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The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Published by Berkley on September 15, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I heard some good things about The Roommate and decided I need to read it. I liked the main characters Clara and Josh. They were different and the same in their backgrounds and personality. Clara came from a wealthy family. She is the one who keeps herself under control, never causing a scandal or gossip. She has plenty of money and is well educated. She also has always had a crush on Everett who was a childhood neighbor, and now invited her to relax and visit California for the summer. She decides to drop everything and go as a last chance at a relationship with him. He leaves town with his band, leaving her Josh as a roommate.
Josh is a porn star. He’s become more main stream and doesn’t do the really hard core pornography. His girlfriend kicked him out and he needed somewhere to stay until they were back together. He came from an average background but was never interested in school. Now he’s found something where he has talent but he’s treated like a joke or scandal by most people.
Clara is like a lot of women who are a little shy about their sexuality, and not used to saying what works for them or what they want. She and Josh have an attraction which they fight. She’s worried about the gossip and he isn’t into relationships and Josh can tell Clara is “too good for him.”. Oddly, they do well as roommates and are kind to each other. As their friendship grows, so do their discussions about sex and their lust.
I really enjoyed the way they worked together on something new. Each had some trouble being honest with themselves and each other about their concerns and their feelings, though. However, I understand it as part of the learning process for two people who neither one has ever had a serious relationship. They both were unhappy feeling like they couldn’t be the person their parents wanted and had to accept being themselves. The ex-girlfriend, Naomi, was fascinating and the next book in this series(?) is about her, The Intimacy Experiment.
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