The Intimacy Experiment

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Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 06 May 2021

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“Danan is becoming a go-to author.”—New York Times Book Review

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 long list of qualifications, higher ed won't hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag nominated him as one of the city's hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Low on both funds and congregants, the executive board of Ethan's new shul hired him with the hopes that his nontraditional background will attract more millennials to the faith. They've given him three months to turn things around or else they'll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems--until they discover a new one--their growing attraction to each other. They've built the syllabus for love's latest experiment, but neither of them expected they'd be the ones putting it to the test.
“Danan is becoming a go-to author.”—New York Times Book Review

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.


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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 an excellent job walking the fine line of being thoughtful with the Jewish interludes but not preachy. There were a couple of sections where I wanted a little more of Ethan family, and the ending may seem a tad rushed for some people who don't love rom-com hijinks, but I really, really enjoyed this one. I have no choice but to stan.

And we need more Jewish protagonists and love interests all up in this genre!

Content warning: Mentions of death of a parent, misogyny, anti-sex work sentiments

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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, Danan has written an amazing story that will capture your heart and enough steamy scenes to make you blush (less than The Roommate though) - I cannot recommend this one enough.

Thank you to Berkley Romance for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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