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The Roommate

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Sometimes the risks you take may not always pay off in the ways you expect. Clara took a huge risk leaving her life to follow her childhood crush and now she's not certain it is going to pay off. especially when she finds out her roommate is in a risky business. The Roommate is a romcom that mixes the step ford wives and Magic Mike. Danan gives humor, romance, steamy love scenes but does not shy away from the taboo subjects in pornography. Danan tackles the genderism in the adult industry which caters to male interests rather than the female. Clara is the stereotypical romance lead and is countered perfectly by Josh. He is the right amount of Magic Mike and guy next door. Even with the great chemistry, they do lack a little substance when it comes to depth and history. Most of the interaction is shallow and can be a little on the side of predictable. But the fast paced plot and 50 Shades sexual innuendos help to keep the reader engaged.
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Thank you for letting me read this book.   It was getting a lot of notice and I was curious.  While the book had a great premise, I didn't like Clara.   To me she felt like a doormat -- I didn't feel that she really grew by the end of the book.   I gave this 3 stars -- no review -- on Goodreads.
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Clara moves across the country to take a chance with her childhood love.  When he ditches her, she meets her new roommate Josh.  Josh is in the adult entertainment industry and what ensues is a forced-proximity dream. I really enjoyed this one.  I read a lot of reviews about it being steamy - and it was, plenty of open-door sex scenes, but nothing over the top to me.  I think the fact that the book is about sex-positivity and has a character who is a porn star might be why it's getting a lot of reviews about being SOO steamy.  Maybe I was just expecting more. I loved the story, the journey the characters took and I just really liked THEM. Definitely recommend The Roommate!
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this one...was kind of difficult for me to like? I think the marketing tried to do a fast one on us like the kiss quotient? It was a lot steamier than expected which is fine but the whole plotline with his  career is a bit much if kept under wraps. I hated how our main female character treated our main male character in the end. GOD!!!
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Rosie Danan writes a captivating story of two unlikely roommates turned more than roommates. While I didn't quite jive with the ending, I loved the characters and can't wait to read the follow-up!
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Thank you Berkley for granting this book from my wishlist request. This book is super steamy and fun. I’ll be honest that the premise of the male lead being a porn star didn’t appeal to me so I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I heard so many good things about this book. I’m glad I read it. It promotes female empowerment and tackles the stereotypes and negatives about the porn industry. Clara and Josh are a great opposites attract couple and Naomi is sassy and fun. Looking forward to the next book which focuses on Naomi. I hope we get some Josh and Clara cameos!
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Spicy! This book generated a lot of discussion at our romance book club. Can’t wait to see more from this author,
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This book was cute. A bit sexier than I thought it would be from the cover, but I guess when your leading man is a porn star, you should be prepared for some well-written sex scenes. I really liked Clara and Josh together, and though the premise was a bit far-fetched at times, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
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I had a huge reading hangover after finishing this book; it might be the most perfect romance I've ever read (and that's definitely my favorite genre). Multilayered, sympathetic characters, and intriguing story arc that I haven't seen before, and really strong writing. I can't wait to read more from Rosie Danan!
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Thank you Berkeley Romance & NetGalley for my free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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I was not surprised to find out that The Roommate is ENTERTAINING AF. I was laughing and completely obsessed with the tension between Clara and Josh. This might be the most tension focused romance novel I've ever read which I loved - you truly believe the reasons for why they can't be together but want so badly to be. Josh is a porn star; Clara comes from a wealthy, East-Coast socialite family. I loved this dynamic, and it's what kept me reading the entire way through.

This is also one of the most sex positive romance novels I've ever read, completely geared towards female pleasure, and female pleasure only. I completely appreciate how much so this novel breaks the stigma and stereotypes of sex workers and the sex industry. But, at the same time: I felt the steam factor to be a little over the top, which possibly did the opposite effect that this book was trying to accomplish - it made me take the plot line less seriously. I seriously questioned whether these two could actually make it as a couple; I wish the author spent a little more time developing the emotional relationship as much as the physical, because to me, it felt a little unbalanced. I'm not a huge fan of the fact that Clara completely changes her life plan, and everything she knows just because she falls in love. Trust me,I totally get wanting to separate from her uptight family. But .... PORN? Maybe I just needed a deeper motivation from her.
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Whoa steam! Don't be fooled by the cutie cute cover (which is one of my favorites, by the way) because this one is a wild ride! See what I did there? ;)

4.5 for an overall blast of a time--I dropped a half star because I felt like the plot was not fully developed until the last few chapters. I also wanted more character development throughout!

It is worth noting that this entire novel centers around the adult entertainment industry. Sometimes that can be a trigger or uncomfortable for readers and it isn't mentioned in the synopsis.
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The roommate trope was done right from debut author Rosie Danan in her novel called The Roommate under the new adult genre!

What I liked about this book was the fact that I'm reading about a change in circumstance/trope. I usually watch & read kinds of media (books/tv/films) where the boy is rich and the girl is poor especially in Asian dramas. Reading this book made me think that this is a unique take in a romantic story which involves the "roommate trope" (also found in some Asian dramas). 

In terms of plot/story, I thought this was a cute, soft, funny, and romantic story. It stars a smart rich girl + a poor boy who happens to be a, dare I say it, stripper. I guess this is one of the comedic aspects in the story. The reader is left with a "so, will they or won't they be together?" type of question because they're both from different worlds + rich girl has another crush so how will this all work out? You'll have to read to find out!

