Book Review: The Roommate

Title: The Roommate

Author: Rosie Danan

Pub. Date: September 15, 2020

Pages: 325

Pub: Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

This will be a spoiler free review. I enjoyed this – though not as much as I expected. I think that

my expectations were too high based on the hype surrounding this book. I bought this a few months ago when my whole Twitter timeline was a flurry of photos and reviews for this book. I kept seeing and hearing about how good it was, so I bought it immediately, on impulse. Didn’t think about it too hard, or too long.

I’m kind of, of two minds. I did enjoy it – it’s a good read, relatively quick and the characters are great together. The other part of me – I’m just underwhelmed. I don’t know what my expectations were, but they don’t feel met.

I will say that weirdly enough, I expected more smut, more sex, more spice. But that also seems absurd, because there’s plenty in the book. I don’t know. I’m just kind of “meh”.

I enjoyed Clara and Josh and thought they had some really adorable moments. I liked that their relationship progressed relatively naturally – that they became friends first before more. I’m always down for one character to be the strait laced “goody-goody” type, and the other to be a slightly chaotic sex god – and this book plays right into that. Their small interacts – the ones that showed them truly getting to know each other were my favorite.

Everett can kick a bag of rocks.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad read, I enjoyed it, but it’s definitely overhyped. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just ended up not meeting my expectations.

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