacy experiment’ was all around phenomenal in so many ways, from the characters to the plot to the writing and everything in between. i LOVED ethan and naomi so much, and seeing both of their characte ...more
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
Stop me if you've heard this one.

A porn star and a rabbi walk into a bar.

Well first they meet at a conference for public educators where the porn star is looking for advice on how to improve her chances of finding work as a sex educator. As for the rabbi, Ethan Cohen, he's working desperately to save his slowly dying synagogue. He's been hired to try to revive the congregation with fresh, new ideas. When he sees Naomi deliver an impassioned speech on the need for the kind of education she provid
Nicole Moon
i FUCKING LOVED this book!!!!!!!!!!

I absolutely loved The Roommate, and I knew I needed to read The Intimacy Experiment the second I could get it. My expectations were so high, and yet, the book managed to surpass them.
This book is about Naomi and Ethan. Naomi is definitely one of my favorite heroines ever. She’s such a complex character, and her character development is incredible. She’s a sex worker, and she’s really passionate about sex educating, and just educating people on all things rela
Meryl Wilsner
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Grant is everything to me. And as someone who in general only cares about female characters, I loved Ethan so much I feel like there must be something wrong with me? Somehow this book is actually even better than The Roommate??????
Jamie Rosenblit
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Roommate was one of my favorite books of 2020, so to say I was excited for The Intimacy Experiment would be a massive understatement! Once I started this book and realized our hero was a Jewish man, a rabbi specifically, and that the amazing Naomi Grant was also Jewish? I was literally jumping with joy - I have been clamoring for more Jewish representation in books FOREVER, so to see this so wonderfully represented in one of my most anticipated reads was more than I could ask for.

Once again
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A contemporary romance pairing a rabbi, hot as he may be, with a former porn star now CEO Of a sex education video service is absolutely and utterly compelling and the relationship to root for in 2021. Rosie Danan hits her follow-up to THE ROOMMATE out of the park with this thought provoking and compelling read. Naomi is my true hero, and I'd fall on her exploding dynamite any day of the week.

A slow-burn with all the heat and fire that made me desperate to see these two get everything they wante
Jessica B.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coherent words coming when I’m able to process the amount of emotions I have for this book.

*early work perk read*
Readaholic Book Reviews
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Grant is a successful businesswoman. She started up her own sex-positive start-up Shameless and has never conformed to the idea of what society thinks she should be like. She feels the need to do more though and wants to start teaching and lecturing about intimacy. Only problem - no one wants to hire her.

Ethan Cohen is the rabbi of his own synagogue and loves his job very much. He wants only the best for his congregation, but is trying to increase the number of his members. Especially you
What do you get when you mix a former porn star turned sex education teacher and a Reform Judaism rabbi? 4.5 stars because Naomi + Ethan = a sexy & hot but emotional & tender romance!

Rosie Danan knows how to write the kind of romance that makes your pulse quicken and leaves you feeling flush while making your heart skip a beat! I loved Naomi and Ethan. Naomi was as fierce and in your face as ever but we got to see her emotionally stripped down here and show her softer, more vulnerable side and i
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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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