DNF Review: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

Title: The Roommate
Author: Rosie Danan
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Rating: DNF

House Rules:
Do your own dishes.
Knock before entering the bathroom.
Never look up your roommate online.

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.” (Goodreads)

This review will contain spoilers since it was a dnf and there are specific reasons as to why I didn’t like this one.

I read this as a buddy read with a friend from bookstagram and even though she reads steamier books than I do, we agreed that this book just didn’t work for the same reasons. We have been two for two with sharing the same opinions!

Obviously if you know me, I don’t like steamy books. Call me a prude. I do! But, it’s just not what interests me. I want to see the relationship blossom and give me all the giddy feelings. If you like steam, that’s fine. I’m not knocking on anyone’s likes. The problem with this one is that there was no connection before it all started happening. They were still feeling each other out as roommates and all of a sudden it was just, “Let’s get to it!”.

The guys in this book are also one dimensional. They can be dillweeds for the most part and just didn’t have me feeling any way towards them besides yuck.

Another reason for not liking this book was that the main guy lead, Josh, is a porn star. If you are into that, cool. For me as a reader, I just don’t see how the relationship can work out especially if that is the only thing he has going for him. Clara also learns about his job through her aunt which is kind of weird.

The one thing I did like was that Clara was finding out who she was when she leaves her family behind and moves to a different state. She may have had the wrong ideas for moving but at least she was making a name for herself.

Overall, I am just not the right reader for this book. It did sound interesting but it was more about everything else than it was at them being roommates and it felt that it was just steamy and everything else was just thrown in around that.

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