This seems exciting upon starting the novel but the long I read this book, the more I gravitate towards other novels. I either am not part of the demographic the novel caters to (albeit I'm old enough to read NA), or I really am just not in the mood for this kind of story. There were lots of ups and downs, a bit slow-paced, and I may or may not be entirely certain if I wholly ship these two characters. I think it could have been more entertaining but it didn't really have much of an effect on me. I think other people have different experiences so I'd say give it a try before judging the book.
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This book was a perfect combination of hot and tender.  I loved both Josh and Clara and rooted for each of them from their very first appearances on the page.  Josh is so sweet, handsome and outrageous- his character feels so real.  Clara is vulnerable yet intelligent and steely in a way that made her very relatable.  It was a pleasure to see them both grow as individuals and also grow in love and lust together.  

I even enjoyed the side storylines of fighting for labor rights within the porn industry and of both Josh and Clara coming to terms with issues of family expectations and career.  

This is a clear 5/5 for me and I can’t wait to read Danan’s other books.
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This book was delightful! Clara, a careful, anxious blue blood from an old money family in Connecticut, shocks everyone and moves suddenly across the country to LA when she is invited by her long term crush. He’s a jerk, so he leaves her to go on tour with his dumb band, and he has rented his own room out to Josh, who turns out to be an rising star in the adult film industry. In an attempt to get out from under a really terrible, exploitative contract, he embarks on a project with Clara and his ex-girlfriend and frequent co-star Naomi to create a sort of modern sex ed website all about female pleasure. This was very sex positive and also very focused on personal empowerment outside of a sexual context, and there’s some great character development that happens. I wish the cast had been a bit more diverse but overall I really liked this and can’t wait to read the next one (which apparently features Naomi).
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The Roommate was a fun read with an enjoyable cast of characters! I love the unexpected roommate trope, particularly when the characters are such polar opposites. Although I really wish I’d read the summary/reviews more carefully and understood what Josh’s occupation was beforehand. Definitely meant the book was a lot steamier than my usual rom-com fare. 

Clara and Josh were a pretty cute couple and I liked how their relationship grew over time. However, I didn’t quite understand Clara’s family and their obsession with the society page in their hometown (and how that translated to her new life in LA). I also wish there’d been a bit more time spent on Josh’s relationship with his family since I loved seeing a different side of him. Also, the last bit of the book didn’t quite work for me. 

Overall, The Roommate was a quick read that has a lot of great messages and explores some interesting topics. Definitely check it out if you’re a fan of steamier romances!

*Disclaimer: I received an advance digital copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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This is absolutely 100% my favorite book of 2020! I love it so much that I plan to create a book club kit for my Library and host a Valentine's Day book club with it in 2021. I adored the funny, humorous writing style and the characters were lovely. Not only was it funny and sexy, but it also had so much heart! I cannot wait to read Rosie's next book.
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Whoa! This book is the pure definition of steamy! It's a cute rom com about two strangers who become roommates and fall in love. While I LOVED the romance storyline, I felt the language was a bit much for my taste. I mean, I understand the language because of the main character's profession, but it was just a little distracting for me. I do recommend this one though. The writing was flawless and I can't wait to check out the author's upcoming book!
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I knew from the moment I first heard about this romcom that I would love it and it never once disappointed me. 
It was the most fun I have had reading a book during the pandemic! Within a few pages of reading it, I was laughing out loud and it just kinda set the mood for the rest of the book! I really liked that it was so unapologetic, it was refreshing to see these characters be who they were and not be sorry about it. Once it was over, I wanted more. Not because it felt unfinished but because it was so good that I wanted to spend forever in this book, this story!
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4 1/2 Caffeinated Stars
CW: Driving Anxiety, Discussion of leaked nudes, discussion of sex-shaming.

When I saw this book on NetGalley, I knew I needed to read it. Unfortunately, life got in the way, which means I ended up buying the audiobook instead. I tend to buy the audiobook anytime I’m late in the review game. I’m delighted that I bought the audiobook because the narrators were great! Brittany Pressley & Teddy Hamilton brought the book to life. At times, I did wish that the female voices were just a bit different but other than that, they did a fantastic job. 

With COVID-19 and a lot of personal issues, I’ve been filling my life with romance, and this book was exactly what I needed. The Roommate is one of those books that will make you smile. It was well written, humorous, and incredibly spicy. Don’t let the cutesy cover fool you. This book packs a lot of steam, and I was here for it. OMG, there were moments that I had to turn off the audiobook because my grandma was in the room, and it just felt wrong. 

I have to say that the character development was excellent.  I loved that this book emphasized how different they were. We saw both Josh and Clara grow as individuals, and they both brought baggage into the relationship, which made them endearing. 

All in all, this was a fun read. I laughed and even got second-hand embarrassment at times. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys their incredibly well-written smut with a smidge of second-hand embarrassment and a dash of humor.
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THE ROOMMATE was such a delightfully raunchy read! At first, Clara got on my nerves. I was like yeah, okay everything sucks re: this guy you've been liking forever but also you're incredibly rich AND ALSO VERY HOT ROOMMATE. Josh was my fav from his first appearance. But bit by bit, I started to love Clara. Watching her become way more self-aware, take a job she didn't have to take, start Shameless, say goodbye to the childhood friend who was clearly never going to care for her in the same way... it just felt so good to cheer for her growth along the way, and honestly relatable (even though I am not. rich heiress, haha). I would read anything Rosie Danan reads. I'm here for all the raunch-coms forever. Also, I'm positive Clara is bisexual...the way she talked about how pretty so many women in the book were... I was like, girl... hahaha. It was really great. I definitely would've shipped her and Naomi had her and Josh not been so perfect for each other. Another amazing book from Berkley Romance, I am unsurprised. I loved this so much I bought a paperback for my shelves.
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