SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
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.”
Wow, I love this book! It has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last couple months. I’m so glad I made time to read it, but also want to smack myself for waiting so long.
Josh and Clara are both incredible and are real, fully fleshed out characters. I wanted them together the instant that they met. Clara is very relatable, she is a smart and independent woman who has been let down in the romance and sex department. She has never really been taught to love and appreciate her body. Her people pleasing ways have led her to a life where she has never been selfish. Josh has the stigma of being a sex worker hindering his life. He is proud of what he does, but is frustrated that society treats him like a black sheep.
I love how Josh and Clara change each other for the better. I loved that this book shows sex workers in a normal and positive light, and I loved the emphasis on female pleasure. This is a very sex-positive romance and I’m all in. It’s incredibly funny, and encourages you to think and work on your perspectives. I do wish there had been a little bit more about Clara’s family finding out about her new business, specifically with her Mother. It was such a big theme in the book, even if it had just been a phone call between Clara and her mother. The story felt like it was naturally building to that, so when it didn’t really happen I was a little disappointed.
This is easily one of my favorite books I have read this year. I’m going to tell everyone I know and maybe strangers on the street to read it. If you love romance novels but are looking for something a little different, then The Roommate is perfect. It manages to hit all of the beats of a romance novel, while still bringing something new to the table.
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