The Roommate by Rosie Danan
When Clara Wheaton gets a call from her longtime best friend, Everett, she abandons her straight-laced East Coast lifestyle to move to California to live with him. Having always been in love with him, and knowing no one else in L.A., she’s thrown for a loop when he announces he’s going on tour with his band and leaving her with a renter he met on Craigslist. Josh seems like a great roommate until Clara googles him and discovers the truth, he’s an adult entertainer and quite a famous one at that.
Oh my word, this book. It was so good! Both entertaining and addictive, I quite literally struggled to put it down. This was most definitely a steamy read. I’ve heard it compared to Fifty Shades, but feminist, and I think that’s an accurate representation. However, there was a solid plot that held the story together. I felt like the magic in this book didn’t rely on explicit scenes and shock value. It was a solid story with enough depth on its own, the steam only added to it.
Clara and Josh were both excellent characters dealing with their anxieties, but learning to overcome them together. The story is told in the third person, alternating focus between the two characters seamlessly throughout the chapters.
This is such a perfect romantic comedy with a combination of steam, humor, and heart. I would highly recommend it to fans of The Kiss Quotient and other mature contemporary romance.
Thank you to Berkley Books and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own.