Title: The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan
Page Count: 336
Publication Date: 9/2020
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what The Roommate was about when I requested it on NetGalley. I just thought the cover was dope, and I felt like I could tell a lot about the book only by looking at it.
You got a movie star handsome man staring across a tiny couch at someone who’s presumably his roommate, a sweater and tie, mousey, yet equally attractive woman. I immediately got opposites attract vibes, and it turns out I was on to something.
Josh and Clara become roommates after a sudden change of plans cause them to cross paths. Clara, a Greenwich-bread, uptight socialite, made the out of character move to Los Angeles to try to win the heart of a childhood crush/love. Josh, her new handsome, laidback roomie, needed a place to stay after ending his relationship with his girlfriend. When Clara makes a discovery about Josh that completely changes her view of him, it sets the stage for her to question everything she thought she wanted out of life.
Since this is kinda rom-com, we know Clara and Josh will get the happy ending they deserve. Still, romance reads are more about the journey than the final stop, and this book definitely took me on an interesting one.
I liked the incorporation of feminism and sex-positivity throughout the story. It was well executed, and it didn’t feel forced at all. Speaking of sex, Josh and Clara have their fair share of it throughout the book. Thankfully, there weren’t a ton of sex scenes, but the few in there were steamy AF.
Quality over quantity.
I also found Clara and Josh both likable as individuals, and I found myself rooting for them a lot.
I didn’t care for Clara and Josh as a potential couple. Although I wanted them to find happiness in the end, I didn’t feel that tension, that invisible string that’s supposed to pull even the most opposite of people together. There was just something missing for me that I can’t put my finger on.
Even though the Roommate will not go down as one of my favorite romance reads of 2020, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited when I heard that a second book is set to release next year.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a steamy romance to pass the time in the hellfire that is 2020. Whether this book ends up being your top pick or not, I think you’ll appreciate this easy read.