The roommate

Rosie Danan

Book - 2020

"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 tr...ue. 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Jove 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780593101605
059310160X
Main Author
Rosie Danan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Socialite Clara moved from New York to Los Angeles, hoping to become more than a longtime best friend to Everett. Instead, he leaves her with a stranger as a roommate, and heads off on tour with his band. Clara enjoys talking with Josh, even as he teases her about her laminated lists. He encourages her to visit the black sheep of her family, her Aunt Jill, who gives her a job, and tells her that her new roommate is a huge porn star, Josh Darling. Josh is stuck in a bad contract with a big porn company, but Clara comes up with an idea for another business opportunity for him: Josh could help women find pleasure through website demonstrations. He tries this on Clara, but their romantic relationship is a slow burn. Debut romance writer Danan's fun characters each gain the courage to move out from others' wrong and damaging expectations in a very appealing, unique forced-proximity love story. With humor and style reminiscent of Christie Craig or Susan Elizabeth Phillips, newcomer Danan is definitely an author to keep tabs on. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Danan debuts with this wildly original and sexy romance about an uptight East Coast socialite and the stranger she inadvertently shacks up with. When Clara Wheaton's longtime crush invites her to leave her Manhattan apartment and move in to his spare room in Los Angeles, she impulsively agrees. But then his band heads off on tour and he rents out his own room as well—to porn star Josh Darling. Clara, who's always been squeamish about porn and has never had a satisfying sexual relationship, googles Josh, and, naturally, Josh walks in on her watching one of his films. He offers to make up for all the boyfriends who've left her cold by demonstrating his talents in person. Their no-strings-attached encounter simultaneously accelerates and complicates their budding friendship and also inspires a new business venture, with Clara financing and Josh producing videos that fall "somewhere between porn and sex-ed" designed to teach women's partners how to better please them in bed. Meanwhile, Josh's nefarious former employer, Black Hat Studios, works to undermine them. Danan makes this novel premise work with a charming, believable heroine; an offbeat hero with a heart of gold; and snappy, laugh-out-loud prose. Romance fans will especially appreciate that the steamy erotic scenes are used to further character development, rather than just for cheap thrills. This delectable rom-com is both red-hot and fiercely feminist. Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A millennial struggling with underemployment and the dating scene accepts a childhood crush’s invitation to move cross-country before finding herself sharing a lease with a charming but perceptive stranger. Original. A first novel.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Warmly funny and gorgeously sexy."—New York Times Book ReviewA LibraryReads PickHouse Rules:Do your own dishesKnock before entering the bathroomNever 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 tempting 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.